Biden is running on the legacy of the eight years he served alongside President Barack Obama and has proposed advancing that legacy on key issues like health care and the climate crisis. Prior to his time as vice president, Biden represented Delaware in the US Senate for 36 years.
University of Delaware, B.A., 1965; Syracuse University Law School, J.D., 1968
November 20, 1942
Jill Biden; Neilia Biden (deceased)
Beau (deceased, son of Neilia), Naomi (deceased, daughter of Neilia), Hunter (son of Neilia) and Ashley (daughter of Jill)
Senator from Delaware, 1972-2009; New Castle County Council in Delaware, 1970-1972
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Klobuchar's vice presidential hopes take hit amid unrest in Minnesota
Updated 10:09 PM ET, Fri May 29, 2020
Amy Klobuchar's chances of becoming Joe Biden's running mate, already weighed down by her record as a prosecutor in Minnesota's largest county, have taken a significant hit as widespread racial unrest roils her home state, Democrats say. The death of George Floyd at the hands of police and subsequent strife in Minneapolis have reignited long festering Democratic concerns about Klobuchar's criminal justice record and the seven years she spent as the top prosecutor in Minnesota's most populous county, a position she secured by promising to be tough on crime. It's inopportune timing for Klobuchar, who has been widely seen for months as a leading candidate to be Biden's running mate. But the resurgence of questions about her criminal justice record -- along with her inability to address long-running accusations of racism inside the Minneapolis police force and her failure to bring charges against multiple officers involved in shootings during her time as a top prosecutor -- has led many Democrats to outright say they will question Biden's judgment and commitment to black voters if he picks Klobuchar as his running mate. That chorus includes Rep. Jim Clyburn, the powerful South Carolina Democrat with close ties to Biden. "We are all victims sometimes of timing and some of us benefit tremendously from timing," Clyburn said Friday. "This is very tough timing for Amy Klobuchar. ... The timing is tough." Clyburn added that while he respects Klobuchar and believes she is qualified to be vice president, the last few days of strife in Minneapolis have notably hurt the senator's chance of being Biden's running mate. "So often in politics, timing really dictates things," said the lawmaker, who has long pushed for Biden to pick an African American woman as his running mate. Clyburn's comments could prove powerful for Biden, whose overwhelming performance in the South Carolina primary -- a win delivered by black voters and partially facilitated by Clyburn -- helped clear the Democratic field and take a major step toward locking up the party's nomination. Biden would not say on Friday whether Klobuchar's prosecutorial record and the unrest in Minnesota disqualify her from being his running mate. "What we are talking about today has nothing to do with my running for president or who I pick as a vice president," Biden said in an interview with MSNBC. "It has to do with an injustice that we all saw take place." Klobuchar's somewhat scattered response to the Floyd killing has not helped quell the animosity toward her becoming Biden's number two. One of her first statements on Floyd's death was quickly condemned by a range of activists for not being direct enough. And then much of Klobuchar's work has taken place behind the scenes, including meeting with community officials and speaking with African American civil rights leaders leaders like Rev. Al Sharpton and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson. "She is on the right side of this issue," Jackson said, adding that he met with Klobuchar in person on Thursday afternoon, before some of the most violent and fiery protests broke out in Minneapolis. Jackson said that Klobuchar -- who he has a "high regard for as a person" -- was very focused during their conversation on ensuring that the officers involved in the Floyd arrest were themselves arrested. As she was doing that on Thursday, however, a story about her involvement with a past case involving Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck, gained traction online. Chauvin was one of six involved in a 2006 shooting involving a man who stabbed multiple people. The shooting happened near the end of Klobuchar's tenure as county attorney and shortly before she was sworn in for her first term in the United States Senate. The case was not heard by a grand jury until after she became a senator. "Amy Klobuchar's last day as the Hennepin County Attorney was Dec. 31, 2006; she had no involvement in the prosecution," Lacey Severins, spokesperson for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, said in a statement. But the animosity the story engendered -- even though aspects were later proven false -- highlighted the antipathy many have for Klobuchar becoming the Democratic party's vice presidential nominee. Klobuchar's presence became more active on Friday. She said on Twitter that her community is "hurting for justice & charges for George Floyd," and later was one of the first officials to announce that Chauvin had been arrested. But that public presence, which included with media interviews, did little to quell the concerns. "It would be a mistake of epic proportions," said Jess Morales Rocketto, the political director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Rocketto added that many progressive voters "weren't sure what she brought to the ticket ... before all of this came up." When asked what the reaction would be if Biden picks Klobuchar, Rocketto laughed and added, "The laugh is on the record." Angela Rye, who along with a host of top black female Democrats wrote a Washington Post op-ed earlier this month urging Biden not to pick Klobuchar, said the protests in Minneapolis highlighted their greatest concerns about the Minnesota senator. "What you are seeing right now is the reason why we oppose Amy Klobuchar," said Rye, a CNN commentator. "(Biden) will not win if he picks Amy Klobuchar. Full stop. There is no path to victory by picking Amy Klobuchar." Rye argues that although Biden did well with black voters during the primary, Democrats need excitement from black Americans to defeat President Donald Trump in November. With someone like Klobuchar on the ticket, that excitement would be hard to find. Klobuchar subtly dismissed the idea she would pull her name from contention on Friday. When asked directly on MSNBC, Klobuchar pivoted back to her focus on her community and repeated that, "This is Joe Biden's decision." "He was an excellent vice president. He's going to make the best decision for him, for our country, for the pandemic," Klobuchar said. This is not the first time that Klobuchar's criminal justice record possibly imperiled her political hopes, either. As Klobuchar gained more traction in the presidential primary, especially after a surprising third place finish in New Hampshire, the senator's time as a top prosecutor -- paired with her inability to win over black voters -- began to weigh down her bid. At the heart of that criticism was Klobuchar's handling of the case of Myon Burrell, a Minnesota teenager who was sentenced to life in prison for a 2002 murder under then-County Attorney Klobuchar. Burrell continues to claim he is innocent and, in interviews around Klobuchar's presidential campaign, argued that the would-be senator was too focused on getting any sort of a conviction that she did not actually look into the details of the case. "I believe she gave the police free rein and said, 'Just bring me back a conviction,'" Burrell said in an ABC interview published in February. The case dogged Klobuchar throughout the final weeks of her campaign, making it nearly impossible for her to turn a breakout performance in New Hampshire into anything moving forward. "I don't know what other warning signs the Biden campaign needs to understand that it would be a huge slap in the face to the black community to pick someone like Amy Klobuchar, whose record is so entwined with violence towards people of color," said Rodericka Applewhaite, an operative who worked on Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign. "Her stock in this shouldn't be dwindling, it should be obliterated." Klobuchar's second to last event as a candidate was also marred by protests about Burrell. Family members of Burrell and protesters affiliated with the Racial Justice Network, Minneapolis NAACP and other groups overran the stage at a Klobuchar event that was slated to take place in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, in early March, shortly before voters went to the polls in her home state. The protestors refused to leave the stage and Klobuchar's campaign canceled the event at the last minute. It is criminal justice issues like the Burrell case, said Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina lawmaker and CNN contributor, that would make it hard for black voters to fully get behind a Biden-Klobuchar ticket. "Amy Klobuchar's biggest issue has always been her relationship or lack thereof with communities of color and the problem that's she has is she is trying to make up for a lifetime of neglect in a few months," Sellers said. "I have a hard time believing you can activate the base with a Biden-Klobuchar ticket."
Biden in June 2019 proposed a plan that would spend $1.7 trillion to set the United States on track to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. His proposal embraces elements of the ambitious Green New Deal, the broad plan to address renewable-energy infrastructure and climate change proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and seeks to go “well beyond” Obama’s climate goals. As part of the proposal, Biden is calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies and a ban on new oil and gas permits on public lands. He would also reenter the Paris climate accord. The plan leaves it to Congress to decide what enforcement mechanism would be used to require corporations in the United States to meet the emissions goals Biden’s plan lays out – and penalize them if they fall short. More on Biden’s climate crisis policy
Boosting the middle class is one of the main pillars of Biden’s campaign. He often says the country needs to build an economy that “rewards work, not just wealth.” Biden wants to repeal the tax cuts enacted by the Trump administration and is pushing for a $15 minimum hourly wage, eliminating noncompete agreements for workers and expanding access to affordable education, including free community college. In an interview with CNN in July 2019, Biden said he would raise the top individual income tax rate to 39.5% and raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%. More on Biden’s economic policy
Biden has proposed an education plan that would increase funding for schools in low-income areas, help teachers pay off student loans and double the number of health professionals working in schools. A core element involves tripling federal Title I funding for schools that serve low-income areas, closing what his campaign called a $23 billion funding gap between majority white and nonwhite school districts. In October 2019, Biden unveiled a plan that would cut student loan debt obligations, waiving $10,000 per year – for up to five years – for those in public service work, like teachers or members of the military. He would also guarantee that those earning less than $25,000 owe nothing on their undergraduate federal student loans, while everyone else’s payments would be capped at 5% of their discretionary income above $25,000 – halving the current 10% cap. His plans heavily emphasize executive action. Biden said at an American Federation of Teachers forum in Houston in May 2019 that “the bulk of” his education proposals can become law even if Republicans maintain control of the Senate after the 2020 elections. More on Biden’s education policy
Biden said in August 2019 that he will push to ban so-called assault weapons if elected. In a New York Times op-ed, Biden – who helped lead the effort to ban assault weapons in the 1990s – wrote that the United States has a “huge problem with guns,” and that assault weapons, which he defined as “military-style firearms designed to fire rapidly,” are a threat to US national security. He also told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he would push for a federal gun buyback program in an attempt to take more weapons off the streets. He supports universal background checks, and said assault weapons “should be illegal. Period.” In the first Democratic presidential debate, Biden called for “smart guns” – requiring manufacturers to include biometric measures that would block firearms from being used by those whose fingerprints aren’t registered for that specific gun. He has also focused further on gun manufacturers. “Our enemy is the gun manufacturers, not the NRA. The gun manufacturers,” he said at the debate.
Biden in July 2019 unveiled a health care plan that would greatly expand Obamacare’s subsidies to make the private insurance policies available on the exchanges more affordable. The plan would also create a new “public option” similar to Medicare that people could buy into. “We’re going to add to it a public option. And the public option says whether you are having employer-based insurance or private insurance, or you’re in the exchange, you can join up for a Medicaid-Medicare-like provision in the law and not dump 300 million people on Medicare all of a sudden,” he said in July 2019. Biden added that those covered by employer-based health insurance plans could also choose the public plan if they prefer it. “You can sign up and get this other plan,” he said. “But if you like (your private insurance), you’re able to keep it.” More on Biden’s health care policy
Biden supports a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. He has also called on Congress to immediately grant citizenship to some undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children. At the first Democratic presidential debate in June, Biden said that undocumented immigrants with no criminal records “should not be the focus of deportation.” In an interview with CNN in July 2019, Biden said he opposes decriminalizing crossing the border without documentation, something other candidates in the field have supported. “I think people should have to get in line, but if people are coming because they’re actually seeking asylum, they should have a chance to make their case,” Biden said. More on Biden’s immigration policy
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George Floyd protests spread nationwide
Updated 11:25 PM ET, Fri May 29, 2020
Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp called for the Atlanta protesters to head home in a post to his official Twitter account tonight. "The safety of our citizens remains our top priority. We stand with the Mayor and urge everyone to go home," Kemp said. In a second tweet, he said authorities and police in the city had been working with state law enforcement officials. "When asked to provide support and assistance, the state immediately responded, and we will continue to do so," the tweet said. The College Football Hall of Fame near CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, was significantly damaged during protests downtown Friday. Glass was shattered and littered all over the sidewalk, video from CNN shows. Many display cases were toppled over and building windows were broken. In an emotional speech, rapper Killer Mike addressed George Floyd protesters directly at Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' news conference tonight. "I am the son of an Atlanta police officer," said the rapper, whose real name is Michael Render. "And I got a lot of love and respect for police officers, down to the original eight police officers in Atlanta." Crying on camera, he continued: "I watched a white police officer assassinate a black man. And I know that tore your heart out." "I woke up wanting to see the world burn down yesterday because I am tired of seeing black men die," he said. "We don't want to see Targets burning. We want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burned to the ground."
