George Floyd protests spread nationwide

By Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Fernando Alfonso III, Daniella Diaz, Jessie Yeung, Steve George, Ivana Kottasová and Nick Thompson, CNN

Updated 8:56 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020
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4:20 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

New video appears to show George Floyd kneeled on by 3 officers 

From CNN's Paul P. Murphy

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.

3:46 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Joe Biden says he spoke to George Floyd's family

From CNN's Sarah Mucha

Biden Campaign
Biden Campaign

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: 

2:47 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says officer's arrest is "first step towards justice"

 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.


1:32 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Officer who knelt on George Floyd taken into custody

From CNN's Dakin Andone, Sara Sidner and Faith Karimi

From Darnella Frazier
From Darnella Frazier

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.

1:52 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Kaepernick announces legal defense initiative for protesters arrested in Minneapolis

From CNN's David Close

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: 

1:28 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Civil rights attorney demands justice for Floyd and accountability for law enforcement


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."

1:16 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Minnesota governor says Trump's tweets were "not helpful"

From CNN's Elise Hammond

A tweet by President Donald Trump is seen being flagged on an Apple iPhone, on May 29.
A tweet by President Donald Trump is seen being flagged on an Apple iPhone, on May 29. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty Images

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.

12:44 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

McConnell says officers in Minneapolis and Louisville "look pretty darn guilty"

From CNN's Ted Barrett and Ali Zaslav

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 19.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 19. Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg/Getty Images

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.

12:31 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

National Guard will remain in Minneapolis

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

General Jon Jensen, the Adjutant General of Minnesota's Army National Guard speaks at a news conference in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 29.
General Jon Jensen, the Adjutant General of Minnesota's Army National Guard speaks at a news conference in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 29. Pool

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.