Protesters Face Police Line During Anti-Racism March in Des Moines

Tensions escalated between protesters and police during an anti-racism march through downtown Des Moines, Iowa, on the night of June 22, resulting in “up to 20” arrests, local media reported.

Video from the scene shows protesters on Pennsylvania Avenue grouping together as one person shouts “stay tight, stay together.” Flashing lights from police vehicles can be seen further down the street.

A statement from Des Moines Black Lives Matter said Des Moines Police Department (DMPD) “issued a dispersal order with no clear, unobstructed exit path, or time provided to disperse. Our supporters were encircled, chased, and assaulted by DMPD while attempting to legally disperse.”

The Des Moines Register reported that the police “stood in formation in front of and behind the crowd of protesters” and deployed pepper spray after they ordered protesters to disperse from Pennsylvania Avenue. Credit: Emmoonie_ via Storyful