At least 7 people arrested, damage reported in downtown Topeka protests

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A protest and rally in downtown Topeka started out peaceful early Monday evening, but it ended with at least seven arrests and one person checked out by paramedics.

The protests were in the wake of George Floyd’s deadly arrest.

Officers arrested the following:

  • Brett Michael House, 19, of Silver Lake – Facing charges of unlawful assembly, interference with law enforcement, criminal damage to property and disobeying lawful police order.
  • Noah Lee Kelley, 21, of Topeka – Facing charge of disobeying lawful police order.
  • Jonathan Lee West, 42, of Topeka – Facing charges of assault of law enforcement officer and disobeying lawful police order.
  • Haley Paige Elliot, 19, of Topeka – Facing charge of disobeying lawful police order.
  • Cameron Michele Spagnola, 27, of Topeka – Facing charge of disobeying lawful police order.
  • Brian Charles Rutschmann, 30, of Topeka – Facing charge of disobeying lawful police order.
  • Andrew Joseph Dome, 28, of Topeka – Facing charge of disobeying lawful police order.
(Courtesy: KSNT)

The Topeka Police Department said it cited three other people for disorderly conduct and released them on the scene, and officers cited a 15-year-old girl for criminal damage to property.

According to KSNT, rocks and bricks were thrown breaking police car windows at police headquarters. Damage was reported to the Capitol Federal building downtown.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office declared the protest unlawful just before 10 p.m.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Topeka Police Department, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, helped clear the area.

Topeka police Capt. Mike Cross said some officers were hit with bricks but were not seriously injured.

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