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Iowa City and University of Iowa issue statement following week-long protests

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Iowa City in collaboration with the University of Iowa issued a joint statement on police policy following several demonstrations for George Floyd.

On Wednesday, more than 500 protesters were tear-gassed by law enforcement. Many maintain they stayed peaceful and did not provoke police.

Since then, a petition calling for the University of Iowa to cut ties with multiple police agencies now has more than 8,000 signatures.

In response, the city and University released a joint statement to those they serve.

We deeply regret what transpired Wednesday night with the use of gas and flash bang devices and acknowledge that with better preparations and time we could safely accommodate Interstate 80 access to those that were demonstrating for change in honor of Mr. George Floyd. We are committed to working with all of our government and law enforcement partners to ensure the scenario from Wednesday night does not repeat itself.

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Iowa City Mayor, Bruce Teague also announced his commitment to former President Barack Obama's Police Use of Force Project. In addition, the Mayor has requested a full review of the #8CantWaitProject.

The City’s Community Police Review Board will be charged with engaging the public and helping lead the review to ensure it's not influenced by City management. An effort will also be made to work cooperatively with the University of Iowa Student Government throughout the review.