Gov. Mike DeWine Holding Press Conference On Protests In Downtown Columbus

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Gov. Mike DeWine is set to hold a press conference Friday afternoon to "discuss the events yesterday and this morning at the Ohio Statehouse and downtown Columbus."

The briefing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Watch below, courtesy of the Ohio Channel.

Around 400 people gathered at Broad and High Streets in downtown Columbus on Thursday night as part of a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody.

A viral video of an officer kneeling on Floyd's neck, while Floyd pleads for help, sparked several nights of unrest in Minneapolis and around the country. Activists and lawmakers are calling for criminal charges against the officers, four of whom were fired from the department.

One officer, Derek Chauvin, was taken into custody Friday afternoon by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, MPR reports.

In Columbus, several protesters were arrested after clashes with Columbus Police, who used pepper spray on the crowds when they began throwing water bottles, trash cans and other items. Demonstrators broke windows at the Ohio Statehouse, Ohio Theatre and nearby businesses.