KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 41 Action News vehicle was vandalized and set on fire Sunday night after peaceful protests were declared an unlawful assembly.
One of our @41actionnews cars is on fire pic.twitter.com/oXlKlEMIOD— Tyler Navas 📹📸 (@navasphoto) June 1, 2020
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.
.@KCMOFireDept crews now putting out the fire set to our car. @41actionnews pic.twitter.com/bhpBNETu5s— Ariel Rothfield KSHB (@arothfield) June 1, 2020
The fire was put out quickly. KCFD said the windows were punched out before the fire was started.
The aftermath. @41actionnews pic.twitter.com/PZhHn5t8SE— Megan Strickland (@StricklyMeg) June 1, 2020
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.”
I love Kansas City. We at @41actionnews love Kansas City. This 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. Help us help you 🙏🏿— Kevin Holmes (@kholmesKSHB) June 1, 2020
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.