When protesters first put up the Black Lives Matter banner on the statue outside headquarters, they used tape. They took shelter underneath an overhang outside when it started to rain.
Then, several officers came outside. One officer “snatched” the banner from the statue, which Ferguson called a “volatile act.” Other officers took down signs protesters had hung up on the railing.
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Protesters faced off with Kansas City police officers on Saturday afternoon in a demonstration at the department's headquarters. Organizer Sheryl Ferguson said they were there to peacefully protest and call for the resignation of Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith. They were met with officers trying to intimidate them, Ferguson said.