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30 May, 2020 18:02

College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta vandalized, looted amid protests at George Floyd death (VIDEO)

College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta vandalized, looted amid protests at George Floyd death (VIDEO)

The College Football Hall of Fame was damaged and looted in the riots which hit downtown Atlanta on Friday as part of the wave of unrest after the police killing of George Floyd.

Riots broke out across the US in the wake of Floyd's death, but Atlanta was among the areas worst hit as a state of emergency was declared and the National Guard called in.

The destruction included damage to the College Hall of Fame, which had its windows smashed and gift shop raided. 

It is said to be unclear whether the museum section of the building was affected by the vandalism. 

“Protesters continue damaging businesses, looting and setting fire to buildings,” said Sgt. John Chafee of the Atlanta Police Department on Saturday morning.

“There has been looting at the College Football Hall of Fame… and many other businesses.

"We are grateful for the assistance being provided by multiple local and state law enforcement partners as we work to minimize the damage being caused by these individuals and to restore order in our city.”

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The death of 46-year-old African American Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked peaceful protest but also violent outrage across the country.

As well as the College Hall of Fame building in Atlanta, demonstrators smashed police cars and targeted the CNN headquarters in the city.

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