Per Gary Faust:
Residents of La Vista de Guadalupe, a downtown Austin apartment building, have received a notice from management stating that @Austin_Police have informed them armed protesters may have “plans to get on top of buildings along the I-35 frontage road” during #austinprotests today.
Residents of La Vista de Guadalupe, a downtown Austin apartment building, have received a notice from management stating that @Austin_Police have informed them armed protesters may have “plans to get on top of buildings along the I-35 frontage road” during #austinprotests today. pic.twitter.com/GfLv16RVmp
— Gary Faust (@garyrfaust) August 1, 2020
Fox News reports groups of protesters began arriving in Austin, Texas, on Saturday evening amid warnings to the public from local police about potential trouble as the night progresses.
Residents of several apartment complexes near police department headquarters had received letters from property managers, warning that “armed” protesters may try to access the buildings to get a better view of the protests below, FOX 7 of Austin reported.
“Keep your eyes open for anyone that might be on the roof or upper balconies,” one warning letter said.
More than 100 Austin police officers – many of them in riot gear, or riding horses or bicycles – were deployed in the capital city of Texas in a bid to minimize rioting and vandalism, the Austin American Statesman reported.
Officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety also were deployed, the Statesman reported.
Hundreds of Austin police and DPS troopers have arrived at 4th and Congress pic.twitter.com/Ub53XtbeNj
— Katie Hall (@Katie_Statesman) August 2, 2020
School’s out. pic.twitter.com/uI6PXwIzLp
— Greg Anderson (@WalkableAustin) August 2, 2020
By midnight Sunday local time, protest organizers claimed, police had arrested or detained at least 20 people, according to the newspaper. But police would not immediately confirm the number, adding more information would be available Sunday or Monday.
At the antifa gathering in Austin, Texas, militants refuse to disperse occupied streets. Officers move in on horses and forcibly move the people out of the road. They scream and shout in anger. #AustinRiots #antifa pic.twitter.com/BJxJwIflZz
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 2, 2020
— rudy koski (@KoskionFOX7) August 2, 2020