Unrest, fires and violence as protests rage across US


(CNN)Demonstrators filled the streets across the US on Sunday to once again protest police brutality and the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis.

From Philadelphia to San Diego, crowds wearing masks to ward off coronavirus clogged streets and stopped traffic. What started as peaceful protests sometimes turned violent. Stores were looted and burned and police pelted with rocks and bottles. Hundreds of people have been arrested.
Cities extended curfews into Sunday night and beyond in an attempt to tamp down the violence and vandalism.

    Chicago extended its curfew after 240 people were arrested and six people were shot on Saturday. One of the six people died, Police Superintendent David Brown said, adding that police cars were turned over and spray painted with graffiti during the protests.

    Protests across America after George Floyd's death

    Protesters take a knee and raise their hands in the middle of Canal Street in a stand off with police at a rally on May 31 in New York.

    Firefighters extinguish a blaze that destroyed a KMBC vehicle in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 31.

    A young boy raises his fist for a photo by a family friend during a demonstration on May 31 in Atlanta.

    Protestors face off with police in downtown Santa Monica, California, on May 31.

    Demonstrators pray during a march on May 31 in Atlanta.

    A police officer aims a nonlethal weapon as protestors raise their hands during demonstrations on May 31 in Santa Monica, California.

    A man screams as he sees a policeman take a knee next to the White House on May 31 in Washington.

    Members of the California Army National Guard stand guard outside of City Hall on May 31 in Los Angeles.

    Demonstrators gather to protest near the White House in Washington, DC, on Sunday, May 31.

    Protesters march during a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on May 31.

    A New York City police officer takes a knee during a demonstration by protesters in Times Square at a rally on May 31 in New York.

    Demonstrators at a protest outside the Minnesota Capitol ringed with state troopers and National Guard soldiers in St. Paul on May 31.

    Protesters march in Washington, DC, on May 31.

    Armored vehicles and soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard surround the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, on May 31.

    Shaynna Ford stands in front of police in Washington on Saturday, May 30.

    A protester runs past burning cars and buildings on Chicago Avenue, on May 30 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Protesters link arms in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 30.

    A firework explodes by a police line on May 30 near the White House in Washington.

    Looters ransack an Urban Outfitters store on May 30 in Seattle.

    A Los Angeles Police Department kiosk burns in The Grove shopping center during a protest in Los Angeles on May 30.

    Police push people back as they detain a protester in Las Vegas on May 30.

    Protesters hold up metal gates as they build a barrier in a roadway on May 30 in Las Vegas.

    A vehicle burns near New York's Union Square on May 30 in New York City.

    A protester in an Elmo mask dances as a fire burns in Philadelphia on May 30.

    Police in riot gear watch as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd on May 30 near the White House.

    Bridges over the Chicago River are lifted to limit transportation to and from the Loop, where protesters clashed with police in Chicago on May 30.

    Part of the historic Metro Courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee, was set on fire during demonstrations that turned violent on May 30.

    Police advance through smoke and tear gas toward demonstrators in Minneapolis on Saturday.

    An unidentified protester confronts a Tampa police officer at police headquarters in downtown Tampa, Florida, on May 30.

    Protesters begin to kneel during a protest in Queens on May 30 in New York City.

    A demonstrator is injured during a protest on May 30 near the White House in Washington.

    Protesters jump on an overturned car near the Municipal Services Building in Philadelphia on Saturday.

    A policeman shoots rubber bullets at protesters throwing rocks and water bottles during a demonstration near the Miami Police Department on Saturday in downtown Miami, Florida.

    Police stand guard near CNN Center and Centennial Olympic Park as protests continue on Saturday in Atlanta.

    A protester receives first aid after being sprayed with pepper spray by police outside the state house in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday.

    Demonstrators clash as people gather to protest the death of George Floyd, on Saturday, May 30, near the White House in Washington.