He added, "I am duty-bound to be here to simply say that it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house in times of organization." He concluded by thanking Mayor Lance Bottoms, saying he appreciated her telling the protesters to go home. Special Adviser Jessie Halladay with Louisville Metro Police Department said protests in the city are still escalating. Halladay said while things started out peacefully this evening, the police department is anticipating property damage similar to what was seen during the protests in Louisville Thursday evening. According to Halladay, there is a significantly larger number of people out protesting tonight, and the department believes a large portion of those out protesting are not from Louisville. The police department has made two arrests, and several small fires have been set, including an attempt to set a fire at the Hall of Justice. Halladay said there was more graffiti and flag-burning happening Friday. She said protesters are armed with sticks, bottles, bats, shields and guns, and have come well stocked with water and supplies. No significant injuries have been reported, Halladay said. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged citizens to go home in a tweet Friday night after protests flared in downtown over George Floyd's death. "For the safety of everyone, I am asking you to go home," Turner tweeted. Houston shut down access to the downtown area amid the protests, according to a statement from the city. A city alert urged citizens to avoid the downtown area. "All highway and street access into and out of downtown is currently closed," the alert read. "Those outside of downtown are being asked to avoid traveling near the area through the night." Police are positioned but not enforcing a citywide curfew as protesters continue to demonstrate in Minneapolis, CNN's Sara Sidner reported. About the curfew: Minneapolis and St. Paul are under a curfew instituted after days of protests marked by looting and arson. Hear more: Dallas police attempted to keep a protest peaceful in downtown on Friday night. Police Chief Renee Hall joined officers in Dallas during the protest and spoke to one protester. “We’re giving you the streets, but you can’t touch our officers,” Hall told a protester. Tear gas was deployed after protesters confronted officers who arrived in force to try to keep the march moving. Protesters have taken over portions of the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada on Friday night. Aerials from CNN affiliate KTNV show a crowd of people peacefully walking down the middle of the street. There was no vehicle traffic. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says it is creating a media staging area. CNN has reached out for more detail. Bail for ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been set at $500,000, according to the criminal complaint filed in the 4th Judicial District Court of Minnesota. According to the document, there have been no conditions set for his release. The document doesn't indicate that Chauvin is out on bail, but it does say that if he does bond out, bail is set for $500,000. The order of detention box is not checked because Chauvin was not ordered detained or remanded. A crew for CNN affiliate WAVE was reporting live from Louisville, Kentucky, this evening when they were directly fired upon with what the reporter described as pepper bullets. “I guess we were behind their line, I guess a little too close for comfort,” WAVE reporter Kaitlin Rust can be heard saying afterward. Protests have erupted in multiple cities across the US over the death of George Floyd. Floyd's death this week sparked protests across the country after video emerged that shows the 46-year-old black man handcuffed and on the ground saying, "I can't breathe," as a police officer holds him down with a knee on his neck. Watch: CNN's Nick Valencia said protesters are starting to clear the streets near the CNN Center. The protests turned violent earlier Friday after demonstrators lit a car on fire and broke windows at the CNN Center. ##Atlanta## FBI Director Christopher Wray sent an email to employees Friday night saying people's trust in law enforcement is eroded when officers fail to protect and serve everybody. "Like most of you, I’ve watched the video images this week that ended in the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers. These images are profoundly troubling, to say the very least. And it is difficult to see our communities across the country in such understandable pain," Wray wrote. Here's a portion of the director's email: "Law enforcement officers have indispensable and often dangerous jobs, but that doesn’t diminish the crucial, overarching role we play in society – to protect and serve all citizens no matter their race, creed, orientation, or station in life. This, of course, includes those citizens who are in law enforcement custody.
When we fail to honor their rights, we not only tarnish the badge we wear, we completely erode the trust so many of us in law enforcement work so hard to build, particularly within minority communities. The events this past week in Minneapolis clearly illustrate just how quickly that trust can be lost.
As law enforcement, we’re bound by an oath to serve all members of our community with equal compassion, professionalism, dignity, and respect. The American people should expect nothing less from us." Civil rights leader Andrew Young says he empathizes with the protesters in Atlanta in a late-night tweet today. “I did my demonstrating for many years. If I wasn’t so old and weak, I'd be down there with them now," Young tweeted. Young, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, went on to say: “Tonight and tomorrow night, we have to round up the reasonable young people who are part of that group and let them know that they have made their point and now they hurt their cause.” ##Atlanta## Several people have been arrested after protesters threw rocks at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police station and its officers earlier today, according to tweets from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. "Several protesters have damaged police cruisers and continue to throw rocks at officers and the Metro Division office," police said in a tweet Friday.
"Officers have made several arrests for damaging property." Police issued a "dispersal order" after declaring the gathering of protesters "unlawful." Several windows of the police station were broken, police said. Police said they are continuing efforts to de-escalate the protests over George Floyd's death. A vehicle fire has broken out near Centennial Olympic Park, according to a video feed from CNN crew Nick Valencia and Kevin Conlon. This is the second car that has been on fire near CNN Center today during the protest. Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, were seen tossing tear gas into the streets where protesters were gathered. Protesters were later seen helping each other with pouring milk into their eyes to wash out the tear gas. A reporter from CNN affiliate WCCB posted the view below. Protesters threw some sort of firecracker at the police holding a barricade inside the CNN Center. The firecracker could be seen exploding while CNN's Nick Valencia and his crew were live on air with CNN's Chris Cuomo. Watch: ##Atlanta## Protesters in the nation's capital breached the complex of the Treasury Department and spray painted the area, a law enforcement source tells CNN. Some of the protesters were briefly detained by the US Secret Service but eventually let go. ##DC## Live images from the standoff inside the CNN Center shows several more police officers joining the barricade as protesters continue to throw objects from the Marietta Street entrance. At least 18 police officers are currently holding the line with shields as the protest continues. Protesters are standing on the sidewalk just outside the entrance. A man with a skateboard has repeatedly struck the glass next to the revolving doors in an attempt to break it. ##Atlanta## Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was visibly angry at a news conference during the Atlanta protests Friday, telling protesters to "go home" after they became violent and a police officer was hurt. "What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest, This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. This is chaos. A protest has purpose. When Dr. King was assassinated, we didn't do this to our city," she said. "If you want change in Amerca, go and register to vote ... that is the change we need in this country." She added: "If you care about this city then go home." Watch: ##Atlanta## A smoke bomb appears to have been thrown at police among several other objects as they stood inside CNN Center, video from CNN crew Nick Valencia and Kevin Conlon shows. A group of protesters stands outside the entrance on Marietta Street as police continue to have objects thrown at them. One person was taken into custody by police and had what appeared to be a zip tie put around his wrists. The Atlanta Police Department has a precinct inside CNN Center. ##Atlanta## An officer was struck by an unknown object and is down in CNN Center, according to CNN's Nick Valencia and Kevin Conlon, who are just inside the stairwell at the entrance of the building. The crew moved inside behind police as tensions between protesters and police boiled over outside CNN Center. On the Marietta Street side of the building, police are holding off protesters who have broken doors and windows and continue to throw objects. Police just inside the building are currently engaged in a standoff with protestors who are assembled on the sidewalk along Marietta Street. ##Atlanta## CNN's Sara Sidner said protesters are being told that if they stay past curfew they will be arrested. The curfew in Minneapolis and Saint Paul began at 8 p.m. CT. During her live shot, protesters could be seen running across the street when police officers raised their arm to throw smoke or gas. Watch: At least one police officer responding to a protest outside the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, was struck in the head with an object, according to CNN producer Kevin Conlon, who is on scene with correspondent Nick Valencia. The protest continues with demonstrators facing off with officers wearing helmets and body coverings. Protesters have thrown multiple objects, the CNN crew on scene reports. ##Atlanta## Police are giving orders to disperse to a large group of protesters outside CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. A large number of police officers in helmets are creating a blockade. They are facing off against protesters holding signs. In video taken by CNN, officers were seen handing out zip ties to other officers. ##Atlanta## Ben Crump, the attorney representing George Floyd's family, said his family was "relieved" the officer who placed his knee on his neck was arrested but believed he should be charged with first-degree murder. "The family does not trust the Minneapolis police department or anyone affiliated with the Minneapolis police department," Crump said. "We understand they did the same thing to Eric Garner and we're not going to allow that to happen this time." Watch: The lockdown has been lifted at the White House and the United States Secret Service has reopened entrances and exits to the White House campus for both staff and media. CNN's Jim Acosta reported the protests have moved away from the White House and are now arriving on Capitol Hill. ##DC## Protesters peacefully kneeled in Minneapolis. They chanted “hands up don’t shoot” at a line of Minnesota State Police and National Guard members who were manning a checkpoint near the Precinct 3 police station that was set ablaze last night. Watch: ##Minneapolis## Following protests in Houston over George Floyd's death, Mayor Sylvester Turner said, "The police and community is not the enemy of each other," in a tweet from his official Twitter account. Hundreds of Houstonians marched from Discovery Green to City Hall Friday to protest police brutality and justice for Floyd. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Atlanta Police Department tweeted tonight that they plan to hold a news conference on the protests in the city. "Mayor Bottoms and Chief Shields to address news media at Public Safety Headquarters concerning the demonstrations taking place Downtown," the tweet said. The Atlanta Police Department did not provide the time of the briefing. ##Atlanta## CNN's Nick Valencia described the scene at at the Atlanta protests where a fire could be spotted outside of the CNN Center. Multiple police vehicles have had their windows broken in front of CNN Center. Police have been responding to a large crowd of protesters that gathered outside of CNN Friday afternoon and were seen breaking windows of the building and spray painting the CNN sign. The car fire outside of CNN Center was later extinguished. ##Atlanta## Protesters and police clashed in various incidents Friday night outside the Barclays Center. Some protesters threw water bottles and what appeared to be a bottle of paint at New York Police Department officers. Officers tried to hold the barricade line as a handful of glass and plastic water bottles were thrown at them. ##New York## California Highway Patrol officers were hit by projectiles thrown by protesters on the freeway in San Jose, spokesperson Alicia Moreno confirmed to CNN. Part of the 101 freeway was shut down, Moreno said. Vehicles were vandalized during the protests, according to Moreno. There were no reported injuries. CHP is focused on clearing the southbound 101 Freeway. The northbound direction has been cleared. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Friday imposing an 8 p.m. CT (9 p.m. ET) curfew for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in the wake of fires, looting and protests through the Twin Cities after the death of George Floyd. The curfew begins Friday and extends through the weekend, according to the order. “It’s time to rebuild our community and that starts with safety in our streets,” Walz said in a statement. “Thousands of Minnesotans have expressed their grief and frustration in a peaceful manner. But the unlawful and dangerous actions of others, under the cover of darkness, has caused irreversible pain and damage to our community. This behavior has compromised the safety of bystanders, businesses, lawful demonstrators, and first responders. Now, we come together to restore the peace.” The mayors of each city have already imposed curfews for the same time. ##Minneapolis## As protesters arrived at Pennsylvania Avenue/Lafayette Park, the White House has been locked down. The doors to the White House briefing room, where reporters have their offices have also been locked and Secret Service officers are not letting anyone off White House grounds. There were members of the press corps around the press entrance but they were just cleared out and have been brought back to the White House press briefing room. CNN has reached out to the US Secret Service for comment. ##DC## A video from CNN affiliate WGCL showed protesters mounting the CNN sign at the network's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and raising a Black Lives Matter flag. One protester was seen using spray paint to write #Love on the sign and others were also seen writing on the sign. Protesters also torched an American flag outside CNN Center in Atlanta and broke the glass near the entrance of the center. ##Atlanta## Protesters appeared to be walking off the 101 freeway in San Jose, California, affiliate aerials show. A large group of protesters were seen blocking the roads and smashing windows of cars on the freeway earlier today. CNN is awaiting details from the California Highway Patrol. A disturbance broke out in a crowd of hundreds of people protesting in Washington, D.C. According to CNN's Brian Todd who's at the scene, the disturbance started when the police tried to escort a man from the protest. The crowd is visibly riled, chanting "no justice no peace" and "black lives matter." "We don't know exactly what set off the crowd," Todd said. "The crowd is very intense." ##DC## Hundreds of protesters are gathered in downtown Houston to protest the death of George Floyd. The protest was organized by Houston's Black Lives Matter group and images from CNN affiliate KTRK show hundreds of Houstonians marching from Discovery Green to City Hall to protest police brutality and justice for Floyd. Many people were seen carrying signs that said "End police brutality" and "Black lives matter." KTRK reported that a woman was detained after pulling out a rifle at the protest, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo who said she would be arrested for trying to start a riot during a peaceful protest. The report did not indicate that the firearm went off. Tensions mount as thousands of people gather in Atlanta to protest the death of George Floyd. Protesters can be heard chanting and seen facing a line of police near the CNN building. Armored vehicles can be seen at the CNN center, and protesters could be seen running in fear of possible tear gas. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a tweet today she encouraged residents to peacefully protest. "When lives and the conscience of this nation are at peril, we as people are expected to exercise our constitutional rights to peacefully assemble and have our voices heard. Atlanta embodies these values, and I encourage all who exercise these rights to remember Atlanta's legacy of peaceful protest leading to progress," she said. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp shared Lance Bottoms tweet on his official Twitter account. ##Atlanta## A group of protesters in downtown Minneapolis took a knee in front of state patrol and National Guard for 9 minutes for George Floyd. They raised their arms and chanted “I can’t breathe” Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds according to a preliminary report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. ##Minneapolis## Multiple protests are erupting across the country, including in Georgia, Kentucky, New York and Wisconsin, following the death of George Floyd, and are expected to continue through the weekend. Floyd’s death, like those of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, have sparked outrage across the nation. In New York City, hundreds of people protesting peacefully wearing face masks could be seen gathering outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In Kentucky, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer asked for protesters to be peaceful in his city, following Taylor's death in March. "These protests certainly reflect the anger, the hurt, the frustration, and the exhaustion of so many in our community in our country, sick of seeing story after story of black lives ending at the hands of law enforcement," he said. “Protesting is a time honored American tradition and I honor, support, and will fight for the right to peacefully protest and demand change. Peaceful protests. Let's remember what Breonna's family said this morning about what Breonna would want at a time like this,” he added. Fischer said Louisville would not tolerate violence and will protect the city and its residents from any attempts of violence or property damage. He also reminded protesters that the city remains in the middle of pandemic, urging people to be safe with their health and the health of others. ##Minneapolis## ##Atlanta## ##New York## Roseville Mayor Dan Roe said he issued an emergency declaration and established a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time for the next three days. Roseville shares borders with both Minneapolis and St. Paul. The curfew goes into effect at 5 p.m., the mayor's tweet said. Similar curfews have been ordered in St. Paul and Minneapolis following protests over George Floyd's death. ##Minneapolis## Former Vice President Joe Biden called the charges brought against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer involved in the death of George Floyd, "justified.” “I think it’s justified based on – look, our children are watching, they're not only watching, they're listening. They saw what happened, his pain and his knee on a man's neck up against the curb for nine minutes. I don't know what else, what other conclusion could be reached,” Biden told CNN's Don Lemon in an interview. Biden said if he were President now, he'd have ordered a "full blown" Justice Department civil rights probe to determine the culpability of all the officers involved in the incident. "I don't know all the facts," Biden said. "The answer is it warrants a full-blown investigation and a civil rights investigation as well. Were I president now, I would have the Justice Department civil rights department investigating right now to determine culpability." Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2020 election, told CNN's Don Lemon he finds President Trump's comments amid the protests "thoroughly irresponsible." "I think he's thoroughly irresponsible. Thoroughly irresponsible. I mean, it is just absolutely — he talks like — I'm afraid I'll say something I'll regret. I just find him thoroughly, totally irresponsible," Biden said. He later added while pushed by Lemon: "This President steps across the line constantly." "He is totally, thoroughly wrong the way he's handling it. It is not presidential. It is not consistent with what other presidents doing. It's not consistent with our values. It's not consistent with who we are as a people. This President steps across the line constantly, the way — well, 'When the looting starts, the shooting starts.' Come on. What president says that?" Watch here: Hundreds of demonstrators and faith leaders gathered in New York City's Foley Square in lower Manhattan to protest the death of George Floyd. A large police presence could seen as protesters made their way across the Brooklyn Bridge with many of them chanting "Black Lives Matter." The march, organized by the NYC Justice League, urged people to be safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Please wear black, bring flowers to leave, bring a sign with the name of someone who's life was stolen, and please — wear your face covering and practice safe and social distancing," according to a post on a Facebook page used to spread awareness of the event. President Trump said he doesn't want the looters in Minneapolis to "drown out the voices" of protesters following the death of George Floyd. “We have peaceful protesters, and support the rights for peaceful protesters. We can’t allow a situation like (what happened) in Minneapolis to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos,” he said during an event at the White House. He said the memory of Floyd should “be a perfect memory.” “The looters should not be allowed to drown out the voices of so many peaceful protesters they hurt so badly, what is happening and it’s so bad for the state and their great city,” he continued. “I understand the hurt. I understand the pain. People have really been through a lot. The family of George is entitled to justice and the people of Minnesota are entitled to live in safety,” he said. The city of Saint Paul imposed a curfew Friday beginning at 8 p.m. CT (9 p.m. ET), Mayor Melvin Carter announced at a news conference. “I have signed an emergency order, declaring a state of local emergency around this situation in St. Paul right now, and also establishing a citywide curfew that will start at 8 o'clock p.m. tonight and then we'll continue until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning,” Carter said. He said the order exempts members of the media and workers returning home from work. “Other than that, we are asking our community to stay at home, so that we can ensure that we can protect that basic life, health and safety mission of our community," Carter said. Carter said that the curfew would be enforced on Friday and Saturday nights. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told protesters the city is “in the middle of a pandemic,” encouraging “peaceful protests,” which he said the New York Police Department will respect. “To all the people who are protesting, please, even you are expressing that pain that anger that sense that something is wrong, and must be fixed, please remember how important it is to protest peacefully remember the only way were gonna make things right is by somehow finding a way to work together," he said. He added: "Please remember that we are in the middle of a pandemic. We have to do all we can to protect each other. Everyone out there has a responsibility.” De Blasio said police have been given clear instruction “as always, respect peaceful protests.” President Trump said Friday that he’s spoken to the family of George Floyd. “I want to express our nation’s deepest condolences and most heartfelt sympathies to the family of George Floyd,” Trump said during a roundtable event at the White House. Trump said it was “a terrible, terrible thing that happened,” before adding that he’s ordered the Justice Department to expedite a federal investigation into the matter. “It’s a local situation but we’re also making it into a federal situation and it’s a terrible thing. We all saw what we saw and it’s very hard to even conceive of anything other than what we did see,” Trump remarked, adding it “should never be allowed to happen, a thing like that.” “I spoke to members of the family — terrific people. And we’ll be reporting as time goes by,” he continued. Watch here: The Los Angeles Police Department will take enforcement action on anyone who endangers fellow peaceful protesters, police officers, and the general public, the department said Friday. Since the death of George Floyd, large crowds of protesters have been gathering in Los Angeles, particularly near downtown Los Angeles where the LAPD headquarters is located. “While the vast majority of individuals in Los Angeles have expressed those views in a peaceful manner, we have witnessed an increasing level of violence and property damage committed by small number of detractors,” LAPD said. “The violence involved dangerous projectiles directed at our people as well as some property damage to businesses in the area." Demonstrators were seen on the 101 freeway blocking roads and attacking California Highway Patrol cruiser vehicles on Wednesday. The protests continued for a second night in front of the LAPD headquarters on Thursday. “We stand with our communities and rebuke any instance of police brutality as well as acts of violence or property damage,” LAPD Chief Michael Moore said. During his daily news briefing today, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was asked by a reporter if he had a message for the President following his tweets concerning Minneapolis, the devastation that happened there and the arrest of the officer. “Well, I have a lot, I'd like to say, but let me begin by saying that from the very moment that I announced my decision to run for governor, three plus years ago, I said that this President was a racist, a misogynist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, and I was right then and I'm right now,” Pritzker said. He continued: “His tweets, his reaction, his failure to address the racism that exists in America, his stoking the flames in sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways is completely unacceptable. It's reprehensible in fact, and I'm, I'm, you know, I'm outraged by what he does in response to these situations.” He added that there is "so much that we need to accomplish in this country but especially we need to address the underlying racism that clearly exists." The FBI requested the public's help today for photos and videos surrounding the death of George Floyd. Floyd's death this week sparked protests across the country after video emerged that shows the 46-year-old black man handcuffed and on the ground saying, "I can't breathe," as a police officer holds him down with a knee on his neck. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is imposing a nighttime curfew throughout the city beginning at 8 p.m. CDT tonight that will extend through the weekend and last until 6 a.m., according to a proclamation from the mayor’s office. The resolution forbids anyone besides specified public safety personnel and other essential workers from being in public places from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. CDT (9 p.m. to 7 a.m. EDT) Friday and Saturday nights. The announcement follows days of protests that have gripped the city over the death of George Floyd. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he regrets not addressing the George Floyd death at a news conference, saying he was focused on Covid-19 updates. “I regret I didn’t make a comment yesterday when we had a regularly scheduled press conference,” DeWine said. “Candidly I was focused on Covid-19 and testing. Which has been occupying pretty much all my waking hours. Its not an excuse it’s a fact.” DeWine called the Floyd video “horrific,” and said that he cannot begin to imagine what African American families feel about the video. DeWine said he supports protesters’ right to assemble but asks Ohioans to do it peacefully. “Protests expressing outrage are not only understandable, but they are also appropriate,” he said at a news conference Friday. “I ask my fellow Ohio citizens today as you gather in protest in the coming days regardless of the issue please do so peacefully. We must not fight violence with more violence. When protests turn violent lives are put at stake.” DeWine said he did not have an estimate for damage caused to the Ohio Statehouse during the Floyd protests Thursday night. DeWine said he anticipates more protests in the coming days in cities throughout the state. The combined effect of George Floyd being restrained by the police, along with his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system, "likely contributed to his death," according to the criminal complaint for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. Floyd had underlying health conditions, including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, the complaint said, citing a preliminary autopsy conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total, and 2 minutes and 53 seconds after Floyd was unresponsive, the complaint said. The complaint noted that police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a "prone position is inherently dangerous." Floyd's autopsy also found "no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation." The autopsy was included in the criminal complaint released by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office in the arrest of Chauvin. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. President Trump didn't mention the protests happening in Minneapolis and across the US during his news conference at the White House this afternoon. Instead, Trump announced that he's terminating US relations with the World Health Organization. Trump did not take questions from reporters. The news conference comes hours after Twitter flagged Trump's tweets about the protests– that suggested shooting looters — saying it violated the platform's rules. Twitter affixed a warning label to tweets, marking the first time such action has been taken against the accounts. The tweet is now hidden by a notice from Twitter –– but is still viewable. CNN's Jim Acosta reports from the White House: In his first comments on the death of George Floyd, Attorney General William Barr said, “The video images of the incident that ended with death of Mr. Floyd, while in custody of Minneapolis police officers, were harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing.” Barr noted that the state prosecutor has been conducting an investigation looking into whether criminal charges under state law are appropriate, according to a statement. Barr noted that “on a separate and parallel” track, the Justice Department, including the FBI, “are conducting an independent investigation to determine whether any federal civil rights laws were violated. Both state and federal officers are working diligently and collaboratively to ensure that any available evidence relevant to these decisions is obtained as quickly as possible.” Officials have said the Justice Department is conducting the investigation. “This process is proceeding quickly. As is the typical practice, the state’s charging decisions will be made first. I am confident justice will be served,” Barr said. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the decision to charge former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin is an "essential first step." “We are a nation at a crossroad, and today’s decision from the county attorney is an essential first step on a longer road toward justice and healing our city,” he said in a statement Friday. Frey went on to characterize what has happened in Minneapolis as "bigger than any one city and any single event." "For our black community who have, for centuries, been forced to endure injustice in a world simply unwilling to correct or acknowledge it: I know that whatever hope you feel today is tempered with skepticism and a righteous outrage," Frey said. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman charged Chauvin with third degree murder and manslaughter earlier today. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chavin in Minneapolis, a statement said. "At 11:44 a.m., agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on probable cause related to the May 25 death of George Floyd," the statement said. "Agents took Mr. Chauvin into custody in Minneapolis," the statement said. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced today that Chauvin was charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, speaking at a news conference, said today's charges against the former Minneapolis police officer, who was seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd's neck, "is by far the fastest we've ever charged a police officer." This comes after ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody. The Hennepin County Attorney's office has reviewed witness accounts, video of the incident and other evidence that led to Chauvin's arrest, Freeman said. They have not yet arrested or charged the other three officers involved but are continuing to investigate the evidence, Freeman said. See more from the Hennepin County prosecutor: The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd's neck has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said at a news briefing this afternoon. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as fires continued to burn from violent protests overnight as demonstrators demanded justice for Floyd. "We have never charged a case in that kind of time frame, and we can only charge a case when we have sufficient admissible evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. As of right now, we have that," Freeman said. "We have charged this case as quickly, as sufficient admissible evidence to charge it has been investigated and presented to us. " New video posted on social media appears to show three Minneapolis Police Department officers kneeling on George Floyd during his arrest. Previous video from eyewitness Darnella Frazier shows Floyd being kneeled on by one officer — Derek Chauvin. The new video, from a different angle, appears to show Chauvin and two other officers kneeling on Floyd. "I can't breathe, man," Floyd says in the new video. "Please, let me stand. Please, man." This new video appears to have been taken before the Frazier video. CNN has reached out to the Minneapolis Police Department for comment, and to verify its authenticity, but has not received a response. CNN has also reached out to Floyd family attorney Ben Crump about the video but has not yet received a response. CNN has not been able to locate the person that took the video. NBC News has previously reported an 18 second portion of the video; CNN has obtained a minute long version of that video. Joe Biden addressed the killing of George Floyd and the current situation in Minnesota, saying he spoke with Floyd's family. Biden added that Floyd's killing is, "The latest addition to the endless list of stolen potential wiped out unnecessarily." "None of us can turn away. None of us can be silent. None of us any longer can hear those words — 'I can’t breathe' — and do nothing," Biden said. He took a veiled swipe at President Trump. "This is no time for incendiary tweets. It’s no time to encourage violence. This is a national crisis, and we need real leadership right now." Watch more of Biden's address here: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar called the arrest of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin the "first step towards justice." “Police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and is in custody for the murder of George Floyd. The first step towards justice,” Klobuchar tweeted. The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd's neck before the unarmed black man died this week was taken into custody Friday by state authorities, according to John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as fires continued to burn from violent protests overnight as demonstrators demanded justice for Floyd. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz pleaded for order Friday morning following a night of fiery unrest as protesters demanded justice for George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died this week after Minneapolis officers arrested him. NFL free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has announced a legal defense initiative that offers assistance to people arrested while protesting George Floyd’s death in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area. The Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative says it has arranged for top defense lawyers in the city to provide legal protection for those fighting injustice. The Kaepernick-funded Know Your Rights Camp tweeted the news saying: Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights attorney in Minneapolis, called for justice for George Floyd whose death, she said, is reflective "of decades of police abuse and neglect of the African-American community." "It is unfortunate that we have to be here today because another life has been taken by Minneapolis police department. It is not as if these incidents simply happen over night. What you see happening in this city, the social unrest, the civil unrest, is the result of decades of police abuse and neglect of the African-American community. As a civil rights attorney, I have joined activists in the streets for the last several years shutting things down and fighting for justice and demanding they treat us with dignity and respect our humanity. That has not been the case," Armstrong said today at a news briefing. Armstrong called Floyd just the "latest victim, in a series of black men who have been slain by Minneapolis Police Department officers and not one has been held accountable for killing an African-American person." Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said President Trump's tweets – that suggested shooting looters – were "just not helpful." "I did speak to the President. At that point in time, it was in the process where I said we were going to assume control of this and it was unnecessary," Walz said. "I didn't know he's going to tweet, he certainly can... It's just not helpful," he added. He said that state officials are "doing everything we can." "In the moment where we're at, in a moment that is so volatile, anything we do to add fuel to that fire is really, really challenging," Walz said. Some context: Twitter flagged Trump's tweets saying it violated the platform's rules. The tweet is now hidden by a notice from Twitter –– but is still viewable. "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible," Twitter said in the notice. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had strong words for prosecuting the police in the incidents in Minneapolis and Louisville, saying “if you see what happened, [they] look pretty darn guilty.” The GOP leader said violent protests in Minneapolis and Louisville – both in response to deaths of black people at the hands of police officers – “really needs to stop” and “this senseless violence in reaction to this is not helpful.” McConnell declined to comment Friday on a tweet from President Trump in which the President called protesters in Minneapolis “thugs” and warned "when the looting starts, the shooting starts. The message was flagged by Twitter for “glorifying violence.” “I generally don't comment on the President's tweets,” McConnell told reporters at a press event in Kentucky. “I can speak for myself," the senior senator from Kentucky said. “I think what's happening in Louisville and Minneapolis really needs to stop. This senseless violence in reaction to this is not helpful. But you can certainly understand the outrage. I mean, you can certainly understand the outrage. But it's not made better by engaging in random acts of violence," McConnell said. McConnell went on to call for justice for George Floyd, who was killed on May 25 in Minneapolis, and Breonna Taylor, who, on March 13, was killed after officers forced their way inside her Louisville home and exchanged shots with her boyfriend, according to a lawsuit filed by her mother. "These events, which the facts around them are pretty obvious are absolutely horrendous, and you can understand the outrage and reaction to witnessing events like this. They need to be thoroughly investigated. And if prosecution is appropriate and I'm sure sounds looking at both these cases like that would be the case. Justice needs to be done. I've always been a supporter of demonstrations, but they need to be peaceful. And this senseless violence in reaction to this is not helpful to anyone and I hope it will stop," he said. Minnesota's National Guard will continue to operate in the city for as long as necessary, General Jon Jensen, the Adjutant General of Minnesota's Army National Guard, said Friday. The National Guard will provide support to state police and local law enforcement for as long as the governor deems necessary, Jensen said. The Guard conducted several missions throughout the night including escorting the Minneapolis Fire Department (MFD). The night before, rocks and other projectiles were thrown at responding vehicles, MFD said in a statement Thursday. The National Guard was still securing Minnesota police's third precinct on Friday morning to allow crews to "come in and begin the cleanup of that area," which was on fire overnight, Jensen said. John Harrington, commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Public Safety, said he is putting together a "unified command" of several different law enforcement and public safety entities to prepare for more protests today and this weekend. "Our task today is we're bringing together a unified command of metro area police departments, sheriff departments and other law enforcement jurisdictions and other public safety entities into a multi-agency command center where we will create a plan that will keep the peace, maintain the peace and prevent further lawless behavior in the city of Minneapolis, the city of St. Paul and in the surrounding suburbs," he said. Harrington said he is going to do this "the right way" by keeping in mind the oath to protect communities. "We are fully confident that we can do that mission and that we can do it while still ensuring that the constitutional rights of those who need to have their voices heard and who need to freely assemble can be protected," he said. Former President Barack Obama discussed the "anguish" black Americans are feeling around the country following the death of George Floyd, according to a statement he released on Twitter. Obama discussed the common getting "back to normal" refrain uttered following deaths like these and how it's not enough. "But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly 'normal' — whether it's while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park," Obama wrote. Read Obama's full statement below: John Harrington, commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Public Safety, called the death of George Floyd a murder today during a news briefing. "I will tell you that the vast majority of the great people of Minnesota and the great people of Minneapolis who are still having their guts ripped out about the murder, we'll call it a murder because that's what it looked like to me. I don't want to prejudice this from a criminal perspective, I'm just calling what I see at that point," Harrington said. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul released a statement on the death of George Floyd in which he called the act "torture and murder, under color of law." "What America witnessed happening to George Floyd in Minneapolis was not, in any true sense of the phrase, law enforcement," Kaul said in a statement posted to his Twitter account. "Justice demands that those involved in this depraved crime be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," he added. Read the tweet: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said state officials are committed to "long-term change." "I want to be clear. That if the message was this situation with Mr. Floyd is intolerable, absolutely unacceptable, and must change, that message has been sent and received, as well," Ellison said at a news briefing with the governor on Friday. "We are not just going to fix the windows and sweep up the glass. We're going to fix a broken, shattered society that leaves so many people behind based on their historical legacy of being in bondage and servitude, then second-class citizenship and now fraught with disparities from everything from incarceration to housing to wages to everything else," he added. Ellison said he is forming a working group "on preventing and reducing deadly force encounters with police." Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a public apology to CNN for the arrest of a reporter and crew in Minneapolis this morning. “There is absolutely no reason something like this should happen. Calls were made immediately. This is a very public apology to that team. It should not happen and I want to be clear for those of you listening,” Walz said in a news conference. Walz said he takes "full responsibility" for the incident. "I'm a teacher by trade and I have spent my time as governor highlighting the need to be as transparent as possible and have the press here ––I failed you last night in that. And it does not escape me that we are here on the catalyst that lit this spark by what happened with a police detainment of George Floyd and the idea that a reporter would have been taken while another police action was in play is inexcusable," Walz continued. Walz said the incident was “unacceptable” and said the access and security of journalists is a priority to him. "The protection and security and safety of the journalists covering this is a top priority. Not because it's a nice thing to do. Because it is a key component of how we fix this," Walz said. Watch below: Gov. Tim Walz said he has an expectation that "swift" justice will be carried against the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd. "It is my expectation that justice for the officers involved in this will be swift, that it will come in a timely manner, that it will be fair. That is what we've asked for. I have been in contact with Hennepin County attorney, and I am confident that those very things I just said will happen," Walz said. All four officers involved in the death of George Floyd have invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told CNN following a news conference Thursday afternoon. Freeman said he looking at the Freddie Gray case for guidance in the Floyd case and wants to have the full picture of the case before moving forward. "So, Minnesotans, your pain is real. The chapter that's been written this week is one of our darkest chapters," Walz said. Watch: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz expressed his concern over the protests that have rocked his state and the black community which, he said, is "hurting beyond words." "Minneapolis and St. Paul are on fire. The fires still smolder in our streets. The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish, unheard," Walz said. Walz went on to directly mention George Floyd and Philando Castile who, in July 2016, was shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. "Much like we failed to hear George Floyd as he pleaded for his life as the world watched, by people sworn to protect him, his community, our state. Philando Castile silenced, unheard, so many brothers and sisters dying in the streets, unheard, now the pain is manifesting itself around the world and the world is watching," Walz said. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is holding a news conference to address the state’s response to protests and safety concerns following the death of George Floyd. Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington will also be attending. The governor signed an executive order Thursday activating the Minnesota National Guard after protests and demonstrations erupted throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. ESPN host and Los Angeles Times columnist LZ Granderson became emotional when discussing his son and the protests over George Floyd’s death. “[My son] recently just graduated from college. And I can't tell you the fear that — the fear that crawls across my body when he leaves the house, still,” Granderson said, his voice cracking, in an interview on CNN. He discussed on air a column he wrote yesterday in the Los Angeles Times where he describes the anxiety he lives with as a black man in America. “It is so stressful at times just to be black in America. And I'm not overstating that. I still tense up,” Granderson said through tears. “I’m 40-some years old. I've been to grad school, I've won awards, you know? I still tense up. Because I don't know if this is the day. And it's real. It's not made up. This is real.” Granderson also addressed the arrest of Omar Jimenez, a black Latino CNN reporter, in Minneapolis while Jimenez and his crew were covering the Floyd protests. “When you have darker skin, there is no insulation for this type of behavior, and so my heart was just broken watching this young man have to deal with that. It reminded me of my own experiences,” he said. Watch more: President Trump tweeted about the unrest in Minneapolis for the first time this morning since his late-night tweet, threatening that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts." That tweet was flagged by Twitter as violating the platform's rules. Trump said in his latest tweet that the National Guard has "arrived on the scene" in Minneapolis and is "fully prepared." Per a tweet late Thursday evening, the Minnesota National Guard activated more than 500 soldiers to the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and surrounding communities. The Ohio Statehouse was damaged by protestors late Thursday evening, the Ohio Department of Public Security confirmed to CNN on Friday morning. According to CNN affiliate WBNS, hundreds of protestors gathered in downtown Columbus late Thursday evening “in solidarity to show support” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. “Around 9 p.m. after some protesters began to throw bottles, police warned the crowd multiple times before dispersing pepper spray into the crowd,” WBNS reports, adding, the protesters “then began to throw eggs, fireworks, smoke bombs, jugs of water and shoes” while officers attempted to control the crowd. Here's what the scene was like: The protesters then “began to break the windows of local businesses, bus stops and even the windows and front doors of the Ohio Statehouse,” according to the affiliate. A few protestors on the statehouse grounds “began to commit acts of vandalism, damaging some windows, light fixtures and doors,” the Ohio Department of Public Security said in a statement. Officers were eventually able to disperse protestors from the grounds. One protester who entered the statehouse through a broken window was arrested after he fled out the back of the building, DPS said. CNN has reached out to the Columbus Division of Police, as they are handling all charges related to this protest. All windows and doors damaged in the incident have since been secured, according to DPS, and an investigation to document property damage will be conducted. Columbus mayor reacts to protests: Mayor Andrew Ginther reacted to the protests happening in the city in a tweet Thursday and asked residents to "remain peaceful in their actions." Read the tweet: Melania Trump has tweeted her first public words about the protests in Minnesota, and her condolences to the family of George Floyd. She says the country “allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence.” This comes after President Donald Trump's tweet last night about the protests was flagged by Twitter as violating the platform's rules. Read the tweet: The death of George Floyd has ignited protests in Minneapolis and at least six other cities across the US. Some of the protests have been peaceful, while others have been destructive. Minneapolis has been the epicenter of the protests, where state police in body armor and riot gear lined up overnight near the city's police precinct that was set ablaze by protesters. Here is a snapshot of where protests have occurred so far: Minnesota: Minneapolis and St. Paul
Ohio: Columbus Some of these protests may not be active at this moment. We continue to monitor the latest on the ground. The following protest photos were taken in Denver, Memphis and Columbus Thursday evening: It's a little past 9:00 a.m. in Minneapolis, Minnesota where protests have been happening for several days following the death of an unarmed black man earlier this week in city officers' custody. If you're just tuning in, here is what you need to know to get up to speed this morning. Some background: George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after pleading for help as a police officer used his knee on Floyd's neck to pin him – unarmed and handcuffed – to the ground. His death sparked outrage and protests across the country.
Protests this morning: As of about 4:30 a.m., hundreds of people were still protesting near the Minneapolis police building in the 3rd Precinct. At least five other buildings in the vicinity of the station were in flames – including an event space, restaurants and a liquor store, according to CNN reporting. Authorities arrived at the scene around this time.
Protests around the country: Several cities also saw protests overnight, including in New York City, where at least 72 people were arrested.
CNN crew arrested and then released in Minneapolis: Omar Jimenez, a CNN journalist who identifies as black and Latino, and his crew were taken into police custody during a live broadcast at the site of the protests just after 5:00 a.m., after clearly identifying himself as a member of the press to officers. Since then, the crew has been released and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz apologized to CNN. Hear Jimenez talk about the experience.
Charges: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said he expects “there will be charges” against the four officers involved in Floyd’s death. He added that he hopes they will be announced “soon.”
