Julio Cortez / AP
Updated at 3:26 ET Saturday
National outrage protests on Friday after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Clashes erupted between activists and law enforcement in many locations.
One person was killed in Detroit, when hundreds gathered in downtown as part of a national protest.
WXYZ TV, an affiliate of ABC News, reported a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department said, “The gray Dodge Durango stopped and fired into the crowd, attacking a 19-year-old man.”
The shooting did not involve the police.
Protesters were allowed to march on the streets until just before midnight when officers, wearing riot clothing, began firing tear gas into the crowd, according to the news station.
Officials said at least nine people were arrested after the demonstration was declared an illegal meeting.
In Minneapolis, after a night of rioting, looting and setting a number of businesses on fire on Thursday, the situation appeared calmer in Minneapolis early Friday.
Officials there seem to take a non-confrontational approach towards people who are lined up in the city for most of the day, despite some examples of civil disturbances. But as time passed and protesters ignored the city 8 p.m. curfew, law enforcement is of course reversed.
The new strategy included deploying National Guard troops, including armored vehicles, to respond to protests near the 5th Precinct. People set fire to the 3rd Police Station on Thursday night, forcing the police to leave the building.
On Friday night, protesters were also reportedly seen breaking into Wells Fargo’s Bank, which was also set on fire.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey urged the demonstrators to go home Saturday morning press conference.
Walz said he understood the anger felt throughout the country but condemned what he called “bad destruction.”
“It’s not grieving,” he said. “This is not making a statement. It is life threatening and dangerous for the most qualified troops out there.”
Frey said he was “shaken” along with his entire city, but stressed that “there is no honor to burn your city.” He highlighted local businesses and institutions that many residents depend on in the midst of a pandemic that has been destroyed.
Major General Jon Jensen announced that the state’s National Guard was preparing to deploy 1,700 troops. The move will be the largest spread in Minnesota in state history.
“They told our story and you humiliated their building”
In other cities most demonstrations begin peacefully, but when the day opens and night comes, they become louder.
That is true in Atlanta, where a crowd of protesters outside the entrance to CNN headquarters on Friday night repeatedly threw stones at officers who tried to keep them from rushing into the building.
Mike Stewart / AP
Armed with riot equipment, more than a dozen officers prepared when they suffered attacks from protesters with stones, smoke grenades, and apparently BB bullets. At one point the protesters threw a flashbang that exploded in a small lobby.
In response, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency around midnight.
“At the Mayor’s request [Keisha Lance Bottoms] & in consultation with public safety officials & emergency preparedness, I have issued Emergency Status for Fulton District to activate as many as 500 [Georgia National Guard] Forces to protect people & property in Atlanta, “Kemp announced in tweet.
Earlier that day a police vehicle was set on fire. The vandalism reporter’s actions have been cited as turning points in the day’s activities.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms pleaded with those who lined the streets to stop the riots.
“You burned the car, you damaged the CNN building. Ted Turner started CNN in Atlanta 40 years ago because he believed in who we are as a city. … They told our story and you humiliated their building,” Bottoms said in a television interview. .
Others surrounded CNN headquarters, smashing building windows and spraying graffiti on the network logo.
The messages written in the building included insults to Trump, along with #Love and “no cops.”
The Los Angeles crowd descended on uniformed officers
In Los Angeles, angry crowds rushed to the streets amid the approaching traffic.
At one point, an officer arrested a male activist in an attempt to arrest him. After a brief struggle, a group of protesters pulled the officer to the ground. They descended on uniformed officers, kicking and beating him with signs of protest. Finally, a man in civilian pulled officers out of the riot.
Dozens of people then marched to 110 Freeway which blocked all routes to the north.
But as the sun sets, some protesters become more destructive.
One group broke a Starbucks window in the city center and another local restaurant. Others set fire to trash cans and pushed trash cans towards the police ranks.
At around 10:30 p.m. At local time, the police department declared that assemblies were invalid in all core areas of the city center.
“This is being done after repeated acts of violence & property damage,” officials said Indonesia.
We have announced unlawful assemblies throughout Downtown LA.
From 10 Fwy to 101 & 110 Fwy to Alameda – This is done after repeated acts of violence & property damage. Residents must stay inside – Business must be closed – Those on the road must leave the area
– LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) May 30, 2020
The White House is locked
On Friday afternoon, the U.S. Secret Service temporarily locked the White House, after the demonstrators gathered in protest outside the gates. Many fell to their knees while others shouted, “Don’t Shoot.”
Shortly after, Secret Service officials said “personnel are currently helping other law enforcement agencies during demonstrations” in the park opposite the White House. Law enforcement is fighting with protesters over the metal barricades which form one of the layers of protection around the White House.
The New York protest turned violent
More protests broke out in New York, initially peaceful, in the lower Manhattan area and then with violence at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Protesters threw water bottles and shouting insults at the police.
In the video taken by a local reporterpolice could be seen holding sticks and beating several protesters to the ground, at one point spraying the crowd with resistance, and making arrests.
“Our police officers have been given very clear instructions: as always, respect peaceful protests. We in this city have a long history of respecting every kind of perspective, which is at the core of New York City,” NYC mayor Bill de Blasio said. at the press conference on Friday.
The AP reported in Brooklyn that at least one NYPD van was set on fire by demonstrators twice separately.
At least 200 demonstrators were arrested on Friday and dozens of NYPD officers were injured, according to local reports. Seventy protesters were arrested on Thursday.
In Denver the window broke, the fire burned late into the night
Demonstrators in Denver, Colorado, gathered peacefully on Friday afternoon, for the second day in a row in the state of the Capitol and downtown, according to local report. The protesters chanted, “Say his name – George Floyd,” and other slogans but eventually a struggle broke out with the police.
Protesters tarnish the statue on the steps of the Capitol, and spray-painted “I can’t breathe” and other graffiti on pillars.
Tay Anderson, a member of the school board and Denver community administrator, said in a tweet those who took part in Friday’s violence were asked to stop by protest organizers.
We asked white allies to go home and some of them still insisted on throwing rocks, bottles, etc. at the police.
The police responded with gas and rubber bullets. I am sick of how the allies ignored our request to go home and remain peaceful.
– Tay Anderson (@TayAndersonCO) May 30, 2020
This is a developing story. Some things reported by the media later turned out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from other officials and authorities, credible news outlets, and journalists present. We will update as the situation develops.
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