PHOENIX – Police officials in Scottsdale have declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night amid unrest that saw looting and property damages.
According to Scottsdale Police officials, damages were reported at businesses in the area of the Scottsdale Fashion Square, and various roads in the area, including Scottsdale Road, have been closed to traffic.
Video taken by SkyFOX show people targeting the Apple Store at Scottsdale Fashion Square, managing to break in. Some of the people who broke into the store were seen throwing out what appears to be merchandise from inside the store.
Others were also seen entering Scottsdale Fashion Square, via another entrance near the Apple Store. Some were also seen running out with what appears to be merchandise from stores inside the shopping center.
The unrest in Scottsdale came amid days of protests across the country and in Phoenix. The protests took place amid growing controversy over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis.
One of the officers involved in the deadly incident, identified as Derek Chauvin, is being charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. The officers involved have also been fired from the police force.
Friday night’s unrest in Phoenix, sparked by the death of Floyd as well as a man who was shot and killed by a DPS trooper on May 25, resulted in damages to various Downtown Phoenix buildings.
Earlier on Saturday, Phoenix City officials called on people to protest peacefully.
“I love Phoenix. It’s where I was born, it’s where I live. And I know that we can all do better and want to peacefully allow demonstrators to share their message without destroying the city we all call home. As a woman of color, I understand, I empathize, I sympathize with the pain the community is involved in and the important call the mayor mentioned for change,” said Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams. “But let’s not allow that message to overshadow this by criminal activity. The role of the police department is to protect the safety and security of all members of the community. But to be clear, as we defend the right for demonstrators to share their message, we will not tolerate criminal activity.”
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