Protests over the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police resumed Sunday afternoon in Chicago following a night of riots and looting downtown that prompted Mayor Lori Lightfoot to impose a citywide curfew and call on the Illinois National Guard for help.
“I will not let criminals take over our city and shame the majority of us,” Lightfoot said Saturday evening.
Access to the city’s central business district was restricted to those who live or work in the area; the city blocked off several entry points to the area and lifted drawbridges.
By 4 p.m. Sunday, crowds of protesters walked miles from the Loop along State Street south to 35th Street near the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology. There, dozens of police officers clad in riot gear corralled the group of about 100 protesters, blocking their access to the west, east and south. Members of the Illinois National Guard were also on the scene.
After a standoff of about an hour, protesters marched northward towards the Loop and were joined by several other groups of demonstrators.
In the River North neighborhood just north of the Loop, several violent altercations between police and protesters took place as the 9 p.m. curfew neared. Officers deployed tear gas and made several arrests.
Police officers later blared messages in English and Spanish in an attempt to clear the area.
Below, photos from the scene on Sunday:
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