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Several in custody after violent protest in Coralville

A heavy police presence on the scene of the area around Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, Iowa, on May 31, 2020. (Mary Green/KCRG)
A heavy police presence on the scene of the area around Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, Iowa, on May 31, 2020. (Mary Green/KCRG)(KCRG)
Published: May. 31, 2020 at 11:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2020 at 12:24 AM CDT
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CORALVILLE, Iowa (KCRG) - More than two dozen law enforcement vehicles responded to Coral Ridge Mall Sunday night as groups of protesters gathered in the area around the mall. Several people were handcuffed following altercations with law enforcement. At least one business was vandalized in a nearby strip mall in the area of the mall.

A few officers were injured after protesters threw rocks or punched them.

Police used two flashbangs to push groups approaching law enforcement away. Following a tense discussion between protesters and law enforcement. Crowds left the area around 1 a.m. Monday.

Several roads in the area were closed as well. Law enforcement were also on the scene at a nearby Walmart and Kohl’s.

Officials say Walmart and Smokin’ Joes were looted with small amounts of damage and items taken. Windows were broken at two other businesses. Coral Ridge Mall was not looted.

Coralville Police, the Coralville Fire Department, North Liberty Police, Iowa City Police, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol all responded to the scene. Crowds dispersed and the protests wrapped up before 1:30 a.m.

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Police and crowds at Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 1, 2020.
Police and crowds at Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 1, 2020.((MARY GREEN/KCRG))

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