HOUSTON – Saturday marked Houston’s second day of demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes.
The protests in Houston were 98% peaceful, Mayor Sylvester Turner said Sunday. He noted very little vandalism. He thanked Houstonians for remaining peaceful and law enforcement for engaging with restraint and professionalism.
Houston Police Department arrested more than 270 people Saturday, including 245 people for blocking the roadway, 13 for burglary, 8 for evading arrest, and four for mischief. There were no serious injuries to protestors or officers.
Three cases involved firearms and HPD is working with ATF to determine if any federal charges will be filed, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo.
“You don’t bring a duffle bag full of magazines and a pistol to a peaceful rally,” Acevedo said at a news conference Sunday.
WATCH: Demonstrators march towards Houston Police headquarters in downtown Houston Saturday
READ: KPRC 2 had multiple crews at the protests. View a moment-by-moment recap of the protests below.
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