Cleveland police reportedly banned the media from being downtown on Sunday during the second consecutive day of George Floyd riots in the city.
“Message from Cleveland police tonight: ‘No media is allowed downtown unless they are inside their place of business.
On Saturday, what started off as a reportedly “peaceful” protest later devolved into rioting, resulting in a police vehicle being set on fire and several downtown Cleveland businesses being broken into and looted.
“A gunshot went off and the main window went down [and] protesters started pouring into the store,” said Kelly Kandah, the owner of Cleveland’s Colossal Cupcakes, which was broken into, destroyed, and looted on Saturday night.
Following Floyd’s death, protests ensued across the country, which quickly transpired into violent riots that have involved looting, buildings being set on fire, businesses destroyed, the White House going on lockdown, and people being beaten and killed.