TULSA, Okla. — Protesters gathered in Tulsa again Sunday in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.
The Greenwood District in downtown Tulsa welcomed hundreds of people Sunday to commemorate the 99th anniversary for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
Police broke up much of the remaining crowds in midtown Tulsa before multiple reports of damage to property in the area overnight and into Monday morning.
Tulsa police say there were reports of damage to property along Peoria near where the crowds eventually broke up early Monday morning.
The department thanked the peaceful protesters but said “we are definitely not thankful for those who chose to take advantage of this situation to destroy property.”
Businesses vandalized in the Brookside neighborhood include Round the House Furniture where a bench was thrown through a window and a nearby pawnshop with damage from rocks thrown through windows.
An Autozone store near 51st and Peoria had part of its front glass doors damaged and police reported damage to several cars in the area along Peoria.
Several dumpster fires were reported in Tulsa -- but firefighters say they were not directly tied to protests.
A Quick Stop, an Easy Pawn, and a Burger King all had fires outside their buildings in midtown overnight.
Organizers of the original peaceful protest scheduled to end earlier Sunday evening offered to help clean up Brookside on Monday.
Police have had to use tear gas in an attempt to get protesters out of the street in Midtown.
Protesters marched into the late hours of the night and to the midtown Tulsa neighborhood, Brookside.
Police have lined up with shields and batons across from the Quiktrip at 36th and Peoria as they stood across from a large group of people in the road -- eventually breaking up that crowd with tear gas.
Around 10 p.m., police say they shot pepper balls into the crowd in an attempt to get to get them to leave.
Police were shouting commands and warnings to the crowd before firing, mostly breaking up the peaceful display they say was unlawful because several people were in the street.
Shortly before 11 p.m., protesters were seen throwing water bottles at police. Police then responded with more pepper balls and tear gas.
Police say crews were struggling to help a person with a medical emergency in the crowd but had to use pepper balls and tear gas to get people to back up.
FOX23 had multiple crews in the area as the standoff went on.
Tulsa police say 1,000 people gathered in front of David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
We have a crew following the crowds headed from the jail through downtown Tulsa.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol say they have located the driver of the truck that plowed through a crowd on I-244 earlier today. They say they are interviewing him now.
Protesters blocked traffic on I-244 in Tulsa and didn’t leave until shortly after the pickup truck pulling a trailer drove through the crowd -- reportedly hitting at least one person before leaving the highway and a brief stop next to authorities at the end of the ramp.
Events on Sunday started as early as 2 p.m. with a virtual ceremony featuring speakers such as Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin, City of Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, and special guest Brenda Alford.
At 5 p.m., peaceful protesters gathered at the Greenwood Cultural Center to march in solidarity through downtown Tulsa for those in Minneapolis, Minnesota who are protesting the recent killing of George Floyd.
In a statement from yesterday’s peaceful protest in Tulsa’s midtown neighborhood, Brookside, organizers of the “We Can’t Breathe” rally released this statement.
“The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have reignited a recognition of the ongoing, relentless brutality of racism in America and have initiated a renewed uprising in the call for justice and true reform.”
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