Riots Across Downtown Knoxville Saturday & Sunday Night

The City of Knoxville was rocked by riots Saturday and Sunday night:


Officials say nine adults and one juvenile were arrested in the Fort Sanders area Sunday night after a 28-year-old man says he was assaulted. He refused medical attention. The individuals were charged with disorderly conduct. At least 15 vehicles were vandalized as the group of about 40 peopled roved through Fort Sanders.

Later Sunday, officials say they spotted a stolen car in downtown Knoxville. Suspects inside were wearing hockey masks and yelling obscenities at police as they drove by. The vehicle was spotted later and a 17-year-old was arrested without incident. He was charged with auto theft, simple possession and drug paraphernalia.

Another group of about a dozen lit off fireworks at World’s Fair Park and down Clinch Avenue. A victim said he was on his porch when the suspects started shooting fireworks at him. Officers were unable to locate the suspects. Authorities are continuing to assess the any additional damage through the city.


50 to 100 people took over Market Square and Downtown Knoxville Saturday night. The group assembled on Market Square around 11:30 p.m. A window was broken out at Ruby Sunshine and quickly dispersed. A larger group assembled near Clinch Avenue just after midnight. They shot fireworks, threw trash cans into the street, smashed a port-a-potty and broke glass near Clinch and Locust.

Dakota Gifford

Around the same time a suspicious person was spotted exiting a vehicle at the Market Square Garage. A search of the vehicle uncovered six handguns, two shotguns, two rifles and several narcotics. The 20-year-old Dakota Gifford was arrested with Possession with Intent to Sell and Possession of a Firearm During a Felony.

The group made back to Market Square where KPD officers gave the dispersal orders. They moved back toward Gay Street where one man threw an object at a police cruiser and hit an officer in the head. The 18-year-old man was arrested and charged with assault. The officer was uninjured. However an officer received minor injuries during the arrest.

The group dissipated by 2:00 a.m. no other injuries were reported.

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