May 30 coverage of nationwide unrest and ongoing protests

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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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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.  

 

 

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."

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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.

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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.