Today's Kansas City #BlackLivesMatter protest started with wonderful intentions and the crowd initially obeyed social distancing rules and focused on PEACEFUL advocacy.
And then infighting among activists eventually broke out . . .
From info we've gathered so far, the dust up among protesters was actually a beef betwixt more militant protesters wanting to start trouble and those who wanted keep things peaceful.
Police moved in when a gun was spotted in the crowd.
After that people started throwing junk and the protest moved beyond Mill Creek Park and into The Plaza along 47th street . . .
And so . . .
THE KANSAS CITY BLACK LIVES MATTER ENDED WITH SCUFFLING, GUNPLAY FEAR AND THE CROWD SCATTERING!!!
UPDATE . . . Another faction of protesters are now marching down Ward Parkway in the middle of the street whilst others continue to circle the Plaza as police block some streets.
UPDATE: Another sizable faction of protesters are marching up Main and blocking traffic . . .
Here's MSM coverage that offers a hint of the good intentions gone astray.
Plaza Protest 500 Strong
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Black Lives Matter Kansas City held a protest at The Plaza on Friday evening. The protest began around 3 p.m. near the J.C. Nichols Fountain. The police provided an update to the media at 8 p.m. and said that the protest had remained peaceful.
Solidarity In Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hundreds of protesters gathered Friday afternoon at the J.C. Nichols Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, joining thousands of others across the nation in protest of the murder of George Floyd . The demonstration has remained peaceful, but KCPD called additional officers to the scene shortly after 5:30 p.m.
Protest Started Peacefully
A couple hundred people turned out for a peaceful protest in Midtown Kansas City on Friday, the first of what was expected to be a weekend of such events triggered by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week.
Local Protest Overview
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hundreds of protesters have gathered at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, angry over the death of George Floyd. The handcuffed black man died while in Minneapolis police custody, and on Friday, former Officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck as Floyd repeatedly said he couldn't breathe, was charged in his murder.
Civil Unrest Across USA
Hundreds of people angrily protesting the death of an African-American man in police custody in Minneapolis rallied outside the White House on Friday, in tense scenes that have spread to several cities across the United States.
KCMO Taxpayer Supported Mother's In Charge Makes Protest Declaration
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An anti-violence group in Kansas City, Missouri, said Friday the community as a whole needs to do better in addressing issues related to the death of George Floyd. Rosilyn Temple with KC Mother's in Charge said her heart goes out to Floyd's mother.
CNN HQ Under Siege
Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody spread around the United States on Friday, as his case renewed anger about others involving African Americans, police and race relations. Protests were largely peaceful as demonstrators marched in the streets from Los Angeles to New York, but in Atlanta, demonstrators set a police car ablaze and broke windows at CNN's headquarters.
Prez Trump Tweet Takeaway
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump spent Friday walking back a midnight tweet in which he added to the outrage over the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis.
Developing . . .