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Protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota last week continued to intensify across the U.S. Sunday, as protesters broke local curfews to voice frustration over policing in America.

In Minneapolis, a semi-truck was seen barreling toward a massive group of demonstrators on an interstate, though no protesters appear to have been injured in the incident.

Some elected leaders have blamed the violence that has broken out at some protests on organized extremists, though so far they have offered little evidence to support their claims.

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he would designate the radical lefitst group antifa a terrorist organization after earlier attributing the violence to “thugs” who he said were “dishonoring the memory of George Floyd." The comment drew criticism from Keisha Lance Bottoms, the Democratic mayor of Atlanta, and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C, the Senate’s lone black Republican.

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Nashville police arrest suspect in arson of historic courthouse

A man accused of setting fire to Nashville's Historic Courthouse during protests Saturday night has been arrested, police announced Sunday.

Wesley Somers, 25, was arrested on charges of felony arson, vandalism and disorderly conduct, and was to be booked, the Metro Nashville Police Department tweeted.

The courthouse was set on fire Saturday night and police said they used tear gas to disperse crowds.

Police had earlier tweeted images of three people, two of whom were seen damaging the building and one who appeared reaching toward flames seen coming out of a window. Police said that "assistance from the community" helped lead to the identification of Somers.

Police said the investigation into the arson attack on the courthouse was continuing. Nashville's government said Sunday that at least 30 Nashville businesses or buildings were damaged Saturday night, and that 28 people were arrested on or after a 10 p.m. curfew in the city.

Flash-bang grenades in Seattle

Tennessee governor orders National Guard to support Murfreesboro amid protests

Tennessee's governor said he backs the mayor of Murfreesboro in imposing a curfew amid violent protests there and said he authorized the National Guard to provide support.

Gov. Bill Lee earlier Sunday mobilized the National Guard amid protests. The mayor of Murfreesboro declared a state of emergency and a curfew.

Murfreesboro police said that they deployed tear gas after protesters blocked an intersection, and that an armored vehicle was vandalized and a brick was thrown through the window or a business.

Police said a peaceful protest, held in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, was followed by violence.

In New York, some police take a knee with protestors

New York resident Aleeia Abraham captured a protest on Sunday afternoon at which some officers knelt with protestors. 

Trump was rushed to White House bunker during Friday night D.C. protests

Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to the underground bunker at the White House Friday night, as protests outside the building intensified, NBC News has confirmed.

A senior administration official told NBC News Sunday that Trump was in the bunker for a “very short period” out of an abundance of caution. Trump was back in his residence within an hour, the official said.

The underground location was the same bunker that was used for former Vice President Dick Cheney during September 11, 2001, attacks.

The news was first reported by The New York Times. 

Peace versus chaos on the streets: Protesters work to push their message through

Many protesters and those leading the marches this past week said that a nonviolent message was key to effectively share their disdain. Yet there is a growing feeling, fed in part by local, state and federal leaders, that there are outside groups attempting to undermine that message or take advantage of it for their own chaotic means.

This is a growing frustration for some demonstrators who feel their message is being hijacked and used as cover for more nefarious acts.

“People are aware of the fact that there are two different groups out there,” said Jay Maki, 39, a photographer in Minneapolis who went to the protests in his city this week. “And when there is one person in the crowd behind you who throws a bottle at the police, there’s a sense he’s using the other peaceful protesters as a human shield.”

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Clouds of tear gas drift over protesters in Atlanta

Message from Minneapolis protester: 'Silence can be powerful.'

MINNEAPOLIS — As protesters returned to the streets of Minneapolis Sunday over the killing of George Floyd, one of them offered a message that was in contrast to the sometimes violent confrontation that has rocked cities across the United States. 

“This is a peaceful protest," said Jasmine Howell 27. "Silence can be powerful. That’s the message we’re trying to portray as far as unity, power and organization.”

Howell said the group marched through the government center and downtown with a goal of reaching the 35W Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River. 

Howell said she will not break a curfew that Mayor Jacob Frey imposed Saturday, but she prayed for everybody who does. Howell said she is marching because she believes that all four officers who were fired over the killing of George Floyd should be charged with his murder. Only Derek Chauvin, who was seen in a widely-viewed video with his knee in Floyd's neck, has been arrested.

"We need this all done and we’re going to keep protesting until there’s actually justice served," she said. "That’s the biggest message that everybody in this city is trying to prove.” 

Minnesota AG to join prosecution

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will join the prosecution against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Sunday.

“There have been recent developments in the facts of the case where the help and expertise of the Attorney General would be valuable,” Freeman said.

Chauvin was arrested Friday and faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.