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WPGH-TV FOX 53 2020 Breaking News Open (Pittsburgh Lockdown)

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>>> BREAKING NOW, AS THE SUN SETS, THE STEEL CITY IS SHUT DOWN A PROTEST DISRUPTED BY VIOLENCE AND LOOTING

>> PITTSBURGHERS HAVE ALWAYS STOOD UP, CALLING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND CALLING FOR PEACE AND DOING SO IN A WAY THAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER INSTEAD OF RIPPED US APART >> CARS SET ON FIRE AND BYSTANDERS AND JOURNALISTS WERE ATTACKED >> WHITE MALES DRESSED IN ANARCHIST DRESSING THEY'RE THE ONES WHO WERE DOING A LOT OF THIS

>> SOMEBODY SHOULD HAVE NOT DIED AND THEY SAY THEY HIJACKED THE MESSAGE >> THIS MESSAGE FROM CITY OFFICIALS >> WE WILL COME AFTER YOU >>> NOW CHANNEL 11 NEWS ON FOX 53 AT 10:00 STARTS WITH BREAKING NEWS

>>> WE'RE LIVE OVER DOWNTOWN, SHOWING THE DAMAGE LEFT BEHIND WE BEGAN AS PEACEFUL PROTEST OVER THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD IN MINNESOTA TOOK A TURN WHEN POLICE SAY A WHITE MEN THEY DESCRIBED AS ANARCHIST STARTED THE VIOLENCE A CURFEW IS KNOWN EFFECT WITH THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH UNTIL 6 AM >>> THE PORT AUTHORITY HAS TOPPED ALL BUS SERVICE AND T SERVICE OVERNIGHT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE WHO CAUSED THE BALANCE WILL BE ARRESTED IN THE LAST 30 MINUTES THE CITY TWEETED POCKETS OF RIOTERS REMAINED DOWNTOWN

WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE PROTEST ALL DAY CITY OFFICIALS ARE ANGRY TO SAY THE LEAST >> Reporter: VERY ANGRY INDEED AND THE MAYOR UPSET ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THIS AFTERNOON SAYING THAT A FEW PROTESTERS HIJACKED A MOVEMENT POLICE CARS SET ON FIRE AND BUSINESSES VANDALIZING PROTESTERS AND OFFICERS INJURED AS THE MAYOR IMPLEMENTS A CITYWIDE CURFEW AND CALLED ON MORE POLICE

>> I AM SO ANGRY, IT IS A FACT, SOME SEGMENT HIJACKED OF THIS AND THEN TOOK SOME OF THE YOUTH AND BROUGHT THEM INTO THE MIX >>AND ANGRY BIRD POLICE CHIEF LASHING OUT AT PROTESTERS WHO TURNED VIOLENT AND SET ARE TWO POLICE CARS MUSCLE TO JOURNALIST ANOTHER PROTESTERS AND LOOTED BUSINESSES >> THEY'RE NOT LISTENING AND THEY'RE CHARGING OFFICERS AND LOOTING STORES GET THERE BREAKING OUT WINDOWS AND THROWING THINGS AT THE OFFICERS >> THE MAYOR IMPLEMENTED THE CURFEW AND CALLED AND MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

>> PITTSBURGHERS HAVE STOOD UP AND CALLED FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, CALLING FOR PEACE AND IN DOING SO IN A WAY THAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER INSTEAD OF RIPPED US APART >> THE MAYOR AND POLICE CHIEF BOTH VISIBLY UPSET THAT A PEACEFUL PROTEST FOR TWO HOURS TURNED VIOLENT SO FAST TONIGHT THEY'RE BLAMING IT ON OUTSIDERS >> THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE — >> [ AUDIO LOST ] >>> MARCHING THROUGH THE STREET TO CONDEMN THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD IN MINNEAPOLIS