    People with signs and masks that read "I Can't Breath" attend a protest in Chicago on Saturday.

    Police hold back demonstrators in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles on Saturday, May 30.

    A protester holds a sign while a vehicle burns in the street in Philadelphia on Saturday.

    People stand on top of a baseball backstop during a protest in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 30.

    Thousands of people stage a die-in at the Colorado State Capitol on Saturday in Denver.

    Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson high fives a woman who called his name as he marches with protesters in Flint, Michigan, on May 30.

    Protesters rally outside the state house on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

    Protesters march near the Salt Lake City Police Department on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

    Protesters chant outside Dallas City Hall on Saturday, May 30.

    A check-cashing business burns during protests in Minneapolis on Friday, May 29.

    A protester holds his hands up as police officers keep demonstrators away from the White House in Washington early Saturday, May 30.

    People vandalize a Walgreens store Friday during protests in Oakland, California.

    Police officers move forward to clear the street during a protest in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.

    Police officers fire tear gas at protesters near the Colorado state Capitol in Denver on Friday.

    Police officers and protesters clash near the CNN Center in Atlanta on Friday.

    A man walks away as a car catches fire in a parking garage in Minneapolis on Friday.

    Protesters block a street with signs in Los Angeles on Friday.

    Police in riot gear form a line near the Centennial Olympic Park and CNN Center in Atlanta, where some confronted police, who sprayed some demonstrators with pepper spray on Friday.

    A group of men raise their fists after making their way onto Interstate 75 and stopping traffic in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday.

    People attempt to extinguish cars on fire on Friday in Minneapolis.

    A protester is detained by police in Houston on Friday.

    Protesters confront police officers while blocking the 110 Freeway in Los Angeles.

    Protesters calling for an end to police violence walk through downtown Lexington, Kentucky, on Friday.

    Demonstrators climb atop a truck while blocking all lanes of traffic on Interstate 880 in Oakland, California, on Friday.

    Protesters burn a flag outside the CNN Center in Atlanta on Friday.

    A protester is doused with milk on Friday in Minneapolis.

    A man stands on top of a burning police car during a protest on Friday outside of CNN Center in Atlanta.

    Demonstrators walk along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington during a protest Friday.

    A police officer holds down a protester while another officer pepper sprays a crowd outside a police station in Boston on Friday.

    Protesters chant in Civic Center Park during a protest on Friday in Denver.

    Chanting "black lives matter, I can't breathe," protesters gathered at the J.C. Nichols fountain on Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Demonstrators protest outside CNN headquarters in Atlanta on Friday.

    Protesters ride in cars in a demonstration in Louisville, Kentucky, over the deaths of Floyd and Breonna Taylor, an EMT who was <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/21/us/breonna-taylor-death-police-changes-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">killed in a police shooting</a> earlier this year in Louisville.

    Protesters gather in front of a Manhattan courthouse and jail on Friday.

    A protester holds up an American flag in New Orleans on Friday.

    Jamela J. Pettiford sings during a protest outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Friday.

    CNN journalist Omar Jimenez, who identifies as black and Latino, is <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/us/live-news/george-floyd-protest-updates-05-28-20/h_4ed08403663fa4ed3518221d0f2a1552" target="_blank">taken into police custody during a live broadcast</a> early Friday, at the site of the protests in Minneapolis. Jimenez's crew, including a producer and a camera operator, were also placed in handcuffs. They have since been released from custody.

    Law enforcement officers gathered along Lake Street early on Friday, as fires burned after a night of unrest in Minneapolis.

    Protesters gather in front of a burning fast food restaurant early Friday in Minneapolis.

    Protesters link arms and surround a police officer to protect him from the crowd in Louisville on Thursday.

    A protester winces in pain after being sprayed with pepper spray by police during a demonstration near the Memphis Police Department precinct in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 28.

    A protester dumps heating fuel on the fire at the Minneapolis Police Third Precinct on Thursday.

