Social media videos show damage, people breaking into Whataburger, Shops at Rivercenter after peaceful protests in downtown San Antonio

Curfew in effect for downtown San Antonio area Sunday

The Whataburger in downtown San Antonio was damaged after peaceful protests turn chaotic late Saturday night.

SAN ANTONIO – Videos circulating on social media showed some of the damage and destruction in downtown San Antonio late Saturday night after thousands gathered for a peaceful protest and marched earlier in the day to speak out against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd.

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A group of individuals were seen smashing glass windows at the Whataburger on East Commerce and another group of people allegedly broke into the Shops at the Rivercenter and damaged the inside of the downtown mall.

One of the most shared videos on Twitter was initially posted by a user with the handle “BigChuckTX.”

It showed people breaking into the restaurant and others walking down the street spray-painting walls and windows, and throwing recycling bins at other businesses.

The user took down the video, but it had already been shared by multiple people and had more than 36,000 views and more than a 130 retweets as of Sunday morning.

Other videos showed people break into the Shops at Rivercenter. Alarms went off inside the facility as several people made their way inside. Fire extinguishers were reportedly thrown at the mall.

Video from SKY12 also showed people throw recycle bins on the street.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said a full assessment of the damage would not be known until later next week.

McManus described these individuals as “agitators” and said the groups who protested earlier in the day were peaceful and there were no issues.

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KSAT’s Dillon Collier reported Sunday morning that at least six people had been arrested and face a variety of charges.

In response to the damage, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg imposed a curfew for the central district in San Antonio that is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.


About the Author:

RJ Marquez is co-host of KSAT News Now and reports for Good Morning San Antonio. He's been at KSAT since 2010 and covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms, including his Spurs newsletter. RJ has reported stories for KSAT Explains.