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Iowa City protesters talk legislation but spray paint continues, this time to Kinnick Stadium

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Demonstrators marched through Iowa City Saturday night protesting police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death. A crowd of about 1,000 started at the Pentacrest on the University of Iowa campus at 7 p.m. and the group began to disperse on Highway 1 around 11:30.

State and local lawmakers attended the Pentacrest discussion, where protest organizers presented their list of demands and then pressed legislators on how they'd help them achieve them.

Iowa State Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Johnson, said she'd work to end choke holds for police officers and fight for more availability of officer body camera footage.

The crowd got a little impatient, though, wanting law makers to address their specific demands like re-examining funding for Iowa City Police and getting more people of color on the school board in Iowa City.

"They're saying it takes time (to change laws)," Edgar Núñez said at Saturday's protest. "I understand that."

IOWA CITY: Protest organizers just read their list of demands which included things like a 25% funding cut for ICPD and removing its military-grade equipment. Elected officials are now saying what THEY’D do for this movement.

Posted by KWWL on Saturday, 6 June 2020
KWWL Reporter Travis Breese at the Pentacrest Saturday night.

Marchers then set off towards the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as well as Kinnick Stadium.

Several in the crowd spray-painted Black Lives Matter and anti-police messages on the stadium and Nile Kinnick statue.

Earlier Saturday, head football coach Kirk Ferentz put his strength and conditioning coach on administrative leave after several former players took to twitter Friday, accusing him of racist remarks.

"Spary-painting this nasty stuff right by a children's hospital where we have kids dying -this isn't the right thing. These kids didn't do anything and now they have to look at graffiti all over the place," Matthew O'Brien said, who was driving by with his family to survey the damage to Kinnick Stadium.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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