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Clashes between police and protesters continued to erupt across the country Saturday as thousands descended on the streets, pleading for justice in the wake of George Floyd's death this week in Minneapolis.
- Curfews have been put in place in many cities including Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Rochester and Miami Dade County.
- In Philadelphia, police cars and a Starbucks were set on fire, as protesters tried to topple a statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo.
- Colorado, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin have all activated their state national guards to maintain order, assist police, and stop violence, governors and state officials say.
President Donald Trump also announced Saturday that the military was "ready, willing and able" to deploy in case unrest continued.
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Bill Clinton: 'If you’re white in America, the chances are you won’t' die like George Floyd did
NFL commissioner says 'urgent need for action' to mend America
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conceded Saturday that there "remains an urgent need for action" to mend America's racial divide in the wake of George Floyd's death.
The NFL has been a flashpoint for protests over police violence ever since Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during national anthems before games. Kaepernick has since gone unsigned — and emerged as a leading voice in opposition of police violence.
"There remains an urgent need for action," Goodell wrote. "We recognize the power of our platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society.
NFL players union chief DeMaurice Smith penned a letter to members and told them they should be empowered to speak up about Floyd’s death: "It impossible to not to take this personally. We should take this personally.”
Protesters in Minneapolis take knee, chant names of people who have died at hands of police
Pockets of violence at New York City protests, NYPD says
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Saturday afternoon that protests, some with pockets of violence, have already begun in New York City.
When a reporter asked him what he expects tonight from protesters, Shea replied: “Tonight started already. It started about 5 hours ago."
When asked about who is perpetrating the violence and if people are coming in from out of town, Shea cautioned that they’re still sorting out everyone’s addresses. But he said at least 20 percent are from "out of town."
"It's probably higher, maybe much higher," he added.
He said he suspects some of the people they took into custody have given false Brooklyn addresses
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NYPD to cops: be ready to come to work whenever, wherever needed
The NYPD has told its officers that they should be prepared to come to work whenever and wherever they are needed in the city due to the ongoing protests and events citywide as a precautionary measure.
The memo to all NYPD officers, sent Saturday and reviewed by NBC News, says "in light of citywide events and the ongoing need to provide extensive police services on a citywide bases, the police commissioner has directed that the duty chart be suspended until further notice."
The memo is described by police officials as "an emergency measure" given the ongoing protests and means that NYPD officers may be called in and that they can be sent to various precincts and commands as needed.
Chrissy Teigen says she will donate $200K to bail out protesters
Chrissy Teigen announced on Saturday she will donate $200,000 to bail out protestors as Americans continue to take to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd.
Teigen originally said on Twitter she would be donating $100,000 in "celebration" of President Trump saying Saturday evening might be "MAGA night" at the White House. She then doubled the amount after someone in her Twitter replies called the protesters "rioters and criminals."
Denver enacts 8 p.m. curfew following two nights of protests
After Denver was rocked by two day of protests, Mayor Michael Hancock announced he is enacting a curfew on Saturday “to help protect people and property.”
Hancock said the curfew will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday and last until 5 a.m. Sunday, he said in a press release. There will also be a curfew in place on Sunday evening.
The mayor said 34 people have been arrested in the past two nights of protest, and called the "destruction" in the city “reckless, inexcusable, and unacceptable.”
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Trump: 'The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored'
"I understand the pain that people are feeling," President Donald Trump said in Florida during remarks to NASA following the successful SpaceX launch. "We support the right of peaceful protesters, and we hear their pleas. But what we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or with peace."
"The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters, and anarchists," he said. "The violence and vandalism is being led by antifa and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses, and burning down buildings."
Protesters at White House push through barricade, climb on top of Secret Service vehicles
Protesters on Saturday afternoon converged at the White House and pushed security barricades farther down Pennsylvania Avenue, in one of many new protests to emerge around the country during the day Saturday — only hours after violent demonstrations rocked cities coast to coast on Friday night.
At the White House, protesters could be seen standing on top of Secret Service vehicles and a security booth next to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Some in the crowd also ripped away the bike rack barriers that separate 17th Street from the Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza. Other demonstrators were seen standing face to face with a phalanx of Secret Service on the Plaza.
Kim Kardashian West 'infuriated' by George Floyd's death as she calls for justice
Kim Kardashian West shared a series of Twitter posts saying she's "exhausted of the heartbreak I feel seeing mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children suffering because their loved one was murdered or locked away unjustly for being black."
"I am more than angry. I am infuriated and I am disgusted," she also wrote, expressing her desire to "amplify those voices that have been muffled for too long."
Accompanying the post, Kardashian West urged people to text "FLOYD" to 55156 and demand #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd. By sending the text, people will be redirected to a petition created by the advocacy group Color of Change in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis.
The petition calls on County Attorney Michael Freeman to press murder charges against three other officers who were involved in Floyd's detainment. So far, only Derek Chauvin, the now former police officer who was seen kneeling on Floyd's the neck for over eight minutes, was arrested on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter.
"There are still three other officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, who must also be charged for participating in George's murder," said Color of Change in the petition, adding that dozens of protestors have been detained and arrested for peacefully protesting.
Police declare emergency in Columbus, Ohio, as new George Floyd protests emerge around country
Police in Columbus, Ohio, declared an emergency Saturday as new protests emerged there and around the country — only hours after violent demonstrations rocked cities coast to coast on Friday night.
Columbus police said midday Saturday that the public should avoid the area of the demonstrations that were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis police custody.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said police declared the downtown area an emergency to manage the crowds.
"We are asking residents to avoid the area," he wrote in a tweet. "Safety of everyone — protesters and police — is paramount. We’re calling for everyone to remain calm."
Man fatally struck by FedEx truck during George Floyd protests in St. Louis
Authorities said a man was hit and killed by a FedEx truck during protests over George Floyd's death in St. Louis.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a FedEx double tractor-trailer was rerouted because protesters shut down certain areas near downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Police said the driver stopped due to a large gathering of protesters. While he was stopped, several people gained access to the first trailer and started to remove items.
The driver didn't realize that a person was stuck on the converter dolly between the two trailers, police said. The man had been caught by the trailer tire, pulled under and was eventually run over by the tire. Authorities are now investigating the incident but they believe the man who died appeared to be one of the protesters.
Trump says military 'ready, willing and able' to deploy to Minneapolis amid protests
President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the military police were ready to deploy to Minneapolis amid ongoing protests in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.
"We have our military ready, willing and able, if they ever want to call our military. We can have troops on the ground very quickly," Trump said as he left the White House Saturday afternoon on his way to Florida for the second attempt at the SpaceX launch. "They're using their National Guard right now, as you know."
"They've got to be tough, they've got to be strong, they've got to be respected," Trump said, speaking of Minnesota government officials, adding that there were protesters that needed to be "taught" that they "can't do this."
The move would take service members from around the country and prepare them to deploy to Minneapolis if the governor elects to use those resources.
George Floyd protesters in their own words: 'We are human beings that want justice'
For many of the thousands of protesters in cities across the country, there seems to be one primary demand — justice for George Floyd's death and an end to police brutality against African Americans.
"The injustice has been going on for so long," said Ben Hubert, 26, who lives in the Minneapolis area. "It’s been swelling for years.”
"That could be my father; that could be my brother. That could be me," one Atlanta protester, a black man, told NBC News of his thoughts when he saw the video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck as Floyd pleaded, "Please, please, please, I can't breathe."
"It just happened too many times," the Atlanta protester said.
New York AG to review videos of 'violent clashes' in Brooklyn
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that Attorney General Letitia James will be conducting an "independent review" looking into the "disturbing violent clashes" that occurred amid protests in Brooklyn Friday night.
Cuomo said he asked James to "review all actions and procedures that were taken" by police as well as the crowds' actions and prepare a report in the next 30 days because "the public deserves answers and accountability." At least 200 people were arrested Friday as thousands gathered across the city to protest the death of George Floyd. Police said the arrests include a woman who allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at a police van.
The initially peaceful protests turned violent late at night, particularly in Brooklyn, where social media videos surfaced showing police vehicles burning and officers physically clashing with protesters.
"This nation’s history of discrimination and racism dates back hundreds of years. It is abhorrent, and I share the outrage at this fundamental injustice. But violence obscures the righteousness of the message and the mission," said Cuomo, adding that the protests and the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people of color are "not disconnected" since they're "both about inequality."
"We have to address the inequality in healthcare. If you look across the nation, many more people of color died from the virus than white people. That is a fact," Cuomo said. "And then, the George Floyd situation gets at the inequality and discrimination in the criminal justice system. They are connected."
California man arrested for driving SUV through protesting crowd
The Bakersfield Police Department in California said they arrested a man Friday after he attempted to drive his SUV through a crowd of protesters, hitting a 15-year-old girl and causing minor injuries.
Police charged Michael Tran, 31, for attempted murder after the California man accelerated his SUV and drove into the crowd.
It appeared that Tran had driven his Toyota Rav4 by the protesters multiple times and talked to some, potentially antagonizing them, the Bakersfield Police Department said.
Ten protesters were later arrested in Bakersfield when some demonstrators began to throw bottles, defaced a BPD fallen officer memorial and attempted to block the roadway.
108 arrests during protests in Chicago
More than 100 people were arrested and dozens of police officers injured during a protest Friday night in Chicago.
The charges for the 108 people taken into custody range from aggravated battery to disorderly conduct, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown said Saturday at a news conference.
According to officials, shots were fired at officers as demonstrators gathered in the city to protest the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man killed by an officer who kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
A gun was recovered during the arrests, officials said.
Some of the officers sustained minor injuries and one suffered a broken wrist while working on crowd control. A dozen squad cars were damaged with spray paint and the tires being slashed.
Minnesota officials blame out-of-state protesters for violence
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday that he would fully mobilize the Minnesota National Guard for the first time since World War II to bring an end to the "wonton destruction" protests that he blamed on protesters from outside the state.
The state had pulled together 700 troops on Friday for the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody. But it was not enough, Walz said. By noon on Saturday, Walz said that 2,500 guardsman would be activated, noting that it was "nothing short of a blessing" that no one had yet been killed in the violence.
State officials said that around 80 percent of those arrested in the Twin Cities on Friday had come from outside Minnesota.
While "there's a group of folks that are sad and mourning" about Floyd, Mayor Melvin Carter said, "there seems to be another group that are using Mr. Floyd's death as a cover to create havoc."
Black men in Minneapolis outraged over Floyd killing, distrustful of judicial system
Since Samar Moseley moved back to Minneapolis from upstate New York in 2015, the police-involved killings of black men have placed the city on the cusp of anarchy.
But today feels different, Moseley said.
“This has the potential to be worse than Ferguson” he said, referring to the town in Missouri that erupted in riots in 2014 after an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by a white police officer. “It’s happened too many times here.”
Protesters—black and white—have stormed the streets in Minneapolis and other cities across the country in the nights since the death of George Floyd in police custody on Monday. Floyd, who was black, died after a white police officer pinned him to the ground with his knee for more than eight minutes during an arrest.
That officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
For many, that was a victory. But many others, it was far less than that. Three other officers involved in the encounter, two who on video appear to be holding Floyd down and another who stood by, have not been charged, and that does not sit well with a large faction of a distraught and angry public.
Portland mayor places curfew following violence; at least 13 arrested
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler placed a citywide curfew starting at 8 p.m. Saturday after peaceful events gave way to violence on Friday night, resulting in numerous destroyed businesses and at least 13 arrests.
Portland Police said they were aware of two planned events in memory of George Floyd. Some attendees left the area and several hundred marched toward downtown Portland, police said, adding that "some protesters in the march vandalized business with graffiti for about twenty blocks. A bank sustained broken windows."
A shooting was then reported at around 9:50 p.m. Friday in relation to the protests. Police said a vehicle was within a large group of protesters when "one of the protesters shot at the occupants of the vehicle, injuring the passenger."
Protesters spraypainted buildings, broke windows and made an unlawful entry into a building, starting a fire inside of it, police said. Firefighters also put off multiple other fires in the city, including "a large dumpster, trash cans, vehicles and a large pile of pallets," according to police.
Police in riot gear were deployed after 11 p.m. and the protesters were dispersed from certain areas in downtown Portland. Two officers sustained injuries, police said.
At least 200 NYC protesters arrested
At least 200 people were arrested Friday in New York City as thousands gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.
Among those arrested were two women after one of them threw a Molotov cocktail at a police van. The New York City Police Department said the woman who threw it faces attempted murder charges.
Police said they recovered bricks, brass knuckles and firearms from other protesters who were taken into custody.
"It's tough to practice de-escalation when you have a brick being thrown at your head," NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said, adding that a number of officers were sent to the emergency room after suffering injuries including having their teeth knocked out.
Federal Protective Service officer killed, another injured in Oakland shooting amid George Floyd protests
One security officer with the Federal Protective Service was killed, and another injured after shots rang out amid protests in Oakland amid protests over the death of George Floyd on Friday, authorities said.
"An individual inside the vehicle began firing gunshots at contract security officers for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security," FBI San Francisco said in a statement.
The FBI is continuing to investigate the shooting, which occurred at 9:45 p.m. at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building.
Transport Workers Union urges members not to drive arrested NYC protesters
The Transport Workers Union in New York City told some of its members not to help the New York City Police Department transport arrested protesters in city buses.
The initially peaceful protests turned violent late at night, particularly in Brooklyn, where social media videos surfaced showing police vehicles burning and officers physically clashing with protesters.
New York City Police said the arrests included two women who allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at a police van. Several cops are believed to have been injured. Two state legislators were pepper-sprayed and one handcuffed, WNBC reported.
Social media posts then started showing police officers commandeering a public transportation bus, urging the bus operator to transport arrested protesters. The driver resisted. The posts prompted the Transport Workers Union to tweet that its members saying they should refuse to drive the arrested.
"TWU Local 100 Bus Operators do not work for the NYPD. We transport the working families of NYC , all TWU Operators should refuse to transport arrested protestors," the union tweeted.
Killer Mike makes impassioned plea against systemic racism
Rapper Killer Mike gave an impassioned address from his hometown Atlanta, where mass protests broke out against the police killing of George Floyd.
In a televised speech alongside the Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Killer Mike accused the police of "assassinating" Floyd "like an animal." The musician and activist also called for an end to looting, urging citizens not to burn down their own homes.
""I'm mad as hell ... I’m tired of seeing black men die," he said in the clip that has gone viral, having been shared online by many, including celebrities Lebron James and Immortal Technique.
Martin Luther King III echoes father's words during George Floyd protests
Human rights advocate Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, took to Twitter to echo his father words, telling his followers: "We shall overcome."
"George Floyd should still be alive right now. But he was lynched. We will not stay quiet. No justice, no peace," King wrote online.
Peaceful protests over George Floyd's death turn destructive in downtown Cincinnati
Peaceful protests condemning George Floyd's death by police in Minnesota in downtown Cincinnati turned destructive late Friday night, with looting and vandalism in the area.
More than 500 people gathered across the city, from the Cincinnati Police Department's building to the Hamilton County Courthouse, NBC affiliate WLWT reported. By 11 p.m., people started smashed through the windows at the courthouse and flash bangs as well as tear gas were used to disperse the crowds.
Police in riot gear responded to the scene at the same time dozens of businesses were being vandalized. Video from a security camera located at a men's apparel store showed the business was broken into, glass shattered and merchandise stolen from its shelves. Dozens of other nearby business saw similar outcomes as protests became chaotic. Firefighters put off at least one dumpster fire as protests continued escalating.
At around 1:15 a.m., Cincinnati Police urged people to "please avoid this area" as "there are several active protests & groups causing damage to property in the downtown & OTR neighborhoods currently."
No injuries were reported and several people were being taken into custody early Saturday. However, it is unclear if any arrests were made, WLWT reported.
Trump praises Secret Service response to White House protests, warns greater force could have been used
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump praised the Untied States Secret Service for their response to protesters outside the White House Friday night, warning that if the the demonstrators had breached the White House fence they would have been "greeted" with "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons."
Great job last night at the White House by the U.S. [Secret Service]," Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday morning. "I was inside, watched every move, and couldn’t have felt more safe."
"Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence," Trump continued, adding that if they had they would "have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least."
Thousands of people gathered in front of the White House Friday night in protest of George Floyd's death, prompting the Secret Service to put the White House on lockdown.
Trump also said that the protesters had "little to do with the memory" of Floyd and were "just there to cause trouble." Trump said Saturday would be "MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE," but it is unclear what he is referencing.
Obamas speak out over George Floyd death
Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have both taken to Twitter to speak out against the death of George Floyd.
