No arrests made during primarily peaceful protest Saturday night in Downtown Bakersfield

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A group of as many as 200 people protested Saturday in Downtown Bakersfield for a second night of protests over the death of George Floyd.

Police said no arrests were made and the protests were primarily peaceful, except for several incidents involving vandalism at the department’s headquarters, Mechanics Bank Arena and a firework thrown at an officer.

Protesters gathered at the corner of Truxtun Avenue and H Street at around 5 p.m. at the start of their demonstration. Officials said the protests were peaceful throughout the downtown area and lasted for several hours until later in the evening.

The department said a large group of people made their way to the front of police headquarters on Truxtun Avenue and some attempted to enter the building through its front doors. Others took lettering from the building’s facade.

Around that time, the department says, officers were sent to Truxtun Avenue and H Street to disperse the crowd. The protests were declared an unlawful assembly and police moved protesters toward Chester Avenue.

One protester threw a firework at an officer. The officer was not injured, officials said.

Part of the group of protesters gathered in front of the Mechanics Bank Arena, and one of them vandalized the donor wall at the arena complex’s Centennial Plaza, according to police.

Police said the group left the downtown area at around 10:30 p.m.

The department said it is investigating the use of the firework against an officer and vandalism at police headquarters and Mechanics Bank Arena.

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