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May 30 George Floyd protests news

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What you need to know

  • Protests have erupted in at least 30 US cities over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Protesters say they want to see charges for all four police officers involved in the death of Floyd.
  • One former officer, who was seen in a video with his knee on Floyd’s neck, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter — but protesters and critics believe the charge isn’t harsh enough.
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New York City mayor: 'We can't go on like this'

A vehicle burns near New York's Union Square on Saturday, May 30.

As protests continue across New York, the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, has been speaking about systemic racism in American society and problems exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.

The mayor also referenced the video of dog-walker Amy Cooper confronting a black bird-watcher in Central Park that went viral earlier this week. The mayor called her actions a “horrible insult” and “the epitome of American white racism.”

“(She was) literally criminalizing the very act of being a black man,” de Blasio said. “It brought up, for so many people, the fundamental contradiction that pervades our society.”

The mayor spoke about the death of George Floyd and the disregard for Floyd’s life.

“That raw painful anger frustration – it gets brought up so deeply in moments like this. It is an every day, every hour thing for black New Yorkers, for Latino New Yorkers, for some many people who deal with the pain of racism in their lives.”

National Guard deployed in Georgia, Los Angeles

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order Saturday night authorizing the activation of up to 3,000 National Guard troops statewide, according to a series of tweets on his verified Twitter account.

Kemp called for the activation in advance of several planned protests on Sunday.

National Guard troops will partner with local law enforcement “to preserve peace and protect Georgians in every corner of our great state,” according to Kemp.

Gov. Kemp did not specify where the Sunday protests would take place.

Separately, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement to CNN that members of the California National Guard are being deployed to the city overnight to support law enforcement authorities.

The mayor had previously said it was not likely the National Guard would be called, but Garcetti now says they are necessary “to maintain peace and safety on the streets.”

St. Paul officers claim vehicles without license plates are transporting 'tools to wreak havoc'

Officers with the St. Paul police department have stopped several vehicles driving without license plates, according to a tweet from the agency.

Occupants of the vehicles fled on foot after being stopped. They left behind “vehicles and tools used to wreak havoc on our city,” the tweet said.

Police have also used gas on protestors who fled when officers attempted to arrest them. Major protests are ongoing in St. Paul and neighboring Minneapolis.

Atlanta Police officer sustained 'significant injuries' after being struck by an ATV

The Atlanta Police Department said one of its officers had sustained “significant injuries” after seemingly being struck by “someone riding an ATV,” in a tweet.

The incident occurred near the 200 block of Ted Turner Drive and the officer has been transported to nearby Grady Hospital in a stable condition, the tweet adds.

The rider suffered minor injuries and has been taken into custody, police said.

'We're all in': Minnesota National Guard sending 10,800 troops to tackle protests

The Minnesota National Guard has more than 4,100 citizen-soldiers and airmen responding to protests in Minnesota, the force said on Twitter.

The tweet said 10,800 National Guard members are expected to join the response. There were 700 on duty on Friday.

National Guard forces have been deployed across at least eight states and the District of Columbia to tackle increasingly violent protests across the country.

Three protestors arrested in Charlotte, two on gun charges

Three people were arrested during protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday night, police said.

Two people were arrested on gun charges, involving one handgun and one rifle. The third person arrested was charged with assaulting a government official.

Philadelphia's curfew extended to cover Sunday night, too

Philadelphia police restrain a man during the Justice for George Floyd Philadelphia Protest on Saturday, May 30.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has signed an executive order implementing a citywide curfew for Sunday night into Monday morning.

Sunday’s curfew will start at 8 p.m. and extend until 6 a.m. Monday morning local time.

CNN previously reported that a mandatory, citywide curfew began at 8 p.m. Saturday and would last until 6 a.m. Sunday.

During both curfews, “people may leave their homes only to go to work at essential businesses or to seek medical attention or police assistance,” Kenney said in a tweet.

Marchers tear gassed trying to cross a bridge from Minneapolis to St. Paul

Protestors marching from Minneapolis to St. Paul were tear gassed by police as they tried to cross the Lake Street Marshall Bridge.

