Officer stabbed in neck, vehicles damaged in downtown Jacksonville violence

Jacksonville, FL — Hours after a peaceful demonstration outside the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Duval County Jail, groups of people took violent action against Jacksonville Police and other first responders.

One officer was stabbed or slashed in the neck, according to Sheriff Mike Williams. The officers’ condition was not provided.

At least one JSO cruiser was on fire, and others were damaged when people jumped on top of them.

Sheriff Williams said the original protest was peaceful. But at approximately 6:30 pm, around 200 people began to ‘confront police officers, throw rocks and vandalize police cars’. That is when one officer was stabbed or slashed in the neck.

WOKV’s Hannah Lee was live on the air as police fired gas on the crowds in an attempt to get them to disperse. She witnessed multiple arrests.

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