    Protesters demonstrate outside of a burning Minneapolis police Third Precinct on Thursday.

    A protester moves around the smoke-filled Third Precinct building of the Minneapolis Police Department on Thursday.

    A woman yells at a sheriff's deputy during a protest Thursday in Minneapolis.

    Fire crews work to put out fires after an apartment building under construction was burned to the ground during protests Thursday in Minneapolis.

    A protester is detained by police during a rally in Union Square in New York City on Thursday.

    Tony L. Clark holds up a poster of Floyd on Thursday near Cup Foods in Minneapolis.

    Protesters speak to cops during a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration in New York City on Thursday.

    A protester reacts in the midst of a cloud of tear gas Thursday in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Hundreds of people listen to speakers Thursday outside of Cup Foods, a neighborhood grocery store where police first encountered Floyd in South Minneapolis.

    People continue to protest in Minneapolis on Thursday.

    Tony L. Clark, left, consoles Gwen Dumas near a convenience store on Thursday.

    People look on as a construction site burns in a fire near the Third Precinct in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

    A group of demonstrators gather in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday.

    A firework explodes as a fire burns Wednesday inside an Auto Zone store near the Third Precinct in Minneapolis.

    Neighbors fight with garden hoses and buckets to save homes after rioters set fire to a multi-story affordable housing complex under construction near the Third Precinct on Wednesday, May 27, in Minneapolis.

    Protesters raise their hands up as they react to tear gas during a demonstration in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

    People join hands across a freeway in Los Angeles during a Black Lives Matter protest on Wednesday.

    Protesters use shopping carts as a barricade as they confront police near the Minneapolis Police Third Precinct on Wednesday.

    Demonstrators in Minneapolis raise their hands Wednesday as they standoff with police.

    Two police officers stand on the roof of the Third Precinct holding a projectile launcher during Wednesday's demonstration in Minneapolis.

    A protester holds up his hands Wednesday in Minneapolis.

    Minneapolis protesters react Wednesday as a projectile launched by police explodes near.

    Minneapolis police stand by an illustration of Floyd as demonstrators rally on Wednesday.

    Protesters gather in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

    Kika Villareal, left, and her daughter Aubrie march with fellow Black Lives Matters protesters on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

    A man faces a row of police holding a burnt US flag as protesters gather Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles.

    Protesters gather Tuesday, May 26, near the Minneapolis Police Third Precinct.

    Demonstrators march on Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis on Tuedsay while shouting slogans decrying Floyd's death.

    Demonstrators react Tuedsay outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis.

    A police officer throws a tear gas canister toward protesters during a rally in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

    Three women join hands and pray around a makeshift memorial for Floyd in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

    Protesters and police face off during a rally Tuesday in Minneapolis.

    Crowds gather in the street at a protest Tuesday in Minneapolis.

    People gather outside a police precinct during the demonstrations Tuesday in Minneapolis.

    Tear gas is fired as protesters clash with police while demonstrating outside the Third Precinct in Minneapolis.

    A protester is doused with milk after exposure to percussion grenades and tear gas near the Third Precinct in Minneapolis.

    People gather and pray around a makeshift memorial in Minneapolis near the site where Floyd was taken into police custody the previous day.

    People stand outside the Minneapolis Police Third Precinct and chant, "Hands up, don't shoot."

    A demonstrator holds a sign reading "Justice for George" at Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street in South Minneapolis.

    Police dressed in tactical gear attempt to disperse crowds in Minneapolis.

    Protesters rally around a damaged police vehicle in Minneapolis.

    Milk is poured on the face of a protester who had been exposed to percussion grenades and tear gas Tuesday in Minneapolis.

    A car is hit with tear gas Tuesday near the Third Precinct in Minneapolis.

    Crowds rally and call for justice for Floyd in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

    Protesters gather in the rain Tuesday in Minneapolis near the spot where Floyd was arrested.

