Hundreds of people, many with facial masks to protect against the coronavirus, marched through downtown San Diego chanting “George Floyd” with signs, including some saying “I Can’t Breathe,” a reference to Floyd’s dying words. Some demonstrators dropped to one knee at times.
The demonstration took a turn several hours after beginning peacefully at 10:00am local time. San Diego police said on Twitter that a crowd of 100 to 200 people was throwing rocks but stopped. Authorities said multiple vehicles were vandalized.
After the tear gas stopped, two groups formed on Broadway, a main thoroughfare, separated by police in riot gear.