In Indiana, the home state of GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence, Black Lives Matter protests have been unraveling in the city of Bloomington. Large crowds of protesters surrounded and pounded on vehicles in traffic lanes late Monday night, causing destruction and disruption.
On the intersection of 3rd and Lincoln Street, the protesters grouped around police station after the deaths of five men and a teenager by cops. The protest was pre-planned by the Students Against State Violence activist group, after associated BLM officials told police the demonstration would be peaceful with balloon releases and unity. That sentiment quickly went sour when protesters began flinging themselves in front of cars, banging and hitting car hoods and yelling at drivers and passengers.
“We monitored the march and there were traffic disruptions for about 30-45 minutes,” said Steven Kellems with the Bloomington Police Department, after the hour or so long protest. No arrest were made at the protest.
Police began breaking up the protest after one driver tried to slowly drive through the crowd to pass by, but then the windshield on his vehicle was smashed and damaged. Video of the vandalization can be viewed below:
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