A peaceful but emotional afternoon protest over the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody took a violent turn Saturday after dark when people began vandalizing and looting downtown businesses.

Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds and arrested six people on various charges, including assault and rioting. Rivard Report Photo Editor Scott Ball documented the protest and its violent aftermath, but his camera containing images of some of the events leading up to the outbreak of violence was stolen by individuals in the crowd as Ball tried to document the increasing mayhem.

Here are images from the protest march and the later turmoil on San Antonio’s downtown streets.

Michelle Washington cries for help among fellow protesters as she talks about her son, Franklin Crawford, who is in the Bexar County jail. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Jimiese Crawford chants during the march, which police estimated attracted thousands of participants. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Protesters march toward the Public Safety Headquarters. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Members of This Is Texas Freedom Force assemble Saturday at the Alamo Cenotaph to protect the monument after it was vandalized by spray-painted graffiti Friday. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Gov. Greg Abbott assigned 75 Texas Department of Public Safety state troopers for additional support during the protest and march. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Protesters assemble outside of the Public Safety Headquarters in response to the death of George Floyd.
Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
An estimated 5,000 protesters marched through downtown San Antonio following the death of George Floyd, which has sparked protests across the nation. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Protestors gesture and shout toward police officers on top of the parking garage of the city’s Public Safety Headquarters. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Downtown drivers are stuck in the middle of the march, which included thousands of protesters. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
A protester holds a sign encouraging community members to speak up against police brutality. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Looters destroy shop windows and steal items from retail stores along Houston Street near Alamo Plaza on Saturday night. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Protestors run as police begin using tear-gas to break up crowds that broke into and looted shops at Alamo Plaza.
Protesters run as police begin using tear-gas to disperse crowds that broke into and looted shops in Alamo Plaza. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Scott Ball

Scott Ball

Scott Ball is the Rivard Report's photo editor and a native San Antonian.