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Unpacking A Night Of Peaceful And Violent Protest Across Iowa

John Minchillo
AP Photo
Motorists are ordered to the ground from their vehicle by police during a protest on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has sparked demonstrations and protest nationwide. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died May 25. Video, now seen by millions, shows Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, resulting in Floyd’s death.

There were protests across Iowa this past weekend. Many were peaceful, but violence broke out in a number of Iowa towns and cities. On this edition of River to River, Charity Nebbe speaks with IPR reporter Kate Payne and Davenport Alderman Patrick Peacock to gather an understanding of violence that erupted overnight in eastern Iowa.

State Representative Ako Abdul-Samad also joins the program to talk about protests in Des Moines and the central part of the state.


  • Kate Payne, IPR reporter
  • Patrick Peacock, alderman of Davenport’s 7th ward
  • Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, Des Moines Democrat

Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa