Destruction and looting filled the streets of downtown Boston for several hours Sunday night, forcing police to call in reinforcements from the National Guard, State Police and surrounding communities.
Boston police said as of early Monday morning, approximately 40 arrests had been made, with 7 officers transported to area hospitals for injuries.
Police said several officers were also treated on the scene, following a violent night across many parts of downtown Boston and the Back Bay.
Multiple demonstrations had gathered in Boston peacefully throughout the day, lending their voices to the nationwide anger sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after being pinned to the ground by the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer.
The atmosphere downtown changed dramatically after sunset, however, when a crowd of thousands began to disperse from the State House.
Boston Police were seen using pepper spray and hitting a man with a baton in Downtown Crossing just after 9 p.m., after officers were pelted with water bottles and other objects. Several tense hours followed, and 21 police cruisers were damaged during the incidents.
Looting was seen at multiple stores in the area, including in Downtown Crossing, on Newbury Street and at the Copley Place mall over the next several hours. In many of the incidents, looters were seen jumping through the smashed windows and taking products from the stores on live TV.