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Protesters move through Tulsa, vandals break windows at businesses near 51st and Peoria

Posted at 9:38 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 15:52:09-04

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed I44 eastbound at US75 and I44 westbound at Lewis around 11:30 p.m. as a precaution from protesters. It reopened around 1 a.m.

On ramps and off ramps for Peoria Ave are closed on I44. Collector distributor roads to and from US75 at I44 are closed in Tulsa City limits in Tulsa County.

A group of vandals walked down to the shopping center near 51st and Peoria and broke windows at several businesses including a pawn shop. Police arrived on the scene and used pepper spray to clear the scene.

Nirvanna Dispensary provided this video of the vandalism that occurred at their location on Peoria.

Security Video from Nirvanna Dispensary

A total of three people were arrested from the incident, Tulsa police say.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin addressed these incidents on Twitter.

Sunday evening, Tulsa police blocked Peoria at 36th Street as protesters move down the street.

Police used what appeared to be tear gas to disperse the crowd. Officers on scene wore riot gear and gas masks.

Earlier today protesters blocked I-244 near Detroit during a Black Lives Matter rally in protest of the death of George Floyd.

Tulsa police posted on their Facebook page about confirmed reports of protesters throwing rocks at cars as they walked down Peoria. An update from 9:38 p.m. says the vandalism stopped but the crowd refused to disperse at that time.

They continued to update their Facebook post with detail on using tear gas and pepper spray in the crowd to disperse people and to make room for medical treatment when someone in the crowd had a medical issue.

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