KC’s Country Club Plaza extends closure through Wednesday amid protests, violence

The Country Club Plaza in Kansas City will remain closed on Wednesday, according to its website, following days of violence and destruction in the area.

The Plaza initially closed at 4 p.m. on Saturday and planned to reopen on Monday. However, the shopping district extended its closure after multiple days of protests, as well as incidents of violence and vandalism that largely occurred at night.

The protests are part of nationwide demonstrations calling for an end to police mistreatment of African Americans, following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died last month in Minneapolis after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

Near the Plaza, multiple businesses along Main Street reported that their properties were vandalized and looted over the weekend, The Kansas City Star reports.

The police made more than 150 arrests over the weekend and 20 on Monday. They also deployed tear gas and pepper spray on protestors at Mill Creek Park near the Plaza, according to The Star.

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