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Police use tear gas and flash-bangs on protesters in Iowa City Wednesday night

A protestor puts their bicycle on the ground before sitting down in front of police officers. Officers fired tear gas on the crowd after protestors disobeyed an order not to advance. Several protestors reported that none of the protestors made physical contact with officers before being tear gassed unexpectedly. This protestor sat on the ground amid a cloud of tear gas for several minutes.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

June 3, 2020

Police set off flash-bangs and tear gas Wednesday night on protesters who, according to multiple people on the front lines of the protest, had not been physically violent. A march that began on the Pentacrest at 6 p.m. covered a great distance throughout Iowa City until a standoff with police o...

Peaceful marching, some damages during second night of protesting in Iowa City

A group of protestors spray paint the intersection of Linn and East Burlington St. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The group marched to various locations in Iowa City, including several city and county buildings. This marks the second night of protest in the community.

Josie Fischels, Summer Editor

June 3, 2020

Hundreds marched through Iowa City Tuesday night for the “Black Live Matter Black Out Protest” that began at St. Morrison Park at 7 p.m. in Coralville. At least one arrest was made and some protesters were pepper sprayed later in the night. An Iowa City police officer told a small group that an in...

Iowa shatters primary turnout record with mail-in ballots in unprecedented primary election amid COVID-19

Stickers on the floor encouraging social distancing are seen on the floor on Tuesday, June 2 in Iowa City West High School.

Katie Ann McCarver, News Editor

June 2, 2020

A record number of Iowans cast their ballots in Tuesday's primaries after the Secretary of State's Office mailed each active Iowa voter an absentee ballot-request form to encourage voting from home. Statewide voter turnout was at 24.11 percent according to the Secretary of State website. Of more than 2.1 million registere...

Iowa City protest remains mostly peaceful despite tension with police, broken glass

Protesters gather on the Pentacrest for a moment of silence during a protest in Iowa City on Monday, June 1, 2020. Protesters walk through downtown to the Johnson County Jail where they interacted peacefully with the police. Protesters then moved to the Iowa City Police Department where they smashed windows on a door.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

June 2, 2020

A night of protesting unfolded across Iowa City Monday night to protest the death of George Floyd and police violence against black people. The night ended with minor property damage and no major altercations between protesters and Iowa City and Johnson County police. Old Capitol - 21 N. Clinton...

At Coral Ridge Mall, police meet protesters with chemical irritant, flashbangs

Crowd members help each other rinse their eyes with water after being pepper sprayed by police outside of Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville on Monday, June 1, 2020. Social media posts circulated Twitter and Facebook encouraging looters to break into the mall at 10:30 p.m. Police blocked the entrances and the crowd became violent as a man rushed an officer and police used pepper spray and flash bangs on the crowd. Several nearby businesses had property damage to windows and some protesters were handcuffed.

Sarah Watson, Fall Executive Editor

June 1, 2020

More than a dozen police, sheriff, and state trooper squad cars as well as a fire engine blocked off the 25th Avenue entrance to the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville Sunday night into the early hours of Monday morning as a group of about 50 people protesting police brutality against black people gathe...

Hundreds gather at Pentacrest for ‘Say Their Names’ rally against police violence

Protesters raise their hands and chant “Don’t shoot” during the Say Their Names rally on the Pentacrest on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Iowa City community members gathered to remember George Floyd, Ahmed Arbury, Yassin Mohamed and others. Money was collected during the event which went in donation to a vehicle procession carrying protesters going to Minneapolis. There were about five vehicles leaving directly following the rally.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

May 30, 2020

Hundreds of people gathered on the Pentacrest Saturday to rally against police brutality and in honor of George Floyd as days of protests, some violent, have taken place across the United States. Local leaders and protest organizers took turns speaking before the crowd, donned in masks and face sh...

Editorial | No justice, no peace: Iowans must support the Black Lives Matter movement

Editorial | No justice, no peace: Iowans must support the Black Lives Matter movement

DI Editorial Board

May 30, 2020

Iowa’s northern neighbor is the current epicenter of a centuries-long infliction of violence and oppression against Black Americans.  On Memorial Day, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man was killed after repeating, “I can’t breathe” as a white police officer knelt on his neck. Floyd h...

Protesters and police clash after rally in honor of George Floyd in Des Moines

Chloe Bender (center) shouts at police stand in front of the police during a protest outside of the Des Moines police station on Friday, May 29, 2020. An organized peaceful rally in honor of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality turned to violence following the event. Protesters threw water bottles at police while police sprayed tear gas and flares were thrown. Bender was later tear gassed by police.

Josie Fischels, Summer Editor

May 30, 2020

Face-to-face with a line of Des Moines police officers in riot gear, a group of protesters chanted, threw water bottles at police officers, and engaged in property damage within a timeline of almost three hours following the end of a peaceful protest in honor of George Floyd that took place from ...

Iowa City activists plan rally in solidarity with George Floyd Saturday on Pentacrest

The Old Capitol is seen on April 13, 2020.

Sarah Watson, Executive Editor

May 29, 2020

Iowa City activists have planned a rally set to begin Saturday at noon on the Pentacrest in solidarity with the Minneapolis protests and in honor of George Floyd. Floyd died on Memorial Day after a Minneapolis police officer pressed Floyd's neck to the ground with his knee for several minutes. Video...

Iowa City cancels Fourth of July fireworks

Jazz Fest spectators and local residents enjoy the fireworks at the Old Capital Building on Friday June 30th 2017. (James Year/Daily Iowan)

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

May 22, 2020

Iowa City won't host its annual Fourth of July fireworks this summer, the city announced Friday, in order to continue mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus. The annual Summer of the Arts programming will also look a little different this summer. The annual Iowa City Jazz Festival, norma...

Iowa City businesses reopened cautiously commencement weekend

University of Iowa juniors Harrison Akienn and Michael Sehelbrop enjoy pizza and beer at the Airliner on Saturday, May 16th, 2020. The Airliner as well as various other local businesses are experiencing a surge in business due to commencement weekend and the state government lifting certain quarantine regulations.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

May 17, 2020

Zoey Sletterhaugh’s parents drove five hours from Kansas City to be with their daughter in Iowa City for her virtual commencement ceremony this weekend.  The trio, which was supposed to include her grandparents, in their 80s, and her brother, wholives in Colorado, spent the morning taking p...

‘It feels surreal’: Hawkeyes celebrate virtually as they graduate amid unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld speaks during virtual commencement on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19, the University of Iowa moved commencement online in March.

Rin Swann, News Reporter

May 16, 2020

First-generation student and graduating senior Hunter Aldred sat beside his roommate wearing a cap and gown. Instead of a backdrop of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Aldred sat on his well-worn white couch in his Iowa City apartment. In one hand, he held his phone and watched his virtual commencement cerem...