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Rep. Beatty, Columbus City Council President Hardin call for peaceful protesting after being pepper-sprayed

Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin tweeted that he, United States Representative Joyce Beatty, and Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce were hit with pepper spray or mace during Saturday's protest downtown.
A screengrab from a video tweeted by Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin showing him, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, and Franklin Co. Commissioner Kevin Boyce after they were hit with mace or pepper spray at a protest in downtown Columbus, 05/30/2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin tweeted that he, United States Representative Joyce Beatty, and Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce were hit with pepper spray or mace during Saturday's protest downtown.

Hardin tweeted they are ok and encouraged protesters and police to remain calm.

People gathered Saturday morning at the Ohio Statehouse and in the general downtown area to protest following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week.

In the video tweeted by Hardin, he said they were at the peaceful protest and part of it got out of hand.

Hardin said, "The only way we will get change is by peaceful demonstrations."

Rep. Beatty said there were times when people got into the street but too much force is not the answer.

"They were well organized for 99% of it. They marched. They had incredible signs. We came out to support them and be with them," Beatty said.

Boyce also called on all of the people in Columbus to protest peacefully.