The Minnesota National Guard activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities last night. Mayor Jacob Frey said the soldiers were being stationed to "help prevent some of the looting that we've seen." ##Catch Up## Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear decried the protests in Louisville on Thursday night over the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Seven people were shot in downtown Louisville, the mayor said in a video message on Twitter. Property damage also was reported after peaceful demonstrations took a turn, Louisville Metro Police Department officials said during a news conference. The protests in Louisville happened as other demonstrations have erupted around the US over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis after a police officer was seen kneeling on his neck. "Last night's events started as a very peaceful protest, but one where those out there were seeking justice. And actually it was was one of the most compliant protests with the CDC guidelines that we have seen. And then I believe that some other folks, very late, more than three hours in, came in and ultimately instigated and caused some actions that turned it into something that it should not have been," Beshear told CNN Friday morning. More on Taylor's death: Taylor was killed after officers forced their way inside her home and exchanged shots with her boyfriend, according to a lawsuit filed by her mother. The officers were executing a search warrant in a narcotics investigation, the Louisville Metro Police Department has said, when they entered Breonna Taylor's apartment just before 1 a.m. on March 13. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison told CNN this morning that he expects “there will be charges” against the four Minneapolis officers involved in George Floyd’s death. He added that he hopes they will be announced “soon.” “We are standing by and helping any way we can. But yeah, I anticipate there will be charges. I hope they're soon. But that is the prerogative of another prosecuting authority. They are trying to be careful. They are trying to make sure their case is strong and airtight,” Ellison said. Ellison said officials are making sure they have “a very strong case” before charges are announced. “Everybody believes that this is a violation of Mr. Floyd. And I believe that everybody wants to see these charges filed as soon as they can be. But again, I do want to say we have seen cases that seem so clear go south,” Ellison said. Ellison said that "unfortunately, it is taking more time than any of us want." He added that he sympathizes with everybody “who's demanding charges.” The four police officers were fired earlier this week, but no charges have been filed. Floyd’s family said they want the officials to be charged with murder. The US Attorney’s office in Minnesota and the FBI’s Minneapolis field office said they are conducting "a robust criminal investigation" into the circumstances surrounding Floyd's death. At least 72 people were arrested during a protest in New York City last night, NYPD Police Chief Terence Monahan told CNN affiliate WPIX 11 Friday morning. Five people were arrested for felonies for “assaults on our police officers,” 33 people were arrested for misdemeanors that range from “obstruction of government, to administration to resisting arrest" and 34 people were arrested for “various violations, mainly disorderly conduct, blocking streets,” Monahan said. “A few of our cops got injured,” Monahan added. Two officers suffered a concussion, one had a garbage can thrown at him and another was thrown to the ground and taken to the hospital. Two deputy inspectors were also injured, he said. One suffered shoulder and back injuries after being thrown to the ground and another was punched in the face, but was "alright," Monahan said. Responding to a video that shows an NYPD officer using a baton on protestors, Monahan said, “our goal was to take the trouble makers out of the group.” He said the police department had to arrest individuals that were causing “mayhem.” When a journalist is arrested at a protest, the free and fair gathering of the news is arrested, too. That's one of the reasons why these infringements on press freedom are relatively rare in the United States — and why Friday's brief arrest of a CNN crew in Minneapolis was so egregious. "Police may not prevent journalists from covering protests if the journalists are in a place where the public is allowed, and they are not disrupting or interfering with law enforcement. Simply being near a protest or other newsworthy event is not a crime," the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press states in its guide to covering protests. Live video from correspondent Omar Jimenez and the CNN crew showed that they were not interfering with law enforcement. When a journalist is arrested at a protest, the free and fair gathering of the news is arrested, too. CNN journalist Josh Campbell is also on the ground in Minneapolis, not far from where CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his team were arrested by officers early this morning. They have since been released. Speaking to Campbell earlier, CNN anchor John Berman pointed out that Jimenez is black and latino, and Campbell is white, though he said he did not know whether race played a factor in Jimenez’s arrest. Campbell said he was "treated much differently." Here's what he told Berman:
"I was treated much differently than [CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez] was. I'm sitting here talking to the National Guard, talking to the police. They're asking politely to move here and there. A couple times I've moved closer than they would like. They asked politely to move back. They didn't pull out the handcuffs. Lot different here than what Omar experienced." Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called the arrest unacceptable and totally inadvertent. The Minnesota State Patrol released this statement on Twitter: "In the course of clearing the streets and restoring order at Lake Street and Snelling Avenue, four people were arrested by State Patrol troopers, including three members of a CNN crew. The three were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media." CNN broadcast shows Jimenez clearly displaying his CNN badge before he was restrained. Laura Coates, CNN's legal analyst, said the arrest of CNN reporter Omar Jimenez is "why people don't have faith in what might happen in Hennepin County." Jimenez, who identifies as both black and Latino, was arrested early on Friday while reporting live on the protests in Minneapolis. Coates pointed out that Josh Campbell, another CNN journalist on the ground in Minneapolis, was treated very differently. "He was asked the same line of questions that Omar Jimenez was. One was arrested ... the letters CNN, meant nothing for Omar, they meant everything, apparently, to add the credibility that was given and extended to Josh Campbell by default," Coates said. Coates added: "Four officers who were involved in the killing of an unarmed black man whose body was on the street and handcuffed behind his back, they have not been arrested since Monday or charged with any crime. Omar Jimenez shows a credential, a camera is running, his crew and producers are saying who they are and they were arrested sooner. Optically, this is why people don't have faith in what might happen in county." CNN reporter Oscar Jimenez's journalism career began roughly eight years ago. Jimenez, whose mother is black and father identifies as Colombian, worked in Baltimore at WBAL-TV before joining CNN in 2017. In Maryland, he covered the trials for the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, was the lead story on the station's Emmy award-winning special on opioids, and published pieces on opioid influence in the state and the fight against child sex trafficking. Jimenez first worked with CNN's Newsource, based in Washington, DC. While at Newsource, Jimenez reported from the ground in Paris in the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, from Las Vegas just hours after the mass shooting there, the deadliest in modern American history and from Florida and Texas during the 2017 hurricanes. He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he also played on the varsity men's basketball team. While in school, Jimenez was also an intern with CNN. Learn more about Jimenez's career below: CNN's reporter Omar Jimenez, who was released from custody in the past few minutes after he was earlier arrested live on air, said he was comforted by the fact that at least people could see what was happening. "That gave me a little bit of comfort knowing that you guys saw what was happening, I was living what was happening and the country was seeing what was happening unfold in real-time before their eyes.
As we were walking away, and you were taking in the entire neighborhood that had been decimated from the passion of the protesters and unfortunately some of the rioting and looting that we had seen, it did cross my mind that, what is really happening here?"
Watch: CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his crew have been released from police custody. Jimenez, along with producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez, were arrested shortly after 6 a.m. ET live on CNN air, while reporting on the protests in Minneapolis. The team was released from the Hennepin County Public Safety facility in downtown Minneapolis just a few minutes ago. CNN president Jeff Zucker spoke with the governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz on Friday morning, following the arrest of CNN's team in Minneapolis, Walz said he "deeply apologizes" for what happened and is working to have the CNN team released immediately. Walz described the arrests as "unacceptable," said CNN's team clearly has the right to be there, and said he wants the media to be in Minnesota to cover the protests. Watch: A CNN crew has been taken to custody amid protests in Minneapolis early on Friday morning. Here is how the situation unfolded: At 5:09 a.m. local time, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez was reporting live on an arrest happening in the area near a city police department precinct that protesters had burned and officers had abandoned overnight. About a block away, a fire was burning at a different, four-story building that had contained restaurants. He was standing in front of a long line of police officers in riot gear. Shortly after his crew captured the arrest on camera, the police officers moved towards Jimenez and his crew, asking them to move. Jimenez told the officers he and his three colleagues were part of the same CNN crew and calmly identified himself with his CNN identification card. Jimenez was then heard as telling the officers: "We can move back to where you'd like. We can move back to where you'd like here. We are live on the air at the moment.
This is the four of us. We are one team.
Just put us back where you want us. We're getting out of your way. So, just let us know.
Wherever you'd want us, we will go. We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection. Let us know and we've got you." At 5:11 a.m., two officers in riot gear stepped up to Jimenez and said "you are under arrest." Jimenez calmly asked why was he under arrest. "Why am I under arrest, sir?" He was then handcuffed and led away by the police, as the camera kept rolling. Shortly after that, CNN photojournalist Leonel Mendez who was with Jimenez said he and the rest of the crew were also being arrested. The camera then showed Jimenez's producer Bill Kirkos being handcuffed taken into custody. Shortly after that, the camera, which was still rolling, was taken away from the crew. Charles Ramsey, a veteran police chief who led departments in Philadelphia and Washington, DC and who now serves as a CNN law enforcement analyst, said the arrest of the CNN crew in Minneapolis "did not make any sense." "The state police are going to have a lot to answer for with this arrest here," he said. "He's standing there, he identified himself. You can see his credentials. Just move him to where you want him to be." Ramsey added that the there was "no way something like that should occur." "I don't know where the person in command of that platoon is. But that's an individual who is definitely not taking charge," he added. Watch: CNN has criticized the arrest of one of its teams on the ground in Minneapolis in a tweet this morning, and called for their release. CNN journalist Omar Jimenez has been taken into police custody during a live broadcast at the site of the protests in Minneapolis, after clearly identifying himself to officers. Jimenez's crew, including a producer and a camera operator, were also placed in handcuffs. The CNN camera was also taken into custody and continued to record as the crew was handcuffed, with police seemingly unaware that the camera was still on. Watch the video here: Dramatic scenes have unfolded in Minneapolis after the police arrived on the scene and clashed with protesters. It was the first time authorities had been seen on the scene in more than an hour. The police officers, some in riot gear, immediately launched into action, using pepper spray and batons to disperse crowds near the police station. Police were seen shoving at least one person, while protesters responded by throwing projectiles at the officers as others fled the site. Watch: Police and fire engines have arrived at the epicenter of the protests in Minneapolis, where a number of buildings have been burning. CNN crew on the site witnessed the authorities arriving to the scene just after 4:30 a.m. ET. A large number of protesters are still out early this morning in Minneapolis and a number of buildings are on fire. Hundreds of people are still protesting near the Minneapolis police building in the 3rd Precinct. At least five other buildings in the vicinity of the station are in flames. One of the burning structures that has now been destroyed by the fire was an events space with a multiple restaurants about a block away from the police station. A liquor store across the street from the station has also been burned down. The Minnesota National Guard tweeted late last night that they had activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities. When asked about the National Guard, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said “many of the National Guard as I mentioned were stationed and are being stationed at locations to help prevent some of the looting that we’ve seen.” Some of the locations where the National Guard is being positioned include banks, grocery stores and pharmacies. Protests spread across the United States for the third night in a row on Thursday, as crowds demonstrated against police brutality and called for justice in the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after pleading for help as a white police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes while pinning him to the ground. Floyd was declared dead at a nearby hospital soon after, according to authorities. Here's a look at the biggest developments: Minnesota protests: Floyd died in Minneapolis, which saw large-scale protests on Thursday. Crowds numbering in the thousands set fire to a police precinct, which had been evacuated earlier in the day. In nearby St. Paul, protesters and police faced off with tear gas. More than 170 businesses were damaged or looted, according to police, and the Minnesota National Guard was mobilized to both cities.
Nationwide outrage: It wasn't just Minnesota; protesters took to the streets in Denver, Colorado; New York City; Memphis, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; and Columbus, Ohio.
Trump and Twitter: President Donald Trump tweeted about the Minnesota protests, saying "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Twitter has since flagged the tweet as violating the platform's rules and "glorifying violence."
Investigation into the death: Local and federal officials have not announced any charges against the officers involved in Floyd's death, but said the investigation is a top priority. All four officers have invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination.
Federal call for action: The House Judiciary Committee urged the Justice Department to investigate, saying the federal government has a critical role to play in promoting a culture of accountability for all law enforcement organizations.
