BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - All clear and quiet on a Sunday morning in Buffalo. A sharp contrast to the events that transpired hours earlier on Saturday night,
A path of damage can be traced back to the protests that began in Niagara Square at 5pm.
"Physical altercations are happening right in front of me," said Tim Wenger, who anchored LIVE coverage of the riots and violence on WBEN. "Police are moving in a line on Delaware Avenue from Mohawk, trying to push these protestors back into Niagara Square."
Police, in riot gear, with face shields and batons, were using tear gas to disperse the crowd.
"There is no place for breaking windows, for setting vehicles on fire, for pulling people out of cars and beating them," said Mayor Byron Brown. "There is no place for violence and vandalism to express your opinion and make your point."
Late into the night, after a bail bonds van was set ablaze in Niagara Square, one of the protestors threw a flammable object through a city hall window, starting a small fire.
Damage was mainly vehicles torched, windows broken and looting. The level of violence, Rinaldo said was kept to a minimum.
Every police agency in Erie County was called in to help last night.
A state of emergency was declared shortly after 10pm Saturday. A curfew was put in place from 10:30pm until 7:00 this morning countywide.
Sunday morning, there were signs of the city coming back to life. City workers and volunteers were seen cleaning up Niagara Square.