May 31 George Floyd protest news

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1:47 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

More than 60 Secret Service officers and agents were injured near the White House this weekend

From CNN’s Jason Hoffman

More than 60 US Secret Service Uniformed Division officers and special agents were injured starting Friday night through Sunday morning near the White House as protests rocked Washington, DC, following the death of George Floyd last week, according to a statement from the Secret Service.

The officers and agents were injured when protesters threw “projectiles such as bricks, rocks, bottles, fireworks and other items,” according to the statement. “Personnel were also directly physically assaulted as they were kicked, punched and exposed to bodily fluids.”

CNN teams were on hand for much of the protests and witnessed protesters throwing objects at officers and pulling temporary fencing away from them. 

Eleven Secret Service employees were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The Secret Service said no one crossed the White House fence and no one being protected was ever in danger. 

Officers made one arrest near the White House on Saturday night.

2:14 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Texas governor declares state of disaster following violent protests on Saturday

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference in Austin, Texas, on May 18.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference in Austin, Texas, on May 18. Lynda M. Gonzalez/Pool/Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster today for all Texas counties after violent protests gripped the state Saturday.

Under Abbott’s declaration, federal agents are able to serve as Texas Peace Officers.

"Every Texan and every American has the right to protest and I encourage all Texans to exercise their First Amendment rights," Abbott said. "However, violence against others and the destruction of property is unacceptable and counterproductive."

Abbott continued: "As protests have turned violent in various areas across the state, it is crucial that we maintain order, uphold public safety, and protect against property damage or loss. By authorizing additional federal agents to serve as Texas Peace Officers we will help protect people’s safety while ensuring that peaceful protesters can continue to make their voices heard."

1:44 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Looters with trucks targeted Chicago businesses, alderman says

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Chicago looters were organized and targeting specific stores, according to Brendan Reilly, alderman of Chicago's 42nd Ward.

Reilly said there were several trucks seen pulling up to retailers on Saturday.

"You don't go to a peaceful protest having rented a U-Haul truck," he said.

"You can also see there was a pattern in the types of stores that were looted. Nearly every branch of bank in downtown Chicago was vandalized and broken into," Reilly said. 

Reilly said ATM machines were removed and cracked open and pharmacies were specifically targeted for prescription drugs; many were also set on fire.

"We also had the newest cannabis dispensary targeted for pretty obvious reasons," Reilly said.

1:39 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

There were roughly 17 people arrested at protests in Washington, DC, Saturday night

From CNN’s Nicky Robertson and Rebecca Grandahl

Washington, DC, Police Chief Peter Newsham announced that the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) arrested 17 people Saturday night during protests in the city.

Eleven MPD officers were injured during the protests – none sustained life threatening injuries, but one is undergoing surgery today after suffering multiple compound fractures to his leg after a protester threw a rock at him, Newsham told reporters at a news conference Sunday.

Newsham said that of the 17 people arrested, eight of those lived or had some ties to DC. They were able to identify five others who were Virginia residents.

He said police expect they will be making more arrests. The department is asking private businesses to review their security footage and will ask the DC community to help identify those who were damaging property or hurting people. 

Arrests are rarely made at demonstrations in DC, Newsham said.

Here's what happened last night: Newsham said that around 9 p.m., “rioters” threw incendiary devices at MPD, which he called “particularly disturbing,” and said not usually seen in demonstrations in DC. He said rioters were also looting. 

There were “multiple instances of destruction of private and public property” roughly between 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. last night, including three vehicles, and a structure attached to a building under constriction, were set on fire, Newsham said.

MPD worked with other local law enforcement and federal partners last night to “manage the chaos,” Newsham said. 

He called the behavior of police, “incredibly responsible, heroic, in many instances,” and added that he could “not be more proud” of the officers on the scene. 

At about 3 a.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser and Newsham went downtown to look at the damage that had been done and speak to business owners.

