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Green Bay leaders speak out after violent unrest at weekend protest

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Posted at 1:14 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 17:57:12-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- The Green Bay Police Department, along with the Green Bay mayor, held a news conference Monday after violence broke out during protests in the downtown area over the weekend.

Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith said several people were arrested Sunday night. Chief Smith said he expects more people to be arrested as investigators are reviewing video evidence.

The chief said the protests that carried out in the afternoon and early evening were peaceful. However, Chief Smith said rocks were thrown at officers at around 10:30 p.m. when they responded to a call of a child who was injured falling off a car.

Chief Smith also said officers responded to reports of looting at Marathon gas station on Walnut Street in the 10 p.m. hour. While helping the store close doors to stop further action, Chief Smith said someone outside the building fired shots into the store.

Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich said residents can expect a curfew for Monday night. The exact details of the curfew are still being worked out as of Monday afternoon. The mayor called the violent behavior Sunday night "irresponsible and dangerous".

Also speaking at the news conference was the Mayor's first appointee to the police and fire commission, Rashad Cobb.

The Brown County Sheriff also spoke at the news conference.