The day of frustration turned into a night of anger when protests spread throughout the United States.
A largely peaceful day took place on the night of chaos, destruction and sporadic violence last Saturday when tens of thousands of people took to the streets across the United States to express anger and heartbreak for the death of another black man at the hands of the police.
On Sunday morning, the authorities were still sorting through the smoldering debris as the broad scope of the riots became sharper focus.
Police cars were set on fire in Philadelphia, shops were looted in Los Angeles, police officers in Richmond, Va., Were injured and hospitalized, and at least one person was killed in Indianapolis, where a deputy chief of police said the department had accepted so lots of reports about shots that make them lose count.
As protests spread from coast to coast, mayors in more than two dozen cities declared a curfew – the first time so many local leaders had simultaneously issued such orders in the face of civil unrest since 1968, after the killing of Ps. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
For more than two months, millions of people have been ordered to live in their homes to slow the spread of the corona virus, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives in the country. And the steps taken to combat the virus have caused the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with 40 million people losing their jobs.
A careful plan to reopen closed shops and ease restrictions on locked cities has been thwarted by the outpouring of the demonstrators’ grief.
Although images of fire lit the night sky and lawlessness that threatened to overwhelm many state police forces, many protesters did not seek physical confrontation, but vented deep frustration and request changes. “I’m not here to fight someone,” said Eldon Gillet, 40, who was on the streets of Brooklyn. “I’m here to fight the system.”
On Sunday mornings, the fire still burned outside the gate and in the cities in the divided and confused country.
From the upscale shops of Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles to Times Square in New York City – and almost all major cities in between – fires raged, hundreds of people were arrested and shops looted in the night rocked by often destructive demonstrations.
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In Indianapolis, one person was killed and three others injured when a gunman opened fire on a protest, said the police. “That’s enough,” Police Chief Randal Taylor said at a press conference last night when sirens were roaring around him. “Indianapolis, we are better than this. City center is not safe at the moment. Residents who do not live in the city center, we ask to clear the area. “
In Chicago, protesters clashed with police, burned at least one flag and marched towards Trump International Hotel and Tower before dispersing. Around 3,000 people took part in the protest, according to local news reports. Several police vehicles were damaged and left behind spray painted buildings.
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric M. Garcetti issued a curfew and Governor Gavin Newsom activated the National Guard. There were clashes with police throughout the day and into the night, and firefighters were racing to put out fires in shops that had been looted and set on fire. Mr Garcetti said the simultaneous protests and the coronavirus pandemic represented “the hardest moment I have experienced as a resident of Los Angeles” since the 1992 riots that followed four white policemen were released in the beating of Rodney King, a black man.
In San Francisco, Mayor of London Breed brought a curfew when protesters arrived outside his home to protest. Dozens of businesses were looted in the Bay Area and fires broke out in a shopping center, according to police. Police Chief Bill Scott begged people to go home. “Destroying the business that people have spent building it – if you are a San Franciscan, is that what you want?”
In Florida, Mayor Carlos Gimenez of Miami-Dade County ordered the entire region’s curfew starting at 11 pm. after police cars and other vehicles were set on fire near the headquarters of the Miami Police Department. In Jacksonville, a police officer “was stabbed or slashed in his neck and is currently in hospital,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams told a news conference.
In Washington, the National Guard was deployed outside the White House, where the crowd chanted with the Secret Service and attacked a Fox News reporter. A fire broke out in Lafayette Park, just steps from the White House.
In Philadelphia, at least 13 police officers were injured when protesters set fire to a car, smashed windows at City Hall and searched shops throughout downtown. Mayor Jim Kenney declared a mandatory curfew for the entire city starting at 8 pm.
In the city of New York, thousands of protesters took to the streets for the third day, gathering in marches in Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens and outside Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan. Saturday afternoon, protesters in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn confronted police in a series of street melees, throwing empty bottles and pieces of debris at officers, who responded with billy sticks and pepper spray. A video shows a police car speeding into the crowd.
