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After night of destruction and violence, clean up begins in Plaza before new protest Sunday

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Posted at 5:27 AM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 10:03:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Things are quiet on the Country Club Plaza Sunday morning, following protests that turned violent Saturday night.

Streets are still blocked off by police on the Plaza, and Kansas Citians are starting to clean up.

Beverly Green was going to take her morning walk, but after seeing the amount of trash, she began cleaning up.

"This is my city, and this is ridiculous," said Green. "I do understand that we do have a problem in other cities with policeman. We have good officers here."

KC native, Martin Davis, teared up as he got a better look at the Plaza this morning.

"There's gotta be a better way. We can't do it like this. We've been doing it like this for years. We've been doing it like this for years, and nothing has ever changed," said Davis.

As of midnight, Kansas City Police say they arrested more than 50 people, and more than 10 people suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Protesters began gathering on the Plaza around 4 p.m. on Saturday. For several hours, protests were peaceful as people expressed their discontent and grief over thedeath of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

As the night went on, things took a turn. Businesses were looted and vandalized, rocks and bottles were thrown, vehicles were started on fire including a police vehicle, a flag was burned and police dispersed tear gas several times throughout the night.

Police from all over the area were called in to assist, including Missouri State Highway Patrol, Olathe police, Overland Park police and Johnson County Sheriff's deputies.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency.

Another protest is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at J.C. Nichols fountain.