Shortly after local officials praised what had been a peaceful protest in Kansas City on Sunday, police fired tear gas into the crowd after some demonstrators began lobbing water bottles, law enforcement officials said.
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A large crowd had gathered at Country Club plaza and police had allowed it to slowly dissipate after the city’s 8 p.m. curfew took effect. But police used stronger tactics against the smaller crowd that remained when rocks and water bottles started flying and two television station news vehicles were smashed and set on fire.
Protests in Missouri's two largest metro areas over the death of George Floyd and police treatment of African Americans devolved from peaceful demonstrations to spurts of chaos late Sunday and early Monday.