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Mayor: ‘A sad night in Charleston’ after protests turn to rioting

By Patrick Phillips | May 31, 2020 at 8:58 AM EDT - Updated May 31 at 9:03 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg vowed that more forces will be brought to bear Sunday night and in the foreseeable future following a night of riots.

Tecklenburg said he “totally aligned with the need for justice" in death of George Floyd, who died Monday while in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death sparked a week of violence in Minneapolis that has spread to cities nationwide.

“But you can’t rectify that with violence and civil disorder,” he said. “And that’s clear. And so, we just can’t tolerate that.”

Tecklenburg said it was “a band of thugs who were intent upon civil unrest and looting" and said those folks will not be allowed to do that again.

Police Chief Luther Reynolds estimated 10 people had been arrested Saturday night but said additional arrests and charges are likely as the investigation into the rioting.

He said none of his police officers suffered substantial injuries during the incident.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Photo: Live 5 News

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