“We always in Washington, DC, welcome peaceful protests. It's necessary in our American society but we can't have people coming into our city who are gonna destroy property. Or hurt people,” Newsham said.
1:45 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

At least 240 people were arrested and 6 people shot during protests in Chicago

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Chicago Police officers will work 12 hour shifts and all days off have been canceled following unrest in the city Saturday, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said today. 

Brown said police were assaulted, both verbally and physically, saying he saw officers get "pelted with bottles and debris."

"Officers spent the evening, protecting those who came to peacefully protest the death of Mr. George Floyd, and to protect as many buildings and businesses as they could," Brown said.

"We have officers with broken bones and bruises. More than 20 officers went to the hospital, at least two of these required surgery. Many who were badly beaten and bruised never even bothered to seek medical treatment," he added.

Brown also said police vehicles were defaced with graffiti and had the windows broken. Some vehicles were also flipped over, he said.

In total, 240 arrests were made Saturday and six people were shot, one of which died, Brown said. 

"Lawlessness has no place in Chicago," Brown said. "We will not sacrifice our local democracy to lawlessness."


1:19 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Chicago curfew to remain until further notice

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

The city's curfew will remain in effect and the National Guard will continue to assist police responding to protests, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said today.

"Governor Pritzker, at my request, has ordered a contingent of the National Guard to maintain a limited presence and support of our police department, in order to ensure that we don't have a repeat of what we saw last night," Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot is reducing access to the loop, the main section of downtown Chicago, and to the central business district.

"This area will only be accessible to residents and essential employees, whose businesses are located within the boundaries we have set to enable the cleanup and repair and restoration of their places of livelihood," Lightfoot said. "We've also suspended all CTA train and bus service coming in and out of the loop."

1:01 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

New York State Police to be sent to several cities ahead of protests tonight, governor says

From CNN's Elise Hammond

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is sending several cities additional support and resources to assist with protests that are expected to happen Sunday night.

Cuomo said resources will be sent to "any place that needs additional help where the local police can't handle it."

The governor said Rochester asked for 200 additional state police to support their local law enforcement.

Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to the governor, said 150 troopers will also be sent to Buffalo.

DeRosa said the state has been talking with county executives and the mayors of Syracuse and Albany to determine what kind of support they'll need to protect their infrastructure.

"[W]hatever they need, they'll get," DeRosa said.

Cuomo said the National Guard is on standby if cities need more than the state police. He also said he is working to make sure "we have enough resources to address every situation and we take our clues from the local officials and previous behavior."

1:16 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Chicago mayor is "hurt and angry" that protests turned deadly Saturday

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she is "hurt and angry at those who decided to try to hijack this moment and use it as an opportunity to wreak havoc, to loot and to destroy," following protests in the city overnight.

There were six shootings in "the loop last night" and one person was killed, Lightfoot said.

Violence and destruction "tarnishes the legacy and the moral credibility of pain and justice that peaceful protesters sought to express," Lightfoot said. 

Change will not come "by setting businesses on fire, and smashing windows, not by setting people's cars on fire, not by swinging hammers and shovels and throwing urine at the police," Lightfoot said. 

When people behave "this way, we all lose by giving the very same forces of racist oppression we are fighting the false validation that they crave" Lightfoot said. 


12:51 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Trump says the US will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

President Trump has announced that the United States will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization, according to a tweet he sent Sunday.

Antifa, short for anti-fascists, describes a broad group of people whose political beliefs lean toward the left — often the far left — but do not conform with the Democratic Party platform. 

Antifa positions can be hard to define, but many members support oppressed populations and protest the amassing of wealth by corporations and elites. Some employ radical or militant tactics to get their message across.

Some context: This designation comes as Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr have pointed to far left groups as responsible for many of the violent protests across the country. 

Federal law enforcement officials told CNN they are aware of outside groups who are behind some of the property destruction and violence, using the cover of the legitimate protests in Minneapolis and elsewhere.

Those domestic extremist groups include anarchists, white supremacists and far left extremists, some of whom have overlapping affiliations.

Read Trump's tweet: