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VIDEO BLOG: Violent protests continue across Tampa Bay, police use non-lethal force

Posted at 8:25 PM, May 31, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. — On Sunday, protests continued across the Tampa Bay area in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Protesters and law enforcement both took to the streets once again after Saturday's peaceful protests took a violent turn at night. During Saturday night's protests, several stores were looted and some were even set on fire.


The protests come after the death of George Floyd. Floyd was a 46-year-old man who died Monday night after Derek Chauvin, a now-fired Minneapolis police officer who was charged with third-degree murder on Friday, knelt on his neck for several minutes, despite pleas from Floyd and bystanders.

Monday, June 1

  • 6:00 AM | Associated Press tally shows at least 4,100 people arrested over days of protests since killing of George Floyd.

Sunday, May 31

10:15 PM | Large crowds have appeared to disperse near Curtis Hixon park in downtown Tampa, Haley Bull reports.

9:55 PM | Polk County declares a local state of emergency through 5 a.m., Monday.

9:35 PM | Tampa police arrest a protester near Curtis Hixon Park

Tampa police officers arrest a protester near Curtis Hixon Park

9:15 PM | Police move forward to remove protesters from Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa

Police move forward to remove protesters from Curtis Hixon park in Downtown Tampa

9:05 PM | Businesses in Ybor City are boarding up to protect themselves from the unrest.

8:35 PM | Non-lethal force used by Tampa police officers at Curtis Hixon Park.

Non-lethal force used by Tampa police at protesters near Curtis Hixon Park

8:23 PM | Fire in the streets at MLK and N 22nd St as violent protests continue in Tampa.

8:20 PM | Tampa police use non-lethal force and begin tear gassing protesters

Tampa police shoot rubber bullets, pepper spray during protests

8 PM | TPD determining what course or action officers will take against people violating the curfew. Some people are starting to disperse, McKenna King reports.

7:30 PM | Protesters have gathered near Curtis Hixon.

6 PM | Chaotic moments arised after peaceful protests in Tampa

Chaotic moments arise after peaceful protest in Tampa

4:30 PM | Mayor Jane Castor issues 7:30 p.m. curfew for Tampa residents.

Mayor Castor issues curfew for the City of Tampa

3 PM | Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister addresses the violent protesting and looting in Tampa Saturday night

Hillsborough Co. Sheriff Chad Chonister address violent protest and looting in Tampa