In Richmond, Virginia, two police officers at the State Capitol were hospitalized with leg injuries after being attacked by baseball bat and beer bottles, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Earlier, police fired tear gas at protesters, some of whom set off fireworks and smashed windows.
With a country on the edge – hit by a pandemic, hammered by economic collapse, divided into locking and even facing a mask, and constantly rocked by racial strife – President Trump’s instinct is to find someone to fight.
When several cities erupted in street protests, some of which resulted in clashes with police, he did not ask for calm.
Instead, in a series of tweets and comments to reporters on Saturday, he blamed Democrats for the unrest, calling for “the Liberal Governor and Mayor” to make “MUCH harder” on the crowd, threatening to intervene with “The unlimited power of our military” and suggested that his supporters do a counter demonstration.
Chaos came to Trump’s doorstep for the second night in a row on Saturday when hundreds of people protested the death of George Floyd and the president’s response surged on the streets near the White House.
Mostly peaceful, chanting, “Black life matters” and “No peace, no justice.” But some lit a small fire, lit firecrackers, and threw bricks, bottles and fruit at the Secret Service and US Park Police officers, who responded with pepper spray. When police officers moved to secure the block, a Chevy Suburban was covered by black smoke and nearby trees caught fire.
Mr. statements Trump did not damage the anger much. Writing on Twitter, he called the demonstrators outside the White House “who professionally manage the so-called” protesters “and suggested that his supporters would meet them. “Tonight, I understand, is it a NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE ???”
Former Vice-President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democratic presidential candidate, issued a statement early Sunday morning asking for calm.
“We are a suffering nation, but we must not let this pain destroy us,” he wrote. “We are an angry nation, but we cannot let our anger eat us. We are a weary nation, but we will not let our weariness defeat us. “
Tens of thousands of peaceful protests.
In Denver, protesters lay with their faces on the ground and arms behind their backs for nine minutes this weekend, shouting: “I can’t breathe.”
Even when acts of destruction threaten such efforts, here are scenes from all of the United States of persistent but non-violent demons
Protesters who took to the streets on Saturday in Minneapolis, the demonstration center, received a firmer response from police officers and National Guard forces.
Shortly after 8 pm the curfew took effect in the city, police began arresting demonstrators and firing tear gas and other projectiles towards the crowd, and the National Guard used helicopters to dump water into the burning car.
The response reflects the desire of authorities to stop the violent protests that have spread across the country since George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after being shot by a white Minneapolis police officer.
But there are still reports of violence and destruction: fires on the roof of the shopping center, someone who shoots officers, and a group of people throwing things at the police. But state officials said around 11 pm that they are driven by smaller crowds and noticeable damage reduction. Most of the city was empty shortly after midnight.
One person was killed and three others injured when a gunman opened fire on a protest in Indianapolis on Sunday morning, which left at least four people dead since Wednesday in protest-related violence.
Authorities are also investigating a possible connection with the shooting of the death of a federal official in California. Officers, contract security guards for the Department of Homeland Security, were shot dead outside the federal courthouse in Oakland on Friday night when demonstrations in the city turned violent.
Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, called the shooting an act of “domestic terrorism,” but the state’s governor warned against linking the shooting with protests.
Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said in a statement that, “No one should rush to disrupt this heinous act with protests last night.”
Elsewhere, people were killed when peaceful protests were once violent.
Authorities in Minneapolis on Friday identified Calvin L. Horton Jr., 43, as a victim in a shooting outside of a looted pawnshop on Wednesday.
In Detroit on Friday, a 21-year-old man was shot dead while sitting in his car near Cadillac Square as hundreds of protesters roamed the streets. Police said the gunman might know and target the victim and use the demonstration chaos as a cover.
And Saturday mornings on St. Louis, a man killed after protesters blocked Interstate 44, set fire and tried to pillage a FedEx truck. The man was killed, police said, when he was trapped between two truck trailers when the driver tried to get past the protest.
Reporting was contributed by Mike Baker, Peter Baker, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Tess Felder, Russell Goldman, Simon Romero and Marc Santora.
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