PROTESTERS HELD SIGNS AND COULD BE HEARD SHOUTING I CAN'T BREATHE AS THEY MARCHED THROUGH THE CITY STREETS PLEADING FOR JUSTICE AND THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD AGENT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE SEEN THIS VIDEO AND IF I WERE THERE WHAT WOULD I DO? >> IN THE VIDEO THAT HAS THE NATION'S ATTENTION, GEORGE FLOYD COULD BE HEARD SAYING PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE I CAN'T BREATHE AS POLICE OFFICERS TEND HIM TO THE GROUND AND PUT HIS KNEE ON HIS NECK FOR ABOUT EIGHT MINUTES

AND WE WATCHED THE OFFICER ENGAGING IN TACTICS THAT THEY ARE NOT TRAINED TO USE ON SOMEBODY BY THE WAY WHO WAS ALREADY DEAD >> HE WAS DEAD AT THE HANDS OF MINNEAPOLIS POLICE HAS RESONATED IN MAJOR CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY IT WAS FELT IN OUR CITY >> THIS IS STATE SANCTIONED MURDER JUST LIKE THE LYNCHING WERE STATE SANCTIONED

THAT IS NOT HAPPENING TODAY, BUT THE FACT IS, THEY ARE GETTING AWAY WITH THE >> IT BEGAN PEACEFULLY AROUND 2:00 AND MARCH TO THE CITY COUNTY BUILDING AND POLICE RESPECTED THE PROTESTERS AND MAINTAINED THEIR SAFETY IT WASN'T UNTIL THREE HOURS LATER THAT TENSIONS ESCALATED [ CROWD CHANTING ] >> IT'S TIME FOR US TO LOOK AT THE COMMUNITY ISSUES THAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS TOGETHER

>> THE SAFETY OFFICIALS ARE ASKING EVERYONE TO AVOID THE DOWNTOWN AREA >>> SHELLEY, THANK YOU THE REASONS FOR THE PROTEST ARE LOOKING AT THIS DESTRUCTION WILL MAKE YOU SAID AS WE HAVE SAID ALL DAY, I LIVE HERE I LIVE IN THIS AREA OF THE LIBERTY AND I GO THERE TO JOG AND BIKE RIDE WITH EVERYBODY ELSE THE CVS THAT WAS LOOTED IS WHERE I SHOP AND THE EMPLOYEES THAT WORK THERE ARE VERY NICE PEOPLE

MOST OF THE BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN HAD JUST STARTED TO REOPEN AFTER THE COVID-19 SHUTDOWNAND NOW IT LOOKS LIKE IT BE CLOSED LONGER >>> A SMALL GROUP OF PROTESTERS SURROUNDED A POLICE CAR AND BLOCK TRAFFIC AND HELD SIGNS ALL IN THE NAME OF GEORGE FLOYD THE PITTSBURGH BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS COALITION CALLED FOR CHANGE TONIGHT

WE RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS AN INSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE THAT IS HISTORIC AND DEEPLY ROOTED THERE MUST BE FOCUSED AND RENEWED ATTENTION TO DISRUPT AND PERMANENTLY CHANGE THE SENSELESS AND DRAMATIC ATTACKS OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS >>> THE STATE NAACP PRESIDENT SAID HE'S NOT SURPRISED THAT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO PEACEFULLY MARCH IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH HE SAID HIS ORGANIZATION DID NOT ORGANIZE THE RALLIES IN PITTSBURGH OR PHILADELPHIA HE SAID POLICE BRUTALITY IS NOT A BLACK OR WHITE ISSUE

IT'S A HUMAN ISSUE AND IT WILL ONLY CHANGE WHEN THOSE IN THE MAJORITY DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT >> I COMMEND ALL THE INDIVIDUALS THAT CAME OUT TO PROTEST PARTICULARLY THE WHITE BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ARE SAYING YOU KNOW WHAT, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH JUST TO WE ARE NOT PUTTING UP WITH THIS ANYMORE >> ALSO IT TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORST IN PHILADELPHIA,

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