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Fires set in the streets of downtown Indianapolis as protests continue Saturday night

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Posted at 1:46 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 07:31:40-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Protests turned violent again Saturday night in Indianapolis with property being vandalized and fires set downtown.

Protesters are started gathering again Saturday afternoon.

You can watch video of the protests below:

GALLERY | View photos from the protests below.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials held a press conference around midnight Saturday. You can watch it below:

IMPD Chief holds press conference after two nights of violent protests

Live updates were posted below:

7:14 a.m.
IndyGo announced bus schedules will resume as normal Sunday, but some delays and detours are possible downtown.

6:57 a.m.
Three people died and two others were injured overnight as Indianapolis police responded to multiple shootings.

6:55 a.m.
Firefighters were called to a fire at around 12:45 a.m. at the CVS Pharmacy at 175 N. Illinois St. It was the second night in a row the store had been damaged by fire. Nobody was injured in the fire that took nearly an hour to extinguish.

Firefighters fought a blaze at the CVS Pharmacy at 175 N. Illinois St. on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

1:25 a.m.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett released a statement on Twitter.

Since it ended, a small group of people have chosen to diminish that activism through inexcusable violence. It is unacceptable, and it must stop.

— Mayor Joe Hogsett (@IndyMayorJoe) May 31, 2020

12:06 a.m.
A person was shot and killed near North Talbot and East Market streets, IMPD Officer Michael Hewitt said in an email.

12:05 a.m.
Police now say no one was shot in the 200 block of East Market Street.

11:47 p.m.
At least one person has been shot near Alabama and New York streets, IMPD Officer Michael Hewitt said in an email. The condition of the victim is not known at this time.

11:36 p.m.
We are expecting a briefing soon from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

11:21 p.m.

11:11 p.m.

10:44 p.m.

10:23 p.m.
There is a fire in an intersection downtown.

10:21 p.m.

10:18 p.m.
Protesters were using a dumpster to set up a barricade.


10:17 p.m.

10:01 p.m.

9:57 p.m.
Glass can be heard breaking in parts of downtown.

People sitting in traffic are honking their horns. Some people are holding signs out their car windows.

A few protesters can be seen walking through the traffic.

9:56 p.m.
Protesters have scattered through different parts of downtown Indianapolis. Tear gas can be seen in some areas. It's not clear where the protesters are planning on going or doing next.

9:41 p.m.

9:39 p.m.

9:37 p.m.

9:29 p.m.
A statement on the protests was just released by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on Twitter.

Unfortunately, IMPD officers had to disperse a crowd at Market and Alabama Streets after projectiles were repeatedly thrown at officers and windows were broken at government buildings.

— IMPD (@IMPDnews) May 31, 2020

9:16 p.m.

Our crews are staying at a distance and staying safe.

— Kelsey Anderson (@kanderson_WRTV6) May 31, 2020

9:05 p.m.
At least one person appears to have been arrested.

8:58 p.m.
Police are now saying the protest is no longer peaceful and are asking people to leave. Some officers have gas masks on.

8:54 p.m.
Protesters are linking arms to shut down Market Street in front of the City-County Building.

A protester told us they are protesting against police brutality and wanted to come and make their voice heard. They said they plan on staying peaceful.

"All races are here tonight," the protester said.

8:49 p.m.
The protesters have stopped in front of the City-County Building.

8:25 p.m.
Protesters are now marching down Mass Ave.

8:10 p.m.
Crowds are now walking in the streets and chanting "join us" to people in nearby apartments. It's not clear where the group is going now.

8:02 p.m.

7:42 p.m.
The Indiana State Police helicopter is monitoring the protests.

7:39 p.m.
Protesters are now moving towards the Salesforce Tower. Some are standing on top of parked cars.

7 p.m.
It's 7 p.m. and city leaders were hoping the protests would disperse now, but hundreds are still gathering.

6:56 p.m.
Protesters are now gathered at the Indiana War Memorial.

6:36 p.m.
One protester says they protesting for justice for food insecurity, wealth inequality, and the recent deaths involving police. They said they think it is important for people to show up and support the protests.

6:33 p.m.

5:56 p.m.

5:33 p.m.

5:32 p.m.
Update on IndyGo bus service.

5:30 p.m.
Protesters from the Indiana War Memorial now moving towards Monument Circle.

5:27 p.m.

5:21 p.m.

5:15 p.m.
More protesters are now moving towards the Indiana War Memorial. They are chanting "Black Lives Matter!"

5:06 p.m.
RTV6 engineer Shawn Gowen sent in some photos from the Indiana War Memorial. You can view more photos here.

Protesters are gathering at the Indiana War Memorial on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Protesters are gathering at the Indiana War Memorial on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

5:02 p.m.
People at the Indian War Memorial are holding signs saying "Justice for George Floyd" and "Black Lives Matter."

4:53 p.m.
Destiny Brown says protesters want to address the death Dreajson Reed and are calling for the release of the name of the officers involved in his death.

Reed was shot and killed by and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer earlier this month. The incident was streamed live on Facebook.

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Protesters are also standing in solidarity with other protests happening across the nation.

Brown said the group plans to be at the City-County Building around 5:30 p.m. to know they want to hold city leaders accountable.

Brown said the group wants to remain non-violent and make sure their voices are heard and people feel safe.

Water, medical supplies and masks are being provided to protesters who may need them.

Brown is encouraging people who come to join them remain non-violent and focus on their message.

4:45 p.m.
Some downtown businesses, like Whole Foods, are closing early Saturday. It is unknown if it is due to the protests.

4:45 p.m.
Some downtown businesses, like Whole Foods, are closing early Saturday. It is unknown if it is due to the protests.

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4:40 p.m.
RTV6 Photographer Mike Japowicz is at Monument Circle where a group of protesters are also gathering.

A group of protesters are also gathering at Monument Circle on Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Indianapolis.

We are uploading more pictures to a gallery as we get them from our crews downtown.

4:27 p.m.
Hundreds of people are gathered at the memorial.

Hundreds of people are gathered at the memorial.

4:22 p.m.
The protesters at the Indiana War Memorial say they plan to walk towards the City-County building at 5:30 p.m.

4:15 p.m.

3:56 p.m.
RTV6 reporter Megan Sanctorum is now downtown and covering the protests. Follow her for more updates.

3:50 p.m.
IndyGo says bus service downtown is suspended until further notice.

3:40 p.m.
Community and faith based leaders are holding a press conference at the Indiana Statehouse.

Community and faith based leaders are speaking now on the statehouse steps to denounce violence and looting during the protests that are planned for this evening.

— Kelsey Anderson (@kanderson_WRTV6) May 30, 2020

2:57 p.m.

2:00 PM
Protesters began gathering at Monument Circle holding signs and chanting around 2 p.m. Saturday.

1:30 PM

Watch below.
As the protests are expected to continue Saturday, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett held a press conference in response to the violence and calling for peaceful protests.