Spokane issues curfew as protesters have moved to downtown. Not as bad as Seattle at the moment
- Downtown Spokane, WA
Protesters have started a peaceful protest in Downtown Spokane’s RiverFrontPark. The protests started peaceful and headed to the Spokane courthouse where police officers in riot gear were hand in hand with protesters.
About two to three hours later a Spokane police officer fired one tear gas cannon into a small group of protesters on Main St. near River Park Square Mall.
Spokane police have issued a public safety alert for people near downtown.
"A civil disturbance is occurring in the downtown Spokane area. Please avoid the downtown core area," the alert said.
Police officers deployed tear gas at least three times near several hundred protesters as the day's George Floyd protest in downtown Spokane continued.
The protest up until this evening was peaceful, with thousands of protesters gathering in areas near downtown, chanting, and marching through streets.
Video from the scene shows protesters fleeing near River Park Square in front of a cloud of white smoke.
KREM 2 News’s Spokane Taylor Viydo said police appeared to be attempting to disperse protesters with the gas. It's unclear whether anyone was warned in advance.
Viydo reported the tear gas at about 6:50 p.m. and then again at about 7:05 p.m. and once more at 7:10 p.m.
Only damage so far was A window broken at a store.
By: MLWA 7 (Moses Lake) TEGNA KREM 2 (Spokane)