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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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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.