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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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.”

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

Protest during a pandemic

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.”