Second Day of George Floyd Protests in Lancaster Gets a Little More Violent (Video included)
Several hundred people gathered near the Lancaster Police Station on Prince Street at Chestnut for the second day of protests of the death of George Floyd, a convicted felon who died of medical and drug abuse complications after his arrest in Minneapolis last week.
The gathering started well before the planned 2 p.m., and consisted both of driving protesters and those on the streets.
Early on about a dozen Lancaster police officers held the slowly growing crowd to the sidewalks, but left for an hour only to return in larger numbers and with backup from other departments including West Lampeter, Manor, Pequea, East Lampeter and other nearby townships. Eventually Pennsylvania State Police in full riot gear arrived to assist as the crowd of protesters grew larger and more unruly.
Police showed restraint despite the crowds taunting, jeering and baiting them. Below is video of the first time police pepper sprayed the more rowdy demonstrators.
Officers were forced to pepper spray the crowds twice as the afternopon progressed when they started getting pelted with water bottles and other objects, and arrested a handful of demonstrators.
Here’s more from the day:
Later in the day, the crowd marched directly to the police station, where a number of people including Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace.