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Following George Floyd protests, Boston police confirm 7 officers hospitalized, about 40 arrests

Police stood in front of a store outside of Downtown Crossing after the windows were smashed following a march to protest the death of George Floyd.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Boston police issued a community alert early Monday following Sunday’s peaceful rallies that turned violent by night, stating 7 officers were transported to the hospital, 21 police cruisers were damaged, and about 40 individuals were arrested.

The department tweeted the update at around 3 a.m. in the wake of rallies and marches that took place across the city to protest the death of George Floyd and other Black Americans who have died at the hands of police. The protests were largely peaceful during the day, but mayhem ensued by night, as demonstrators pelted police with bottles and cans, torched a police cruiser, damaged vehicles, and looted stores throughout Downtown Crossing and the Back Bay.


Protesters and police clash following march to protest death of George Floyd
Protesters and police clash after a peaceful march to the State House to protest the death of George Floyd. (Shelby Lum|Globe Staff)

Boston police told protesters to vacate the area at around 10 p.m., stating “the peaceful protest ended hours ago.”

Reports of tension throughout the city continued until at least 1 a.m.

Protestors linked arms in front of the Police line on Tremont Street. Blake Nissen for the Boston Globe
A police cruiser burned behind the Police line near the intersection of Park and Tremont streets.Blake Nissen for the Boston Globe

Brittany Bowker can be reached at brittany.bowker@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @brittbowker and on Instagram @brittbowker.