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George Floyd protest in Omaha: Arrests made, stores damaged after hundreds gather near 72nd & Dodge

 Some gathered for the George Floyd protest Friday night, May 29, 2020, at 72nd & Dodge streets in Omaha made their way to nearby stores after Omaha Police ordered them to disperse. Windows were broken out at the Target store at this location as the retail chain drew protesters around the country for its association with Minneapolis, where Floyd's death occurred. (WOWT)
Some gathered for the George Floyd protest Friday night, May 29, 2020, at 72nd & Dodge streets in Omaha made their way to nearby stores after Omaha Police ordered them to disperse. Windows were broken out at the Target store at this location as the retail chain drew protesters around the country for its association with Minneapolis, where Floyd's death occurred. (WOWT) (WOWT)
Published: May. 29, 2020 at 7:20 PM CDT
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Hundreds of people lined and gathered in the heavily traveled intersection at 72nd and Dodge streets in Omaha on Friday evening for what began as a peaceful protest of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

But the mass gathering swelled into the streets as crowds lingered for hours, and

declaring the protests had become unlawful and urging people to disperse — and stay away — from the area.

Omaha Police deployed smoke cans into crowds around 7 p.m. after a police car was surrounded by protestors. According to authorities, a help an officer call was then deployed, followed by the gas and pepper balls. The officers then reported compliance.

OPD said the protest remained peaceful "for the most part."

Unverified Omaha Police scanner reports around 7:45 p.m. indicated about 1,000 had gathered and that the crowd had begun moving east along Dodge Street.

People began lining up on the intersection — most wearing masks — around 6 p.m. Anticipating large crowds, the nearby Target store had closed hours before.

Police want people to stay away from 72nd and Dodge.

Crowds were seen spilling out into the intersection by 8 p.m. [

]

Derek Chauvin, the white Minneapolis Police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck,

. Local authorities in the city imposed an overnight curfew Friday to try to stem three nights of

.

Gov. Pete Ricketts responded to expected protests during his COVID-19 response update on Friday afternoon saying he hadn't seen the video of the incident himself, but that he can "certainly understands why a peaceful demonstration is called for."

Ricketts encouraged those protesting to "exercise their First Amendment rights in a peaceful way."

The

and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office both issued statements earlier this week in response to the incident.

Friday's protest in Omaha wasn't the first. A group of about 50 people

.

EMILY IS LIVE: Protestors blocking 72nd & Dodge

Protestors are now sitting in the middle of the intersection at 72nd and Dodge streets. Emily Dwire News reports. Follow developments here: https://www.wowt.com/content/news/Crowds-gather-at-72nd--Dodge-in-Omaha-to-protest-death-of-George-Floyd-570882761.html

Posted by WOWT 6 News on Friday, May 29, 2020
EMILY IS LIVE: Protest at 72nd & Dodge

Emily Dwire News is reporting from the protest underway at 72nd and Dodge. The group is calling for justice after the death of George Floyd this week in Minneapolis.

Posted by WOWT 6 News on Friday, May 29, 2020

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