May 31 George Floyd protest news

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12:46 a.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Objects and vehicles used to attack police officers in Minneapolis, authorities say

A big group of protesters on foot and in vehicles are throwing objects at officers in Minneapolis, according to a tweet from the department.

More law enforcement resources are en route to the area of Hiawatha and Lake to assist them.

Protests are ongoing across Minneapolis and St. Paul, where curfews have been declared tonight.

3:31 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

New York mayor: Police were subjected to 'tremendous violence and that will not stand'

Speaking about Friday's protests, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that while some people turned up to peacefully protest others went to “incite acts of violence.”

The mayor said the New York City Police Department had experienced “horrible, vile things" and added that "tremendous violence ... will not stand.”

De Blasio said some protesters tried "to harm police officers and they did harm police officers. They meant to attack police vehicles and they did, they meant to attack police precincts.”

“We will not accept that,” the mayor said.

However, de Blasio did not condone police acts against peaceful protesters, and said that elected officials at the protests had been pepper sprayed.

“That’s unacceptable and we need to understand exactly why that happened and there needs to be accountability,” he said.

“It’s wrong in every way, but it also sets us back,” he added. “Last night was a difficult, complex situation." He is launching an independent review of Friday’s events.

The NYPD is obliged to keep peace, protect everyone and avoid anything that allows further violence to occur, said de Blasio.

“We’ve seen some videos that do not reflect the philosophy of this city, the values of this city, the values of this administration, do not reflect the values of the NYPD,” he added.

3:32 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

National Guard deployed in Georgia, Los Angeles

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order Saturday night authorizing the activation of up to 3,000 National Guard troops statewide, according to a series of tweets on his verified Twitter account.

Kemp called for the activation in advance of several planned protests on Sunday.

National Guard troops will partner with local law enforcement “to preserve peace and protect Georgians in every corner of our great state,” according to Kemp.

Kemp did not specify where the Sunday protests would take place.

Separately, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement to CNN that members of the California National Guard are being deployed to the city overnight to support law enforcement authorities.

The mayor had previously said it was not likely the National Guard would be called, but Garcetti now says they are necessary "to maintain peace and safety on the streets."

12:10 a.m. ET, May 31, 2020

New York City mayor: 'We can't go on like this'

A vehicle burns near New York's Union Square on Saturday, May 30.
A vehicle burns near New York's Union Square on Saturday, May 30. Craig Ruttle/AP

As protests continue across New York, the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, has been speaking about systemic racism in American society and problems exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.

“We can‘t go on like this," he said. “Let’s be clear the coronavirus crisis has created a depth of pain that still has not been accounted for. That loss is being felt so deeply ... communities of color lost so much more."

The mayor also referenced the video of dog-walker Amy Cooper confronting a black bird-watcher in Central Park that went viral earlier this week. The mayor called her actions a "horrible insult" and "the epitome of American white racism.”

“(She was) literally criminalizing the very act of being a black man,” de Blasio said. “It brought up, for so many people, the fundamental contradiction that pervades our society."

The mayor spoke about the death of George Floyd and the disregard for Floyd’s life.

“That raw painful anger frustration – it gets brought up so deeply in moments like this. It is an every day, every hour thing for black New Yorkers, for Latino New Yorkers, for some many people who deal with the pain of racism in their lives.”