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Indianapolis protests, unrest blog: Hogsett says no additional curfew planned

Updates on protests happening in central Indiana against racial injustice, ignited by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — This article will be updated often with new information and reactions from Indianapolis to the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis Police.

6:00 p.m. - Artists are painting murals on boarded-up businesses along Massachusetts Avenue.

9:50 a.m. - Mayor Hogsett says he has no current plans for any additional curfew restrictions. In a tweet, he thanks "the record-breaking number of individuals who lifted their voices in peaceful advocacy this weekend and to the law enforcement who helped to keep large crowds safe on busy streets."

Sunday, June 7 at 5:30 a.m. - Protesters are gathering for morning demonstrations at 38th and Meridian streets. Curfew officially ends at 6 a.m.

8:40 p.m. - Video circulating on social media shows 21 people standing along a bike trail near downtown Crown Point, watching protesters march past them Monday during a peaceful protest against police brutality and racism.

Eight of the bystanders held firearms, an act Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land said is protected under state law.

8 p.m. - Curfew is now in effect as protesters continue to march downtown. Demonstrations remained peaceful. Police stood by for traffic control but did not engage with protesters.

6:40 p.m. - The City of Indianapolis has announced street restrictions associated with the previously-announced curfew, which begins at 8 p.m.

Traffic diversions extend from the White River on the west, I-65 on the north and I-65 on the east, to McCarty/I-70 on the south.

Exceptions include individuals traveling directly to or from work, those seeking medical care or fleeing from dangerous circumstances, law enforcement and first responders, members of the news media, federal, state, or local public officials conducting necessary work and individuals experiencing homelessness.

The curfew will be lifted at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Saturday, June 6 at 3:30 p.m. - A large crowd turned out for a sit-in on the Statehouse lawn.

7:17 p.m. - Ahead of the 8 p.m. curfew in effect tonight in Marion County, diversions for inbound traffic to downtown are beginning. These diversions extend from the White River on the west, I-65 on the north, I-65 on the east, to McCarty/I-70 on the south.

6:03 p.m. - Protesters wrote messages on the grounds of IMPD NW Headquarters.

3:05 p.m. - The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC) has laid out four steps for Gov. Eric Holcomb and local government leaders to immediately take in an effort to reform the criminal justice system.

  1. We urge Governor Holcomb to issue an immediate executive order to immediately ban law enforcement from using chokehold restraints, or other means of restraint that cut off the ability to breathe, as a means of effectuating an arrest in Indiana. This order must include specific repercussions officers will face for violating this ban.
  2. If there is no action by the governor, we urge Indiana mayors, city councils and chiefs of police to immediately establish a local policy that outlaws the use of a chokehold restraint, or other means of restraint that cut off the ability to breathe, as a means of effectuating an arrest in Indiana. Additionally, we urge these entities to immediately implement the use of body cameras for all patrol officers and require them to be on at all times. If not, a penalty should be assessed.
  3. We urge the governor to immediately establish a Statewide Criminal Justice Commission, including a diverse appointing of civilian representatives from the cities with significant African American populations, to examine every aspect of our state’s criminal justice system and recommend comprehensive criminal justice reform, including the eradication of racist policing policies. We expect these recommendations to become bills that get passed in the 2021 Legislative Session.
  4. We urge Indiana mayors, city councils and chiefs of police to immediately establish local Independent Civilian Review Boards, with members selected by local community activist groups, to review public complaints of police violence.

1:00 p.m. - Mayor Joe Hogsett and IMPD Chief Randal Taylor are providing a public safety update.

Mayor Hogsett said the department is changing and updating guidelines for use of force including the following:

  1. The department's standard for using deadly force is being updated.
  2. The department is updating the requirement for identification and warning before deadly force is used.
  3. IMPD will be prohibited from using chokeholds - currently the department does not train or condone the use of chokeholds.
  4. De-escalation requirements and training for officers.
  5. Duty to intervene or report when another officer uses inappropriate force.
  6. Prohibits shooting into a moving vehicle or from a moving vehicle.
  7. Comprehensive reporting of lethal and nonlethal uses of force.
  8. Rules for using various levels of less-than-lethal force.

Mayor Hogsett said everyone in Indianapolis and beyond needs to work every day for change.

IMPD Chief Taylor said the officers in the department are working to build bridges with the community, but he understands the mistrust.

He said the department will work to improve that relationship.

Chief Taylor said he has appreciated the peaceful protests and looks forward to those peaceful protests continuing.

IMPD said peaceful protests will be allowed and encouraged this weekend, but any violence or chaos will be handled by the department. IMPD said it will take an education approach first to the 8 p.m. curfew for Friday and Saturday. IMPD said if the protests remain peaceful, they may be allowed to continue past curfew. There will also be a traffic pattern change at that time to help people exit the city and return home.

Mayor Hogsett said the city is continuing to review use of force in some of the incidents from the past weekend involving officers that was caught on camera.

Chief Taylor said he did not like what he saw in the videos, but is waiting for more information.

When asked about Dreasjon Reed and releasing the officer's name that shot and killed him, Chief Taylor said that because of threats to officers, that information is not being released at this time.

8:15 a.m. - The curfew in Indianapolis this weekend will be in effect from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, then again from 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.

Friday, June 5 at 6 a.m. - Mayor Joe Hogsett and Police Chief Randal Taylor will discuss overnight curfews returning to Indianapolis today in a 1 p.m. news conference that will be streamed live by 13News.

10 p.m. - Thousands of protesters gathered in Muncie, marching and praying with police officers.

Once again we would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd. Over the past week...

Posted by Gregg Winters Memorial Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 87 of Muncie on Thursday, June 4, 2020

8:30 p.m. - Protesters march on N. College Avenue by E. Market Street.

Thursday, June 4 at 11:45 a.m. - The Marion County Prosecutor's Office has charged 29-year-old Tyler Newby with the murder of 18-year-old Dorian Murrell.

Newman was arrested Tuesday.

Murrell was found shot in the area of Market and Pennsylvania Streets around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. He was rushed to the hospital but died.

According to court documents, Newby actually went up to a Marion County Sheriff's deputy and told him, "I don’t know who I need to tell, but I just shot somebody." Newby said the incident happened "somewhere near the circle." He also gave the deputy the handgun he used during the shooting.

5:51 p.m. - Protesters are told to rest and hydrate for a long night ahead. They then leave the City-County Building.

5:45 p.m. - Protesters now gather at the City-County Building and chant Dreasjon Reed's name. He was shot and killed by an IMPD officer who said Reed pointed a gun at him and fired shots.

5:07 p.m. - The group of protesters begin marching through the streets of Indianapolis.

4:30 p.m. - People are gathering at Monument Circle for a sixth night of protests.

12:35 p.m. - Mayor Hogsett announced the curfew order for Marion County will not be extended for Wednesday and Thursday night.

The city plans to reinstate the curfew order for Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 to address public safety needs associated with the larger projected crowd size of planned weekend gatherings.

Mayor Hogsett released the following statement:

“After a difficult weekend, Indianapolis has experienced three days of peaceful protest that has powerfully contributed to a national conversation on our criminal justice system. To the men and women of IMPD: thank you for protecting first amendment rights, under difficult conditions, as our community wrestles with necessary change. And to those who have chosen the path of nonviolent protest—we see you, we hear you, and we will work with you over the coming days, weeks, and months.

For the safety of what we believe will be much larger demonstrations this weekend, and given the violence and property damage we experienced this past weekend, we intend to reinstate the curfew order for Friday and Saturday. I do not make this decision lightly, but it is my belief it will better allow our city to preserve this promising peace.”

Wednesday, June 3 at 12:15 p.m. ​- Reporter Steve Jefferson is in Minneapolis, Minnesota where the family of George Floyd is gathering to visit the spot where George was killed.

Steve Jefferson also had a conversation with the family's attorney Ben Crump who talked about peace. He insists that George Floyd is killed because he was not allowed to breathe.

9:40 p.m. - Protesters are still moving through the streets an hour after the curfew went into place. At this point police are allowing the protesters to demonstrate and monitoring that things stay peaceful.

6:10 p.m. - Protesters in Broad Ripple held a silent protest marking the 8 minutes and 46 seconds Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on the neck of George Floyd.

5:40 p.m. - Protesters are laying down outside the City-County Building.

5:33 p.m. - Protesters are gathering at Monument Circle.

Tuesday, June 2 at 12:30 p.m. - Mayor Hogsett extends the curfew order for Marion County, effective for the night of June 2 into June 3.

The curfew will begin at 9:00 p.m. on June 2 and last until 6:00 a.m. on June 3.

"IMPD will continue to engage residents with an education first approach," the mayor's office said in a release.

Violation of the curfew order is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and fines worth up to $10,000.

9:54 p.m. - Following the march with protesters, IMPD tweeted to thank the protesters for peacefully advocating for change.

"Officers will continue to ensure the safety of demonstrators as they walk back to their cars to travel home," IMPD said.

9:26 p.m. - Protesters marched with police after a period of tense moments outside the Governor's Residence on North Meridian Street Monday night.

A large group of demonstrators marched nearly five miles from downtown Indianapolis to the residence at 46th & Meridian, arriving just before 8:30 p.m. After police gave the group 10 minutes to disperse due to violation of Mayor Joe Hogsett's 8 p.m. curfew, the chants continued from protesters as police stood by.

A dialogue was started between the groups, facilitated in part by Deputy Mayor Dr. David Hampton, and just after 9 p.m., officers agreed to walk with protesters.

After an exchange of handshakes and hugs, police and the protesters marched together for about a block before officers reportedly helped escort the group back downtown to where they had parked their vehicles.

8:30 p.m. - Protesters have reached the Governor's Residence on North Meridian Street after marching from downtown Indianapolis.

Shortly after the group arrived outside the home of Gov. Eric Holcomb, an announcement was made for them to disperse for being in violation of the city's curfew. The curfew took effect Monday at 8 p.m.

At Governor’s Mansion as protestors approach

Posted by WTHR-TV on Monday, June 1, 2020

Just after 8:30 p.m. an officer announced that the group had 10 minutes to leave the area.

8:20 p.m. - A large group of protesters are nearing the Governor's Residence on the north side of Indianapolis. A report from IMPD around 8:10 p.m. said the group, consisting of more than 100 cars and people who had walked from downtown, was on N. Meridian Street at 38th Street. The Governor's Residence is located at 4750 N. Meridian Street.

8:00 p.m. - A second night of curfew is now in effect for Indianapolis until 4 a.m.

7:44 p.m. - IMPD reports a large group of protesters are heading to the Governor's Mansion. IMPD reports approximately 150 cars plus the main group of protesters on foot from downtown.

7:25 p.m. - Reporter Emily Longnecker is live where protesters have left downtown Indianapolis and are now heading north.

6:40 p.m. - President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy the United States military unless states quickly halt the violent protests that have convulsed cities from coast to coast.

The warning Monday came hours after George Floyd’s brother pleaded for peace in the streets, saying destruction is “not going to bring my brother back at all.”

The competing messages — one conciliatory, one bellicose — came as the U.S. braced for another round of violence at a time when the country is already buckling because of the coronavirus outbreak and the Depression-level unemployment it has caused.

"I swore an oath to uphold the lwas of the nation and that is exactly what I will do," President Trump said.

6:03 p.m. - Protesters are now walking through the streets of Indianapolis ahead of the 8 p.m. curfew.

4:53 p.m. - Protesters are gathering on Monument Circle.

3:00 p.m. - Mayor Joe Hogsett, IMPD Chief Randal Taylor, and members of IMPD command staff discussed the events from Sunday and plans for Monday night.

Mayor Hogsett said that the city will be reviewing the use of force by officers.

"I have serious concerns about some of the interactions between our officers and protesters this weekend," Hogsett said.

He has requested Chief Taylor to submit a revised Use of Force policy in the coming weeks.

Chief Randal Taylor said that they are reviewing a video of an incident where tear gas was deployed on a peaceful protest. He said that happened when officers were encircled by people trying to stop them from arresting a vandal and that it was not intended for the nearby peaceful protest. They are also reviewing a video of an officer using force on a protester.

According to IMPD, protester arrests from over the weekend included people from the following locations:

  • 83 - Indianapolis
  • 13 - Indiana
  • 1 - Out of state
  • 15 - Unknown
  • 3 - Homeless

IMPD said the Monday night curfew, starting at 8 p.m., will be strictly enforced. Mayor Hogsett said they needed to bring peace to the city.

2:09 p.m. - Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears says that he won't file charges against non-violent protesters who were arrested on Friday and Saturday in downtown Indianapolis.

The prosecutor's office says the arrests were reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Charges were declined in 41 arrests from Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30.

“We will not file criminal charges against those who came downtown to stand against injustice and make their voices heard through peaceful demonstrations,” Prosecutor Mears said in a release. “For us, the unfortunate choices by a few will not dilute the critical message carried by the majority.”

In regards to allegations of individuals illegally entering businesses and removing items, those arrests resulted in 14 individuals charged with Burglary (a Level 5 Felony).

1:30 p.m. - Governor Eric Holcomb and public safety officials are holding a news conference to discuss the events of the weekend.

Governor Holcomb began by condemning the police actions that led to George Floyd's death.

"Every breath we take, every breath we have left should be devoted to making sure what happened to Mr. Floyd never happens again," Holcomb said.

He went on to say that he hopes peace makers continue making their message heard. He said people need to focus on efforts to bridge, not divide.

Governor Holcomb then said the people who turned to violence and destruction are the same as organized crime.

"(This) has turned into anything but a proper time of mourning," Holcomb said. "Violence in the streets makes all this progress harder and sets us back."

Holcomb said Indiana State Police and the Indiana National Guard will be available to help local governments with any unrest.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter said, "I'm sorry" when discussing what happened to Floyd.

He said law enforcement is "not without sin," but went on to say about the unrest, "this is not the way."

12:05 p.m. - Mayor Joe Hogsett has updated yesterday's exective order — setting an 8 p.m. curfew Sunday night— to be extended to Monday night.

The curfew will be in effect from 8 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday. The earlier end time is to account for voters getting out for Election Day. Polls open at 6 a.m.

Gov. Holcomb said state leaders and legislators will continue working together on efforts to promote opportunities for all. He pointed to achievements like the hate crime bill that was passed.

12 p.m. - IU Football Coach Tom Allen released the following statement on the death of Chris Beaty.

I am at a loss for words. The news of the passing of Chris Beaty is just devastating. Since I returned home to coach at Indiana, Chris embraced me, encouraged me and supported me! His passion for life and Indiana Football energized me every time we were together. He was one of our first alumni that displayed his unwavering support for what we are building here at Indiana and how we are building it. I am so heartbroken for his family and he will be deeply missed by all those that were blessed to call him a friend! #LEO

7:45 a.m. - The Marion County coroner has identified two victims in shootings believed to be related to weekend riots.

Christopher Beaty, 38, died in at the scene of a shooting in an alley on Vermont Street late Saturday night, just before midnight. Beaty was an IU graduate and played football for the Hoosiers.

Dorian Murrell, 18, was shot near Pennsylvania and Market streets shortly after midnight Sunday.

Police have not shared any further information about suspects in those cases.

4:30 a.m. - Our 13 Investigates team searched through the records for hundreds of people arrested in Marion County this weekend.

At least 72 people are listed with preliminary charges of rioting.

Many other people who were booked this weekend had charges that could be related to the events downtown but aren’t specifically charged with rioting.

We also reviewed jail records from late Sunday and early Monday morning and found at least 24 people already face initial charges of curfew violations.

The prosecutor’s office will make a decision on whether to file formal charges.

2:50 a.m. - A WTHR photojournalist reported a quiet scene throughout downtown Indianapolis.

A curfew began at 8 p.m. Sunday and remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.

Police blockades have been removed.

There are police patrol cars roaming downtown streets.

Monday, June 1 at 2:01 a.m. - Metro Police said a burglary was under investigation at Lafayette Square Mall, 3919 Lafayette Road.

Officers responded to an alarm and discovered evidence of a break-in at one of the stores.

Clothing and shoes were among the items taken, according to an IMPD spokesperson.

Police said the suspect(s) got in and away quickly.

No arrests have been made.

10:15 p.m. - Reporter Karen Campbell is at Washington Square Mall, where there has been a smash and grab at the Target store there.

Officers say a large group of people are driving around in multiple cars looking for businesses to damage. Police say the suspects took off as soon as officers arrived.

Later, police say some people from the same group came back to the Target store to attempt to hit it again. Officers arrest two of those people. There were no injuries or any other issues.

Officers were also seen patrolling Castleton Square Mall for any possible looters that may attempt to target businesses there.

9:44 p.m. - Police are still making a few arrests for people violating curfew downtown.

Police are arresting people violating the curfew in Indianapolis. (WTHR)

9:30 p.m. - Indianapolis is feeling like a ghost town after the 8 p.m. curfew went into effect.

9:02 p.m. - Reporter Emily Longnecker is giving us a live look at how dowtown has cleared out since the curfew went into effect at 8 p.m.

8:55 p.m. - Police are making more arrests for people violating the curfew in Indianapolis.

Police are arresting people violating the curfew in Indianapolis. (WTHR)

8:44 p.m. - Police are enforcing the Marion County curfew and are taking people who have not left downtown into custody.

8:00 p.m. - The county-wide curfew is now in effect in Indianapolis.

IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said that pepper balls and tear gas used by officers throughout the day came when a protest turned unlawful.

He said at this point, the city has not asked for the assistance of the Indiana National Guard.

Anyone out now in the city during the curfew could face arrest, time in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. The curfew lasts from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

7:30 p.m. - IMPD will start broadcasting the following messages downtown:

  • It is now 7:30 p.m. We want to ensure that everyone has time to return before the 8:00 p.m. curfew begins. If you are still here after 8:00 p.m., you will be subject to arrest.
  • It is now 7:45 p.m. We want to ensure that everyone has time to return before the 8:00 p.m. curfew begins. If you are still here after 8:00 p.m., you will be subject to arrest.
  • It is now 8:00 p.m., the mandatory curfew is in effect. You should return home immediately or you will be subject to arrest.

7:20 p.m. - The Indiana National Guard is reportedly preparing for "hostile conditions."

7:10 p.m. - Reporter Karen Campbell is giving an update on what they're seeing from the Statehouse, less than one hour away from curfew.

7:00 p.m. - Restaurants and businesses in Broad Ripple are closing early ahead of the county-wide curfew at 8 p.m.

6:39 p.m. - Tear gas is used on protesters on Capitol Street.

6:10 p.m. - 13News' Reporter Emily Longnecker says police have fired tear gas on New York and Pennsylvania streets after asking crowds to disperse, as protests continue downtown.

13News Photographer Frank Young captured video as police were deploying the tear gas.

WARNING: The video contains some strong language.

5:00 p.m. - Reporter Emily Longnecker is giving us a live look at activity on Monument Circle. We're now three hours away from curfew.

4:22 p.m. - INDOT is shutting down ramps into downtown Indianapolis to help state police and Indianapolis with the curfew.

The following ramps will close by 8 p.m. and will reopen Monday morning at 6 a.m.:

  • I-70 west to Fletcher/Ohio/Michigan
  • I-65 south to Fletcher/Ohio/Michigan
  • I-65 north to Washington St
  • I-65 north/south to MLK

Exceptions to the travel restrictions include individuals traveling directly to or from work, seeking medical care, or fleeing from dangerous circumstances; first responders; members of the news media; federal, state, or local public officials conducting necessary work; and individuals experiencing homelessness.

4:20 p.m. - Gleaners Food Bank says it is canceling its CARE Mobile Pantry schedules for Monday, June 1 due to public safety concerns. Gleaners will make a decision about Friday and Saturday distributions on Wednesday.

4:00 p.m. - Karen Campbell is live at the Statehouse where a group of demonstrators have gathered.

3:00 p.m. - The protest help by Indianapolis faith leaders that started at the Statehouse at 2 p.m. has now marched to the City-County Building to lie down in protest.

Reporter Lauren Kostiuck is giving a live update on Facebook to talk about the restaurants and businesses around Mass Ave that that are boarding up and preparing for more protests today.

2:05 p.m. - Governor Eric Holcomb says he is taking action to protect Hoosiers, properties and businesses as the result of two nights of violence, following peaceful protests in Indiana.

Here are some of he actions he is taking:

  • Signed Executive Order 20-29 to lift restrictions on local declarations of emergency that had been instituted as a part of the stay at home and back on track orders pertaining to COVID-19. This order, effective as of 11 a.m. today, allows local governments to place more stringent travel restrictions than the state has in place. A link to the order may be found at: https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Executive%20Order%2020-29.pdf.
  • Directed members of the Indiana National Guard to be on standby to assist communities across the state, if requested. Gov. Holcomb verbally activated the Indiana National Guard Reactionary Force company to be available to assist local communities Saturday, however no deployment was requested. Several hundred Guard members remain on standby.
  • Ordered members of the Guard, supported by Indiana State Police, to establish a presence at state properties in Indianapolis to protect them from further damage.

“At my order, the Indiana National Guard stands ready to assist local communities in need to protect the public and property, and I am deploying Guard members to protect state property beginning today,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Organized protests have taken place across the state without incident but the events that have followed, particularly in Indianapolis, have devastated businesses, defaced public monuments that are centuries old, and resulted in loss of life.”

2 p.m. - Faith leaders are holding a protest in Indianapolis with a list of demands and a call for justice after the police custody death of George Floyd.

12:30 p.m. - IMPD said it will make several announcements and advise people to leave once the curfew goes into effect. They will have "ample time to leave" before enforcement begins.

12:15 p.m. - IMPD said that there were a number of people from outside of Indianapolis that were in the city specifically to cause trouble.

IMPD said it only deployed tear gas after it saw actions that would result in damage or harm to people.

The department said it had an agreement to work with the peaceful protests from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday.

11:55 a.m. - IMPD said things were peaceful with the protest until it split into smaller groups. At the City-County-Building, IMPD said an organized group in one of the smaller protests began trying to damage windows at the CCB. IMPD said the violence and agression of the group turned the protest into a riot. Rocks and fireworks were thrown at officers and began damaging police vehicles. Police then used pepper balls to begin dispersing the crowd and made some arrests. No officers were injured at that point.

IMPD said the violence then turned to vandalism, looting, fires and ultimately a number of shootings and two homicides. Officers were not able to respond as quickly as they wanted to because of having to secure areas because of the violence. IMPD said that firefighters and IEMS had rocks and other items thrown at them as well as they responded.

Order was restored downtown around 4 a.m.

The NAACP said it commends those who were out protesting peacefully, but condemns those who came out with intent to cause damage. The NAACP asked for those who are creating the damage to stay away as they are not helping the cause.

11:40 a.m. - As a result of the violence and destruction from a few in the last couple of nights, Mayor Joe Hogsett will sign an executive order for a curfew from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

"These were not selfless acts of great change," Mayor Hogsett said.

He went on to say that the damage done Saturday night was in spite of all the good from the earlier, peaceful protests.

Mayor Hogsett said he doesn't see a need for mass mobilization of the national guard in the city at this point.

IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said there were 29 arrests and two deadly shootings. He said his officers showed great restraint and did not fire a single shot.

9:40 a.m. - Metro Police are asking people to stay away from downtown to allow city crews freedom to work on cleaning up damage from overnight vandalism.

9:00 a.m. - Damage to downtown Indianapolis buildings includes broken glass littering sidewalks from the Convention Center north past Ohio Street, to the City-County Building east of the Circle and west to Illinois Street. Another protest is scheduled this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Statehouse.

