Updated: May 31, 2020 12:34 AM
Created: May 31, 2020 12:03 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We want to help you understand what happened Saturday and how it spiraled out of control.
Some of what you saw on News10NBC came from journalist Andrew Hyman and photographer Jack Diamond. Both of them were attacked Saturday night.
Andrew takes you through his day covering the peaceful rally and how it all changed.
To start, let's go back to 1 p.m. and what brought people together in the first place. Andrew was at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park as hundreds of people packed onto the lawn for the Black Lives Matter rally.
Amid chants and even some singing, speakers shared their personal stories and shared frustration over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
I stood there as police pushed back on the group who had just before damaged several Rochester Police Department cars. Police fired tear gas and nonlethal shots into the crowd.
In the parking lot across from the Public Safety Building, News10NBC Photojournalist Jack Diamond and I were both grabbed by a group. I had my earpiece taken, and Jack was tackled. We were not hurt, just shaken up.
A small group grabbed me and removed my earpiece. I have left the area.— Andrew Hyman (@WHEC_AHyman) May 30, 2020
Photojournalist Jack Diamond was tackled. A group then countered and helped escort him away.— Andrew Hyman (@WHEC_AHyman) May 30, 2020
We are okay. https://t.co/94qIGZvrhY
Later, we were at Parcel 5 on Main Street, where police again fired nonlethal rounds to push back crowds.
That was just minutes before the curfew went into effect in Rochester and all of Monroe County.
Saturday started with a peaceful protest and came to a close with a curfew.
Watch the video of the incident below:
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