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News vehicles vandalized, set on fire amid unlawful assembly

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Posted at 10:56 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 23:56:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 41 Action News vehicle was vandalized and set on fire Sunday night after peaceful protests were declared an unlawful assembly.

Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department crews responded just after 10 p.m. to the area of 46th and Main streets to extinguish the blaze. They told the news crew on scene that the fire was set inside the vehicle.

The fire was put out quickly. KCFD said the windows were punched out before the fire was started.

41 Action News Anchor Kevin Holmes said that it was “very disturbing” to see the vehicle set on fire, but the actions “will not deter our love for such a wonderful place and will not deter us for being a conduit for the community.”

“Even though this hurts we will advocate,” Holmes said. “Help us help you.”

The 41 Action News crew assigned to the vehicle was not injured. However, prior to the fire being set, rocks and bricks were thrown at news teams who had located to an area church while covering the protests.

A news vehicle from another station was also vandalized.