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Protests continue in downtown Des Moines for fourth night

Over the weekend, several protests escalated to violence throughout Des Moines following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The "Together We Can Make a Change: A Call to Action" rally provided a peaceful event in downtown Des Moines following several days of protests in central Iowa.

As the night progressed, groups have walked around Des Moines, including outside the statehouse, but remained mostly conflict-free with law enforcement.

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Over the weekend, several protests escalated to violence throughout Des Moines following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Derek Chaunvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds and other leaders spoke Monday afternoon following a weekend of protests across the city, some turning violent.  

Each leader condemned Chaunvin's actions, as well as calling for the violent and destructive protests to end.

"I've not walked in your shoes. I don't know what you've experienced," Reynolds said. "Help me understand what you've experienced and what we're doing wrong so that we can get rid of those injustices and continue to lift up everybody and give everyone the chance to be successful."

Officials said 95% of the protesters were acting in a peaceful manner.

Hy-Vee announced that its Des Moines area stores would be closing between 5 and 8 p.m. Monday, citing "safety and security" of employees and customers.

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Protesting continued into Monday night as protesters stood across from the Des Moines Police Station, kneeling and vocalizing their concerns. 

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