CNN’s Miguel Marquez, and his team, were with the protestors when police began firing tear gas at the crowd. Protestors could be seen running back in the direction they came.

Curfews are in effect in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the site of major protests for several days.

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The National Guard has been activated in Washington D.C. to help protect the White House

The National Guard has been activated in Washington, D.C. to assist police handling protests around the White House, according to a statement from the DC National Guard on Facebook.

The DC National Guard (DCNG) ultimately reports to the President but was activated at the direction of the Secretary of the Army, according to the statement.

“The DCNG is always ready to assist district and federal agencies to protect human life and property. The DCNG is especially trained and equipped for this U.S. Park Police support mission and we proudly accept it,” Major General William J. Walker said in the statement.

There have been protests for the past two nights near the White House following the death of George Floyd.

Earlier, President Donald Trump praised the Secret Service for handling the unrest outside his residence, saying they “were not only totally professional, but very cool.”

“I was inside, watched every move, and couldn’t have felt more safe,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “They let the ‘protesters’ scream & rant as much as they wanted, but whenever someone got too frisky or out of line, they would quickly come down on them, hard – didn’t know what hit them. The front line was replaced with fresh agents, like magic.”

25 cities across 16 states have now imposed curfews

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has extended a curfew, which initially applied only to downtown, to the whole city.

The curfew requires everyone within the City of Los Angeles to stay indoors tonight, from 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

“I will always protect Angelenos’ right to make their voices heard and we can lead the movement against racism without fear of violence or vandalism,” Garcetti said in a statement. “The vast majority of people taking to the streets are doing it peacefully, powerfully, and with reverence for the sacred cause they’re fighting for. This curfew is in place to protect their safety — and the safety of all who live and work in our city.”

At least 25 cities across 16 states have now imposed curfews.

CALIFORNIA

  • Beverly Hills
  • Los Angeles

COLORADO

  • Denver

FLORIDA

  • Miami

GEORGIA

  • Atlanta

ILLINOIS

  • Chicago

KENTUCKY

  • Louisville

MINNESOTA

  • Minneapolis
  • St. Paul

NEW YORK

  • Rochester

OHIO

  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Toledo

OREGON

  • Eugene
  • Portland

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh

SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Charleston
  • Columbia

TENNESSEE

  • Nashville

UTAH

  • Salt Lake City

WASHINGTON

  • Seattle

WISCONSIN

  • Milwaukee

More than 80% of people booked into Minneapolis jails over the past 2 days are from Minnesota

More than 80% of people booked into jail in Minneapolis on riot and other potentially riot-related charges over the past two days are from Minnesota, according to a CNN analysis of data from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office.

Officials had earlier claimed that most protesters came from out of state.

Of the 51 people who were booked into jail in Hennepin County between noon Thursday and noon Saturday on riot, unlawful assembly, burglary or damage to property charges, 43 had an address listed in Minnesota.

Those charges amounted for more than half of the total jail bookings over the 48-hour period. Three of the arrestees were listed as Illinois residents, while others were from Alaska, Florida, Michigan and Missouri, and one had no address available.

It’s not possible from the data to say for sure that the charges were linked to the protests. And the data only covers people booked into jail, not necessarily all arrests. Hennepin County includes Minneapolis, but not St. Paul.

Local news channel KARE 11 had previously reported that most arrestees came from out of state.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Saturday that protesters “are coming in largely from outside of the city, from outside of the region, to prey on everything we have built over the last several decades.”

And Gov. Tim Walz had suggested that 80% of protesters were from out of state, but didn’t provide data at a Saturday evening press conference to support that figure. He said some of the information came from “human intel” and he spoke of “other data points,” but didn’t provide details. “We’ll see tonight, whether it’s right or wrong,” he said.

St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter said Saturday morning that “every single person we arrested last night, I’m told, was from out of state,” but retracted that claim on Saturday evening, saying he “takes full responsibility” for the mistake.