Live Coverage: George Floyd protests across Pennsylvania

By: - May 31, 2020 4:51 pm

Riot police, surrounded by Black Lives Matter protesters, stand outside the Pennsylvania Capitol building in May 30, 2020 (Capital-Star photo).

The staff of the Capital-Star will be keeping on top of George Floyd protests across Pennsylvania this Sunday. Check back for constant updates.

Updated, 5:43 p.m.: Our partners at the Pittsburgh Current report:

Following a peaceful protest Saturday afternoon that was ‘hijacked’ and instigated into violence by what many believed were white, male anarchists, Pittsburgh officials placed Downtown in lockdown and instituted an 8:30 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew. Sunday morning brought the first opportunity to view and document the aftermath of the night’s events.

I started in Market Square, a place where Pittsburghers normally go on their lunch breaks or spend summer evenings attending the artists markets or watching  free concerts. But walking through PPG Plaza into the square I quickly noticed how different the mood was from normal Sunday mornings.

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Updated, 4:50 p.m.: At Sunday afternoon press conference, Gov. Tom Wolf asked Pennsylvanians to protest peacefully: “I’d like to appeal to the spirit of Pennsylvania in all of us. People will gather in many spots in Pennsylvania to protest the death of George Floyd. They will call attention to the commonwealth we all deserve … one that is fair and equal to everyone. These demonstrations are a reminder that our democracy is a continual work in progress,” Wolf said during a press briefing on Sunday afternoon. “I urge everyone in these demonstrations to be peaceful.” (Read our full story here)

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