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Unrest in Davenport


Unrest from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week spread across the nation over the weekend, including Davenport. Officials say Sunday night, after gathering at NorthPark mall and doing some damage, a large group of people then fanned out to other parts of the city.

And by early Monday morning after numerous shootings, including an ambush targeting police, four people had been wounded, and two of them died. Three fires overnight in the city are considered suspicious.  

Davenport Mayor Mike Matson says violence and property damage do not promote justice.

"Our community like so many others across the country is at a crossroads. We must rise to the occasion for the safety of all people and address the strife we are experiencing - with peace, civility, and decorum."

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About 3 am Monday, Davenport police officers were fired upon in an alley in this neigborhood. Chief Sikorski calls it an ambush.

Police Chief Paul Sikorski says three of his officers came under fire about 3 am.

"There were three police officers in a vehicle. They were in motion in the vehicle when they were ambushed and fired upon. The vehicle was hit several times by rounds and one of our officers was hit."

He says the wounded officer is recovering and "doing well."  

Some messages on social media Sunday alerted police to the possibility of violence, and they notified some large stores that they might be targets.

So far, no information has been released on the number of arrests, where these people are from, and the names of those wounded and killed.

A curfew will go into effect at 9 pm for Davenport and all of Scott County, until 5 am Tuesday. And local residents are advised to stay home except to go to work. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.