    Shawanda Hill, center, the girlfriend of Floyd, reacts Tuesday in Minneapolis near the spot where he died.

    “We have officers with broken bones and bruises,” Brown said. “More than 20 officers went to the hospital, at least two of these required surgery.”

    In Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, at least 10 people were arrested for looting, five police officers injured and four police cars burned, said Brian Abernathy, managing director for the city.
    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called for a Sunday curfew starting at 6 p.m. and said the national guard will be asked to guard “fixed posts” such as city hall. Center City was closed to everybody but residents.
    Mayors from at least 25 cities had issued curfews for Saturday night to try to prevent violence, but some curfews were ignored. At least 13 states and the District of Columbia have activated the National Guard to respond to the unrest, a defense official told CNN.
    In Minnesota, the National Guard announced it was sending a total of 10,800 members to respond to the protests. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp authorized at least 3,000 National Guard troops ahead of protests expected Sunday.
    In total, more than 20 states and about 40 cities imposed curfews for Sunday. Some of them were:
    • Minnesota: Gov. Tim Walz said operational moves like the closing of major highways will continue. “We are not done yet,” he said.
    • Detroit: The city will have a curfew as long as the police chief thinks it’s necessary, Mayor Mike Duggan said. Police Chief James Craig said 84 people were arrested Saturday night — twice the number from Friday.
    • San Francisco: Mayor London Breed said the city supports peaceful protests but “some of the violence and vandalism we saw last night is unacceptable.”

    Protests outside White House

    On Sunday afternoon, a large group of protesters were in a standoff with law enforcement at Lafayette Park, near the White House, CNN’s Alex Marquardt reported.
    The area around the White House has been the scene of violent protests for the past several days. More than 60 Secret Service personnel have been injured during that time in the area, along with 11 Metropolitan Police Department officers.
    You don't have to be the target of racism to be harmed
    White House executive office staff received an email urging them to stay away from the White House complex on Sunday, if possible, because of “ongoing demonstrations.”
    During the protests on Friday, President Donald Trump was briefly taken to the White House underground bunker for a period of time, according to a White House official and a law enforcement source.
    Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, visited the site of Saturday night’s protests in Wilmington, Delaware, according to posts on Biden’s social media accounts.
    “The only way to bear this pain is to turn all that anguish to purpose,” Biden wrote on Instagram. “And as President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen, just as I did today visiting the site of last night’s protests in Wilmington.”

    Minneapolis chief has message for Floyd’s family

    Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo went to the site of Floyd’s death Sunday night, where he spoke to protesters.
    “In my mind, this was a violation of humanity,” he said. “This was a violation of the oath that the majority of the men and women that put this uniform on, this goes absolutely against it.”
    Through a video feed, the chief spoke directly to Floyd’s brother, Philonese Floyd. Arrandonado removed his hat and said, “I am absolutely, devastatingly sorry for their loss.”
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    In Minneapolis, a tractor trailer split a crowd of protesters marching on a freeway, aerial footage from CNN affiliate WCCO showed. When the truck stopped, protesters apparently pulled the driver out of his vehicle before police arrived. The driver was taken to a hospital and arrested, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted.
    In some cities, perpetrators threw bottles at officers or burned police cars. Dozens of police officers were injured.
    Police responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and arrests. Some states called in National Guard soldiers by the hundreds to respond to the unrest.
    In Santa Monica, California, looting occurred along the Third Street Promenade. Later in the day, police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds, who had largely gathered peacefully.
    Two Atlanta police officers were fired after viral video showed them using excessive force to drag two young people out of a car on Saturday, CNN affiliate WSB reported. Three other officers may be disciplined.
    “There clearly was an use of excessive force,” Mayor Keisha Lancer Bottoms said.

