Columbus protest over George Floyd's death turns violent

Protesters hold signs and walk past a line of police in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, May 28, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. Columbus police used pepper spray to disperse protesters after some threw plastic bottles of water, smoke bombs and other items at police. Windows at the Statehouse and in bus stations along High Street were shattered, trash cans were tossed and decorative planters wrecked. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)Barbara J. Perenic/AP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A crowd of protesters in downtown Columbus clashed with local police during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Around 400 people turned out Thursday night.

A key downtown intersection near the Ohio Statehouse was blocked for hours.

The demonstration began as a peaceful protest, but news outlets reported protesters began throwing objects like water bottles and police responded with tear gas.

News outlets report demonstrators left smashed storefront windows along downtown streets and tried to breach the statehouse.

Neither Columbus police nor state troopers could be reached for comment.