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KCMO mayor joined protests Monday; event later deemed unlawful assembly

Posted at 7:48 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 08:13:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 11:03 p.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, police shared a photo of some items that were thrown at them during the fourth night of protests in response to the death of George Floyd.

10:54 p.m. | Gas has been spotted at Grand and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard.

10:48 p.m. | Protesters are now heading toward Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard.

10:39 p.m. | Protesters are gathered at Main Street near 46th Street.

10:30 p.m. | Officer told protesters that if they don't leave they will be arrested.

10:22 p.m. | KCPD has deemed tonight's protest an unlawful assembly.

9:40 p.m. | Some of the protesters that had been marching in different parts of the city earlier Monday appear to have returned to Mill Creek Park.

9:20 p.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas remains among protesters Monday night at Mill Creek Park.

9:15 p.m. | In a 9 p.m. police briefing, a Kansas City, Missouri, Police spokesperson said about 10 arrests have been made so far Monday night.

9:11 p.m. | The group of protesters that had been marching in Midtown appear to be heading back south.

8:50 p.m. | While dozens of protesters are marching in Midtown Kansas City, Mill Creek Park has far fewer people tonight than the previous three nights.

8:45 p.m. | A group of protesters has been marching in the last few minutes in the area of 31st Street and Linwood Boulevard.

8:20 p.m. | As the sun begins to set, protesters are continuing to take their cause on the move. Much like similar evenings, protesters have been marching around Midtown.

Kansas City, Missouri, police said area law enforcement agencies have been called as protests continue for a fourth night in the city.

Sgt. Jake Becchina said at an 8 p.m. briefing that KCPD had contacted some agencies in Johnson County, including the Overland Park and Olathe police departments and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Becchina said the protest has grown over the last couple of hours. About half a dozen arrests have been made so far on Monday, Becchina said.

Protesters on Monday were marching north from the Country Club Plaza.

EARLIER | Protests on Monday afternoon remained peaceful in Kansas City, Missouri, before a “second wave” rolled in, but police said they would be “patient” with the crowd.

"We've heard this over the last couple of days, so many times. One or two bad apples shouldn't spoil the bunch,” police spokesperson Sgt. Jake Becchina said during a 7 p.m. press briefing. “We appreciate that so much. One of the things we ask is if there's protesters in the crowd and there are people that are throwing things and inciting things, help your friends out because those people that are inciting things and throwing things are going to ruin the protests for everyone.”

Becchina said that once items start being thrown at officers, the situation is unsafe for peaceful protesters, as well as officers.

“That's when we get into this area where we are declaring an illegal gathering, where we are declaring that people need to clear the area,” he said.

There have been about six arrests so far, according to Becchina, and people have traveled as far as 43rd and Main streets before turning back south to the Country Club Plaza area.

Police already have detained people with bags filled with rocks and urine-soaked items..