The Ohio Statehouse was damaged by protestors late Thursday evening, the Ohio Department of Public Security confirmed to CNN on Friday morning.
According to CNN affiliate WBNS, hundreds of protestors gathered in downtown Columbus late Thursday evening “in solidarity to show support” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“Around 9 p.m. after some protesters began to throw bottles, police warned the crowd multiple times before dispersing pepper spray into the crowd,” WBNS reports, adding, the protesters “then began to throw eggs, fireworks, smoke bombs, jugs of water and shoes” while officers attempted to control the crowd.
Here's what the scene was like: The protesters then “began to break the windows of local businesses, bus stops and even the windows and front doors of the Ohio Statehouse,” according to the affiliate.
A few protestors on the statehouse grounds “began to commit acts of vandalism, damaging some windows, light fixtures and doors,” the Ohio Department of Public Security said in a statement.
Officers were eventually able to disperse protestors from the grounds. One protester who entered the statehouse through a broken window was arrested after he fled out the back of the building, DPS said.
CNN has reached out to the Columbus Division of Police, as they are handling all charges related to this protest.
All windows and doors damaged in the incident have since been secured, according to DPS, and an investigation to document property damage will be conducted.
Columbus mayor reacts to protests: Mayor Andrew Ginther reacted to the protests happening in the city in a tweet Thursday and asked residents to "remain peaceful in their actions."
Read the tweet: