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Protesters gather at "Back the Blue" event

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Posted at 11:23 PM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-12 13:36:16-04

OMAHA, Neb. — There was one arrest made during the "Back the Blue" event at Memorial Park Saturday. Several protesters at the gathering say there was tension among them and those in support of the event.

One protester, we spoke with said they had safety concerns. They said protesters were verbally attacked with racially insensitive comments, and those in support of the rally shoved some of them.

We also spoke with the man who shot a video of the arrest and said it didn't feel like the safest environment. "As we got deeper into the crowd we heard different expletives yelled, but I didn't hear anything that was racist per se, but it presented itself as a safe place, (but) it didn't really seem that way, that's why we left," said the man who went by the name "Demo."

The Omaha Police Department said the man arrested was asked to stop yelling profanities and leave several times, but after refusing to do so, he was arrested. They say after he was taken away from the crowd, he was released with a citation.