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Tense protest at Iowa police station ends in peace as officers, protesters kneel together

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Police and protesters kneel together in IowaA tense protest outside police headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Sunday night ended in an unexpected show of peaceful solidarity as dozens of officers agreed to protesters' calls to take a knee in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police.

The protesters had gathered across the street from police headquarters and were concerned that police would use tear gas and pepper spray and begin making arrests at 9 p.m. local time, when Polk County's curfew, set earlier Sunday, began.

Shortly before 9 p.m., the protesters all knelt down, telling police that they were honoring the memory of George Floyd, the man who died in Minneapolis with a police officer's knee pinning his neck, pleading that he couldn't breathe.


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