Reporter Meredith Juliet took a Facebook Live tour of downtown around 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

6:45 a.m. - Metro Police gave an assessment of how unrest turned from a peaceful protest to a night of deadly violence.

6 a.m. - Business owners are returning to downtown to assess damage done by overnight vandalism and looting.

2:43 a.m. - 13News has confirmed the person shot at Pennsylvania And Ohio St. died.There have been at least three shootings in downtown Indianapolis Saturday night into Sunday morning and two have died.

A fourth shooting was being investigated at 38th St. and Orchard Ave. outside of the downtown area. That is not believed to be related to protesting at this time.

2:32 a.m. - Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett tweeted a statement about the protests Saturday and the unrest that followed:

This afternoon, our city hosted a successful protest that allowed hundreds to lift up their cause and have their voices safely heard.

Since it ended, a small group of people have chosen to diminish that activism through inexcusable violence. It is unacceptable, and it must stop.

Continued dialogue and a shared commitment to reforms that address centuries of inequity-- that is how we heal our city, not through looting and riots.

2:27 a.m. - 13News confirmed IMPD is on the scene of a person shot at 10 E Market St.

We do not have details on the condition of a victim at this time.

12:42 a.m. - IMPD said there have been numerous shots fired tonight, but none came from their officers.

12:30 a.m. - IMPD's Chief Randal Taylor said "enough is enough" with the destructive protests. Three people were shot Saturday night, with one person killed.

IMPD is telling people if they don't live downtown that they need to leave.

"Indianapolis is better than this," Chief Taylor said.

The damage is extensive to downtown Indianapolis. There have been numerous fires set and too many shots fired to count, according to police.

12:26 a.m. - A woman says a bullet came through her window near Mass Ave.

12:16 a.m. - Protesters can be seen looting the Eagle, a restaurant on Mass Ave.

12:15 a.m. - As protesters move throughout downtown, a dumpster fire can be seen along Mass Ave.

12:11 a.m. - 13News saw looters carrying out cases of alcohol from Crown Liquors at Ohio and Delaware Streets.

Sunday, May 31 at 12:04 a.m. - A man has died following a shooting near Talbott and Vermont streets. Officers are on scene.

11:44 p.m. - Wayne Township Fire Department said it responded to a vehicle fire that was started when someone threw a molotov cocktail into the backseat. One person was slightly injured.

11:20 p.m. - IMPD declares downtown unsafe. People are being asked to avoid the area.

10:45 p.m. - Protesters have set fire to dumpsters near Pennsylvania Street downtown.

10:24 p.m. - 13News' Allen Carter says the tear gas is "overpowering," as his video shows protesters running in all directions.

IMPD has ordered people to leave the area and warns they could be arrested. Officer Grace Sibley tells 13News that the protests were peaceful for longer tonight but have once again turned violent.

What started the violence was a crowd of people who broke windows of the City County Building. Six of them got inside and were quickly apprehended, according to Officer Sibley. The crowd then turned aggressive toward officers throwing rocks, bottles and fireworks. At that point things “escalated quickly.” On a side note, IMPD says Indy had one of the largest peaceful protests in the country this evening.

10:09 p.m. - 13 News' Lauren Kostiuk gives us an update from Mass Ave where things have quieted down as small groups of people scatter around downtown.

9:43 p.m. - A group of men stand together holding guns and a "Black Lives Matter" sign.

(WTHR/Scott Allen)

9:33 p.m. - A 13News crew came across a fight at Vermont and Delaware in which a shot was fired. It did not appear anyone was hit in the shooting.

Warning the video contains violence and inappropriate language.

The Indianapolis NAACP released a statement on local protests that have turned violent:

9:20 p.m. - 13News' Steve Jefferson is at the City County Building where chaos has erupted among demonstrations.

IMPD says officers were forced to disperse crowds after projectiles were repeatedly thrown at officers and windows of government buildings were smashed.

9 p.m. - Protesters are moving through downtown after marching on Mass Ave.

8:25 p.m. - Protesters are now moving towards Mass Ave.

