May 30 George Floyd protests news

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5:17 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Police arrest nearly 200 in Houston protest

A protester is detained by police in Houston, on May 29.
A protester is detained by police in Houston, on May 29. Mark Felix/AFP/Getty Images

Nearly 200 people have been arrested in Houston, Texas, after protests Friday night.

Most will be charged with obstructing a roadway, according to a tweet from the Houston Police Department.

The department also said four of its officers sustained minor injuries and eight police vehicles were damaged.

Houston Police Officer's Union President Joe Gamaldi earlier said officers had been hospitalized but did not say how many.

"Our officers who were attacked are in the hospital, patrol cars ruined, businesses damaged," Gamaldi said in a tweet.
"This is not who we are as a City and as a community. We will protect your right to protest, but we will not allow our city to decay into chaos."
4:52 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Dozens arrested in Minneapolis as state plans to mobilize 1,700 National Guard soldiers

From CNN's Joe Sutton

A check-cashing business burns during protests in Minneapolis on Friday. 
A check-cashing business burns during protests in Minneapolis on Friday.  John Minchillo/AP

About 50 people have been arrested as protests continue across Minneapolis.

More than 2,500 officers are helping to keep the peace, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told a news conference.

This is one of the largest civil police forces the state of Minnesota has ever seen, he said. But resources are still stretched thin, with thousands of protesters estimated to have turned out across the city. 

“We recognized that we simply did not, even with the numbers that I’m talking about, have enough officers and personnel to meet all of those missions safely and successfully. We picked missions based on our capacity,” Harrington said.

Officers focused their efforts on downtown and the 5th Precinct area, he said.

A request has been made to substantially increase the number of National Guard officers available to bolster the city's response, Harrington said. 

Major General Jon Jensen, of the Minnesota National Guard, said he believed there could be more than 1,700 National Guard soldiers in the area by Sunday.

This would be the largest deployment in the state of Minnesota’s history.

“At the conclusion of tomorrow, I believe that we will have over 1,700 soldiers in support of the Department of Public Safety in the city of Minneapolis and the city of Saint Paul,” Jensen said.  

Jensen noted that people may have heard that President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to put units of the United States Army on alert for a possible operation in Minneapolis. 

“While we were not consulted with as it relates to that, I do believe is a prudent move to provide other options available for the governor, if the governor elects to use those resources,” Jensen said. 

4:22 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Portland police declare a riot in the city and order protesters to disperse

In a statement on Twitter, Portland Police declared a riot is taking place in the city and ordered crowds to go home.

"Disperse now or you will be subject to gas, projectiles, and other means necessary for dispersal," police said early on Saturday morning.

Portland is one of more than 20 cities across the US which saw protests on Friday night in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Earlier Portland police said that there had been "significant vandalism" in the city related to the protests, as well as a shooting, although they didn't provide any additional details.

"This event has been declared an unlawful assembly. If you do not go home now, force will be used to disperse you," Portland police said on their official Twitter.

According to police, Portland's Justice Center had been attacked by protesters and set on fire.


3:26 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Man shot and killed as protests continue in Detroit

From CNN’s Jennifer Henderson

A 19-year-old man was killed after shots were fired into a crowd of protesters in Detroit late Friday, the city's police department said in a statement.

Police said the shots were fired by an unknown suspect in a gray Dodge Durango, with the victim later dying in hospital.

Detroit police cannot confirm if the victim was part of the protests, but the shooting happened downtown where the protests were taking place.  

Earlier, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said a person had been arrested after trying to run an officer over.

“I will not stand by and let a small minority, criminals, come in here, attack our officers and make our community unsafe. Just know, we are not going to tolerate it,” Craig said.

3:10 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Situation in Minneapolis remains "incredibly dangerous," governor says 

The situation in Minneapolis remains "incredibly dangerous" as protests continue in the city, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said in a press conference early Saturday.

Multiple law enforcement authorities are responding to the unrest across the city, after a number of protesters ignored an 8 p.m. curfew set by the state government.

“This is the largest civilian deployment in Minnesota history that we have out there today,” Walz said. 

The governor said officials cannot arrest people while they are trying to hold ground.

“This is an operation that has never been done in Minnesota,” Walz added. 


2:40 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

See the aftermath of protests outside CNN Center in Atlanta

Bricks, graffiti and shattered glass have been left behind by protesters who demonstrated outside CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday night.

It was the site of a tense standoff between police and protesters, who threw projectiles and even a firework at law enforcement officials.

"This scene was chaotic. We saw at least two officers injured in clashes with demonstrators," said CNN's Nick Valencia, who was on the ground.


2:34 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Denver mayor: "This violent distraction only divides us"

People fill the streets next to the Colorado state capitol on May 29 in Denver.
People fill the streets next to the Colorado state capitol on May 29 in Denver. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has told of his sorrow over "needless, senseless and destructive" scenes as protests continue in the Colorado capital.

“Once again, the violent actions of a few are drowning out legitimate calls for justice. Twice today, we had peaceful, successful demonstration where people expressed their outrage over the death of #GeorgeFloyd," Hancock said.
"We saw them, we heard them, and they respected their cause. Unfortunately, another element with selfish motives and reckless intentions infiltrated tonight’s demonstration and incited violence with homemade explosives, rocks, bottles, graffiti and vandalism.
"This is not who we are, and calmer heads must prevail. Our police officers have a sworn duty to maintain everyone’s safety – and they will. People are crying out to be heard, but this violent distraction only divides us."

Police have deployed pepper balls in the city's downtown area due to "civil disobedience," authorities said.

There have been no reports on the number of arrests or damage in Denver so far.

1:59 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Arrests in Minneapolis as protesters ignore curfew, dispersal orders

From CNN’s Chris Boyette


Minneapolis law enforcement officers have arrested a number of people who ignored dispersal orders in the area around the city's 5th precinct, according to the state's Department of Public Safety.

"Leave the Fifth Precinct area now so the troopers and officers on the ground can clear the area and enforce the curfew. 350 troopers and officers are in the area," the department said in a tweet.

It comes as protesters ignored an 8 p.m. curfew imposed by the city.

CNN's Sara Sidner said tear gas and rubber bullets have been used by police to try to disperse the crowd.

Hundreds of police have been advancing street by street toward the protesters, who have been creating barricades while chanting, "I can't breathe."

"We have heard people here say, 'Look, we are not going to stop fighting about this right now,' because they don't feel that they've ever been heard enough and now they've just unleashed all emotions," Sidner said from Minneapolis.


1:56 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Shots fired at law enforcement officers in Minneapolis

From CNN’s Chris Boyette

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says shots have been fired at law enforcement officers near the 5th precinct in Minneapolis.

In a Twitter post, the department said no troopers or officers were injured.

“Leave the area or you will be arrested,” the tweet said.