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'It's heartbreaking': Franklin County Sheriff reacts to damage in downtown Columbus following protest

People vandalized areas of downtown Columbus following a protest that started Thursday night to show support after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis a few days ago.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - People vandalized areas of downtown Columbus following a protest that started Thursday night to show support after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis a few days ago.

Hundreds had gathered at N. High Street and Broad Street.

After throwing several items including bottles, eggs, fireworks, smoke bombs, jugs of water and shoes, police pushed the group to N. High St. and State St. where protesters began to break the windows of local businesses, bus stops and even the windows and front doors of the Ohio Statehouse.

From there, protesters moved down to N. High St. and Town St. where they began breaking into businesses and looting from a local convenience store.

When asked what he thought when he looked around downtown Columbus early Friday morning, Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin told 10TV, "It's heartbreaking."

"I've worked around this city a long time in law enforcement; we care about the city," he continued. "Although we really respect people's right to protest, and to express their feelings, we hate to see the property damage, because ultimately, you and I, everybody pays for that damage."

Baldwin said deputies were called off the street to come to the courthouses because Columbus police officers were busy handling the Statehouse and other areas.

He said there was some minor damage at Franklin County Municipal Court and Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

George Floyd died in Minnesota after an officer knelt on his neck until he became unresponsive, which has led to many protests across the country.

When Baldwin was asked about what he had to say about the emotion and anger in the community, he told 10TV, "We are as offended as anyone else when someone in our profession does the wrong thing. The people that hate bad cops more than anybody else are good cops."