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SAPD: Pepper balls, smoke, wooden & rubber projectiles used against 'unruly crowds'

Police said they used that tactic after some officers were attacked with glass bottles.

SAN ANTONIO — Just three days following rioting in downtown, police said they had to disperse some "unruly crowds causing damage."

According to the San Antonio Police Department, officers used pepper balls, smoke, wooden, and rubber projectiles on a crowd of people on Houston Street, right near where Alamo Plaza was shut down as a preventative measure.

Police said the objects they fired, "hit the ground and impact the lower extremities." They said they used that tactic after some officers were attacked with glass bottles. At one point, protesters began to lie down on the street.

Credit: Joey Palacios (Texas Public Radio)

Several videos online show different angles of the clashing between police and the protesters. Texas Public Radio's Joey Palacios was at the scene and shared video with KENS 5 of what he witnessed.

Earlier in the evening around 6 p.m. on Monday, protesters met at the Bexar County Courthouse and marched through the rain to Public Safety Headquarters.

The protesters continued walking through downtown, heading towards Alamo Plaza, which is closed now to vehicular and pedestrian traffic through Sunday as a response to the violence from Saturday night's rioting.

One unidentified protester told KENS 5 why he was at the protest:

"I'm just a poet, a song writer. Cops see me as a black man. I see a police officer - I don't see a police officer. I see another man just working to put food on the table for this family. That's the message I want to spread. We are all equal."

Peaceful protests turned into confrontation with police nationwide. Here's a look at what took place in Minneapolis:

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