May 30 George Floyd protests news

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6:37 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

US Secret Service police vehicles vandalized outside White House

From CNN’s Jeremy Diamond

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A US Secret Service police vehicle outside the White House has been vandalized by protesters with graffiti, seen in video shot by CNN. 

CNN’s camera captured video of one protester spraying words disparaging the President. That vehicle's front windshield has also been broken. A second Secret Service vehicle next to it has also been sprayed.

Several protesters are standing on top of Secret Service vehicles positioned in front of the police line on Pennsylvania Ave.

CNN has reached out to the Secret Service for comment.

5:54 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Philadelphia police encourage public to avoid Center City due to protests

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Philadelphia police tweeted Saturday that while earlier protests at City Hall and the Art Museum were peaceful, a group has since convened in Center City and are “committing criminal acts, including vandalism.”

Police are encouraging everyone to refrain from entering Center City.

5:50 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Ohio governor activates National Guard, calls in State Highway Patrol to assist with protests in Columbus

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a news conference in Columbus, Ohio on May, 30.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a news conference in Columbus, Ohio on May, 30. WBNS

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced during a Saturday news conference that he is activating the National Guard to help protect citizens in response to protests across the state.

DeWine is also asking State Highway Patrol to help law enforcement in Columbus at the request of Mayor Andrew Ginther and Maj. Gen. John Harris of the Ohio National Guard. 

Sadly there is a relatively small number of violent individuals who pose a specific threat and a real threat to our law enforcement officers and the safety of people in Columbus and Franklin County," DeWine said. 

The governor said that although the vast majority of protesters just want to be heard, they are being drowned out by the violence of a smaller group of people. DeWine said he decided to activate the National Guard to "drive out hate and violence, and to instill order."

6:38 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Crowds in Minneapolis at the spot where George Floyd was arrested

From CNN's Miguel Marquez

Crowds gathered Saturday at the site in Minneapolis where George Floyd was arrested.

CNN's Miguel Marquez captured these scenes from the arrest site:

Flowers were placed at a makeshift memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Flowers were placed at a makeshift memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis. CNN

People draw on the street at the site where George Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis.
People draw on the street at the site where George Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis. CNN

5:59 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

NFL Players Association president: Every American needs to feel "safe, free and accepted"

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

Cleveland Browns offensive lineman J.C. Tretter, who is also the NFL Players Association president, released a statement on Twitter regarding George Floyd and the protests around the country. 

"Our work will never be finished until every American feels safe, free, and accepted in our country," Tretter said.

Read his full statement:

5:25 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Protesters and police clash in Chicago

Aerials from CNN affiliate WLS showed protesters in Chicago vandalizing police cruisers during demonstrations today.

Protesters were throwing water bottles at officers in riot gear. Some people were seen lifting up police barricades and other objects and throwing them at police cars. 

Officers were seen restraining people as they tried to control the crowd.

The city of Chicago tweeted Saturday: "This weekend, multiple protests, marches and rallies are expected in Chicago's downtown area."

"Chicago Police Department will continue to work with rally organizers to provide the safest routes for marches and to ensure the protests remain peaceful," the city tweeted.

6:38 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

Striking photos taken by CNN’s Bill Kirkos show Minnesota firefighters standing in front of rising smoke seemingly taking a break from battling blazes that erupted during protests in Minneapolis.

Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30.
Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30. CNN

Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30.
Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30. CNN

Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30.
Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30. CNN
6:38 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Atlanta police prepare for more protests and arrests

From CNN's Chuck Johnston

After last night's looting and destruction, the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement Saturday it was "monitoring protest activity throughout the city today and is prepared to make arrests for any criminal acts."

About 20 local, state and federal agencies will be helping APD in monitoring activity and protecting vulnerable business districts and retail centers, including Atlantic Station, Camp Creek Marketplace, Greenbriar Mall, Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, Ponce City Market, The Mall West End and others.

“I’m incredibly proud of our officers for showing professionalism and restraint, allowing protesters to voice their valid concerns,” said APD Chief Erika Shields. “We were patient. But we will not allow these protests to devolve into the destruction of property or placing the safety or our officers in jeopardy. We will make additional arrests and we are grateful to the assistance we are receiving from our partner agencies.”

Friday night and Saturday morning's looting led to 71 arrests, damage to 20 APD vehicles (two of them total losses), multiple fires, vandalism and other criminal acts, the department said.

At least three Atlanta police officers suffered minor injuries. One was pushed down during a scuffle with protesters when a large crowd attempted to surround a police vehicle and two others were injured by flying debris, the department said.

Officers were also subjected for hours to objects thrown at them, including water bottles, bullets, eggs, rocks, fireworks and knives. One officer was fired upon early Saturday morning while driving through Buckhead, but was not injured. Looting, broken windows and other vandalism occurred at several businesses along Peachtree and Lenox roads in Buckhead.

6:39 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Los Angeles Fire Department responded to nearly 50 trash fires in downtown L.A.

From CNN's Paul Vercammen and Artemis Moshtaghian

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to scores of incidents in the downtown area between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, often for small fires that were quickly contained, LAFD spokesperson Capt. Erik Scott told CNN.

There were a total of 46 incidents labeled "rubbish fire" between 4 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, Scott said.

In addition to "rubbish fire" incidents, the LAFD responded to many other fires types and protest-related incidents, including one where a fire hose was stolen off the back of a fire engine and burned.

“Fortunately, we are not aware of any pre-hospital loss of life, or life-threatening injuries in the downtown area overnight,” Scott said.