SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – A protest took place in front of the Sioux City Police Department (SCPD) late Sunday night and into Monday morning as fear and anger over the death of George of Floyd at the knee of a now former Minneapolis police officer grows nationwide.
The first such protest took place in Sioux City last week and had a showing of a few hundred participants.
Live updates on the protest are below.
Around 3 a.m. the violent crowd was deemed an unlawful assembly and ordered to disperse. Several people refused that order and officers moved in to disperse them.
Crowds became more aggressive after midnight and attempted to provoke officers. Police said some in the crowd resorted to throwing rocks at officers and patrol cars when their provocations failed to garner a reaction.
As of about 12:20 a.m. Monday, the protest moved towards the Sioux City Public Library.
They were protesting in the street.
They made a barricade on the corner of 6th Street and Pierce Street. Police have reopened 6th Street.
The protesters moved towards the library parking lot where they’re congregated on either side of the street.
As of 12: 17 a.m. Monday, they’re moving back towards the public library lot.
Police have blocked off the road access to 6th Street.
About 12:10 p.m. they stayed towards the gate in the SCPD parking lot and police were in the parking lot and stood by the doors.
The protestors made their way back to the main entrance of the police department, essentially walked around the block.
Around 12 a.m. Monday, protestors walked towards the parking lot next to the Sioux City Public Library and shouted towards the police vehicles that were parked there.
Some of them kneeled in the street and a few men threw beer/energy drink cans in full force down on the pavement.
As of around 11:55 p.m. there were about 100 protestors outside of the police department in a peaceful protest.
That protest started on the opposite end of the downtown area and started marching towards 4th Street all the way to the police station and remained peaceful too.
As of the 10 p.m. Sunday night newscast, a protest is taking place in Sioux City as a group of 15-20 people stand outside the police headquarters.
Sioux City Police told KCAU 9 News that a small grassroots protest of about 20 people gathered downtown earlier on Sunday afternoon as well.
Officers greeted the protesters and addressed some of their concerns.
The protest remained peaceful and no arrests were made at the scene.
This comes just days after hundreds of protesters marched 10 blocks from Historic 4th Street to police headquarters and that protest remained peaceful as well.