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Philadelphia Police Arrest 6 Accused Of Vandalizing State Police Cruisers During May Riot

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Police in Philadelphia have arrested six people who allegedly damaged state police cruisers during rioting on May 30.

Protests over the death of George Floyd cropped up nationwide that weekend. Although the majority were peaceful, some devolved into rioting and outbreaks of violence– including in Philadelphia, where Mayor James Kenney enacted am 8 p.m. curfew. Days later, he moved it to 6 p.m.

The suspects, five men and one juvenile, allegedly battered two state police vehicles with hammers, bike locks and other objects during the demonstrations at the intersection of Vine and Broad streets, Fox 29 Philadelphia reported.

They’re also accused of stealing equipment from the vandalized vehicles.

The suspects are now all in custody after police nabbed four of them while serving a warrant on Wednesday morning, according to the report.

Authorities identified the five adult suspects as Luke Cossman and Steven Anderson, of Levittown, Sammy Rivera and Francisco Reyes, of Philadelphia, and William Besaw, of Montgomery County. The minor’s identity was not released.

Floyd was killed in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. The four officers involved in his death have since been fired and face a slew of charges.

Protests that began as peaceful assemblies condemning police brutality and racism spiraled out of control at times. Philadelphia saw stores looted, city police vehicles torched and … (Read more)