DALLAS, Texas — About 700 protesters took to the streets of downtown Dallas on Saturday afternoon in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police.
The protests that had been largely peaceful took a turn come Saturday evening as protesters damaged several Dallas police squad cars and officers deployed "gas" and flash bangs in response to disperse them.
Dallas police said they made at least 74 arrests on Saturday night. Those arrested were charged with inciting a riot.
Protesters also badly beat a man Saturday night after he confronted them carrying a machete to “allegedly protect his neighborhood,” according to police Sgt. Warren Mitchell.
Brief videos of the confrontation posted on social media appear to show protesters throwing things at a man carrying a long object. He then raises it and chases one of them as someone is heard screaming.
Moments later, a group of people can be seen punching and kicking the man, before clearing away to leave him immobile and bleeding in the street.
Mitchell said the man is at a hospital in stable condition and the incident is under investigation.