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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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Federal prosecutors charge 3 In Molotov cocktail attacks during New York protests
Three people were arrested and charged with tossing Molotov cocktails into New York Police Department vehicles early Saturday morning.
Samantha Shader, 27, of Catskill, New York, was charged with allegedly throwing the explosive at a New York police car that was occupied by four officers.
The device shattered two police car windows and damaged the vehicle, according to federal charging documents. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations retrieved witness video of the incident. Shader allegedly waived her Miranda rights and admitted to throwing the Molotov cocktail, according to officials.
Colinford Mattis, 32, and Urooj Rahman, 31, of Brooklyn, were also charged with possessing explosive device components after Rahman allegedly tossed a Molotov cocktail at a police car and then fled with Mattis.
Photo: Pharmacy looted in Raleigh, North Carolina
Las Vegas protest grows larger and louder
LAS VEGAS — As the sky darkened Saturday evening, the demonstration grew larger. Protesters made their way through downtown Las Vegas to Container Park, where their march had begun, and then began a second loop.
Protesters' signs were lit with a neon glow as they marched past casinos that would normally be full of tourists. The demonstrators chanted louder, held their fists in the air and rang cowbells. Several people lit sage; others handed out water. A few had guns strapped to their waist or upper thigh.
As one person graffitied a downtown building, protesters cheered.
Police lined many intersections, standing side by side, wearing face shields and zip ties attached to their duty belts. Some demonstrators yelled profanities as they walked by, while other marchers ushered them along. Police cars went whizzing by, sirens flashing.
A police helicopter flew over the demonstrators near the historic El Cortez Casino. Many in the crowd held their signs up to sky.
They began chanting, “George Floyd.”
Ferguson, Missouri, police station damaged in protests
Police fire paint canisters at protesters in chaotic Washington, D.C. scene
Biden calls protests 'right and necessary'
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the apparent Democratic presidential nominee, released a statement just after midnight Sunday morning, calling the protests “right and necessary” while urging peaceful demonstrations over violence.
“I know that a grief that dark and deep may at times feel too heavy to bear,” he said in the statement. “I know. I also know that the only way to bear it is to turn all that anguish into purpose.”
He urged Americans to use their pain to make change.
“We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us,” he said.
No end in sight as protests and aggressive police responses continue nationwide
Protests continue to rage across the country as curfews go into effect. National Guard units in 12 states and Washington, D.C., have been activated.
In New York City, where there is no curfew, protesters and police officers are continuing to clash through Brooklyn as unrest edged into violence around Manhattan's Union Square. The NYPD has arrested more than 100 people as of Saturday evening, a senior police official said.
In Washington, D.C. multiple fires raged as protesters and police skirmished. At the White House Saturday, police used pepper spray, tear gas and what appeared to be rubber bullets on protesters.
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti put the entire city under curfew and deployed the National Guard to the as fires raged in the city on its 4th day of protests.
Similar scenes played out across the country in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, Utah, Florida and several other states.
In Minneapolis, journalists were told to leave the streets and police strong armed protesters, escalating their use of force to try to get people to go home.
Actor John Cusack says police charged at him with batons for filming burning car
The actor did not say what city he was in at the time.
Protesters, police clash in New York City
California deploys National Guard to Los Angeles
The California National Guard has been deployed to Los Angeles, the city's mayor Eric Garcetti said on Twitter Saturday evening.
The Mayor said the guard has been sent "overnight to support our local response to maintain peace and safety on the streets of our city." The mayor also expanded a curfew to the entire city, instead of just downtown Los Angeles.
California joins 11 other states and D.C. that have activated their national guard in response to protests.