Merced protest turns tense after opposite groups face-off near gas station

A Wednesday night protest in central Merced at the intersection of West Olive Avenue and R Street took a tense turn after two groups exchanged words in the area of the Chevron gas station.

Police said no injuries were reported and no arrests were made during the face-off between the opposing groups.

The local protest was one of a handful that have been held in reaction to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. He died May 25 in police custody after an officer pinned Floyd to the ground with a knee to the back of his neck. The incident was captured on video. There have been protests and demonstrations nationwide and globally.

Efforts by the Sun-Star to reach the owners of the Chevron on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Police stood to separate groups

A flier for Wednesday’s protest had a collage in the shape of a fist, containing the faces

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