DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Protesters and police clashed for a second straight night in downtown Des Moines on Saturday. The night began when protesters gathered outside the Des Moines police headquarters. From there, hundreds of protesters started marching into downtown. Some protesters began breaking windows at the Polk County Courthouse, until police deployed tear gas. Protesters then headed to the Iowa State Capitol. A long standoff ensued at the Capitol between protesters and law enforcement in riot gear. Law enforcement used tear gas and flash bangs to keep protesters from inching toward the Capitol. Law enforcement eventually dispersed protesters from the Capitol grounds around 11:40 p.m. by using tear gas. After leaving the Iowa State Capitol, a smaller group of protesters collected at the Court Avenue District, where another standoff with police occurred.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Thousands of people in Eastern Iowa held signs, listened to speeches, and walked together to show solidarity against racism and support positive change in policing. A demonstration was held in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids Saturday. The protests remained peaceful.
IOWA (IRN) – Another seven people with COVID-19 have died, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. At 10 a.m. Saturday, the state was reporting 527 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase of seven deaths since the state’s tally at 10 a.m. Friday.