By Peter Brennan
The Pennsylvania National Guard is in place today after Philly officials closed off much of the center of the city after peaceful protests over George Floyd’s death turned into a night of destruction with store windows smashed near City Hall, merchandise taken from stores and police and other vehicles and structures set afire.
But people were running into multiple stores in Northeast Philly and emerging with merchandise as disorder continued for a second day elsewhere in the city.
In West Philly, police fired tear gas, as people were seen running from at least one store with goods and other police cars were ablaze or otherwise damaged.
National Guard surrounding City Hall in #Philadelphia. Guardsmen arrived at around 1am. They’ll watch over City Hall and other “sensitive areas” so that more police officers are available to stop looters. @6abc pic.twitter.com/1j8Zk2KHoU
— TaRhonda Thomas (@TaRhondaThomas) June 1, 2020