May 31 George Floyd protest news

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10:17 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Chaos erupts in New York as hundreds run from car fire

From CNN's Shimon Prokupecz


A car was up in flames in New York City Sunday as protesters scrambled to get away from the flames.

New York City police and fire responded to the blaze as protesters stood on top of cars and recorded the flames.

CNN is on the scene:

10:55 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

George Floyd's family wants the other three officers at the scene of his death arrested

From CNN's Don Lemon and Sara Sidner

In the first direct communication the George Floyd family has had with the Minneapolis Police Department, his brother, Philonise Floyd, had a question for Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

He asked:

"I want to know if he's going to get justice for my brother, and arrest all the officers and convict them?"

Arradondo tried to answer the question and spoke directly to Philonise Floyd Sunday during CNN's special "I Can't Breathe: Black Men Living and Dying in America."

"The charging and those decisions will have to come through our County Attorney's Office," Arradondo told Philonise Floyd.

"They have enough evidence to fire them so they have enough evidence to arrest them," Floyd told CNN.


9:44 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Multiple stores looted in Long Beach shopping center

From CNN's Alexandra Meeks

Looters and protesters have converged at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach, California.

Multiple stores at the shopping destination have been raided and vandalized, the Long Beach Police Department confirmed to CNN.

"Individuals can face looting, burglary, and vandalism charges for this illegal activity," the department said in a statement. "We will arrest and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law."

While Los Angeles County has issued a 6 p.m. PT curfew, an 8 p.m. PT to 5 a.m. PT curfew remains in place for Long Beach, the city said in statement.

Long Beach police officers are issuing dispersal orders in the downtown area, police said in a statement.

9:39 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Houston's top cop wants to provide police escort for Floyd's body

From CNN's Hollie Silverman


Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo wants his department to provide a police escort for George Floyd when his body is returned to his home city to show their support for his family, he told CNN's Don Lemon on Sunday.

Acevedo said he wants to make sure the family is safe and feel supported by his department.

"It's going to be a big deal for our city to bring him back home," Acevedo said. "He's well known, he's known by a lot of our officers."

"We want to make sure that the family is safe, that the movement is safe," Acevedo said. "We want to make sure that the family knows that we're here for them and we support them at this time."

"I think this is a watershed moment," Acevedo said of the mass protests that have popped up throughout the nation in the wake of Floyd's death. He said that now police unions are speaking out and he hopes it's a sign of "meaningful reform" on how officers who use deadly force are dealt with.

9:28 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Protests in Murfreesboro are no longer peaceful, Tennessee governor says

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee described protests in Murfreesboro as "overt threats to public safety." 

“The protests in Murfreesboro are no longer peaceful demonstrations but have escalated to overt threats to public safety and property," he said in a statement.

Lee went on to say that he authorized the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the National Guard "to provide support on the ground in restoring order for the safety of our citizens.”

9:45 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Curfew ordered in some areas of San Diego County

Demonstrators gather in front of police officers in downtown San Diego, California, on May 31.
Demonstrators gather in front of police officers in downtown San Diego, California, on May 31. Ariana Drehsler/AFP/Getty Images

A curfew will go into effect for some unincorporated areas of San Diego County from 8 p.m. PT Sunday to 5:30 a.m. PT on Monday.

Areas around Spring Valley and Lakeside north to Poway will be affected by the curfew, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. 

9:45 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Saturday was the 2-year anniversary of George Floyd’s mother’s death, attorney says

From CNN's Don Lemon

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Philonise Floyd, brother of G CNN

Saturday was the two-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd's mother, attorney Ben Crump said as he consoled Floyd's crying brother, Philonise.

Philonise Floyd's tears also came after he and Crump spoke with Minneapolis Police Chief Chief Medaria Arradondo who said the officers who didn't intervene in George Floyd's arrest were complicit.

"Being silent or not intervening to me, you're being complicit," Arradondo said. "My decision to fire all four officers was not based on some sort of hierarchy. Mr. Floyd died in our hands."
9:47 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Minneapolis police chief on firing officers: "In my mind this was a violation of humanity"

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo CNN

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told CNN he fired the four officers involved in the death of George Floyd because their actions were "a violation of humanity."

"In my mind, this was a violation of humanity. This was a violation of the oath that the majority of the men and women that put this uniform on, this goes absolutely against it. This is contrary to what we believe in ... Again what occurred to me, it was an absolute truth it was wrong. Period," the chief said.

He then removed his hat and went on to speak directly to the Floyd family.

"I would say to the Floyd family that I am absolutely devastatingly sorry for their loss. If I could do anything to bring Mr. Floyd back, I would do that. I would move heaven and Earth to do that. So I'm very sorry," he said.


9:45 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

George Floyd's brother: "People just want justice right now"

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, told CNN's Don Lemon Sunday crowds will continue to protest across the country because "people just want justice right now."

"I asked everybody to do it peaceful, but we want justice and that’s the reason they’re acting out like that,” he said. “Black folks been getting killed for a long time now ... people are just tired right now. African Americans, they want stand up for what’s right."