May 31 George Floyd protest news

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8:51 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Minnesota law enforcement find incendiaries, weapons and stolen vehicles while responding to protests

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Minnesota law enforcement has found caches of incendiaries, weapons and stolen vehicles while responding to the protest in the Twin Cities, John Harrington, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, said during a news conference.

Officers have found mixtures of oil and gas hidden in boxes and grassy areas near the sites of fires, Harrington said. Many of these were found in areas where "heated protests" occurred, according to Harrington.

Flammables were also found in vehicles, many of which are believed to be stolen because they have had their license plates removed, Harrington said. 

In addition, rocks, other projectiles and weapons have been found during enforcement, according to Harrington.

A curfew is in place tonight from 8 p.m. CT until 6 a.m. CT, he said.

"I will ask you, no, I will beg you please stay home," Harrington said.
8:49 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

National Guard deployed on 29 missions in Minnesota

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Minnesota National Guard soldiers patrol the area outside the State Capitol as hundreds gather to protest on May 31 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Minnesota National Guard soldiers patrol the area outside the State Capitol as hundreds gather to protest on May 31 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

The Minnesota National Guard is deployed on 29 missions, according to Minnesota National Guard Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen.

Jensen said there are two additional missions pending.

The majority of the missions are ongoing in Minnesota and St. Paul, Jensen said.

He highlighted one mission in Brooklyn Center, where the National Guard has been called in to assist the Red Cross in providing aid to those displaced by protests.

8:44 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

US Marshals and DEA deployed to assist at Lafayette Square near White House

From CNN's Evan Perez and Alex Marquardt

The US Marshals and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration have been deployed to assist law enforcement in the Lafayette Square area, which is across from the White House, according to an official with the Justice Department.

Protests continue at Lafayette Park outside the White House. Many protesters have marched on the streets around the park while many others are still gathered near barricades where police have formed a line in the park.

Protests have mainly been peaceful around the park so far, though there have been some instances when pepper spray has been deployed.

8:36 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Sheriff takes off riot gear and joins peaceful protesters

From CNN's Elias Goodstein

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson high fives a woman who called his name as he marches with protesters in Flint, Michigan, on May 30.
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson high fives a woman who called his name as he marches with protesters in Flint, Michigan, on May 30. Ryan Garza/USA Today Network via Reuters

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson spoke with demonstrators who were met by police officers in riot gear and then joined the protest, according to CNN affiliate WEYI.

Swanson was seen on video with nothing but his black "sheriff" shirt on.

"We wanna be with y'all for real," Swanson said. "I took off my helmet. They laid their batons down, I wanna make this a parade not a protest."

Protesters were then heard chanting "Walk with us!"

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8:28 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

2 Atlanta officers fired after video shows them tasing man and using excessive force on woman

From CNN’s Hira Humayun

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she was disturbed when she saw a video of two young college students downtown in their car where an officer tased a young man, and excessive force was used on a woman.

She ordered charges to be dropped against the man.

The incident took place Saturday. The two officers were fired Sunday.

“There clearly was an use of excessive force,” Bottoms said. “We understand that our officers are working very long hours under an enormous amount of stress. But we also understand that the use of excessive force is never acceptable.”

8:19 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Minnesota attorney general taking lead on the George Floyd case 

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

The Minnesota Attorney General's office will be taking the lead on the George Floyd case in the prosecution against former police officer Derek Chauvin, Gov. Tim Walz announced during a news conference Sunday night.

"We are pursuing justice, we are pursuing it relentlessly," Attorney Gen. Keith Ellison said. 

Ellison said thanked the Hennepin County Attorney's office for their work on the case and said his office is prepared to handle it now.

8:14 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Here are the cities that have imposed curfews Sunday night in the US

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Demonstrators stand in the middle of Melrose Avenue on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Demonstrators stand in the middle of Melrose Avenue on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/AP

At least 40 cities and Washington, DC, have imposed curfews tonight in response to violent protests across the country this weekend.

Additionally, as of Sunday morning, approximately 5,000 National Guard members have been activated in 15 states and Washington, DC, with another 2,000 prepared to activate if needed.

Here's a look at what cities currently have curfews in place for tonight:

Curfews:

  • Arizona: Weeklong statewide curfew
  • California: Los Angeles County, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, San Jose
  • Colorado: Denver
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida: Miami, Orange County, Jacksonville, Orlando
  • Georgia: Atlanta
  • Illinois: Chicago
  • Indiana: Indianapolis
  • Kentucky: Louisville
  • Michigan: Detroit
  • Minnesota: Minneapolis, St. Paul
  • Missouri: Kansas City
  • New Jersey: Atlantic City
  • New York: Rochester
  • Ohio: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo
  • Oregon: Portland, Eugene
  • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
  • South Carolina: Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach
  • Tennessee: Nashville
  • Texas: Dallas, San Antonio
  • Utah: Salt Lake City
  • Virginia: Richmond
  • Washington: Seattle
  • Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Madison

State of disaster/emergency:

  • Arizona: The governor said the emergency declaration will allow police to "be equipped to make arrests of individuals who are planning to riot, loot or cause damage and unrest."
  • Texas: This allows federal agents are able to serve as Texas peace officers.
  • Virginia: This allows for the mobilization of resources, including the Virginia National Guard, and pre-position people and equipment to assist cities addressing violent protests.

Other things to note:

  • The city of Chicago closed the central business district and the Loop area to only employees whose businesses are located in the business and residents who live in the central business district.
  • Major highways in Minnesota are closed.
8:13 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Atlantic City institutes citywide curfew

From CNN’s Ganesh Setty

The Office of Emergency Management in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has issued a state of emergency and instituted a citywide curfew, according to a Facebook post by the city’s police department. 

The curfew will begin at 8 p.m. ET and end at 6 a.m. ET, and only individuals “that are traveling to or from work or seeking medical/police assistance will be permitted.” All others will be subject to arrest, the post said. 

Earlier Sunday, the Atlantic City Police said a peaceful protest that took place earlier by many “has transitioned to criminal activity now taking place by a few,” and advised people to avoid the city at this time.

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8:27 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

At least 23 arrested at London protests in solidarity with George Floyd protesters

From CNN’s Zahid Mahmood and Samantha Beech

Police officers monitor demonstrators outside the Houses of Parliament on Sunday, May 31 in London.
Police officers monitor demonstrators outside the Houses of Parliament on Sunday, May 31 in London. Matt Dunham/AP

Metropolitan Police arrested at least 23 protesters in London on Sunday at demonstrations showing solidarity with Americans protesting the death George Floyd. The arrests were for a variety of offenses including breaches to UK coronavirus legislation.

Protesters gathered in central London’s Trafalgar Square at 8 a.m. ET to show support to Americans for the killing of George Floyd, despite UK lockdown rules that prohibit large crowds from gathering together.

In a series of tweets late Sunday, police said the total number of arrests following gatherings in central London today is now 23, all for various offenses. They remain in police custody. Police said the majority of those who attended have now left the area.

"Officers have been engaging and consistently policing all gatherings this weekend, encouraging all to comply with the regulations to keep everyone safe," police said.

More protests are expected in London during the week.

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