The fire burned and tore through a flying gas cylinder in Minneapolis. In New York, cars were set on fire when crowds lined the streets. In Seattle, smoke filled the air as police in riot gear lined the streets. And in Los Angeles, protesters sat and knelt in the streets filled with debris as officers floated nearby. The others entered the shops and looted.
The National Guard was sent to Washington, DC, to help police handle protests around the White House, authorities said.
The former officer who was seen in the video kneeling on Floyd’s neck was arrested and charged. The protesters demanded the arrest of three other officers at the scene.
• City curfew: Curfew is ongoing in cities such as Atlanta, Philadelphia and Milwaukee until Sunday morning. Mayors in cities such as Denver, Cincinnati, Louisville and Salt Lake City impose curfews that will end Monday morning.
• National Guard: At least six states and the District of Columbia have activated or requested assistance from the National Guard, including Minnesota, Georgia, Ohio, Colorado, Denver and Kentucky.
• Clashes and arrests: More than 500 people were arrested in protests late Friday in Los Angeles, police said. New York City police have made more than 200 arrests related to protests, and more than a dozen officers were seriously injured, according to a NYPD senior source. In Houston, nearly 200 people were arrested and most will be charged with blocking roads, police said.
Minnesota officials say outsiders hijack protests
“There is nothing we do to provide justice” for the Floyd (s) problem to people here who are firing at the National Guard, burning down “business and” disrupting civilian life, “Minnesota Governor Tim Walz told reporters on Saturday.
The governor said he understood that “Minnesotans … inability to deal with inequality” and racism were catalysts for protest – but he said rough estimates showed only 20% of protesters were Minnesotans.
Mayor of St. Paul Melvin Carter said all those arrested in his city on Friday night were from outside the state.
Analysis of CNN data from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office showed that more than 80% of those jailed for riots and other riot-related charges during the past two days came from Minnesota.
Of the 51 people jailed between Thursday afternoon and Saturday afternoon due to riots, unlawful assemblies, theft or damage to property costs, a total of 43 have addresses registered in Minnesota, data show.
The data only includes those who are imprisoned, not necessarily all arrests. Hennepin County includes Minneapolis, but not St. Paul.
Officials did not provide further details about who exactly triggered the riots and where they came from. Harrington said he hoped to release more information Saturday night.
US Attorney General William Barr said “peaceful protest voices were hijacked by violent radical elements” chasing “their separate and loud agenda.”
Without citing evidence, the attorney general said that in many places “it seems that the violence was planned, organized, and encouraged by anarchist and leftist extremist groups, leftist extremist groups using tactics similar to Antifa, many of them traveling from outside the state. promote violence. ”
A Justice Department spokesman later said information supporting Barr’s statement came from state and local law enforcement.
Vandalism in Los Angeles and Chicago
Protest was underway Saturday in cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, where several Secret Service vehicles were damaged with graffiti outside the White House.
Demonstrations in Los Angeles led to clashes between police and protesters. Police vehicles were damaged in Los Angeles by protesters who kicked windows or sprayed cars with graffiti. Police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators, who chanted “Black Lives Matter” and “George Floyd.”
Aerial footage from WNS CNN affiliates shows protesters in Chicago damaging police vehicles. Some threw water bottles at police officers in riot clothing, while others were seen lifting police barricades and throwing them at police cars.
In Philadelphia, police said protests at City Hall and the Art Museum began peacefully before a group of others began “committing criminal acts, including vandalism.”
In Atlanta, police prepared for a potential protest and arrest late Saturday. National Guard members gathered at Lenox Square Mall after the police department said it would be assisted by about 20 other agents to monitor activity and “protect vulnerable business districts and retail centers”
The protest turned deadly in several cities
People initially gathered peacefully in several places, but anger mounted when time passed.
At a protest in Detroit, one person was shot dead.
“It’s time for this police brutality to be stopped. I disagree with breaking into all businesses, but I can understand anger after repeated incidents,” Mackenzie Slagle said of the protest in Oakland. “Because I’m a white woman, and I need to appear for all my brothers and sisters.”
“Murderer” is written on a damaged police car in Los Angeles where protesters march along the freeway to block traffic. At least two officers were injured at night, the LAPD said.
But other cities saw contrast between the protesters.
Minneapolis and St. Paul was under curfew after looting and arson broke out for days of protest. But hundreds took to the streets when police fired tear gas and protesters hid behind cars.
The video shows 3 officers kneeling at George Floyd
Derek Chauvin, a former officer charged with Floyd’s death, is being held in the Ramsey County Prison in Saint Paul, a spokesman with the state criminal detention bureau told CNN.
Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a total of 8 minutes, 46 seconds, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.
The four officers were fired this week after Floyd’s death.
An initial autopsy said the combined effect of Floyd was being held, possibly intoxicating in his system and underlying health problems, including heart disease, contributed to his death.
So far, there are physical findings to support strangulation as a cause of death, said medical examiner but CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta warned that did not mean that Floyd did not die from shortness of breath.
CNN has contacted the attorneys of the former Minneapolis officer and police force to comment.
Melissa Alonso from CNN, Casey Tolan, Steve Almasy, Ryan Browne, Pervaiz Shallwani, Barbara Starr, Anna Sturla, Joe Sutton and Amir Vera contributed to this report.
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