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Las Vegas police, protesters clash for second night

May 31, 2020 GMT
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Police officers watch people protesting the death of George Floyd, on Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas, Friday, May 29, 2020. Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Police officers watch people protesting the death of George Floyd, on Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas, Friday, May 29, 2020. Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police and protesters clashed for a second night in Las Vegas, with law enforcement using tear gas to disperse the crowd Saturday.

The incident took place in downtown Las Vegas, where police met people protesting the death of a black man, George Floyd, after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.

Video from the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows tear gas being sent in the crowd. On Friday night, police and protesters clashed on the Las Vegas Strip, and 80 people were arrested and 12 officers were injured.

According to police, the protest on the Las Vegas Strip began with up to 300 people gathering peacefully. But rocks were thrown at police and property was damaged several hours later when officers tried to disperse the crowd as tensions mounted..

Police said that the arrests were made when protesters refused to disperse.

Police initially said at least 31 people were arrested Friday.

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