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4:02 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Iowa governor and Des Moines mayor release statement on protests and violence

From CNN's Kara Devlin

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie released statements on last night’s protests and violence in downtown Des Moines.

Here are excerpts from those statements:

Gov. Reynolds

 "The violence that happened last night in Des Moines undermines the message of change and hope that so many seek. A thousand people gathered to exercise their right to protest and to speak their mind. It was a powerful message. But the lawless actions of a few drowned out that message.
"Respectful, peaceful dialogue is who we are as Iowans, and violence doesn’t address injustice or solve problems. We respect our neighbors, cherish our community, follow the rule of law, and that is how we will move forward together. Change won’t happen overnight, but a respectful and peaceful dialogue will bring action and progress."

Mayor Cownie

"Like hundreds of other Des Moines residents, I attended last night’s rally. It was peaceful and powerful as it was intended. It had a purpose. Unfortunately for some, that wasn’t acceptable and they took matters into their own hands. Bringing violence to our streets and endangering others.
 “We understand the raw emotions facing our cities and the country surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. What happened there was horrific and unacceptable. We can’t undo what happened there, but we can have an impact on what happens here in our community, and how we move forward."
3:42 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Protesters block highway in Austin, Texas

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Protesters were seen blocking Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35) in Austin, Texas, on Saturday afternoon, according to a tweet from ATX, the city's transportation department. 

IH-35 "is completely blocked in both directions between 6th & 8th" as protests continue, the tweet said. 

"We need the community to avoid the area because the IH-35 is blocked," Austin Police said in a tweet. 

Read the tweets from ATX and Austin Police:

3:39 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Community leaders hold vigil for George Floyd at the site of Eric Garner's death in NYC

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

Rev. Al Sharpton, Gwen Carr – the mother of Eric Garner – and other community activists held a vigil for George Floyd at the Staten Island site of Garner’s death on Saturday afternoon.

Garner was killed after being put in a chokehold by police in New York City in 2014.

Sharpton, who is the founder and president of National Action Network, called for all four cops seen on video with Floyd to be charged and for Derek Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder. 

The group held a moment of silence for Eric Garner and George Floyd and later began marching down to the NYPD’s 121st precinct in north Staten Island.

"When something like this happens you just combust, everything just comes out. But you know, we must stand vigilant, we must stand strong, and we must channel and harness our anger so we can get to where we're going," Carr said during the vigil.

Funeral details for George Floyd were not mentioned.

5:05 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

A total of 533 people were arrested at protests in Los Angeles last night, police say

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

Police officers stand guard near City Hall during a protest over the death of George Floyd on Friday night in Los Angeles.
Police officers stand guard near City Hall during a protest over the death of George Floyd on Friday night in Los Angeles. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

There were 533 people arrested in Los Angeles during protests Friday night, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The LAPD said the charges range from burglary, looting, probation violation, battery on a police officer, attempt murder and failure to disperse.

All but 18 of those arrested were released on their own recognizance, according to LAPD media relations.

Six officers were injured during the protests sustaining non-life-threatening injuries ranging from lacerations to impact wounds, LAPD says.

Looking forward: The LAPD said the statement that all restrictions in the downtown area have been lifted as of this morning, and says that while more protests are expected to take place tonight, "we remain hopeful those demonstrations will be peaceful."

The department said it will "be deploying additional resources to maintain order and ensure the safety and security of not only individuals exercising their first amendment rights, but also the residents and businesses in our community," according to the statement.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said in the statement, "I am asking for all of Los Angeles to come together and find the ability to peacefully express individual and collective grievances while also maintaining the safety of all of Angelenos."

6:40 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Community and religious leaders in Minnesota ask protesters to stay home

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Religious and community leaders in Minnesota asked protesters to honor tonight's curfew during a news conference Saturday. 

Young people please, please stay at home tonight," said Clarence Castile, whose nephew, Philando, was killed by police in 2016.

Alfred Babington-Johnson, the president of Stairstep Foundation, a local non-profit said, "Don't let your good be evil spoken of, don't let it be distorted. Honor this curfew, that this may come to a conclusion."

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz invoked a curfew from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. CT.  


2:59 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Texas governor deploys 1,500 officers to help with protests

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent more than 1,500 officers to assist local police departments in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, the governor said in a statement Saturday. 

"As Texans exercise their First Amendment rights, it is imperative that order is maintained and private property is protected,” Abbott said. 

More resources will be provided as needed, the statement said. 

“Texas and America mourn the senseless loss of George Floyd and the actions that led to his death are reprehensible and should be condemned in the strongest terms possible,” Abbott said.

3:18 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

6 Oakland police officers and 7 civilians were injured in protests Friday

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian 

Police officers stand in a fog of tear gas during a protest on Friday in Oakland, California.
Police officers stand in a fog of tear gas during a protest on Friday in Oakland, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Six Oakland Police Department officers and seven civilians were injured in protests in downtown Oakland, California, on Friday, according to a statement from the Oakland Police Department (OPD). 

OPD says 18 people were arrested by their agency while four others were arrested by outside agencies.

Additionally, 60 looters were detained for further questioning and one citation was issued in Friday’s protests, the statement said.

4:51 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Wisconsin National Guard members activated to respond to Milwaukee protests

From CNN's Brad Parks

Protesters gather in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Friday night.
Protesters gather in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Friday night. WTMJ

Gov. Tony Evers has activated the Wisconsin National Guard to support law enforcement in Milwaukee in their response to "agitators that have disrupted peaceful protests following the murder of George Floyd," a news release from his office said.

At least 125 members of the Wisconsin National Guard have been activated immediately to respond to Milwaukee, according to the release.

3:11 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Trump threatens to use military police on protesters

From CNN’s Jason Hoffman

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump has called on “Liberal Governors and Mayors” to get “much tougher” in dealing with protesters “or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests.”

“Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME!" Trump said on Twitter.

Some context: Earlier Saturday, the governor of Minnesota said rough estimates indicate that only about 20% of protesters are Minnesotans and about 80% are from outside the region.

Late Thursday night. Trump sent another tweet that indicated the use of force against protesters saying, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

On Friday, Trump claimed he was not inciting violence against protesters, but rather simply pointing out that when there are looters, people can get shot.