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MONDAY NIGHT: Multiple fires and arrests in downtown Waterloo, police in riot gear

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Protesters gathered once again Monday night into early Tuesday at Lincoln Park to protest George Floyd's death.

The demonstration came hours after Waterloo Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald was sworn in.

Fitzgerald joined other city leaders to discuss racial and community issues with protesters. Click here for the full story by KWWL's Taylor Vessel.

Here's Taylor's Facebook live from Monday evening around 11 p.m.

WATERLOO: Leaders address the crowd at Lincoln Park for a protest in response to the death of George Floyd.

Posted by KWWL on Monday, 1 June 2020

There were some tense moments as demonstrations took a turn early Tuesday morning.

Damage was reported in the city.

Waterloo Police confirmed Molotov cocktails were thrown. Also downtown, a table umbrella was burned at Newton's Cafe but firefighters managed to extinguish it after midnight.

A short time later, Waterloo Fire and Rescue said they responded to an SUV on fire in the area of West Seventh Street and South Street. According to police, the car was fully engulfed in flames. There are no suspects at this time.

Later in the morning, around 1, police said they were monitoring a protest when some people "engaged in destructive behavior and failed to disperse." At least two people were arrested for disorderly conduct.

Our KWWL crew saw Waterloo police officers and Black Hawk County Sheriff's deputies in Lincoln Park wearing riot gear, including shields and helmets. They appeared to be controlling the crowds.

Around 3 a.m., Waterloo firefighters responded to another car fire in the area of West Seventh Street and South Street. Crews extinguished the sedan. No one was hurt.

Police also reported a small fire in the gazebo at Washington Park. Officers are still investigating.

The fires are not connected to the demonstrations, according to police. While there have been a few arrests, Major Joe Leibold is encouraged the protests will be peaceful.

"I really would like to highlight the work of our community leaders to hold a protest and maintain peace. They did an amazing job. The actions of a few should not reflect the work of the many."

Major Joe Leibold

This is a developing story. Stay with KWWL on-air and online as we work to learn more information.

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