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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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913d ago / 3:48 PM UTC

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.

913d ago / 3:31 PM UTC

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. 

913d ago / 3:21 PM UTC
913d ago / 3:18 PM UTC

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.

Read the full story here.

913d ago / 3:15 PM UTC
913d ago / 3:05 PM UTC

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.

At least 200 people were arrested as protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, NBC affiliate WNBC reported.

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.

913d ago / 2:31 PM UTC
913d ago / 2:24 PM UTC

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. 

 

913d ago / 2:20 PM UTC

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. 

913d ago / 2:18 PM UTC

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.

913d ago / 2:09 PM UTC

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. 

913d ago / 1:19 PM UTC

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.

913d ago / 12:52 PM UTC

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. 

913d ago / 11:57 AM UTC

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.

913d ago / 11:28 AM UTC

Head of African Union criticizes U.S. for George Floyd death

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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.

913d ago / 11:03 AM UTC

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."

913d ago / 10:18 AM UTC

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.

In a statement issued by her attorney, Kellie Chauvin said she is devastated by the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd, who died earlier this week while in police custody.

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.

Read the full story here. 

913d ago / 9:43 AM UTC

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. 

913d ago / 9:07 AM UTC

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."

913d ago / 8:40 AM UTC

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.

913d ago / 8:25 AM UTC

Watch: Fury unfolds at protests across the country

913d ago / 8:05 AM UTC

Portland, Oregon, mayor: 'This is a riot. It's a full-on riot'

Police in Portland, Oregon, early Saturday declared a "riot" and ordered people to leave downtown after multiple fires were set and objects were thrown at officers.

Looting was reported, cars were burned and windows were smashed. The Multnomah County Justice Center was "attacked," and a fire was lit inside, police said. The fire is reported to have since been put out.

"This is a riot. It's a full-on riot," Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a phone interview with NBC affiliate KGW. "We see people burning cars, we see people damaging businesses large and small, including some businesses I believe which are owned by local African-American business owners. We're seeing looting."

Wheeler demanded that people go home.

"What I see here does not honor in any way the legacy of George Floyd," Wheeler said. "This is something completely different."

Police said one person was shot — not by police — in the protest, and that person was treated and released.

914d ago / 7:20 AM UTC

Minnesota gov. hints that white supremacists, drug cartels could be part of widespread chaos

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he is aware of unconfirmed reports that gangs of white supremacists are taking advantage of the anarchy unfolding in Minneapolis to create more chaos.

The comment came during an early morning press conference Saturday in which Walz, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and members of the law enforcement community laid out plans for containing the destruction that has spread through much of the Twin Cities. 

When asked by a reporter if Walz was aware of rumors that white supremacists had joined some of the looting he said based on "my suspicions and what I've seen on this, yes."

"It gets worse than that," he added. "The cartels, who are wondering if there was a break in their drug transmissions, are trying to take advantage of the chaos. That's why this situation is on a federal level."

Walz added that he is working closely with the federal government to gather intelligence on who is participating in the destruction and whether they belong to organized groups.

914d ago / 6:55 AM UTC

Oakland protests highlight city’s troubled relationship with its own police department

Oakland protesters carried signs for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tamir Rice, but another name was everywhere: Oscar Grant, killed by BART police on New Year’s Day 2009.

The city’s troubled relationship with its own police department - OPD is in its 17th year under a federal consent decree for civil rights violations - was powerfully expressed Friday night.

Police in Oakland stayed in place for most of the evening, establishing a cordon around the downtown Oakland precinct. But by 9 p.m., protesters began throwing bottles and fireworks, and police responded with tear gas, fired in high arcs over the crowd and pushing them back several blocks.

The long history of protest action here meant that protesters urged each other to walk while fleeing to avoid a stampede, and many carried jugs of milk to pour into eyes burning from the gas.

Several storefront windows were broken, small fires set throughout downtown, and a bank was in flames by 11 o’clock.

As midnight approached, Oakland’s central Broadway corridor was still packed with protesters, but shop owners had begun venturing into the streets to pull aside improvised barricades left behind by protesters.

