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21 arrested following 72nd & Dodge St protest

Posted at 11:25 AM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 19:23:53-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — According to Omaha Police, 21 people were arrested overnight after failing to leave from the area of a protest that was held in response to the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The protest began peacefully around 6 p.m. Friday at the intersection of 72nd and Dodge Streets.

Over 1,000 people showed up and parts of Dodge St were eventually blocked off.

Around 8 p.m., the protest began to escalate with Omaha Police deploying tear gas and using physical force in attempt to control the crowd. Some confrontations occurred between police and protesters.

Later in the night, a window of Target was broken by protesters with Omaha Police shooting rubber bullets at those nearby. Other businesses in the area were also vandalized.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said the following on Twitter Saturday:

Omaha Police and Mayor Jean Stothert spoke at a press conference on Saturday about the protest. Watch here.