Teargas used on Philadelphia crowds as destruction continues

Peaceful protests held this weekend in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre

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June 01, 2020 - 5:05 am
A person wears a mask that reads "I CAN'T BREATHE" as demonstrators continue to protest the death of George Floyd following a night of rioting on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials in Philadelphia have closed off much of the center of the city after peaceful protests over George Floyd’s death turned into a night of destruction with store windows smashed near City Hall, merchandise taken from stores and police and other vehicles and structures set afire. But people were running into multiple stores in Northeast Philadelphia on Sunday, well outside the city center, and emerging with merchandise as disorder continued for a second day elsewhere in the city. In West Philadelphia, a predominantly black neighborhood also far from the city center, police fired tear gas as police cars once again were set ablaze.

 Locally in Wilkes Barre Sunday, hundreds turned out starting in Kirby Park then marched over the Market Street Bridge to Public Square. When arriving at Public Square they held signs as motorists honked their horns while driving past showing support. In Scranton Saturday a similar scene happened on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. 

Also officers from 6 Police Departments in Lackawanna County traveled to Philadelphia Sunday. They were called to help provide security for government buildings there. ​

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