COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Groups gathered in Kansas City and St. Louis overnight Saturday, joining the nationwide protests against the death of George Floyd, an African American killed in Minneapolis police custody.
Protests in both Missouri cities turned violent overnight. Gov. Mike Parson issued a state of emergency Saturday night because of the unrest. He issued an executive order, activating the Missouri National Guard to contain unrest.
In St. Louis, police said that protesters damaged the Ferguson Police Department. At least four officers were hurt in violence.
St. Louis County police also posted to Twitter that they were responding to shots fired. Rocks and fireworks were thrown at officers.
In Kansas City, protesters set fire to a police car.
Kansas City Police Department posted to Twitter, saying officers used tear gas to disperse protesters. They also said that bottles and rocks were thrown at officers.
It is unclear if anyone was hurt in the Kansas City protests.