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Protestors gather in downtown Tucson following the death of George Floyd

TUCSON - Members of the Tucson community gathered in the city's downtown Friday evening to protest the death of George Floyd who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday.

The night of protesting began at Armory Park at approximately 6 p.m. on Friday.

As of 11 p.m. Friday, protestors were at the intersection of Church Avenue and Cushing Street.

It was around this time that Tucson Police Department officers on-scene began to declare the protest an unlawful assembly and demanded that the crowd disperse.

Throughout the protest, participants shouted various chants including "I can't breathe," "Black Lives Matter," and "Don't Shoot."

"I can't breathe" were the words spoken by George Floyd as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on the back of Floyd's neck while he was handcuffed.

Several buildings throughout the downtown area were vandalized during Friday's protest.

A video posted to Twitter by Piercen Sturdavant showed protestors shattering windows at The Cadence apartment complex on Congress Street.

In addition to the vandalism at The Cadence, windows of the AC Marriott on Broadway Boulevard were reportedly shattered, according to videos posted by Sturdavant.

As buildings were vandalized, dumpsters were lit on fire and moved into the middle of the streets of the downtown area.

The protest in Tucson following the death of George Floyd was one among many that have taken place throughout the United States over the past several days.

As of midnight Friday, the protest was still on-going.

Stay with News 4 Tucson for the latest information on this story as it becomes available.

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