MIAMI – Protesters in downtown Miami formed a human chain to protect a downtown CVS when others tried to break into the store and do damage Sunday night.
Video captured by Local 10 News shows the protesters who clearly didn’t want to get their message tarnished by any looting like was seen Saturday night at Bayside Marketplace.
The CVS is across the street from AmericanAirlines Arena on Biscayne Boulevard. A store window was cracked but not shattered.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said Monday morning that he wants to meet and commend the demonstrators who kept other protesters from breaking into the CVS.
I want to meet and commend these demonstrators who did the right thing and helped keep the peace. If you know who they are, please send me a tweet so we can connect. https://t.co/908cauygdV— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) June 1, 2020
“Anyone who can identify the people responsible for keeping the peace as they, themselves, properly exercised their right to assemble and protest, please reach out to the Mayor’s office via social media on the Mayor’s Facebook page ... or via Twitter @mayorgimenez,” the mayor’s office said.
Sunday marked the second day of protests in Miami after the death of George Floyd last week in police custody in Minneapolis.
Officials have blamed outside “agitators” for attempting to turn peaceful protests into chaos.
In Fort Lauderdale, some businesses on Las Olas Boulevard had their windows broken Sunday night.