Police protesters spray-paint statue, damage fountain in Chattanooga; at least six arrested in mostly peaceful demonstrations

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Police and protesters clash at the intersection of Frazier and Tremont streets during a protest over the death of George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

At least six protesters have been arrested as largely peaceful protests in Chattanooga sporadically turned violent at nightfall.

Hundreds of Chattanoogans have protested police violence across the city since as early as noon on Saturday and are still going well into the night.

They are responding to the caught-on-video killing of George Floyd, an African American man in Minneapolis who died as a police officer knelt on his neck for minutes on end as Floyd pleaded that he couldn't breathe.

The Chattanooga protests have consisted mostly of peaceful marches around the city, such as when hundreds of activists took to the middle of the street on Frazier Avenue. Shortly after dark, dozens of Chattanooga police and other law enforcement agencies formed a police line for crowd control.

The protesters were then allowed to span across the intersection of Frazier and Tremont Street, where one mild physical altercation broke out.