Protest turns violent in San Jose following death of George Floyd

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – A protest scheduled for Friday afternoon is still going on and gaining a lot of attention in San Jose.

This after the death of George Floyd, whose death sparked a national outcry after video shared to social media shows his begging for his life while being pinned to the ground by the knee of a white police officer.

The protest was reportedly held in downtown San Jose and even made its way to Highway 101, blocking a large portion of the highway.

Video shows large groups chanting things like, “Black lives matter” and “No justice, no peace, no racist police”.

More video shows people busting a car window on the highway.

A San Jose police officer was seen on the ground near the bottom of a car, not moving. Other officers and a citizen helped carry him to a safe location.

San Jose police confirmed that one of their officers was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officials have not released further details regarding the status of the officer.

Several San Jose police cars were also vandalized, shown in video sent in from the protest.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo joined KRON4 News to discuss how the city is responding to the protests.

He said officers are not going to provoke a violent response and they’re not going to be provoked. He did say officers will arrest people who cross the line and they’re going to try and disperse that crowd.

Check back for updates as this is a developing story

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