A peaceful Kansas City protest against police brutality quickly turned violent after dark and during a march throughout Midtown.
The rundown . . .
A white dude who allegedly showed up to the protest with a rifle started a ruckus as fighting broke out betwixt protesters and police moved in . . .
Protesters marching through Westport broke windows at the Ale House at the corner of Archibald and Broadway.
Throughout the night, protesters threw water bottles at each other and the police.
Eventually, KCPD used pepper spray to "encourage" protesters to disperse.
Overview from KK:
“After throwing rock and bottles, breaking a few business windows and smashing 4 police cars an unlawful assembly was declared at around 1 am. Pepper spray was used and the last 50 or so non-lawful protesters were dispersed. No looting. 5 arrests."
Around the 4 in the AM Midtown erupted in a spate of gunfire with dozens of shot echoing through streets.
More than anything, here's the dispute we're seeing among denizens of the local discourse in the aftermath of the protest: Progressives cheer the destruction and right-wingers denying the importance of the upheaval and protest.
Either way . . .
MAKE NO MISTAKE: THIS KANSAS CITY PROTEST WAS ANYTHING BUT PEACEFUL AND UPCOMING DEMONSTRATIONS RISK MORE VIOLENCE AND DESTRUCTION!!!
Here's the early morning response from Mayor Quinton Lucas attempting to tone down the chaos across Midtown last night:
"After a tough night in many cities across our country, I want to thank the many of you who made your voices heard peacefully last night and this morning in Kansas City. As always, I’ll review what your city can do better—tomorrow and long after."
A shout out to KCPD:
"I also want to thank the women and men of @kcpolice who maintained a safe forum in our city for many voices to be heard. I expect us all to continue in our work this weekend and beyond: to grieve, to speak, and to find justice for all in our community."
Further reading starting with KCMO and then a look at the bigger picture . . .
KCMO Unrest Overnight
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.
KCPD Pepper Spray Protesters
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, police deployed pepper spray to disperse several hundred protesters Friday night who had marched from the Country Club Plaza to Westport. An estimated 150 to 200 protesters, who began gathering before 3 p.m. at the J.C.
Progressives On The March
"Please, please, I can't breathe, officer," a man pleads, his wrists handcuffed behind his back, his face ground into the pavement. The police officer continues to press his knee into the man's neck. The man, 46-year-old George Floyd, died later that day. Floyd was black; the cop, white.
Prez Trump Military Powers Considered Amid Worsening Unrest
President Donald Trump's threat Friday to involve the military more deeply in the response to protests and looting in Minneapolis is unlikely to come to fruition, but he has the authority to deploy active-duty forces or National Guardsmen under his control, defense officials and national security experts said.
America In Chaos
Chaos erupted across the country Friday night as thousands of protesters descended on nearly a dozen cities, pleading for justice in the wake of 46-year-old George Floyd's killing earlier this week in Minneapolis. Several demonstrations escalated into violence as police cars were burned and scuffles broke out between law enforcement and protesters.
Riots Gear Up
George Floyd protests spread across major US cities as police clash with demonstrators - follow live
Angry protests continued for a fourth straight night in cities across the US over the death of Minneapolis citizen George Floyd, the African American who was killed when he was pinned to the ground by local police officers and choked with a knee pressed against his throat.
Political Motivations Abound
Riots in Minneapolis and across the US triggered by video footage showing George Floyd, a black man, killed under the knee of a police officer, has caused a dramatic shift in the national political debate in America and thrust race to the center of the stage.
You decide . . .