Pepper spray, tear gas used to stop Dallas, Houston protests

Protesters stop and chant "I can't breathe" as they march northbound on 288 just south of Tuam Street during a demonstration related to the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died Memorial Day while in the custody of the Minneapolis police, in Houston, Friday, May 29, 2020. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

By JOHN L. MONE and TERRY WALLACE, the Associated Press

Police in Texas’ two largest cities have deployed pepper spray and tear gas as protests escalated over the death of Houston native George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Protesters in Houston blocked highway entrances and threw objects at officers after what had been a day of largely peaceful demonstrations. Some clashed with police at several occasions downtown Friday evening, with officers deploying tear gas or pepper spray to disperse crowds, including one confrontation that took place near police headquarters. A similar escalation developed in Dallas, where a rally before hundreds of demonstrators at police headquarters escalated when demonstrators marched downtown to an intersection near City Hall.