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State of emergency declared after police and protesters clash in downtown Buffalo

Buffalo police officers clashed with angry protesters Saturday evening in downtown Buffalo. 

Around 1,000 people gathered around Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street to protest instances of African Americans dying at the hands of law enforcement, most recently the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

A single vehicle in the middle of Delaware Avenue had its windows busted out and tires slashed. Police began firing tear gas into the crowd as they attempted to move part of the crowd southward toward Niagara Square. Several skirmishes between the police and protesters have broken out.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz declared a state of emergency and a curfew from 10:30 p.m. Saturday  until 7 a.m. Sunday.