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UNO students, community members clean up following protests

Posted at 11:07 AM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 19:22:09-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Volunteers worked Sunday to help clean up the damage left by some protesters near 72nd and Dodge and downtown.

The protests, which were intended to be peaceful in response to the in-custody death of George Floyd, grew tense as the night went on.

People gathered in front of the Omaha Police Headquarters, the Douglas County Courthouse and around numerous businesses in the downtown area.

Authorities used various crowd control measures such as tear gas.

Some protesters spray painted graffiti on buildings and threw rocks through windows.

Police also reported a civilian was shot at 12th and Harney.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert issued the following statement on Saturday night:

"For two nights now, protesters have misused their right to lawfully assemble, risking the safety of other citizens and police officers. It is time to stop inciting violence. The Omaha Police Department is taking necessary steps to protect everyone involved. I support the actions of Chief Schmaderer. Those who break the law will be arrested and held accountable."

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, Mayor Stothert and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on Sunday. 3 News Now will show the press conference live on-air and online.

See photos and videos of the aftermath below.