914d ago / 6:50 AM UTC

'No justice, no peace!' protesters rally in Chicago

914d ago / 6:39 AM UTC

Deputy opens fire at San Jose protest

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Law enforcement opened fire during a George Floyd protest in San Jose on Friday night, police said. 

The shooting involved the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and happened at 9:06 p.m., said Sgt. Enrique Garcia of the San Jose Police Department. No city police were involved, he said.

NBC Bay Area reported that the target was a vehicle that had been captured on cellphone video striking one or more demonstrators. The driver allegedly disobeyed the commands of deputies at the scene before one opened fire, the station said.

The extent of any injuries in the shooting and collision were not detailed by the sheriff's department. The San Jose department was investigating, sheriff's officials said.

914d ago / 6:34 AM UTC

Man shot and killed during Detroit protests

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot amid protests Friday night in Detroit, and authorities are looking for a suspect, police said.

The shooting occurred around 11:30 p.m. when a suspect in a gray Dodge Durango "pulled up to the location and fired shots into the crowd," police said in a statement.

The victim was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries. Police said that after the shooting, the suspect fled. Police Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said that circumstances of the shooting and a motive were still under investigation.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said that the "vast majority" of protesters were peaceful, but several police vehicles were damaged and a police command officer was transported to a hospital after being hit with a rock. No other officers were injured.

Craig said that he is angry over Floyd's death, his colleagues in policing all across the nation are angry, and he respects the rights of people to protest. "But I will not stand by and let a small minority of criminals come in here, attack our officers and make our community unsafe," Craig said.

Nine people were arrested, and Craig said that of those nine, seven were from outside of the city of Detroit. "So do us a favor. If you live outside of the city, why don't you protest in your hometown," Craig told reporters. "If you do want to come down and make a statement, do it in a peaceful manner."

914d ago / 6:29 AM UTC

Shots fired off Minneapolis police precinct

Minneapolis police said shots were fired at the 5th police precinct station during unrest that stretched from Friday night into Saturday morning. 

No officers were injured, according to police. Protesters were warned to immediately disperse or risk arrest.

Protesters on Thursday swarmed the 3rd police precinct station in Minneapolis, which served as the home base of the four former officers involved in the detainment of George Floyd.

914d ago / 6:02 AM UTC

Protesters block traffic near the Colorado Capitol

Image: People block traffic near the Colorado State Capitol during a protest demanding justice in the death of George Floyd in Denver on May 29, 2020.
People block traffic near the Colorado State Capitol during a protest demanding justice in the death of George Floyd in Denver on May 29, 2020.Michael Ciaglo / Getty Images
914d ago / 5:36 AM UTC

Phoenix sees protests over local and national police killings

Phoenix saw more protests on Friday as demonstrators took to the streets to protest the killings of George Floyd and Arizona resident Dion Johnson, a black man who was shot and killed by an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper on Monday.

Protesters marched to the Phoenix police headquarters and were met by calls from police to disperse when they arrived. Phoenix PD fired tear gas into the crowd and used flash bangs to try to disperse the protestors, according to NBC Phoenix affiliate KPNX.

914d ago / 5:20 AM UTC

Oakland police declare protest unlawful after officers injured

Police in Oakland, California, declared a protest unlawful Friday night after "multiple officers were injured when projectiles were thrown."

"We are requesting people to leave the area," police said in a tweet shortly before 10 p.m.

Protesters in Oakland also made their way onto a freeway and shut down traffic, NBC Bay Area reported.

914d ago / 5:12 AM UTC

Protesters torch post office, gas station in Minneapolis

Protesters in Minneapolis lit fires at a Shell gas station, Wells Fargo Bank and a U.S. Post Office building Friday night as thousands of people swarmed the city despite a curfew. 

NBC affiliate KARE 11 News tweeted photos and videos of the fires, plus images of law enforcement officers marching in formation towards a police precinct. 

The unrest dissolved another night of looting, jumping in front of cars and starting fires throughout the city.

"All of our hearts are breaking that this is happening in our state," said KARE anchor Julie Nelson.