[UPDATE 11:10 p.m.] Protest Heating Up as Night Grows Darker
After the earlier peaceful protest, when dark fell, some elements of the crowd appeared to be pushing for violent confrontation. According to reports by officers over the scanner just before 9:30 p.m., some protesters directed slingshots at officers.
About 10:09 p.m., an officer reported over the scanner being hit with a rock. It was unclear if he was in a vehicle or not.
About 10:33, confusing reports over the scanner indicated that the crowd may have attacked someone tagging items with spray paint. To try and disperse the attack, Eureka Police released a large number of pepper balls into the crowd, according to a witness.At 10:35 p.m., EPD protest units requested all available units to 5th and N Street.
Multiple people have pepper ball exposure.
Several people are being detained.
UPDATE 11:10 p.m.: Nazy Javid from North Coast News was at the scene.
UPDATE 11:55 p.m.: Nazy Javid just posted this video from the actual pepper ball shooting that a viewer sent her.