May 31 George Floyd protest news

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6:46 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

NYPD officers take a knee with protesters

From CNN’s David Williams

NYPD officers are seen kneeling with protesters on May 31.
NYPD officers are seen kneeling with protesters on May 31. Courtesy of Aleeia Abraham

Aleeia Abraham shot video of some police officers kneeling with protesters on Sunday during a march calling for justice for George Floyd.

Abraham runs an organization called The BlaQue Resource Network in Queens.

She said that a couple of hundred people marched a few blocks to express their outrage about the needless killing of black people. She said the march was very peaceful.

The 103rd Precinct is around the corner from where they marched, so police knew about it in advance and were there.

In the video, protesters are kneeling and their surprise can be heard when some of the officers take a knee as well.

"I definitely didn’t expect that," Abraham said. "I’ve never seen that."

She said she'd never seen police do that in all her years of activism, or even on television at other protests.

"That’s great, it’s a good sign but what we’re really looking for is action," Abraham said. "I’ll be even more impressed when we’re not stepped on and gunned down. That’s the moment I’m looking for."

A pastor invited the officers to come into the circle of protesters to kneel with them, which was greeted with cheers from the crowd. Then they recited the names of people who had died.

Abraham said it was very nice to see, but it was only a start.

“I really want to be clear that that’s not enough. It’s a nice start, but it’s nowhere near enough," she said.

6:47 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

DC protesters bring box of rocks to demonstration, official says

From CNN's Jim Acosta

A law enforcement source tells CNN US Park Police, in a situational report Sunday afternoon, informed law enforcement stationed in Lafayette Park that demonstrators have brought boxes of rocks to this evening’s protest across from the White House.

Another person was observed with a bat, the report stated. The information was shared with other law enforcement agencies on hand for the protest, the source said.

6:47 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

All major highways closed going into Minneapolis and St. Paul 

From CNN's Dave Alsup

All major highways going into Minneapolis and St. Paul will close at 5 p.m. CT, according to a tweet from the state's Department of Transportation. 

6:47 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Philadelphia protesters run from rubber bullets and tear gas as curfew goes into effect

From CNN's Brian Todd

Protesters were seen running from rubber bullets and tear gas Sunday as Philadelphia's curfew went into effect at 6 p.m.

Two police vehicles were set on fire, CNN's Brian Todd reported. Protesters smashed the windows, poured lighter fluid and set them on fire.

Looting also took place on 52nd Street. Police then made contact with protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets

At least 200 people have been arrested since noon Saturday.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is suspending all “bus routes, trolleys, the Market-Frankford, Broad Street, Norristown High Speed Lines and Regional Rail Lines” from 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. on Monday “due to civil unrest and vandalism,” SEPTA tweeted.

SEPTA is the major public transportation provider in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties in Pennsylvania.


CNN’s Ganesh Setty contributed to this report.

6:48 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Hundreds of protesters march in New York City and encourage peaceful protest

Protesters gather at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 31 in New York City.
Protesters gather at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 31 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Hundreds of protesters marched in New York Sunday afternoon and called for peaceful protests.

As they marched through roadways, pausing at times in intersections, the protesters chanted "if you see looting, stop it."

They also chanted “George Floyd” and "black lives matter."

6:48 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Minneapolis community organizer: "Our city is crying, we're hurting"

A community organizer speaks with CNN's Miguel Marquez on May 31, 2020.
A community organizer speaks with CNN's Miguel Marquez on May 31, 2020.

A community organizer in Minneapolis at the site of George Floyd's arrest said the city was in pain Sunday.

The area was covered with flowers and balloons honoring Floyd.

"This is a secure place to be for all people of all walks of life," the woman said. "What we’re representing is peace and love all across the US because that’s what we need right now. Our city is crying, we’re hurting.” 

The woman added that these protests are the chance for African Americans and other disenfranchised groups to have a seat at the table.

"The table is there before us, now we have to get our demands met and this is the window,” she said.

6:07 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Dallas mayor declares disaster after protests

Mayor Eric Johnson has declared a local disaster in Dallas, Texas, in the wake of weekend protests.

6:48 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Los Angeles business owner: "We're going to come back from this stronger with the people's support"

From CNN’s Paul Vercammen 


Eli Ventov, an Israeli small business owner, spoke with CNN on Sunday saying his business was hit by looters in Saturday's protest.

“I’m just in shock … We can get out of this by people supporting us and hopefully we can go back to business,” Ventov said.

Ventov also said his business has worked with shows like "Dancing with the Stars" and "America’s Got Talent."

“We’re going to come back from this stronger with the people’s support,” Ventov said.

6:53 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Arizona governor announces weeklong statewide curfew

From CNN's Hira Humayun

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued a statewide emergency declaration and a curfew that goes into effect 8 p.m. local time Sunday and will be in place for a week. 

“This gives law enforcement an additional tool to prevent the lawlessness we’ve seen here and in cities nationwide. Police will be equipped to make arrests of individuals who are planning to riot, loot or cause damage and unrest,” he tweeted.