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Riots broke out in Philadelphia as protesters gathered over the death of George Floyd. At least nine fires were set across the city as protesters set fire to police vehicles, businesses and a statue. Over 100 people were arrested.
As police attempted to create order protest spit at them, hurled objects and some even tossed urine onto the officers. Police estimated that there was a total of 3000 protesters across the city.
Mayor Kenney implemented a city wide curfew that went into effect at 8 pm Saturday night in an attempt to create order out of the chaos.
As protesters looted businesses people could be seen going into stores and coming out with bags of clothes and other goods. Office furniture was burning in the street along with mannequins and at one point a police car that was set on fire exploded.
The thirteen officers who were injured suffered anything from chemical burns to sprains.
Governor Wolf did sign an emergency declaration that would provide any assistance needed to help with the situation in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.
“People have every right to speak out and demonstrate, but it’s unacceptable to take advantage of protests to incite violence, harm others and destroy property. This declaration authorizes the commonwealth and its agencies to assist municipalities in their response to de-escalate violence and keep our communities safe.”
– Governor Wolf
Philadelphia is just one of many cities that issued a curfew as protest turned to violence.