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George Floyd protests swarm Manhattan, Brooklyn; over 100 arrested amid violence

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For the third night in a row, protesters are coursing through the streets of New York City, with over 100 arrests, injuries to police officers and attacks on police vehicles, echoes of the violence that convulsed Brooklyn the night before.
NEW YORK — For the third night in a row, protesters are coursing through the streets of New York City, with over 100 arrests, injuries to police officers and attacks on police vehicles, echoes of the violence that convulsed Brooklyn the night before. Protesters have variably shut down the FDR Drive, the West Side Highway, and Brooklyn-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge. Mass protests are occurring in various places in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Large crowds have squared off with the police in Union Square, Columbus Circle, lower Manhattan and in several neighborhoods in Brooklyn, including the area around Barclays Center. Demonstrations during daylight hours were mostly peaceful, but as evening fell protesters hurled objects at officers, set numerous fires, torched and smashed police vehicles and blocked roads with garbage and wreckage. Dangerous confrontations flared repeatedly. Video showed two police cruisers lurching into a crowd of demonstrators on a Brooklyn street, knocking several to the ground, after people attacked it with thrown objects, including something on fire. It was unclear whether anyone was hurt. In numerous flare-ups, officers sprayed crowds with chemicals. Protesters smashed the windows on police vehicles, sprayed them with paint and set a patrol car on fire. Videos showed protesters dancing on top of a smashed police van, its lights still flashing. The protests, among many around the country over the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minnesota, came a day after several thousand people faced off with a force of officers on the streets around a Brooklyn sports arena.

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