City of Pittsburgh 'NOT Safe' Amid George Floyd Protests

Jeff Oravitz
May 30, 2020 - 7:20 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Rioting and looting were happening throughout the City of Pittsburgh Saturday evening after a George Floyd protest turned violent.

Pittsburgh Public Safety said the City of Pittsburgh is 'NOT safe,' tweeting updates as the situation in the city escalated saying "Avoid Downtown. It is NOT safe."

They followed up with another tweet delcaring unlawful assembly: "We have declared an unlawful assembly Downtown. This follows repeated acts of violence, property damage and looting of businesses, which is ongoing. Residents please stay home. Businesses should close. If you are Downtown, leave the area."

Protesters garthered in downtown early Saturday afternoon and activities remained peaceful until late afternoon when a Pittsburgh police car was set on fire.

A KDKA TV photojournalist said he was attacked by protesters, leaving him "bruised and bloody but alive."

George Floyd was killed while in custody by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was captured on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes, while Floyd could be seen and heard begging for help because he couldn't breathe.

Chauvin has been charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter.