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May 30 coverage of nationwide unrest and ongoing protests

Here are the latest updates from across the country.
Police advance on demonstrators Saturday in Minneapolis.
Police advance on demonstrators Saturday in Minneapolis.Scott Olson / Getty Images

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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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909d ago / 3:24 AM UTC

More than 100 arrested in NYC, 15 police vehicles burned

The New York City Police Department arrested more than 100 people Saturday during protests, a senior police official said, adding that 15 police vehicles have been burned in Manhattan and in Brooklyn.

Police have seen the now-viral video where a NYPD SUV drove through a barricade pushing protestors on the street out of the way and onto the ground. 

Multiple law enforcement officials say the vehicle was hit with rocks, bottles, and someone threw a lit trash bag on top of the SUV and the officers decided to push the barrier into the crowd instead of confronting the protestors outside the car. 

909d ago / 3:22 AM UTC

Minnesota National Guard says up to 10,800 troops will be deployed

909d ago / 3:17 AM UTC

12 states and D.C. have activated National Guard

12 states and the District of Columbia have activated the Nation Guard to respond to protests.

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.

909d ago / 3:12 AM UTC

Philadelphia officer run over by looters, police say

A Philadelphia Police Department bike officer assigned to the Center City neighborhood was run over by a vehicle driven by looters, police said Saturday night. 

The officer is said to be in stable condition with a broken arm and other injuries.

No arrests have been made in the incident. 

The department said earlier Saturday night that at least 13 police officers had been injured.

909d ago / 3:06 AM UTC

Sen. Marco Rubio says 'foreign adversaries' stoking social media furor

Acting Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., claimed on Saturday night there were social media posts about the protests linked to at least three “foreign adversaries.”

 

Russian trolls deliberately stoked divisions in the U.S. during the 2016 election, posting online about police brutality and racism, amongst other issues. 

909d ago / 3:01 AM UTC

Photos: Protester protects police car in Los Angeles

A protester tries to stop others from attacking a police vehicle on Saturday.
A protester tries to stop others from attacking a police vehicle on Saturday. Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP
Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP
909d ago / 3:00 AM UTC

Multiple vehicles on fire in downtown Seattle

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Several cars were set ablaze in downtown Seattle during protests on Saturday.

The Seattle Fire Department has urged residents on social media to avoid the downtown area as officials work to extinguish the vehicles, including a string of cars burning outside of a Nordstrom department store. 

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said she will soon be signing an emergency order imposing a curfew for the city.

"Crowds need to disburse from downtown immediately," she said in a tweet.

  

909d ago / 2:44 AM UTC

Missouri declares state of emergency, activates National Guard

Missouri joined a growing list of states Saturday night to activate the National Guard.

Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency because of civil unrest and said the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Highway Patrol were ready to respond in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas.

A number of states, including Minnesota, Texas, Tennessee, Colorado and Utah, have mobilized National Guard units to help control violent protests.

909d ago / 2:43 AM UTC

Demonstrators march down Las Vegas' neon-lit Fremont Street

LAS VEGAS — Jasmine Wharton said she’s been posting about the injustice of George Floyd’s death on social media — but it wasn't enough.

“You really need to come out and represent,” Wharton, 23, of Las Vegas, said. “I could only take so much.”

Protesters march in Container Park in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Protesters march in Las Vegas on Saturday.Anita Hassan / NBC News

Wharton was one of hundreds of people who protested in downtown Las Vegas at Container Park on Saturday evening.

Demonstrators marched from the shopping center down Las Vegas’ famed Fremont Street, walking pasts the neon signs, bars and restaurants. They chanted Floyd’s name along with “I can’t breathe,” raising their fists in the air.

909d ago / 2:41 AM UTC

Brooklyn protesters stare down police in front of Barclays Center

Hundreds of protesters returned to the plaza in front of Barclays Center arena in Central Brooklyn on Saturday night, a day after a massive gathering took place there with some police confrontations. 

They held up their fists there while staring down the NYPD officers who stood in front of a subway station entrance. 

Nella Mueier, a black Brooklyn resident, said she joined the protests for the first time on Saturday.

She held a sign that said, “Good cops speak up” and said she came out because too many black men and women had been killed by police.

“I know there have to be some good ones out here but they should be out here with us protesting against what we’re seeing,” she said of the police officers guarding the subway station. “We need them to keep our communities safe, but we don’t feel safe because they don’t see us as human beings.”

She continued, “A lot of people are out here for different reasons. There’s a lot of anger and frustration. There’s a lot of people wanting to stand in solidarity.”

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909d ago / 2:29 AM UTC

Flash bangs go off near NBC News reporter as Minneapolis protesters retreat from tear gas

909d ago / 2:29 AM UTC

Trump, back at White House, says National Guard has been 'released' in Minneapolis

President Trump praised the deployment of the National Guard in Minneapolis, claiming that the city's Democratic mayor bungled the handling of the protests previously.

"The National Guard has been released in Minneapolis to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn’t do," he tweeted in part. "No games!"

In a second tweet, he praised New York City police, saying they "must be allowed to do their jobs." Protestors have clashed with law enforcement in Brooklyn and elsewhere for a second straight night, and two NYPD vehicles appeared to hit protesters in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Trump is currently at the White House, another site of escalating protests, after witnessing SpaceX launch a crewed capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida earlier in the day.

909d ago / 2:26 AM UTC

Tennessee mobilizes National Guard after Nashville violence

The Tennessee governor said Saturday night that he had activated the National Guard to move into Nashville, where authorities said the city's historic courthouse and city hall had been set on fire. 

909d ago / 2:25 AM UTC

Salt Lake City under curfew until Monday morning

Mayor Erin Mendenhall has announced that Salt Lake City, Utah, is under curfew Saturday night until 6 a.m. Monday morning.

The curfew went into effect at 8 p.m. local time Saturday and will last all day Sunday. 

An armed protester walks past a flipped over police vehicle Saturday in Salt Lake City.
An armed protester walks past a flipped over police vehicle Saturday in Salt Lake City.Rick Bowmer / AP

Mendenhall said the curfew is due to protests that hit the city on Saturday. People are not allowed to be on the streets except for certain exceptions, which include traveling for work, getting food, attending church, seeking medical care, fleeing danger or caring for family.

Utah also deployed the state's National Guard to the city on Saturday.

909d ago / 2:23 AM UTC

Protesters chant 'Power to the people' in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Hundreds of people arrived at Container Park in downtown Las Vegas ‪Saturday evening‬ to protest the death of George Floyd.

Outside the shopping center built from old shipping containers, protesters chanted, "Power to the people" and held signs that read, "Silence is complacent” and “No justice, no peace."

The previous night, about 200 to 300 people had marched down the Las Vegas Strip demanding justice for Floyd. ‬‪Las Vegas police said Friday's protest began peacefully but that some people began throwing rocks at police and damaging property; 12 officers were injured. Eighty people were arrested in the Friday night protests, including two local photojournalists, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  

"As police prepare for another round of possible protests on Saturday, they ask members of the public to keep demonstrations peaceful and lawful," the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said. 

909d ago / 2:19 AM UTC

Colorado calls in National Guard

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis mobilized the Colorado National Guard Reaction Force to Denver on Saturday night.  

Officials said that about 100 members had been requested at nine sites in the city.

 "We are neighbors helping neighbors to ensure the safety of all Coloradans," U.S. Maj. Gen. Michael Loh said. 

 

909d ago / 2:18 AM UTC

Police tear gas protesters gathered near White House

WASHINGTON — Protesters on Saturday converged at the White House and sought to break through barriers at Lafayette Park as nationwide demonstrations reached President Donald Trump's doorstep for the second consecutive day.

At the White House Saturday, police used pepper spray, tear gas and what appeared to be rubber bullets on protesters, seeking to push them back. Protesters tossed objects like bottles toward the police.

Protesters gather near the White House on Saturday night, May 30, 2020.
Protesters gather near the White House on Saturday night, May 30, 2020.Lauren Egan / NBC News

 

Earlier, protesters amid the large crowd could be seen standing on top of Secret Service vehicles and a security booth next to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Just before 6 p.m. ET, police warned protesters to clear the street and pushed them to do as much.

After 7 p.m., protesters moved to the opposite side of Lafayette Park, chanting and yelling at members of the Secret Service and Park Police. Officers lined up within the park behind barricades and park chain fencing. They zip-tied the barricades together and used pepper spray to keep protesters back.

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909d ago / 2:04 AM UTC

'There was no warning whatsoever': Police shoot tear gas toward protesters, MSNBC crew

909d ago / 1:57 AM UTC

Chicago mayor: Protesters come 'armed for all-out battle'

909d ago / 1:53 AM UTC

Confrontations continue in Miami

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Nashville's historic courthouse and city hall set on fire

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Mayhem erupted in Nashville on Saturday as police gassed protesters who authorities say set fire to the city's historic courthouse and city hall.

Metro Nashville police said the move was to "protect the building" and that police officers are escorting the Nashville Fire Department to the scene.

909d ago / 1:43 AM UTC

Minneapolis authorities encourage civilian peacekeepers to stay home

909d ago / 1:33 AM UTC

Miami protests turn violent 'in a heartbeat'

909d ago / 1:22 AM UTC

At least 13 Philadelphia officers injured

PHILADELPHIA — Authorities in Philadelphia say at least 13 police officers have been injured amid incidents of arson and store break-ins during the city’s downtown protests.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw says at least four police vehicles were set ablaze and other fires were set throughout downtown Saturday afternoon. Protesters smashed windows and stole merchandise from stores as police tried to worked to corral the crowd, which Outlaw estimates numbered about 3,000.

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Protesters jump on a car they overturned near the Municipal Services Building in Philadelphia on Saturday. Elizabeth Robertson / The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP

Protesters also sprayed graffiti on a statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, tried to topple it and set a fire at its base. Rizzo was Philadelphia’s mayor from 1972 to 1980 and was praised by supporters as tough on crime but accused by critics of discriminating against minorities.

Authorities in Philadelphia have ordered a citywide curfew has been implemented from 8 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.

909d ago / 1:21 AM UTC

Curfews go into effect in cities around the country

Curfews have been instituted around the country on Saturday as mass demonstrations broke out nationwide and cities attempt to get ahead of unrest.

Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Rochester, and Miami Dade County are all under curfew Saturday night.

Read the full rundown of cities and counties under curfews and when they start here.

909d ago / 1:06 AM UTC

At 8 p.m. in Minneapolis, protesters receive a smartphone warning

NBC News' Micah Grimes is in Minneapolis, where people at the city's ongoing protests received a warning on their smartphones: the city's curfew has begun.

909d ago / 1:03 AM UTC

Washington, Texas activate National Guard

Governors in Washington and Texas have activated their respective National Guard units to help control protests.

“Texans have every right to exercise their first amendment rights, but violence and looting will not be tolerated,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in announcing the move Saturday night.

Gov. Jay Inslee said that 200 members of the Washington National Guard had been sent to Seattle to help manage crowds and protect against property damage.

"They will be unarmed and assist with infrastructure protection and crowd movement,” Inslee said. “They will only be utilized if absolutely necessary and we appreciate their efforts to help in this important work."

910d ago / 12:50 AM UTC

Two NYPD vehicles appear to hit protesters

Two NYPD vehicles appeared to hit protesters Saturday night.

Multiple videos uploaded to Twitter showed people placing a metal barrier in front of one NYPD SUV that had come to a stop in an unidentified street. Another vehicle then pulls up and slows down.

When protesters began banging on the second vehicle, it accelerated, pushing numerous people in the crowd with it. The first vehicle then also pushed protesters forward.

It was unclear if there were any injuries. 

910d ago / 12:49 AM UTC

LAPD mobilizes entire department

910d ago / 12:38 AM UTC

Los Angeles shuts down COVID testing centers due to protests

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Saturday that all of the city's COVID-19 testing centers were closed as of 3 p.m. local time.

Garcetti also said that the city would be under curfew from 8 p.m. till 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Protests in the city were already underway on Saturday as buses were overtaken and multiple police cars were set on fire in the city's 4th day of protests.

910d ago / 12:35 AM UTC

Cities across the U.S. hold protests, rallies and vigils

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910d ago / 12:23 AM UTC

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis calls for protesters to be constructive

910d ago / 12:22 AM UTC

Utah activates National Guard

Utah has activated the National Guard to help deal with protests in Salt Lake City, Gov. Gary Herbert tweeted Saturday evening.

Salt Lake City was not the site of a particularly large or violent protest on Friday, but clashes in the city's downtown area had already begun on Saturday afternoon.

 

910d ago / 12:06 AM UTC

Bill Clinton: 'If you’re white in America, the chances are you won’t' die like George Floyd did

 

910d ago / 12:01 AM UTC

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. 

Goodell's statement also mentioned the recent police killing of Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor and the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery by white suspects in Georgia.

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.”

910d ago / 11:47 PM UTC

Protesters in Minneapolis take knee, chant names of people who have died at hands of police

910d ago / 11:42 PM UTC

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

910d ago / 11:30 PM UTC

Protest during a pandemic

910d ago / 11:07 PM UTC

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.

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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."

 

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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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Photos: Angry protests blaze across America

See more photos from the massive protests across the country.

910d ago / 9:47 PM UTC

Trump: 'The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored'

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"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."

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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.

Read the full story here.