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Protests Disrupt in Evansville, Owensboro Saturday

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Rondell Joseph
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One juvenile and three adults were arrested in Evansville during protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

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Evansville police used mounted officers to help disperse the crowd at the Civic Center Saturday.

Following the conclusion of a social justice rally and march in Evansville Saturday, protestors remained at the Civic Center, chanting and shouting at Evansville police. Rondell Joseph said the protest remained peaceful for several hours.

“It didn’t really start to get ugly and confrontational until after the five o’clock hour.  But when that first blow hit, people who saw it happen started to run, scatter, tried to distance themselves quickly. The police said, right before about 5:30 (pm CDT), they would arrest anyone for unlawful assembly.”

According to a release from Evansville police, they decided to disperse the crowd after one protestor crossed the police line. One juvenile and three adults were arrested. Some of the charges include battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. 

In Owensboro, protesters disrupted downtown traffic for a time and blocked the Glover H. Cary Bridge access to Indiana. Owensboro police chief Art Ealum said in a release that most of the protesters were peaceful and praised Owensboro police for their restraint in dealing with the incident.  

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