8:00 p.m. - 13News' Steve Jefferson is giving a live update on the ground as protesters have thinned out on Monument Circle but continue to march throughout downtown. IMPD has been accommodating protestors by blocking off traffic and monitoring the situation from a distance.

7:30 p.m. - Protesters are gathered at the War Memorial now.

7:00 p.m. - 13 News' Allen Carter is giving us a live overhead look at Monument Circle. Mayor Hogsett asked that people disperse and end the protest at 7 p.m.

6:31 p.m. - At this point the protests have remained peaceful and focused on calling for justice and change.

6:17 p.m. - More protesters are filling Monument Circle.

5:51 p.m. - Protesters are gathering again at Monument Circle.

5:32 - Protesters are marching near Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.

IndyGo announces bus service will be disrupted as a result of the protests.

5:26 p.m. - 13News reached out to IEMS for ambulance runs connected to last night's demonstrations. IEMS treated seven patients and transported four of them to hospitals.

3:47 p.m. - Businesses are boarding up shattered windows and cleaning up the damage.

3:30 p.m. - Community and faith leaders hold a press conference to call for peaceful protests and to denounce looting and violence.

2:15 p.m. - During the press conference, Chief Taylor released some numbers related to Friday night's events.

  • At least 30 businesses damaged
  • 27 people arrested
  • 5 IMPD patrol cars damaged
  • 3 officers hurt
  • At least 3 protesters injured, including one sustained severe lacerations from kicking in glass.

Chief Taylor says that the group of protestors grew from about 40-50 people to about 200. A small group that broke off after the protest caused the damage to area buildings and businesses. Most remained peaceful and were not a part of the vandalism.

In the press conference, Chief Taylor also said that IMPD has been in contact with Indiana State Police and will use their help if necessary.

Mayor Hogsett asks that today's protest end at 7 p.m.

1:46 p.m. - Mayor Joe Hogsett and IMPD Chief Randal Taylor hold a news conference to address last night's events and today's planned protests.

1:20 p.m. - Governor Eric Holcomb released the following statement regarding the overnight protests:

“Hoosiers have long been people who find solutions to the challenges we face, whether it be in response to a pandemic or to an injustice like the world witnessed so tragically inflicted upon Mr. George Floyd in Minnesota.

As I stated yesterday, injuring the innocent in response to an injustice is counterproductive. I’ve asked the Indiana State Police to fully support and make resources available to local communities across our state to ensure our citizens and their property remain safe.

In the days ahead, peaceful assembly and clear voices will be important if we are to make progress. Violence and vandalism will set us back in our shared desire to resolve differences. Let us again, each of us, be part of the solution.”

12:33 p.m. - George Floyd's family attorney put out this statement in response to the protest turning destructive or violent: "We call for peace in Minnesota and across the country as we bring justice for the family of George Floyd."

12:09 p.m. - Downtown Indy Inc. releases a statement regarding Friday night violence:

12:00 p.m. - Greenwood Police say they mall has been closed "due to recent events."

Due to recent events, Simon Property Group has decided to close the Greenwood Park Mall at noon today. We are monitoring the current situation closely with Simon Property Group and other local agencies.

Greenwood police could not confirm if social media threats were the reason behind the mall closing but say they are monitoring the situation and there will be an increased police presence at the mall this weekend.

11:15 a.m. - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced Saturday morning that he is calling up the National Guard to help keep peace in Louisville.

Additionally a dusk to dawn curfew will be implemented, according to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

LMPD made six arrests last night in connection with the protests, according to WHAS.

This comes in response to a second night of protests in downtown Louisville which saw the destruction of property throughout downtown and looting of stores.

10:30 a.m. - Damage to the Starbucks at Meridian and Ohio.

Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m. - Cleanup in downtown Indianapolis began early Saturday morning following a night of vandalism after peaceful protests turned violent.

13News photojournalist Joe Fenton shares a Twitter thread of what he's witnessed downtown.

Mayor Joe Hogsett requested residents stay away from downtown in a tweet so the city could address the vandalism and damage.


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