4th Night Of Floyd Protests End With Tear Gas, Chaos

Marches Happen On Strip, Downtown, Downtown Summerlin

Mitch Kelly
June 01, 2020 - 5:18 am
Protest march through downtown on 5-30-20

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - For the third straight night, protest marches that started out peacefully ended with tear gas and arrests on the Las Vegas Strip.  Metro Police say 155 people were arrested, mostly for misdemeanors.  Two police officers had minor injuries.

The march began around 5pm in front of Mandalay Bay as the group Black Lives Matter continued to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolice police officer.

For the most part the march was peaceful, but as the night wore, tensions grew.

Following repeated calls to disperse around 9pm, police then employed tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters who failed to heed the warning. The scene was cleared by 10:30pm. No major injuries were reported.

Protests also occured downtown and at Downtown Summerlin as well, and while there were arrests, no major trouble was reported.

Shops at Downtown Summerlin closed at 4pm after word got out that protesters were coming. The shopping center said they closed the open-air mall early for the safety of their employees.

Since Friday night, more than 450 people have been arrested and more than two dozen Metro police officers injured. 

Unlike other cities that have seen unrest, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman says there are no plans for a curfew, saying such a gesture is too harsh.

Protests have been seen across the country ever since video surfaced of a Minneapolis police officer with his knee to the neck of Floyd. Floyd is heard saying that he couldn't breathe and died a short time later. Police had been called to the scene by a store employee who said that Floyd was trying to pass counterfeit money.

The officer seen with his knee to Floyd's neck faces 3rd degree murder charges.