Hundreds of people spent Monday afternoon and evening in downtown Huntsville and Big Spring Park to protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
The protest remained peaceful for hours until a man was put in handcuffs after showing up with a gun.
A large crowd gathered in front of the Confederate monument in front of the Madison County Courthouse. The steps were blocked off all afternoon by Madison County Sheriff's Office deputies.
The crowd of protesters asked the deputies to take a knee, and chanted for hours.
We talked to one man who saw some of the chaos that ensued after we saw a second man get put in handcuffs.
"A guy had a gun. They are pointing their guns at him, had him on the ground up on a hill," the protester said. "Next thing you knew they started tear gassing him slowly back down to the park."
We saw police push the protesters off the square and into Big Spring Park.
Police said the type of gas deployed was a non-lethal chemical agent, but it was irritating to people's eyes.
Officers were armed with guns that deploy rubber bullets.
Police reported that rocks were thrown at them by people involved in the George Floyd protests downtown.
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