After several days of protest for 12 hours over the weekend, protesters returned to Downtown Austin again on Monday.
When Austin Police Chief Brian Manley held a virtual press conference about police officers who shot demonstrators over the weekend with a non-lethal round, many began to gather outside the police headquarters. During the conference, Chief Manley said police were investigating three examples where a man suffered critical injuries, a teenager was seriously injured, and a pregnant woman was also injured.
Weekend events are planned in response to the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Michael Ramos in Austin. Floyd died in police custody last month, and Ramos died after an Austin police officer fire the gun at the end of April.
11:15 a.m. – The atmosphere remained peaceful outside the APD headquarters.
10:30 a.m. – Molly Oak spoke with one of the protesters in the city center.
And Luis de Leon stood among protesters outside the Texas Congress House.
10 pm – Watch our continued live coverage below:
9:20 a.m. – KVUE photographer John Gusky took photos of protesters gathered outside the APD headquarters.
PHOTO: Austin protestors return to APD headquarters
9:10 pm – Protesters march towards Texas Capitol. Molly Oak reports that the police are working with the protesters so they can keep moving. Officers using bicycles stopped on both sides of the road, blocking traffic, so protesters could walk.
8:40 a.m. – Officers continue to be involved with the protesters.
8:20 p.m. – Molly Oak reported that several officers were involved in conversations with protesters.
8:15 a night – KVUE has confirmed that protesters also went to the South Austin home of City Manager Spencer Cronk around 6 pm
8 nights – More footage directly from the scene.
7:35 pm – Some protesters have spilled onto the road but cars can still pass it.
7:23 p.m. – The protest remained peaceful, with some asking for hugs and others asking friends to listen to police orders.
7:04 p.m. – Officers were armed again with non-lethal bullets.
Reporter Luis de Leon directly from the scene:
6:47 p.m. – More officers moved outside to ensure the protesters remained civil.
6:40 p.m. – A larger crowd began to emerge at the APD headquarters.
5 pm – Chief Manley held a virtual press conference about non-lethal police shootings.
3:47 p.m. – The police were seen giving water to the protesters.
2:40 p.m. – Protesters have gathered outside the APD headquarters.
Protesters began to gather at the Capitol Sunday around midday despite the Austin Justice Coalition canceling the march. KVUE Mari Salazar reported that a fight near City Hall caused the PPE to fire rubber bullets. Some pepper spray is also used. I-35 is closed twice on Sundays. The first incident caused the PPE to clean the I-35 using a smoke and CS gas device. The Target Shop at Capital Plaza was also looted, according to the APD. Aside from these few examples, the sense of protest throughout Austin for the day generally remained peaceful. You can watch live coverage of Sunday’s protests here.
Late Saturday night, many fires were reported and several looting incidents were confirmed. The APD confirmed around 14 people were arrested Saturday, more than that two arrests were made at an unplanned Friday night protest. The APD said while most of the demonstrators were peaceful, some had “thrown stones, bricks, eggs, water bottles and Molotov cocktails.”
AFD said there was one vehicle fire, nine fire bins and one trash bin, plus many small fires that were extinguished by law enforcement.
Over the weekend, AFD said they responded to the following matters directly related to the protest:
- Five to six rubbish bin fires
- Many trash cans can catch fire
- One car shot (where fireworks are fired at Engine 1 crew)
- Five to six rubbish bin fires
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