Former President Obama said that the racism being experienced by African Americans and other minorities shouldn’t be considered "normal" in 2020 America.
Michelle said she was "pained" by recent tragedies. "I’m exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on," she wrote.
Both said everyone in the Unites States had uncomfortable work to do to root out racism.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz calls for peace
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz called for calm on Saturday, as unrest continued in the state over the death of George Floyd.
His call came after protesters defied a curfew and took to the streets of Minneapolis for the fourth time in a row and widespread demonstrations took place across dozens of cities across the country.
"I urge for peace at this time," Walz wrote on Twitter.
"We are continuing to coordinate efforts at the state and local level while accessing resources from across the country to keep our communities safe," he added.
Portland declares 'State of Emergency'
The Mayor of Portland Ted Wheeler has declared a "State of Emergency" bringing a curfew immediately into effect.
Wheeler had been visiting his dying mother, but returned to the city amid unrest and rioting, as demonstrators protested the police killing of unarmed black man, George Floyd.
Wheeler warned public violence would destroy communities.
Head of African Union criticizes U.S. for George Floyd death
The head of the African Union Commission has spoken out against the police killing of unarmed black man, George Floyd.
"I reaffirm and reiterate the African Union’s rejection of continuing discriminatory practices against Black citizens of the USA," Moussa Faki Mahamat wrote online.
As unrest in Minneapolis grows, many in Africa have expressed their shock and disappointment with the U.S. both online and at a diplomatic level.
Mindful of America’s image on a continent where China’s influence has grown and where many feel a distinct lack of interest from the Trump administration, some U.S. diplomats have tried to control the damage. U.S. embassies in Kenya, Tanzania and Congo, have shared statements from the Department of Justice office in Minnesota on the investigation.
Houston police make 200 arrests, chief thanks 'peaceful' protesters
Police in Houston said they made nearly 200 arrests at protests against the killing of George Floyd on Friday.
Those arrested had "participated in unlawful assemblies" and "most will be charged with obstructing a roadway," Houston Police Department said.
However, Chief Art Acevedo wrote on Twitter: "To the legitimate, peaceful protesters, we say thank you."
Wife of officer charged with murder of George Floyd says she's divorcing him
Kellie Chauvin, the wife of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, said she is filing for divorce after 10 years of marriage.
Kellie Chauvin's attorney said she filed for divorce as a result of this week's incident.
Derek Chauvin is facing third-degree murder and manslaughter charges after video surfaced showing him kneeling on Floyd's neck for for more than 8 1/2 minutes while he pleaded for his life.
Google postpones Android 11 unveiling amid U.S. protests
Google said on Saturday it has postponed next week's planned unveiling of the beta version of its latest Android 11 mobile operating system in light of protests in the United States.
"We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate," Google said in a message posted on Twitter.
The event was originally scheduled to take place virtually on Wednesday, according to the developers website. In a tweet, it said that it would announce more details on the new version of Android "soon," without specifying any dates.
Protests have spread across the United States over the killing of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black man who died after being pinned by the neck under a white police officer's knee.
Louisville police apologize for shooting pepper-balls at news crew
Less than 24 hours after CNN employees were arrested live on air while covering protests in Minnesota, a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky, was seen on camera firing what appeared to be pepper-balls at a news crew during a live broadcast Friday night.
The Louisville Metro Police Department issued an apology to the crew from local NBC affiliate Wave3, who were covering demonstrations over the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed by police in her home in March.
Reporter Kaitlin Rust is heard yelling off-camera: "I've been shot! I've been shot!" Video shows a police officer aiming directly at the camera crew, as Rust describes the projectiles as "pepper-bullets."
"I want to apologize," Louisville police spokeswoman Jessie Halladay told the Courier Journal. "It's not something that should have occurred if she was singled out as a reporter."
Halladay said she couldn't tell who the individual officer was, but that police would review the video and "if we need to do any investigation for discipline, we will do that."
Mayor Ted Wheeler leaves 'dying mother' to return to Portland
Portland's Mayor Ted Wheeler said he supported the honoring of George Floyd's legacy but warned residents not to "tear your city apart in the process."
Public violence would destroy communities, he said.
The Democrat also wrote on Twitter that he was rushing back to the city even though he was caring for his dying mother.