DES MOINES, Iowa — 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 in the evening. From there, hundreds of protesters started marching west into downtown around 8:30 p.m. The marchers stopped at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park around 9 p.m., then turned around and started heading back east.
Protesters made their way to the Polk County Courthouse. That’s when police say a few protesters began breaking windows at the Polk County Courthouse. This prompted police to employ tear gas to disperse the crowd around 9:50 p.m.
As a result of the tear gas, protesters left the Polk County Courthouse area and 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.