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Columbus police declare emergency in downtown area following protests

On Friday night, five people were arrested and two officers were injured.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus police have declared an emergency in the city's downtown area on Saturday.

Police say people should stay away from the area.

This comes after several recent protests that have taken place in reaction to the death of George Floyd.

People gathered Saturday morning at the Ohio Statehouse to protest following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week.

The man who knelt on Floyd's neck, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with murder Friday.

There were also signs being held Saturday protesting the death of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.

Arbery was killed in February by a father and son who armed themselves and pursued him after seeing him running in their neighborhood.

Saturday's gathering follows two nights of protests in downtown Columbus.

On Friday night, five people were arrested and two officers were injured.

RELATED: Columbus Police: 2 officers injured, 5 people arrested during second night of George Floyd protests

There was a lot of damage to downtown Columbus because of vandalism that stemmed from the protests Thursday night.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has called the protests appropriate but people need to protest peacefully.

RELATED: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine calls for protests to be peaceful

Protesters also chanted the names of Henry Green and Tyre King on Saturday.

Green was shot and killed in 2016 by an undercover Columbus police officer. Police said Green ignored commands to drop his gun during the incident. Court documents and depositions say Green shot at officers, who then returned fire.

King was shot and killed in 2016 after a Columbus police officer. Police said they were looking for two robbery suspects in the area. While trying to take the suspects into custody, police said King pulled what officers believed to be a gun from his waistband. It was later determined the weapon was a BB gun that looked like a real firearm.

You can watch coverage of the protests in Columbus below from our sister station WBNS 10TV. (May contain explicit language)

LIVE: Police have declared an emergency in downtown Columbus on the third day of protests. https://bit.ly/2Ao3vwd

Posted by 10TV - WBNS on Saturday, May 30, 2020

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