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Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody attends US protest following George Floyd's death

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody. Picture by Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

SNOW Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has shown his solidarity with those protesting following George Floyd's death.

The Co Down singer attended a protest in Santa Monica, California on Sunday.

In a Twitter post later he appealed to people to "be safe" after trouble broke out in the city.

Looters shattered windows and emptied stores in downtown Santa Monica and Long Beach including a Gap and a Vans trainer store, where people walked out with boxes of shoes.

Others shattered the windows of another store and snatched folding chairs, a bike and backpacks. A fire broke out at a restaurant across the street.

It came after peaceful protesters had gathered in the city in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

Tens of thousands of people have joined nightly protests across the US since the death, with at least 1,600 people arrested in 22 cities as some demonstrations descended into violence.

The anti-racism protesters were voicing their fury at police brutality following the killing of the unarmed black man.

Lightbody, who is believed to have moved to Santa Monica in 2009, was among the peaceful protesters who gathered in Santa Monica.

He later tweeted to say he hoped everyone was safe after looting broke out.

In a tweet Lightbody said: "Was at the Santa Monica protest earlier and it was peaceful (looting nothing to do with the protesters), now hearing people are being tear gassed and arrested.

"Please get out of Santa Monica if you’re there and be safe. Love to you all."

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