EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Evansville Police report three people and one juvenile were arrested during Saturday protests in the city.
At noon today a gathering was assembled at the Four Freedoms Monument which organizers tell us was meant to be peaceful. Police said around 1:30 p.m. the gathering marched to the front of the Civic Center. Approximately 300 protesters were in the area, according to police.
EPD officers stood in front of the Civic Center to observe the crowd and to allow the peaceful protest to continue.
Around 5:15 p.m., EPD says one protester crossed through a police barricade in an attempt to provoke officers. Authorities say a second protester crossed the line as well, and things were being thrown at officers.
EPD says one of their horses was struck in the face and an officer was struck during another arrest.
The four people arrested are facing charges including battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, as well as other charges.
EPD deemed the protest to be unlawful around 5:30 p.m. because of the assaults on law enforcement and a commanding officer gave commands for the crowd to disperse.
The crowd was given a specified amount of time to leave the area, and eventually left the area of the Civic Center.
(This story was originally published on May 30, 2020)