Gov. Whitmer looks at Lansing damage a day after protests

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LANSING — Windows were broken at the Lansing building that houses the office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd turned violent.

Whitmer said many protesters were “focused on solving problems” but that others wanted to cause harm.

“I think that undermines the work that we need to do in this country, and I’m hopeful we don’t see more of it,” Whitmer said Monday after examining the damage.

Windows were broken Sunday night at the Romney Building, which houses Whitmer’s office, and Boji Tower, which has government offices and private businesses.

Police shot tear gas at about 8 p.m., the Lansing State Journal reported, about an hour before a curfew. Earlier, a car was flipped and set on fire.

“It was initially a great idea and an opportunity for people to express their First Amendment, constitutional rights,” Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green said. “But it wasn’t a reason for people to loot, commit arson, assault police officers with bottles, rocks, liquids, assault civilians. This was definitely nothing that I would title as a good protest.”

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