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Police disperse protesters with tear gas in downtown Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Police used tear gas in an effort to break up crowds outside the Police Operations Center and County Courthouse in downtown Colorado Springs Saturday night.

Hundreds of people walked from the Police Operations Center to the County Courthouse shortly before 10 p.m., when police used tear gas to disperse them. Protesters had gathered in solidarity with the movement calling attention to George Floyd's death during an arrest in Minneapolis.

The violence that unfolded was a far cry from the peaceful protests that took place earlier in the day. About 1,000 people protested around 3:30 Saturday afternoon.

Police said at 5:30 p.m. a crowd gathered outside the Police Operations Center. According to police, protesters were throwing rocks, glass bottles and other things.

A couple of police patrol cars had their windows broken and the sides were vandalized with graffiti.

Police said the crowd refused to follow commands to disperse. That's when police shot tear gas to break them up.

At least one person was arrested during the protests after 5:30 p.m.

Police continued to try to get the crowd to leave, but groups kept regathering and marching to the Police Operations Center.

CSPD is asking people to avoid the downtown area Saturday night.

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