May 30 George Floyd protests news

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12:15 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

The protests and Covid-19 have exposed the inequality in our society, Gov. Cuomo says

From CNN's Elise Hammond

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the coronavirus crisis, which exposed inequalities in health care, and the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, are connected.

"One looks like a public health system issue, Covid, but it's getting at the inequality in health care also on a deeper level. And then the George Floyd situation, which gets at the inequality and discrimination in the criminal justice system. They are connected," he said at his daily news briefing on Saturday.

He said we need to stop looking at incidents of racial injustice as "individual incidents."

"When you have one episode, two episodes maybe you can look at them as individual episodes. But when you have 10 episodes, 15 episodes, you are blind or in denial if you are still treating each one like a unique situation," Cuomo said.

"How many times have we seen the same situation? Yes, the names change, but the color doesn't," he added.

11:50 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Molotov cocktails were thrown into a police van and another vehicle in Brooklyn

From CNN's Shimon Prokupecz 

A police vehicle burns in Brooklyn on May 29.
A police vehicle burns in Brooklyn on May 29. Frank Franklin II/AP

There were two Molotov cocktails thrown into two cars including a police van during protest in Brooklyn Friday night, a law enforcement official told CNN.

One incident involved a person throwing a Molotov cocktail into a marked police van, the official said.

A car drove up to the NYPD van, a suspect got out and then threw a bottle in the van, igniting fire.

Police were able to arrest the suspects and recovered a gas can and two more incendiary devices in the car, according to the official.

The other incident involved a woman walking up to a van holding a bottle with a rag in it, she lit it and threw it into the van but it did not catch fire, the official said. 

 

11:19 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Kentucky governor has called on the National Guard to help keep the peace in Louisville

From CNN's Sheena Jones

Protesters stand in front of Kentucky State Police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 29.
Protesters stand in front of Kentucky State Police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 29. Darron Cummings/AP

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has called on the National Guard to help keep the peace in Louisville following days of unrest across the city, the governor said in a statement from his office.

Protests have gripped the city following the death of Breonna Taylor, 26, a black EMT killed by the police on March 13.

“The demonstrations in Louisville have all started peacefully, but what we have seen, especially last night, and what our intelligence says is going to happen are outside groups moving in, trying to create violence to harm everybody who is on those streets. We cannot let Breonna’s legacy be marred by violence, and we can’t let our streets turn violent,” Beshear said.
11:15 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

About 80% of protesters in Minneapolis area were from out of town, governor says

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said rough estimates indicate that about 20% of protesters are Minnesotans and about 80% are from outside the region.

"We understand that the catalyst for this was Minnesota" and its inability to deal with inequities, Walz said.

"I'm not trying to deflect in any way," Walz said.

Walz pleaded with Minnesotans to contact authorities if they know where rioters are staying or they have information about planned riots so warrants can be executed.  

"They're trying to escalate the situation where deadly force is used and then chaos ensues," Walz said. 

4:47 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

More than 200 people arrested in New York City during protests

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia and Anna Sturla

Policemen surround a NYPD vehicle after it was vandalized by protesters in Brooklyn on May 29.
Policemen surround a NYPD vehicle after it was vandalized by protesters in Brooklyn on May 29. Wong Maye-E/AP

The New York City Police Department made more than 200 arrests in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd, according to a senior NYPD source.

More than 40 NYPD vehicles sustained some level of vandalism and more than a dozen cops were seriously hurt, the source said. 

Of those arrested, more than 40 people were from outside the city, including Long Island. 

A vast majority of the arrestees were issued desk appearance tickets or summons and released, the source said. 

An earlier on the record statement from the NYPD said no civilians or officers were critically injured.

11:02 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Minnesota governor warns protesters of more arrests tonight

From CNN's Elise Hammond

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WCCO

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he expects more arrests tonight than any other night of protests so far.

"What you've seen in previous nights I think will be dwarfed by what they will do tonight. If you are an innocent bystander going out there tonight, you will be swept up in this," Walz said at a news conference on Saturday.

"What the curfew does is it gives us a legal authority to make arrests of people out there," he added.

He called for the public to help officials identify those who are starting the violence.

"What I would ask today is if you know where these people are sleeping today, let us know and we will execute warrants," Walz said. "Call that in, tell us who they were. They're not from Minneapolis, but they're staying down here."

10:52 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Minnesota will have 2,500 National Guard personnel deployed by noon today, official says

From CNN's Elise Hammond

A group of protesters surround several National Guard vehicles on Lake Street in Minneapolis on May 29.
A group of protesters surround several National Guard vehicles on Lake Street in Minneapolis on May 29. Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP

Major General Jon A. Jensen said the deployment of more than 700 National Guard members on Friday was the "largest law enforcement operation in Minnesota history," but "it was not enough."

Jensen said they now have to have 2,500 personnel mobilized by 12 p.m. on Saturday – which is an increase from the 1,700 total personnel the National Guard said would be on the ground this morning in a tweet.

"The governor just announced the full mobilization of the Minnesota National Guard for the first time since World War II. What does that mean? It means we're all in," Jensen said.

Jensen said the state is also in the process of requesting "national level resources." He said he has had conversations with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

10:53 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Derek Chauvin is being detained at Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul

From CNN’s Eric Fiegel

Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via AP
Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via AP

Derek Chauvin is being held at the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, according to Bureau of Criminal Apprehension spokesperson Jill Oliveira. 

When asked why Chauvin was not being held in Hennepin County, where the death of George Floyd occurred, Oliveira told CNN, "The BCA communicated with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, which was dealing with potential threats to their facilities at the time of the arrest, they directed us to book him into the Ramsey County jail."

Chauvin has been charged with charged with murder and manslaughter following the death of Floyd. Documents show that his bail was set at $500,000.

10:56 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Mobilization of Minnesota State Patrol is unlike anything seen in the state since 1929, colonel says

State patrol officers block a road in Minneapolis on May 29.
State patrol officers block a road in Minneapolis on May 29. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Col. Matt Langer said the demonstrations in St. Paul and Minneapolis over the last few days has forced the Minnesota State Patrol to mobilize personnel in a way unlike anything seen in more than 90 years in the state.

"We have done something we've never done in the history of our organization since 1929 in terms of the mobilization of our state troopers across Minnesota that have come to the metro area to do what we can, to get back to what we believe in as an organization as the Minnesota State Patrol, that we respect integrity, courage, honor and excellence. That's who we are, and that's who we believe Minnesotans are too," Langer said.

Langer emphasized that his staff's "job is to get out there, in the middle of the mission that we're confronted with right now, to stop the criminal behavior that we have been seeing and to prevent the criminal behavior that we regretfully anticipate we will see tonight and into the near future."