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KCPD receives positive feedback from Unity March, reports fewer protest arrests

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Posted at 6:17 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 07:17:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following a police and community march Wednesday, Kansas City, Missouri, police again reported a successful night of protests near the Country Club Plaza.

KCPD spokesperson Sgt. Jacob Becchina said in an email that, "once again, tonight was our best night yet."

Arrests for unrest at the protests have decreased since the weekend. Tuesday night, 25 people were arrested. Becchina said that it was even less Wednesday night.

For a second night in a row, KCPD said they did not deploy any tear gas.

KCPD said they felt like the Unity March was successful early in the evening.

Becchina said that the march finished at Mill Creek Park where officers and attendees mingled, and KCPD received feedback that they would have liked to be able to talk to those officers longer.

However, despite positive feedback, some protesters still said they did not want unity with the police until changes are made.

While at the march, KCPD Chief Richard Smith announced the department secured funding for police body cameras, one of the demands local protesters have made to the department.

Protests are expected to continue again Thursday night, and the Country Club Plaza will remain closed.