Protests over George Floyd’s death turned violent in Birmingham on Sunday, with windows broken and members of the media attacked directly in front of cameras. Similar scenes occurred across the state with protesters in Mobile exposed to tear gas after they tried to stop traffic.
In Birmingham, protesters tried to erase the Confederate statue in Linn Park before heading to downtown where they smashed windows at Wells Fargo, Harbert Building and the Alabama Power Building museum. A member of the broadcast media was hit in the head with what looked like a bottle and had his wallet stolen.
Members of the media were attacked during protests.
AL.com journalist Anna Beahm, Ivana Hrynkiw, photographer Dez Wilson and social media manager Madison Underwood documented protesters leaving Kelly Ingram Park after Birmingham police ordered them to disperse. The protesters began to knock down the window before someone took the wallet of ABC 33/40 reporter Stephen Quinn. Another protester crashed a cup of ice into his head.
The protesters then attacked Underwood, punching him in the face first. They kept beating him until he fell to the ground on his back and pulled his knees to his chest when the protesters continued to beat him.
Underwood and group from AL.com left the scene and everything is fine.
Earlier in the day, a fight broke out in Hoover when bottles were thrown at law enforcement.
Floyd died on May 25 when he was handcuffed after a Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck for almost 9 minutes. The incident, which was recorded on video, sparked outrage across the country.
AL.comVideo of the scene below
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