The officer who knelt on Floyd's neck: The officer, Derek Chauvin, had 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department's Internal Affairs. It's unclear what these complaints were for. The New York Police Department carried out more than 40 arrests and summons during the George Floyd protests on Thursday, police told CNN. The charges range from obstruction of governmental administration to criminal possession of a weapon, which stemmed from a woman who pulled a switchblade at Union Square, said a law enforcement official. One protestor was also arrested after trying to yank the gun out of a New York Police officer’s holster, the official said. According to the official, one of the injured officers suffered a possible concussion. Demonstrators were protesting the death of George Floyd, who died after pleading that he couldn't breathe while a police officer held him down with his knee. US President Donald Trump's tweet on the protests in Minnesota, which he posted earlier tonight as protesters set fires in St. Paul and Minneapolis, has been flagged by Twitter as violating the platform's rules. The original tweet read: "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!" Twitter's response: The tweet is hidden by a notice from Twitter -- but is still viewable behind the notice. "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible," says the notice. A separate statement from the official Twitter Communications account explained that the tweet had been flagged "based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today." The warning message will likely fuel Trump's ongoing dispute with Twitter. Just yesterday, Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies, days after Twitter called two of his tweets "potentially misleading." On Tuesday, Twitter applied a fact-check to two of Trump's tweets, including one that claimed, without evidence, that mail-in ballots would lead to widespread voter fraud. Trump immediately shot back, accusing the social media giant of censorship and warning that if it continued to offer addendums to his messages, he would use the power of the federal government to rein it in, or even shut it down. Tech companies are also pushing back on the order; Facebook and Google have said Trump's proposal risks harming the internet and the wider digital economy. Protests swept across a number of major American cities on Thursday, with crowds taking to the streets to demand action against police brutality and accountability for several related deaths. Minneapolis and St. Paul, known as the "Twin Cities" of Minnesota, both saw huge protests. In St. Paul, protesters faced off against riot police, batting tear gas canisters back and forth. More than 170 businesses were looted or damaged by the protests, police said. And in Minneapolis, thousands of protesters surrounded a police precinct and set it on fire. They spray-painted the sides of the building, tried to climb up it, and cheered as the flames engulfed the building. All staff inside had been evacuated prior to the fire. In Memphis, Tennessee, protesters marched through midtown for several hours. They held up signs demanding justice for several black Americans who had recently been killed -- George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. The protests also escalated into violence in Louisville, Kentucky, where Taylor lived and was shot by police in March. Shots were fired in the crowd during the protests tonight, said police special advisor Jessie Halladay. Protests also took place in other cities like Denver, Colorado, and Phoenix, Arizona. See the full gallery of protests across the US: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has responded to a tweet from President Trump accusing him earlier tonight of weak leadership. Trump's tweet: "A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak radical left mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the city under control, or I will send in the National Guard and get the job done right," Trump said. Frey's response: The mayor addressed the President's comments at a press conference tonight. "Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else, during a time of crisis. Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes. But you better be damn sure that we're going to get through this," he said. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey condemned the looting and destruction seen in the city tonight during violent protests. "What we have seen over the past several hours and the past couple of nights in terms of looting is unacceptable," he said at a press conference. "Our communities cannot and will not tolerate it." "These are community institutions that we need. These are banks that people rely on to get cash. Grocery stores that people rely on to get food. These are pharmacies people rely on to get medicine," he said. He added that the city had received resources from the state, and that further aid is expected. On the burning police station: A police precinct was set on fire, vandalized and surrounded by protesters tonight -- but there was no sign of the police or firefighters. When asked why, Frey pointed to other fires and looting incidents that officers had to respond to as well. The Minnesota National Guard, which was mobilized earlier in the evening, are now stationed at various locations facing potential looting, including banks, grocery stores, and pharmacies, he said. "I understand the importance of a precinct," he said. "(But) the symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life, of our officers, or the public. We could not risk serious injury to anyone and we will continue to patrol the third precinct entirely." More than 170 businesses in St. Paul, Minnesota, were damaged or looted during tonight's ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, according to the city police department. “As Thursday turns to Friday, our officers continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with local, state, federal and fire partners to protect St. Paul. More than 170 businesses damaged or looted. Dozens of fires. Thankfully, no reports of serious injuries. Calm on the horizon,” the St. Paul Police Department tweeted. Crowds of protesters have faced off with riot police in St. Paul throughout the evening and overnight hours, with police throwing tear gas, and protesters throwing it right back. There were reports earlier Thursday of protesters targeting stores like TJ Maxx and Target. As evening fell, the Minnesota National Guard was activated, with more than 500 soldiers sent to St. Paul and Minneapolis, where fiery protests have also broken out. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called for peace and order in the Kentucky city as protests continue to escalate. “Understandably, emotions are high. As Breonna’s mother says, let’s be peaceful as we work toward truth and justice," he posted on his official Facebook page. Breonna Taylor, 26, was an EMT who was killed during a police raid of her apartment in Louisville. During the raid in March, Taylor was shot at least eight times when three officers forcibly entered her apartment to serve a search warrant in a narcotics investigation. The department said the men announced themselves and returned gunfire when Taylor's boyfriend fired at them. Her death, like those of Ahmaud Arbery and now George Floyd, have sparked outrage across the nation, with many Louisville protesters tonight holding signs bearing Taylor's name. The City of Minneapolis is urging protesters near the burning police station to retreat after “hearing unconfirmed reports that gas lines to the Third Precinct have been cut and other explosive materials are in the building.” “If you are near the building, for your safety, PLEASE RETREAT in the event the building explodes,” the city posted on their verified Twitter account. CNN has not been able to independently verify those reports. The fire is still ongoing, and has engulfed much of the building. Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel told CNN the fire department is working with the police and other city authorities to assess the situation. Watch: US President Donald Trump just tweeted about the ongoing protests in Minneapolis, warning that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." He criticized Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey as "very weak" and showing "a total lack of leadership." "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!" he tweeted. It's past midnight in Minneapolis, but protests are still ongoing. Earlier tonight, demonstrators set a police precinct on fire, which continues to burn. All staff inside the building were evacuated earlier in the day, and the fire department has yet to arrive on scene and extinguish the flames. Some context: This is now the third night of protests across Minnesota and the country, following the death of George Floyd, who was shown on video being pinned to the ground by a white police officer who pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was unarmed and handcuffed, pleaded that he could not breathe. He was declared dead at a nearby hospital soon after, according to authorities. CNN's Brian Stelter explains more: The Dalai Lama has deplored the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and blamed discrimination and racism for his death. The 84-year-old exiled spiritual leader -- who is revered as a living god by millions of Tibetan Buddhists -- gave a virtual teaching to followers from his home in Dharamsala in northern India on Friday morning local time. "We see in the news channels, the media about discrimination on the basis of color or religion these days, and then there is killing due to that, and then there are some who even take it as a pride to be able to kill somebody," he said. He specifically pointed to George Floyd's death, describing seeing footage of the police officer who "actually pushed his knee on the neck of that black person." "So because of this discrimination, racism on the basis of race, such things are done," the Dalai Lama said. Minneapolis authorities are still assessing how to approach the ongoing fire in the police precinct, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel told CNN on the phone. "I do know they were trying to set fire on the front door area of that building," he said. "I do not know that it (the fire) gained access to that structure as of yet. But I do know that they were certainly trying to set the building on fire in the front door area." He added that it was a "challenging time" for the fire department, and that they had responded to multiple fires over the past few days as protests raged. "We've had different projectiles swung at us the last two nights ... We had rocks thrown at us at the last scene. We have to consider the safety of the firefighters in those areas so we're being cautious," he said. The department has a plan in place and may go to the burning precinct to try and put it out, but that decision will depend on the situation, he said. "That's the number one priority of ours, to make sure we keep our folks safe." He added that he was "a little bit shocked, a little disappointed" to see the police station being burned, and called for an end to destructive action. Watch more: What started out as a peaceful protest is now escalating, with reports of property damage, according to a press conference from the Louisville Metro Police Department in Kentucky. “We are currently working a large crowd in the downtown area around 2nd Street," police tweeted earlier. Police say they are now hearing reports of shots fired in the crowd, according to the police special advisor Jessie Halladay. Protesters have blocked buses and disrupted traffic, and have thrown bottles at officers, she said. Police have also seen excessive damage to vehicles and buildings. “This is not what we want for our city,” Halladay said. On Thursday night, Minneapolis police released a transcript of the 911 call that led to George Floyd's arrest and death, which has sparked outrage nationwide as protesters demand justice. Here's the transcript: Operator: 911 what's the address of the emergency? Caller: This is ah 3759 Chicago Ave. Operator: How can I help you? Caller: Um someone comes our store and give us fake bills and we realize it before he left the store, and we ran back outside, they was sitting on their car. We tell them to give us their phone, put their (inaudible) thing back and everything and he was also drunk and everything and return to give us our cigarettes back and so he can, so he can go home but he doesn't want to do that, and he's sitting on his car cause he is awfully drunk and he's not in control of himself. Operator: Okay, what type of vehicle does he have? Caller: And .... um he's got a vehicle that is ah ... one second let me see if I can see the license. The driver license is BRJ026. Operator: Okay, what color is it? Caller: It's a blue color. It's a blue van. Operator: Blue van? Caller: Yes, van. Operator: Alright blue van, gotcha. Is it out front or is it on 38th St.? Caller: Ah it's on 38th St. Operator:��On 38th St. So, this guy gave a counterfeit bill, has your cigarettes, and he's under the influence of something? Caller: Something like that, yes. He is not acting right. Operator: What's he look like, what race? Caller: Um, he's a tall guy. He's like tall and bald, about like 6 ... 6 1/2, and she's not acting right so and she started to go, drive the car. Operator: Okay so, female or a male? Caller: Um... Operator: Is it a girl or a boy? Caller: (Talking to somebody else) — he's asking (inaudible) one second. Hello? Operator: Is it a girl or a boy that did this? Caller: It is a man. Operator: Okay. Is he white, black, Native, Hispanic, Asian? Caller: Something like that. Operator: Which one? White, black, Native, Hispanic, Asian? Caller: No, he's a black guy. Operator: Alright (sigh). Caller: How is your day going? Operator: Not too bad. Caller: Had a long day, huh? Operator: What's your name? Caller: My name is (deleted) Operator: Alright, a phone number for you? Caller: (Deleted) Operator: Alright, I've got help on the way. If that vehicle or that person leaves before we get there, just give us a call back, otherwise we'll have squads out there shortly, okay? Caller: No problem. Operator: Thank you. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock pleaded with people in the city to demonstrate peacefully in a post on Twitter Thursday night. "Hey Denver. I understand your frustration and pain following the murder of George Floyd. I plead to you -- let's demonstrate, but let's do so peacefully," Hancock tweeted.
In another tweet, he said, "You can be angry. You can be outraged. I certainly am and I join you in those feelings and demands of #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd. March for justice and to see it served, but please march in peace. Responding to violence with violence will only lead to more violence." He then posted a video statement, saying he "understands the frustration and sense of pain and disgust following the murder of George Floyd." "Leave the weapons at home and let's walk, let's march together in unity and let's have our voices heard but keep everyone safe," he said in the video. "That is the way we need to do this. And let's do it in the memory of George Floyd and so many others and their families who are suffering from the pain from these type of incidents in our communities." Protests across the nation: Tonight, protests rage across America. Some remain peaceful while others have turned destructive, with reports of looting and arson. So far we've seen demonstrations in Phoenix, Arizona; Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; and of course, Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota. The Minneapolis police evacuated all staff in the 3rd Precinct shortly after 10 p.m. local time “in the interest of the safety of our personnel,” according to a statement from John Elder, director of the department’s Office of Public Information. “Protesters forcibly entered the building and have ignited several fires,” Elder said. A fire appears to have engulfed about half of the building, with the crowd of protesters outside cheering and setting off firecrackers and fireworks. The Minnesota National Guard announced on its Twitter that troops have been activated, as protests continue in St. Paul and Minneapolis. "We have activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities. Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate. A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls," said the tweet. It's past 10:30 at night in Minneapolis, but the protests show no sign of slowing -- if anything, they appear to be ratcheting up in intensity, with protesters setting a police precinct on fire. Police had set up a fence around the precinct earlier, but it has since been pushed over and thousands of protesters are crowding around the precinct, climbing up the building and lighting its exterior on fire. "The precinct is on fire. We don't know where the police are," said CNN National Correspondent Sara Sidner. "The fire alarm is going on inside ... People are cheering and more fireworks are going off as the police precinct is burning." There is no sound of a siren in the background, and no sign of firefighters arriving -- a stark contrast to the protests last night, when multiple fire trucks arrived to put out fires. "The police have made a calculated decision that they're not going enforce what we're seeing behind us," said CNN Correspondent Josh Campbell, who is also on the scene. It may be because the police know their presence could further inflame tensions and make the situation escalate, Campbell added. "It's a dangerous and volatile situation here. I think the police know that." Watch more: Melvin Carter, the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, told CNN the video of George Floyd's death was "nauseating" and that protesters' anger was "understandable." "It's heartbreaking for everybody I know ... everybody I know looks at that video and feels like crying or throwing up, and it's disgusting, it's unacceptable,” he said. “The only human response to that video is anger and sadness," he added. When asked about the ongoing protests, Carter said, "I think we're just seeing a generalized rage, and I want to say a rage that's understandable when we see such a stomach turning video of George Floyd being killed in the way that he was, by people who we've paid to protect us.” “If it was just George Floyd then maybe that would be one thing. But you know, as we all know, we've seen video after video…we've seen that the people responsible go free. And it seems no one gets held accountable." He acknowledged that members of the community were unhappy with the rioting and looting, and described it as "unfortunate and destructive" -- but said there was a broader root problem that needed addressing. "In order to get to the bottom of this we have to understand where the rage is coming from in the first place," he said. As evening falls in Minneapolis, protests show few signs of abating. CNN Correspondent Josh Campbell, on the scene in Minneapolis, described the scene, as crowds continue to grow. "There was a member of the community yelling at people throwing rocks into windows, saying, 'Don't do this in my community.' Not everybody here behind us is a protester. Some are trying to keep the peace," he said. The crowds have been there all afternoon and there seem to be more people out tonight than last night. Several large fires are still active, including a car that has been set alight, and the air is thick with billowing smoke and tear gas. Earlier, police put up a fence around the perimeter of the police department, to separate the protesters from the precinct. The fence has since been pushed down by protesters. There are police on rooftops, throwing tear gas down to the street, said Campbell. Protesters are responding by throwing rocks and glass bottles, setting off firecrackers, and using lasers to point to police officers as it gets dark out. Watch below: The House Judiciary Committee has sent a letter to the Department of Justice, calling for an investigation into police violence. The committee is opening its own oversight and legislative action in response, said the letter. “America’s history of racism and racially motivated violence is a plague that continues to live on through generations," said Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. "The federal government has a critical role to play in promoting a culture of accountability for all law enforcement organizations, including at the state and local level. This is why House Judiciary Democrats have sent a letter today to the US Department of Justice to demand action." He added that the committee would open its own oversight and legislative action "to address the crisis of racial profiling, excessive force by law enforcement and lost trust between police departments and the communities they serve.” The letter pointed to a number of recent cases in addition to George Floyd that have attracted nationwide attention -- Ahmaud Arbery, who was was killed while jogging near Brunswick, Georgia, and Breonna Taylor, an EMT who was killed after officers forced their way inside her home. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter told CNN he spoke with Minnesota’s governor and requested the National Guard after protests and fires Thursday. “We have requested the assistance of the National Guard, and so we expect that response to be forthcoming and we expect their assistance to be forthcoming,” Carter said. Earlier today: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order activating the Minnesota National Guard after protests and demonstrations erupted through the state and city of St. Paul. George Floyd's death sparked protests across the country after a video surfaced showing the 46-year-old black man handcuffed and on the ground saying, "I can't breathe," as a police officer holds him down with a knee on his neck. George Floyd's brother Philonise said black Americans are "tired of seeing the same thing every day" when it comes to how people of color are treated in the US. "My story will never change. Everybody's reacting off of pain. Black men dying every day. They're tired of seeing the same thing every day. Everyone wants justice. Justice for black people, black lives matter," Philonise Floyd told CNN tonight. "I want justice, and I'm not going to stop until I get the death penalty for those officers." George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on May 25 after pleading for help as a police officer used his knee on Floyd's neck to pin him — unarmed and handcuffed — to the ground in Minneapolis. His death sparked outrage and protests across the country, demonstrations that continued today. Philonise Floyd said he has yet to sleep in four days due to his brother's death. "Those officers they're at home sleeping. Nah, I can't stand for that. They need to be locked up tonight. I want justice. Arrest those officers so my family and the world can have closure," Philonise Floyd said. Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted about the protests taking place in Columbus this evening over the death of George Floyd. “I understand why some residents are angry and taking to the streets. I have said many times that racism exists across the country, state and right here in Columbus. We are committed to addressing racism wherever we see it,” Ginther tweeted. “I respect peaceful protests and ask residents to remain peaceful in their actions tonight and every night,” the mayor added. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman will need to review all evidence in the George Floyd death, including information that is not favorable to the case to "understand the full picture of what actually happened," an email from his office said clarifying statements made during the Thursday afternoon news conference. The email was sent to clarify a statement made by Freeman when he misspoke during the news conference Thursday, his office told CNN over the phone. Following the news conference, CNN spoke with Freeman who said he wants to understand the entire scene before making a charging decision. Freeman clarified that he was not saying there is evidence suggesting the officer is not guilty but meant that he wants to ensure that whatever evidence is out there is incontrovertible and chargeable. A TJ Maxx and Napa Auto Parts Store in St. Paul, Minneapolis, are reportedly on fire as protests continue in the city following the death of George Floyd. “A Fire has been reported at TJ Maxx on the 1400 block of University Avenue,” the St. Paul Police Department tweeted. "Officers continue to be hit with rocks and bottles thrown by people who are also breaking into buildings, looting and destroying property.” The police department also tweeted: "A large fire has broken out at the Napa Auto Parts Store at 1271 University Avenue West. Please avoid the area." In another tweet, the police department wrote: "Please stay away from the Midway area, near Target on University Avenue. We continue to work to disperse the crowds, protect people and protect property. However, our officers continue to be assaulted and the area is not safe." This comes after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order activating the Minnesota National Guard after protests and demonstrations erupted through the state and city of St. Paul. Floyd's death sparked protests across the country after a video surfaced showing the 46-year-old black man handcuffed and on the ground saying, "I can't breathe," as a police officer holds him down with a knee on his neck. Mayor Jacob Frey has declared a local emergency in Minneapolis due to civil disturbances in the city, according to a declaration issued by his office. The declaration said the city has requested assistance from the state, including the authorization of the National Guard, to assist local authorities in "restoring safety and calm due to the civil disturbance" following the death of George Floyd. The emergency will remain in place for 72 hours and provides the immediate use of emergency regulations. All four officers involved in the death of George Floyd have invoked their fifth amendment right against self incrimination, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told CNN following a news conference Thursday afternoon. Freeman said he looking at the Freddie Gray case for guidance in the Floyd case and wants to have the full picture of the case before moving forward. About the Gray case: Gray, 25, died after sustaining a neck injury while in police custody in April 2015. Gray's death became a symbol of the black community's mistrust of police and triggered days of protests and riots in Baltimore. The city became a focal point of the Black Lives Matter movement and the nationwide debate on excessive police force. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office is going to investigate the death of George Floyd "as expeditiously, as thoroughly as justice demands." "Sometimes that takes a little time," Freeman said. "We have to do this right and that's what we'll do." Freeman said the manager of the victims services division is in touch with the Floyd family and is keeping them updated on the case. He did not announce any updates in the case during the news conference but did mention that his office has previously obtained a guilty verdict against a police officer for deadly use of force. The county attorney’s office is receiving thousands of calls and social media messages from throughout the country daily, Freeman said. Michael Freeman, the Hennepin County attorney, said he didn't want to discuss evidence in the investigation into George Floyd's death but called the video showing the incident "graphic and horrific and terrible." During the news conference, a reporter told Freeman: "I think people will be hard-pressed to understand how you can't bring charges at least against the officer who had his knee on the neck." Freeman responded: "It is a violation of my ethics to talk and evaluate evidence before we announce our charging decision. And I will not do that. I will say this, that video is graphic and horrific and terrible and no person should do that. But my job in the end is to prove he violated a criminal statute. And there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge. We need to wade through all of that evidence and come to a meaningful decision and we are doing that to the best of our ability." Watch: Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman called the force used against George Floyd "excessive and wrong" at a news briefing Thursday afternoon. "I assure you that if the person who had committed the act — and I do not condone or respect the act done by the police officer to Mr. Floyd — that was excessive and wrong. The question in my business is criminal. That's what I have to prove. There are cases you can quickly, easily evaluate," Freeman said. Erica MacDonald, the US Attorney of the district of Minnesota, said her department is investigating if there was any federal and criminal violations. "Police officers, by the nature of their job, have the authority to use a certain amount of force when they are executing their duties faithfully and honestly and in accordance with their policies. So a police officer, a law enforcement officer, has the ability to use the right amount of force, but not excessive force, not excessive force as defined by the law. That is what we are looking at with respect to any federal, criminal violation, is that use of excessive force," MacDonald said. Mike Freeman, Hennepin County attorney, said investigators need to take time to make sure they have all of the evidence in the death of George Floyd. "We just can't rush this," Freeman said. "These need to be done right. Please give me and give me the United States attorney time to do this right and we will bring you justice." The United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota Erica MacDonald echoed those sentiments, saying that officers in their professional capacity have the right to use force but not excessive force. Her office is looking into possible criminal violations of rights in Floyd's death, she said. Watch: Erica MacDonald, the US Attorney of the district of Minnesota, told residents that peaceful protests "are always acceptable" before calling for a cessation of destructive demonstrations. "Peaceful protests are always acceptable. That is the cornerstone of our justice system. People have the right to say how they feel and to talk about their feelings and to protest peacefully, but the obstruction and destruction of property and harm to individuals has to stop. We are one Minnesota. We are at our best when we are at our worst. We have to come together and stop the needless destruction of property and life," MacDonald said Thursday afternoon during a news briefing. On Wednesday night, Minneapolis' second day of protests transitioned to rioting and looting south of downtown, with people smashing their way into stores and setting businesses and other buildings ablaze. Watch: Rainer Drolshagen, special agent in charge for the FBI, shared his condolences to George Floyd's family Thursday afternoon during a news conference and asked the public for its help in the investigation. "I would like to say I express my complete condolences to the Floyd family and express my sympathy to the citizens of Minnesota as there is extreme anger, frustration and sadness," Drolshagen said. "We are conducting a swift but meticulous investigation." Drolshagen went on to ask for "everyone that was present before, during and after the incident to come forward to help us build the best picture of what occurred." "Each piece of the puzzle helps complete the big picture," he said. Watch: Erica MacDonald, the US Attorney of the district of Minnesota, told reporters that the investigation into the death of George Floyd will be the Department of Justice's "top priority." "I am here to talk about and make sure the community and the media is aware that we are conducting a robust and meticulous investigation into the circumstances surrounding the events of May 25th, 2020 and the police officers actions on that evening," she said. MacDonald added: "Minneapolis, our nation, really the world, has witnessed this incredibly and disturbing loss of life. My heart goes out to George Floyd. My heart goes out to his family. My heart goes out to his friends. And my heart goes out to the community. We are grieving, and we will continue to grieve." Watch: The St. Paul Police Department is urging the public to avoid several parts of the city as looting and demonstrations have led to damage of police vehicles and bottles and rocks have been thrown at officers, the department tweeted Thursday. “Squad cars have been damaged by rocks, bricks, bottles and other items being thrown at officers,” the department tweeted. “Officers are giving dispersal orders to groups gathered in various areas of the city, damaging property and attempting to steal from businesses.” Police said affected areas include the "1400 block of University Ave, at an East Side business on the 1700 block of Suburban Ave. and more." Read the tweets: Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Thursday activating the Minnesota National Guard after protests and demonstrations erupted throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul following the death of George Floyd. Floyd's death this week sparked protests across the country after video emerged that shows the 46-year-old black man handcuffed and on the ground saying, "I can't breathe," as a police officer holds him down with a knee on his neck. All four officers involved in the incident have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department. But that has not quieted calls for them to face criminal charges. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said that he has addressed the George Floyd death in Minneapolis with his command officers and has required that they address the incident with the officers under their command. “I have ordered mandatory training on positional asphyxiation to be completed by every officer throughout the Department by the end of each tour today. I have also required officers to view the video of this incident,” Brown said in a statement. “What took place in Minneapolis earlier this week is absolutely reprehensible and tarnishes the bade nationwide, including here in Chicago. I want to make it clear that this behavior is not acceptable in Chicago, will not be tolerated under my command and quite frankly has no place in law enforcement anywhere," Brown said. He said the department has been working to "develop authentic relationships and restore trust with our communities" and that incidents like this "certainly make our jobs more difficult." “These actions are not reflective of the overwhelming amount of officers committed to constitutional policing nationwide. Any officer who abuses their power or stands by and allows it to happen does not deserve to wear the badge, period," Brown said in the statement. President Trump said he feels “very, very badly” for what happened to George Floyd, but said he has not yet spoken with Floyd’s family. “That’s a very shocking sight,” Trump said of the footage of Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. “I saw it last night and I didn’t like it,” he said, adding that the it was a “very, very bad thing that I saw.” Trump said he and Attorney General Bill Barr had been discussing the case before reporters arrived. “We’re very much involved,” Trump said. He noted federal authorities would “take a very strong look” at what happened, but he declined to say whether he believes the officers involved should be charged with murder. He was speaking to reporters in the Oval Office ahead of signing a social media executive order. Earlier this afternoon, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters the President received a briefing on the Floyd case from Attorney General Bill Barr and the FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich. Trump tweeted on Wednesday evening that he had asked the FBI and Department of Justice to pursue an investigation of Floyd’s death. Watch: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the recent death of George Floyd at the beginning of her Thursday news conference in Chicago. “I ran for mayor in the aftermath of the murder of Laquan McDonald. I was sickened watching our community struggle under the weight of racial disparities and systemic inequities,” Lightfoot said. “Seeing the video of George Floyd dying on the ground under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer for me brought back that trauma of Laquan McDonald’s death in sharp focus," she said. Later in the press conference, Lightfoot added: “To watch the entirety of that video and to see the life leave another human being on the ground, begging for his life, saying he can’t breathe, getting no relief – and then just seeing when the paramedics came how callously they treated him almost like he was a piece of meat – it’s sickening. And I want to make sure that something like that doesn’t happen in our city.” Federal and state law enforcement officials will make a statement regarding the investigation into the death of George Floyd during a Thursday afternoon press conference, according to a press release from the FBI. US Attorney Erica MacDonald and Rainer Drolshagen, FBI special agent in charge, are among the speakers. Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington will also be speaking in the news conference. Andrea Jenkins, vice president of the Minneapolis City Council, said that racism is a virus “that has affected our entire society for far too long,” responding to the death of George Floyd. Jenkins represents the community where Floyd died. “The people in my community are pained, are traumatized... We must absolutely must see justice for George. That is what community is seeking. That is what community is asking for,” Jenkins told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. She added that while she does not condone the violence and looting that stemmed from the protests, she also understands “the outrage that people are expressing.” When asked by Baldwin if she had any had a message for white America on how they can act in regard to racism in the country, Jenkins said: “I wish I had all the smart answers to provide to white people.
A. Stop killing us.
B. Give black people opportunities to live full, healthy lives. That means access to employment... that means access to safe and affordable housing.