    Outside groups are behind some of the violence, officials say

    Federal law enforcement officials said they are aware of outside groups causing some of the violence, using the cover of the legitimate protests in Minneapolis and elsewhere.
    Those domestic extremist groups include white supremacists, anarchists and far-left extremists, some of whom have overlapping affiliations, the law enforcement officials said.
    What is Antifa?
    On Sunday, Trump announced the US will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization.
    But experts say that would be unconstitutional. The US government has no existing legal authority to label a wholly domestic group.
    Antifa, short for anti-fascists, describes a broad group of people whose political beliefs lean toward the left — often the far left — but do not conform with the Democratic Party platform.
    Trump tweets Antifa will be labeled a terrorist organization but experts believe that’s unconstitutional
    Antifa positions can be hard to define, but many members support oppressed populations and protest the amassing of wealth by corporations and elites. Some employ radical or militant tactics to get their message across.
    Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told CNN on Sunday that he blames outsiders for the city’s protests turning violent, saying that he wouldn’t be surprised if Antifa was involved.
    In Georgia, Kemp also said he believed those involved in looting and violence were not joining the protests to demand justice for Floyd’s death, CNN affiliate WSB reported. Kemp said many of the violent instigators may not even be from the state.
    In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said looters organized and possibly came from outside of the city.
    “There clearly was coordination, they were clearly listening to our radio traffic,” she said. “The number of U-Haul trucks that magically showed up in front of stores, car caravans that dropped people off and broke windows and then were hustling the goods out into the backs of the cars — absolutely, it was organized.”

    Hundreds arrested across the US

    Why black and white protesters say they're angry
    In many parts of the country, authorities detained protesters who threw projectiles at police or damaged property. But some were outsiders who weren’t even part of the original protests.
    In New York City, 33 officers were injured overnight, including some who were seriously injured, a senior NYPD official told CNN.
    About four dozen police vehicles were damaged or destroyed, and more than 340 people were arrested, the official said.
    In Dallas, police arrested at least 74 people. In Atlanta, 51 people were arrested Saturday night and a small crowd remained out past the city’s 9 p.m. curfew, police said.
    Officials in some states have said many are coming just to wreak havoc.
    “Nothing we do to provide justice for George Floyd … matter(s) to any of these people who are out here firing upon National Guard, burning businesses of our communities,” Walz, the Minnesota governor, told reporters on Saturday.
    A CNN analysis found about 80% of the 51 people booked into a Minneapolis jail during two days of protests are actually from Minnesota.
    Data from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office showed 43 of those 51 accused of rioting, unlawful assembly, burglary or damage to property had Minnesota addresses.
    What happened to these black men was caught on camera. And public outrage grew
    In Philadelphia, where some 3,000 protesters gathered Saturday, Mayor Kenney said the majority of those demonstrators were peaceful and expressed “our collective grief.”
    “The people that were doing the actual protests were not the problem,” Kenney said. “The people who were actually marching for a purpose were not the problem. It was this ragtag group of people who were destructive folks, who were doing the things to our officers, to the buildings, setting cars on fire.”
    Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said a “large percentage” of non-African Americans arrested Saturday night inside the city were the ones who incited the violence and looting.
    Live updates

    Floyd’s grieving relatives are ‘not alone, unfortunately’

    For the past five days, thousands of protesters remained civil and never caused any unrest. Many knelt, others chanted, and some carried signs with Floyd’s last words: “I can’t breathe.”
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    Those were also the final words of Eric Garner, who died in 2014 after a New York City police officer wrapped his arm around Garner’s neck, jerked him back and pulled him to the ground.
    Garner’s daughter said it’s “heartbreaking” that the Floyd family must endure what her family has suffered.
    “The one thing that I would let them know is … there’s a lot of people out on the front line (protesting). They’re fighting for us,” Emerald Snipes-Garner told CNN on Sunday.
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      Americans and public officials have demanded justice against the four officers involved in 46-year-old Floyd’s death. All four were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department Tuesday.
      Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis officer seen in a video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His bail has been set at $500,000.
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