PICTURES: Saturday night protest in Lincoln turns into riot

This is a gallery of some photos taken from Channel 8 Eyewitness News live coverage from Saturday night. 
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This is a gallery of some photos taken from Channel 8 Eyewitness News live coverage from Saturday night.

A group of hundreds of protesters gathered around 7 p.m. at the state capitol and marched along O St. for several hours.

Aside from a few brief conflicts with traffic and graffiti, the protest remained largely peaceful until the group arrived at the Hall of Justice around 11:30 p.m.

Protesters gathered in front of a group of law enforcement officers equipped with riot gear who were standing guard outside the building. At one point, some of the protesters began throwing water bottles and other items at the officers who then launched tear gas canisters into the crowd which then temporarily dispersed. Dozens of fireworks were also launched by protesters into the group of officers.

This pattern continued for several hours until around 2 a.m., at which point the protest began transition into a riot. Several people began smashing out windows of nearby buildings and looting inside. While getting video of the vandalism, a Channel 8 Eyewitness News photographer was struck in the head by a member of the crowd.

Around 3 a.m. a fire engulfed one of the buildings between the Hall of Justice and the state capitol. Officers with riot shields could be seen pushing rioters away from the scene, which was eventually secured and the fire extinguished.

City leaders will hold a press briefing at 2:30 p.m. to provide an update on the situation. Stick with Channel 8 Eyewitness News for updates.

More Coverage:

Damage along the Lincoln Mall following Saturday night protests

Local store manager speaks out after rioters vandalize Metro PCS

On the Scene: Hear from protesters as they march across Lincoln

 

 

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