What was a peaceful protest at the South Carolina State House on Saturday May 30, 2020, turned violent.
Protests have been occurring nationwide over the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man killed by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. The officer was shown on video placing his knee on Floyd's neck until Floyd was no longer responsive.
After the State House rally, the protestors marched to Columbia Police Headquarters. Here is where the protest took a violent turn.
Some protestors began throwing water bottles at the police. Three police cars were set on fire and the flags in front of the headquarters were pulled down. Gunshots were fired, and the shooter was apprehended by the Police Department. It was reported that four officers were injured, one severely.
City of Columbia leaders held a press conference saying, "This is not Columbia." They believed that agitators came to town to instigate violence.
Sheriff Leon Lott, Mayor Steve Benjamin and City Manager Teresa Wilson spoke. Mayor Benjamin declared an immediate emergency curfew in Columbia that will last through Monday, June 1, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.