Tallahassee protests were not as “peaceful” as reported in local media, unless rocks or bricks thrown through downtown business’ windows are allowed in “peaceful” protests.
Around 5 p.m. Saturday, protestors, reportedly motivated by the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd and over several recent officer involved shootings in Tallahassee, again took to the Tallahassee streets.
Protestors were met by rows of state and local police in riot gear near the Governor’s mansion on the corner of N. Adams And Georgia Street. The crowd chanted “No Justice, No Peace” in front of the stoic law enforcement officers.
The crowd then moved up Georgia to Monroe Street. Within seconds the air filled with the sound of shattering glass as a rock or brick was thrown through one of the large windows of Envision Credit Union at 600 N Monroe St.
Protestors ducked and flinched defensively. One man jumped right out of his flip flops as he ran to the sidewalk to get away from the commotion. Several local protestors took this perceived escalation toward violence as their cue to go home. Most of the crowd re-organized in the middle of Monroe to start its march toward the Capitol.
Those protestors were an equal mix of black and white. Some were young college kids, who seemed like they were just having fun. Some were solemn and concerned with the recent uptick in recent violence. Reportedly, there were also members of Black Lives Matters, several out-of-towners, and random spectators.
The crowd was now very close to where, earlier Saturday, a truck drove through the protestors, hitting several protestors, but not seriously injuring anyone. The driver was immediately taken into custody by Tallahassee Police.
As the crowd again passed alongside a former credit union building, located less than a block further along the route, another loud crash filled the air as someone threw another rock or brick through another window.
A Tallahassee police patrol car rounded the corner as the last shards hit the ground. A WCTV camera and reporter were stationed on the corner, just yards from the broken window. The reporter was joking and laughing with protestors just before the window was hit.
The rock/brick throwing incidents were reported to state troopers gearing up in the parking lot behind the former credit union.