KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard was brought in to surround buildings in Kansas City. Saturday night several businesses in Country Club Plaza were looted and vandalized.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is also assisting police with keeping the peace in the city. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas imposed a curfew for the city from 8 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.
It appeared protesters quieted down Sunday around 11 p.m. Authorities said Sunday was more calm than Saturday. There was still confrontations with police, looting, and an arson of a vehicle. One officer was treated and released Saturday and another officer may need surgery from Saturday’s riots.
Several businesses in the Plaza were damaged over the weekend and around 100 people were arrested. There was a shooting around 11:00 p.m. just off the protest line late Sunday. One person was fatally shot near 46th and Warwick Boulevard. No officers were involved in the shooting. No word on circumstances around the shooting and no information on suspects or motive.
There will be a Unity March Wednesday. Mayor Lucas gave his cell number out Sunday afternoon and told people to call him to talk about change. Lucas said violent protest will not bring about change we need. He said he was appalled at what he saw in Minneapolis. The mayor said change needs to come from peaceful protests and great speeches.
The violent protests occurred right when the city is preparing to open this week from the coronavirus pandemic.
Lucas said he understands the community’s concerns and can relate being a black man himself. Lucas said violent protests negate any progress that peaceful protests can bring.
“I am Mayor for three more years, call me, lets make a difference,” Lucas said. “I will be having a Facebook live Monday at 6:00 p.m. Please join me with questions and concerns, and lets make a difference together.”