‘Unlawful assembly’ declared after objects thrown at officers near SDPD headquarters

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego police declared an “unlawful assembly” outside of the department’s East Village headquarters late Monday after a protest there escalated.

Around 6 p.m., protesters lined up against a police line near the intersection of 13th Street and Broadway, chanting the name of George Floyd, who died last Monday in Minneapolis after he was taken into police custody. Authorities closed Broadway between 13th and 15th streets to vehicles to prevent injuries.

Many protesters proceeded to march through the Balboa Park area to Hillcrest, chanting “no justice, no peace” and “I can’t breathe.”

Near the Pride Flag in the 1500 block of University Avenue, officers arrested at least one person on a vandalism charge for tagging, according to police.

Around 10:30 p.m., police ordered people to clear the 1400 block of Broadway after fireworks and other objects were thrown at officers.

“Those who remain or return against this lawful order may be cited/arrested and risk exposure to chemical agents & less-lethal force applications,” San Diego police said in a tweet.

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