Officers hurt, businesses destroyed as protests turn violent in Lynchburg

Originally peaceful protests turned violent

View from the intersection of Fifth and Jackson streets, looking toward Polk Street at the police line at 1:48 a.m. on June 1, 2020.
View from the intersection of Fifth and Jackson streets, looking toward Polk Street at the police line at 1:48 a.m. on June 1, 2020. (WSLS 10)

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Several officers are hurt and two people were arrested after peaceful protests turned violent Sunday night into Monday morning in Lynchburg.

Shayne Dwyer WSLS 10 News is still in Lynchburg as authorities work to disperse a crowd. **WARNING: This video may contain profanity**

Posted by WSLS 10 / WSLS.com on Sunday, May 31, 2020

Demonstrations started Sunday afternoon outside of Fifth and Federal, a Lynchburg restaurant that supported a tweet from Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. that showed a picture of a face mask with the blackface photo from Gov. Northam’s yearbook page on it.

The business has since issued a statement apologizing to anyone who thought they were supporting racism. Rather, they, "stand for freedom from the oppressive government actions of Governor Northam.”

Demonstrations were originally focused on the restaurant’s response to Falwell’s tweet, but then shifted to George Floyd and the treatment of African Americans.

Later on, protests became violent. Protesters were seen throwing rocks into Adams Motor Company and destroying property. The police department says protesters damaged property along 5th Street, including police cars and an ABC store near the intersection of 12th and Church.

*WARNING: The video below may contain profanity*


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