We are in the midst of a pandemic right now and we need to see resources going to the most vulnerable people… however, nobody is providing those kinds of issues.” Jenkins added that while she isn’t calling any single person a racist, she believes that people who benefit from racism are “the only people that can end it.” “We need white people to stop perpetuating the system of racism,” she said. Jenkins called on officials to declare racism a public health issue during a news conference today. Metro Transit, Minneapolis' public transit service, announced it will suspend bus and light rail service this evening in a tweet. “Out of concern for the safety of riders and employees, Metro Transit bus and light rail service will be suspended from 4 pm thru at least the rest of Thursday," the tweet read, in part. The city has been gripped by protests and riots in reaction to the death of George Floyd. Read the tweet: Derek Chauvin, the former police officer seen with his knee on George Floyd’s neck, had 18 prior complaints filed with Minneapolis Police Department's (MPD) Internal Affairs, according to MPD. It's not clear what the internal affairs complaints were for and no detail was provided by MPD. Only two of the 18 complaints against Chauvin were "closed with discipline," according to a MPD internal affairs public summary. The "discipline issued" column listed a letter of reprimand for each of the two complaints. Former officer Tou Thao had six complaints filed with internal affairs, one of which was still open, the summary said. The other five were closed without discipline. Former Minneapolis police officers J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane had no complaints filed, according to a MPD internal affairs public summary. CNN has reached out to attorneys representing the officers for comment. President Trump was “very upset” by the video that sparked outrage over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Thursday afternoon. “He was very upset when he saw that video,” she said, adding that the President watched the video on Air Force One. “He was very upset by it. It was egregious. Appalling. Tragic. And it prompted him to pick up the phone, or the chief of staff to pick up the phone and say we need to expedite what was already an FBI investigation,” McEnany continued. “He wants justice to be served.” McEnany told reporters that Trump was being briefed this afternoon by Attorney General Bill Barr about the incident. President Trump is being briefed by Attorney General Bill Barr this afternoon on the death of George Floyd, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said. “As I’m briefing you at this moment, the President is receiving a briefing from the Attorney General Bill Barr on this and the deputy director of the FBI. So that is ongoing as I begin this briefing,” McEnany told reporters at the White House. McEnany called Floyd's death "absolutely tragic." Trump told reporters in Florida yesterday that he was “going to look” at the case, and would be getting “a report when we get back. A very full report.” In a tweet later that day, Trump said he had called for the investigation “to be expedited.” Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, said it was “heartbreaking” to watch protests continue last night in Minneapolis in the wake of George Floyd’s death. “To watch our city burn really is one of the most devastating things... It’s also devastating to know the anger and the frustration that people feel," Omar said. Omar said she believes it’s important, however, to find a “balance” for peaceful protests because “violence begets violence.” Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat from Florida who had an almost three decade career in law enforcement before becoming a congresswoman, called Floyd's death a "tragedy." "It didn't have to happen. Officers are supposed to use the level of force that's necessary to meet the resistance. Clearly, Mr. Floyd was not resisting and it shouldn't have happened and… this officer must be held accountable," Demings said. She continued: "I think you should ask as many Americans of all ethnicities, what do they think about this tragic death. Because this is not a black issue, this is an American issue." Minneapolis, Minnesota Police Chief Medaria Arradondo acknowledged his department's role in the "deficit of hope" in the city following the death of George Floyd. "I'm absolutely. Sorry for the pain, the devastation trauma," Arradondo said at a briefing Thursday. Arradondo said criminal behavior will not be allowed in the city. "I cannot allow criminal acts to threaten the safety and also the trauma that already exist," says Arradondo. "Crowds got large and became more mobile," Arradondo said. The majority of demonstrators last night were gathering peacefully but there was a "core group" that was looting and engaging in other criminal acts, according to Arradondo. "The people that were involved in the criminal conduct" were not known to local community leaders, Arradondo said. There were minor injuries reported among community members but nothing significant, he said. Watch: One of the four officers fired for his involvement in the death of George Floyd was part of a 2017 excessive force lawsuit that was settled by the city of Minneapolis, according to a settlement obtained by CNN and confirmed by the attorney for the plaintiff in the case. Both the city and the officers denied liability in the settlement, according to a statement from the city. Former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao was named in a lawsuit stemming from the 2014 arrest of Lamar Ferguson. CNN has not yet determined who is legally representing Thao. Ferguson was subjected to "cruel and unusual punishment" by Thao and another officer during his arrest in an alley on October 7, 2014 on a warrant, according to the suit. The lawsuit claimed that the officers used "unreasonable force" during the arrest in the form of "punches, kicks and knees to the face and body while Ferguson was defenseless and handcuffed." Ferguson suffered broken teeth, bruising, and trauma as a result of the arrest, according to the lawsuit. Ferguson was walking home from his grandmother's house with his pregnant girlfriend when they were approached by a Minneapolis police car with Thao and the other officer inside. The officers allegedly put Ferguson in handcuffs behind his back and took his wallet with his identification out of his pocket, according to the lawsuit. The second officer took the ID to run it through the the National Crime Information Center but no warrant showed up in the system, the lawsuit said. The second officer "falsely stated that there was a warrant out for Plaintiff's arrest," the lawsuit said, prior to the alleged physical attack occurring. The lawsuit was settled by the city of Minneapolis on December 11, 2017 by payment of $25,000 to Lamar Ferguson and his attorneys, according to the settlement. CNN's Pierre Meilhan contributed to this report. Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mayor Jacob Frey said the city will now begin an "all-out effort to restore peace and security in our city." This comes after demonstrators protested Monday's death of George Floyd, a black man who died after pleading for help after a police officer pinned him – unarmed and handcuffed – to the ground. Frey said at a press conference on Thursday that he has authorized a "unified command structure" that would allow Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to use resources and personnel from other jurisdictions. The city has also requested support from the state, Frey said. On infrastructure and damage: The second night of protests transitioned to rioting and looting over a few blocks south of downtown, with people smashing their way into stores and setting businesses and other buildings ablaze. Frey said protecting this infrastructure and the community is important especially during the coronavirus pandemic. "Our communities need these assets especially during a pandemic. Our communities need grocery stores for food, they need banks for cash. We need pharmacies for needed medications," he said. "Let's hold these communities dear by doing right by them and by safe guarding them and these community assets that we know they need especially during a pandemic. We need to offer radical love and compassion that we all have in us. I believe in the city and I know you do, too," Frey added. George Floyd's family said the violence and looting occurring in the demonstrations "distract from the strength of our collective voice," according to a statement released in a series of tweets from Ben Crump, lawyer for the family. The family thanked "every person who is standing with them" and urged protesters to not “sink to the level of our oppressors.” The statement also said the family “wants peace in Minneapolis.” Read the full statement below: Responding to a question about the death of George Floyd, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he thinks there is a criminal case against the law enforcement officer. “If I was a prosecutor, I would be looking at that case from the first moment because I think there is a criminal case there,” Cuomo said at his daily coronavirus press briefing on Thursday. “I think the situation was so disturbing and ugly and frightening, just frightening, that a law enforcement officer in this country could act that way,” he said. “How many times do we have to learn the same lesson?" he added. There were about 30 fires, including at least 16 structure fires, during protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota last night over the death of George Floyd, the city's fire department said in a statement. "Multiple fire department apparatus suffered damage from rocks and other projectiles thrown at the responding vehicles," the statement said. The "fire events" were intentional and no injuries were reported as a result of the fires, the fire department said. "Crews continue to respond and extinguish fires along Lake St E at this time," the statement said. Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player and friend of George Floyd who called Floyd his “twin,” said he wants to see justice for his death as protests continue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “This is not the way he was supposed to go,” Jackson said. “He didn't deserve that, but the way that people are supporting him, standing up for him — the way I'm going to stand up and support him — his death will not be in vain.” Jackson said that the officers involved should be held to account for Floyd’s death. “What is justice? I can't even answer that question. I've seen so many black men get killed, officers get laid off jobs with pay, no jail time. … Four cops killed my brother blatantly in the daytime for the world to see. You get fired, nobody is in jail? What is justice? I'm sorry, I can't answer that. I honestly don't know,” Jackson said. Jackson said Floyd would only want to see his two daughters be taken care of, and he went to Minneapolis to work. “You very seldom get people that support you genuinely with no motives. Floyd was that for me, and I'm going to miss him,” he said. Watch more: The NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and NFL's Minnesota Vikings issued statements on Twitter decrying George Floyd's death. In a statement posted on Twitter Thursday, the Minnesota Timberwolves wrote: "Our community is grieving the senseless tragedy and death of George Floyd. The entire Timberwolves and Lynx organization shares its deepest sympathy with the Floyd family. We will work tirelessly to use our voices to influence change, encourage healing, and promote thoughtful action as we move forward." On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings posted on Twitter the following statement: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of life that occurred Monday evening just blocks from our stadium. Everyone in our community deserves the right to feel protected and safe. Our thoughts are with the George Floyd family and all individuals who have been affected by this tragedy." The U.S. Attorney’s office in Minnesota and the FBI’s Minneapolis field office said in a statement today that they are conducting "a robust criminal investigation" into the circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd. The statement also said the Department of Justice "has made the investigation a top priority and has assigned experienced prosecutors and FBI criminal investigators to the matter." The federal investigation will determine whether the actions by the involved former Minneapolis Police Department officers "violated federal law." "It is a violation of federal law for an individual acting under color of law to willfully deprive another person of any right protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States," the statement noted. Upon conclusion of the FBI’s investigation, the statement said, the U.S. attorney’s office will determine whether federal criminal charges are "supported by the evidence." If it is determined that there has been a violation of federal law, "criminal charges will be sought." Read the full statement here. The University of Minnesota, whose main campus is in Minneapolis, has announced it will scale back the relationship it has with Minneapolis police following the death of George Floyd. The university will "no longer contract with the Minneapolis Police Department for additional law enforcement support" and it will not use the police department for "specialized services are needed for university events," the institution president said in a message to students and faculty Wednesday night. "This will not stand," President Joan Gabel wrote in the message. "I do not have the words to fully express my pain and anger and I know that many in our community share those feelings, but also fear for their own safety," Gabel said. "We will limit our collaboration with the MPD to joint patrols and investigations that directly enhance the safety of our community or that allow us to investigate and apprehend those who put our students, faculty, and staff at risk," Gabel added. The statements followed the shock and anger that poured through communities across the country as video of Floyd's last moments alive began circulating on social media. The 46-year-old unarmed man was handcuffed and on the ground as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe while a police officer held him down with a knee on his neck. Three others were also at the scene. St. Paul, Minnesota, Police Chief Todd Axtell said he made all of his officers watch the video of a Minneapolis police officer putting his knee on the neck of George Floyd, calling the incident "disgusting" and "dehumanizing." "It is something that absolutely has to stop and I want to challenge all of our officers, not just in the St. Paul Police Department, but throughout this country, to really check our humanity, really check back on why we became police officers in the first place. We're here to protect people," Axtell told CNN on Thursday. Axtell added that the incident was not "acceptable police behavior." "We're here to serve people. We are here to be the guardians of our community. Not to choke people up," he added. He said police departments rely on what he calls a "bank of trust." "Every positive interaction, every right thing that a police officer does, makes a deposit into that very important bank of trust," he explained. Axtell said incidents of violence like this can destroy the trust officers work to build. "Unfortunately, one incident like you saw in Minneapolis can just take that entire investment not only in that city, not only in St. Paul, but throughout this entire country and it is just unbelievably hurtful, all the great work going in, and a few can destroy that in a matter of seconds," Axtell said. "The actions of very few can really take us back generations of trying to build up trust and confidence with all of our communities within the cities we serve," he added. Watch here: The brother of George Floyd — the man who died after pleading that he couldn't breathe while a police officer held him down with his knee — said that he wants justice for his brother’s death after a second night of protests. “People are torn and hurt because they're tired of seeing black men die constantly, over and over again,” Philonise Floyd said in an interview with CNN’s “New Day.” Parts of Minneapolis were burning Thursday morning after a chaotic night of rioting and clashes between law enforcement and protesters. “This is not a one-time thing. It's going to last forever. … I’m never going to get my brother back,” Philonise Floyd said while wiping away tears. “I understand and I see why a lot of people are doing a lot of things around the world. I don't want them to lash out like that, but I can't stop people right now. Because they have pain. They have the same pain that I feel. I want everything to be peaceful, but I can't make everybody be peaceful. I can't. It's hard,” he said. Philonise Floyd cried as he spoke about watching the video of his brother being held down by a police officer and other officers not intervening. “I watched the video. It was hard, but I had to watch the video,” he said. “And as I watched the video, those four officers, they executed my brother. The paramedics, they [dragged] him across the ground without administering CPR. They showed no empathy, no compassion, nobody out there showed it. Nobody,” he said. Watch more: Bakari Sellers, an author and CNN commentator, cried on air while discussing George Floyd's death saying "for those of us who have a mistrust of the system, it's hard for us to do anything else other than to just cry this morning." "It's hard being black in this country when your life is not valued and people are worried about the protesters and the looters. And it's just people who are frustrated who for far too long and not have their voices heard," Sellers said in response to the protests. He said the protests are about getting "white people in this country to have a sense of understanding about the pain and trauma that it is to be black in this country." Sellers said that while he has respect for law enforcement "many black men, in particular, are being looked at as something as less than human and they don't give us the benefit of our humanity. And if they want us to stop rioting…then they have to stop killing us.” He said it is hard for him to find the words to explain racial violence to his two kids. “It’s just so much pain," Sellers said. "I’m raising a son. I have no idea what to tell him. It's just, it's hard being black in this country when your life is not valued," he added. "I keep telling my children they can be free," Sellers said. "I want them to be able to be a United States senator or president. But what happens if they get pulled over and they comply?" He added: "How do you raise your children in this America to understand you're free when we see these images of them being gunned down in the street and the knee in the back of the neck for eight minutes like a dog? So I don't have that answer other than every day I just tell them I love them. That's all I can do." Watch more of the interview here: Former NBA star Stephen Jackson talked to NBC’s Craig Melvin about his friendship with George Floyd, saying he found out about his lifelong friend’s death when his girlfriend’s mom texted him the video. Jackson said at first he didn’t realize that was Floyd, until he saw another message from his friend asking him about it. “I jumped up, screamed, scared my daughter, almost broke my hand punching stuff because I was so mad, because I’m the type of guy, I get mad and I get into a full face of tears when I see a homeless man on the street that I can’t help, so let alone my best friend on TV for the world to see getting killed over a fraud charge, a fake $20 bill,” Jackson said. “It just destroyed me and I haven’t been the same since I seen it.” Jackson said it hurt to hear Floyd call out for his mother and children in the video. “It hurt, man, it hurt because I knew that was a cry for help. I’m a black man and I’m a strong black man and I know Floyd. That’s a cry for help. We don’t scream our mother’s name like that unless we know something is wrong and our life is in jeopardy and we have, we can’t control it. That was a cry for help,” Jackson said. Jackson also said that Floyd would be happy the protesters are fighting for him, but he would rather that the people responsible for his death are penalized. “He’s not the type of person to promote violence and stuff like that. He used to baptize people, so what we’re seeing right now, this is not what Floyd would want,” Jackson said. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told CBS that he thinks George Floyd's death was murder. "Do you think that was murder?" CBS's Jeff Pegues asked Frey. "I do," Frey said. "I am not a prosecutor but let me be clear, the arresting officer killed someone. He would be alive today if he were white." Frey also said he thinks race was a factor in his death. "The facts that I've seen, which are minimal, certainly lead me down the path that race was involved," Frey told Pegues. Watch here: George Floyd’s family attorney Benjamin Crump told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that the Floyd family is waiting for the medical examiner’s office to complete their autopsy so they can “give him a proper funeral and also to have an independent autopsy because they do not trust…the city of Minneapolis.” “Is it two justice systems in America? One for Black America and one for White America? We can’t have that, we have to have equal justice for the United States of America and that’s what I think the protesters are crying out for,” Crump said. Crump said the officers should have been arrested that same day Floyd died. “So every day that passes, Alisyn, it’s like another day of injustice,” Crump said. “They executed my brother in broad daylight. People had to film that. People had to see that,” Philonise Floyd said, wiping tears from his eyes. “People pleaded for his life.” Floyd said he didn’t want protesters to lash out, but he can’t stop them because they have pain. “I want everything to be peaceful but I can’t make everybody be peaceful, I can’t, it’s hard,” Floyd said. Watch here: George Floyd's girlfriend told CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues that the video of Floyd's death makes it clear to her that he was murdered. "This was nothing but an angel on earth. We demonized him and killed him," Courtney Ross told Pegues on Thursday. "I don't know if I'm sad or mad." Ross called Floyd a "gentle giant and a loving father" and the man she "loved for three years." "You know, I just want to get on the phone and call my baby and hear his voice," Ross said. "He cannot die in vain."