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Protest turns less peaceful as national protesters join local demonstrations

Protesters leave CPD headquarters and head for Steelyard Commons.  (Source: WOIO) Protesters leave CPD headquarters and head for Steelyard Commons. (Source: WOIO)
Protests for Tamir Rice began in Cleveland days after the deadly November shooting. (Source: Eric Payne) Protests for Tamir Rice began in Cleveland days after the deadly November shooting. (Source: Eric Payne)
National protesters unite with local demonstrators rallying against Tamir Rice's death.  (Source: WOIO) National protesters unite with local demonstrators rallying against Tamir Rice's death. (Source: WOIO)

As of 1 p.m. 19 Action News Reporter Bill Safos doesn't like the looks of the direction the protest is headed in.

Saturday protests began around 10 a.m. at the site where 12-year-Tamir Rice was fatally shot in November, at the Cudell Recreation Center.

Several people from outside areas traveled to Cleveland to participate in a weekend long string of demonstrations against recent police use of deadly force.

The second stop on Saturday's agenda was Second District Police Headquarters.  That's when things started to become not-so-peaceful.

Our crew witnessed out of town protesters go into the police station, banging on glass, a very different display compared to recent demonstrations which earned the praise of Mayor Jackson for remaining calm.

While outside the building, Tamir's brother spoke of how it's no longer safe for children to have BB guns.

When the large crowd set out to head toward their third destination, Steelyard Commons, as to be expected streets became blocked by the group.

One driver got the attention of protesters when he attempted to maneuver his car through the crowd.  His vehicle was said to nearly be overturned but the group stopped short of completing the task.

When the group arrived at Steelyard Commons, Walmart was temporarily closed to shoppers.  Store representatives have not said how long the closure will last.  

Cleveland Police state they will be present at every event. No specifics on security, but police are watching the rally.

No word on whether or not there have been any arrests made.

Several Cleveland Ferguson Stance Facebook pages alerted people to this weekend's rallies in Cleveland over police brutality.

Prior to the event, rally organizers urged everyone on Facebook to protest peacefully.  
 
Here is a list of all the events this weekend:
 
Saturday
 
10 a.m. Rally and forum at Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd.
 
11:30 a.m. Demonstration at Second District Police Headquarters, 3481 Fulton Rd.
 
1 p.m. Demonstration at Steelyard Commons, starts at West 14th and Quigly Rd.

4 p.m. Rally and march, starts at Public Square
 
7 p.m. Rally at East 40th and Community College Ave.
 
Sunday

3:30 p.m. Rally and march, starts at Public Square
 
6 p.m. Vigil at Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd. In addition to the rallies being held throughout Cleveland this weekend, Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network Columbus chapter president, Rev. Joe King, is joining Tamir's mother and her attorneys at a community rally in Columbus, OH.  The 11 a.m. event will take place at The Ohio Statehouse.

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