Peaceful protests over the death of Minneapolis black man George Floyd quickly evolved into riots and looting in Center City — namely, the businesses in the shopping district.
Protests moved to West Philadelphia, were squadrons deployed smoke bombs and tear gas. KYW Newsradio’s Justin Udo was there, coughing through the smoke:
An officer was injured after someone threw a brick through a police car windshield at 52nd and Arch streets.
SEPTA shut down all modes of transportation Sunday evening, in line with a citywide curfew. The shutdown was a much larger restriction than the transit agency’s previous coronavirus lifeline service.
As KYW Newsradio brand manager Alex Silverman says, essential workers are left scrambling to get to their jobs in the evening.
“How do they exercise their right as an essential worker to get through that barricade?”
As night fell, looters reappeared in clusters across West and North Philadelphia. The majority were believed to be young people, even teenagers — some who don’t even live in Philadelphia.