Protests have formed across the nation to demand justice for George Floyd, the African American man tragically killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.
The streets of west Charlotte were no different on Friday evening as protestors joined forced and let their voices be heard chanting “Black Lives Matter,” “Justice for George” and “No Justice, No Peace," hoping to evoke change for the black community.
Peaceful protesting began around 6 p.m. outside the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police headquarters.
Around 9 p.m., Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police declared the protest an ‘unlawful assembly’ and began dispersing the crowd that had gathered.
The protests turned violent as Fox reports some protestors began kicking officers, throwing rocks at police vehicles, and touching property.
Tear gas was reportedly deployed around 8:45 p.m., but CMPD denied the rumors on Twitter.
Protestors refuted the claims stating CMPD even shot rubber bullets to dispel crowds.
Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston was arrested and charged with failure to disperse on command, according to WBTV.
“Police actually broke line and scooped him up and dragged behind the lines and arrested him,” reporter Ron Lee said.
There were reports of looting around 11 p.m. at the Food Lion on Beatties Ford Road.
The city is now preparing for a second day of protests in a row.
Mayor Vi Lyles urged protestors to show activism through nonviolent measures on Twitter.
Floyd’s death sparked anger around the country and ignited days of protests. Derek Chauvin, the suspect who appears to kneel his full weight on George Floyd's neck while he begged for help, gasping that he couldn't breathe, was charged with 3rd Degree Murder and Manslaughter.
The three other officers on the scene and involved in the murder were also fire. No charges have been filed against them yet.