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George Floyd protests across Des Moines simmer down

Protesters near the Des Moines Police Department dispersed shortly after police knelt with them in solidarity. Others near Merle Hay Mall continue to protest.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Another night of protests in honor of George Floyd are happening throughout Des Moines Sunday night.

Tensions at Merle Hay Mall have been high all evening. Local 5 has been on scene all evening. Leaders like Iowa Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad and Rev. Rob Johnson have been speaking with protesters, making an attempt to quell any tensions. 

Meanwhile, in downtown Des Moines, police and SWAT formed a barricade at the Des Moines Police Department. Officers took a knee in solidarity with the protesters, who were completely peaceful, and the protest is dispersing.

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