Tampa Bay area protests turned violent on Saturday night as hundreds took to the streets.

Protesters looted and burglarized about 40 Tampa businesses and five of those were set on fire, including a gas station and a Champs Sports store. Most of the violence centred around the University Mall area.

During a press conference Sunday morning, Tampa Police Chief Dugan said, “If you are peaceful protester, I’m asking you to stay home. Do not come out. It’s a different tone right now…the behavior that took place last night will not be tolerated today.”

Chief Holloway of the St. Pete Police had this message for protesters:

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Rachel PItts is a 20+ year radio veteran covers all things Philly for Beasley Media Group Philadelphia as the Digital Program Director. This includes 97.5 The Fanatic, WMMR, WMGK, 92.5 XTU and BEN FM. A graduate from the Universaity of South Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. Previously was the Digital Program Director for Beasley Media Group Tampa. Has been the co-host of "Theme Parks & Rec Podcast" and of the Tampa Bay Lightning backed podcast called, "Game Mizconduct".

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