protest aftermath

A neighbor cleans up downtown Las Vegas on May 31, 2020. 

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Businesses and community members got an early start on Sunday cleaning up after Saturday night’s protest.

The general manager of Container Park told FOX5 he came out at 5 a.m. 

Volunteers said they were watching what happened from home the night before and wanted to do something to help. Many brought trash bags, brooms and tools to clean graffiti.

The protest, later turned riot, in downtown Las Vegas began peacefully at 7th and Fremont streets. By 11 p.m., police said 2,000 people were involved and SWAT crews had used tear gas on multiple sections of the crowd.

By sunrise, downtown was littered with graffiti spelling out "Black Lives Matter" and varieties of "f--- cops." Windows of local businesses had been shattered and trash had been left in the roadways. 

Immediately after the area was cleared last night, crews at The D had already begun repainting walls.

Many of the cleaners on Fremont Street on Sunday were neighbors and community partners.

Las Vegas police said 103 people were arrested. "Tensions were stoked by acts of violence, which included one protester hurling a cinder block at one officer, injuring him as others were pelted with rocks," police said. 

A media release stated officers used tear gas after midnight, however journalists from several Las Vegas media outlets reported being hit by tear gas on Fremont Street about 10:15 p.m. It wasn't clear if the earlier use of tear gas came from police. 

Police said one Metro patrol car was burned and two additional cars were damaged, along with buildings. 

Police said 11 officers were injured overnight Saturday that ranged from cuts to broken bones. None were hospitalized. About 300 officers responded to downtown. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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Finfin18

So Covid is cancelled and we are allowed to go out in large crowds now?

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