The protests following George Floyd's death have continued into a new week, with demonstrations taking place in almost every major city. Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25 after a police officer pinned him to the ground with his knee on his neck, even after Floyd lost consciousness. Many of the protests turned violent, with city and state officials putting curfews in place and some governors activating National Guard troops. President Donald Trump threatened to mobilize the military in states where governors have not.
Minneapolis has seen nights filled with protests that turned violent every night since Floyd's death, with buildings being burned or damaged and looting taking place. On May 29, Mayor Jacob Frey announced a curfew, with St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III following suit a short time later, reports CBS Minnesota. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz also issued an executive order implementing the curfew and allowed other cities to set their curfew. The curfew requires residents to stay out of public places from 8 p.m. CT Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday. The Minneapolis National Guard was also called in to assist local authorities, and many states did the same.
On May 29, protesters marched through downtown Minneapolis in an event organized by Minneapolis-born former NBA player Royce White and former football player Darrell Thompson. More than 1,000 protesters began their march at U.S. Bank Stadium and blocked traffic as they reached Hennepin Bridge. They took a knee to remember Floyd. This was a reference to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested police brutality and racial inequality during the 2016 NFL season by kneeling during the National Anthem.
Trump threatens to mobilize the military in Rose Garden speech
On Monday, there were more protests in Washington, D.C. They began peacefully, but just before the 7 p.m. curfew was set to start, tear-gas bombs were used to disperse the crowd while President Donald Trump gave a speech at the White House Rose Garden. In his remarks, Trump threatened to mobilize the military if states and cities did not "take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents." He also said he will take "swift and decisive action" to "protect" Washington.
"What happened in the city last night was a total disgrace," he said. "As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property."
In order for Trump to mobilize the military within U.S. borders, Trump has to invoke the Insurrection Act, which he plans to do, according to NBC News sources. The federal law was signed in 1807. It has not been invoked since May 1992, when President George H.W. Bush used it during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.prevnext
David McAtee killed during Louisville protests
Grief and anger after local West Louisville business owner #DavidMcAtee dies early Monday morning amid LMPD, National Guard gunfire at 26th and Broadway. https://t.co/6afGvsMUio pic.twitter.com/QXtELCHJOf— Matt Stone (@mattstonephotog) June 1, 2020
The police chief in Louisville, Kentucky was fired Monday after David McAtee, the owner of a barbecue restaurant, was shot and killed early Monday morning where he set up his stand. Louisville police and Kentucky National Guard troops were sent to the parking lot to disperse a crowd. Someone in the crowd fired at the police and troops, who then fired back, killing McAtee. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the officers involved did not have their body cameras recording at the time. McAtee was described as a pillar of the community.prevnext
Police clash with protesters in Boston
Beautiful moment of respect in Boston for George Floyd’s life but bet you won’t see this and the peaceful protests we had for hours before all hell broke loose. #bostonprotests pic.twitter.com/DRWwaUIppq— Steve Nguyen (@WoahIsThatSteve) June 1, 2020
Thousands of people gathered for a peaceful protest outside the Massachusetts State House in Boston, but the event soon turned violent. There were reports of clashes with police and the National Guard was called in to help. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh thanked peaceful protesters but was "angered" by the violence that "undermined" their message. "If we are to achieve change and if we are to lead the change, our efforts must be rooted in peace and regard for our community," Walsh said.prevnext
Arizona sets statewide curfew
Arizona Gov. Doug Doucey signed an executive order setting a statewide curfew that began at 8 p.m. Sunday night and continues through 5 a.m. Monday morning. The curfew will stay in place through June 8. There have been four days of protests in Arizona following George Floyd's death. Phoenix residents have also protested the death of Dion Johnson, a 28-year-old man who was killed on a highway during a struggle with a trooper. Residents have demanded police release a body camera video from the incident, but police said the officer involved in Johnson's death did not have a camera.prevnext
Protesters teargassed in Raleigh
In Raleigh, North Carolina, protesters started gathering in downtown at around 5 p.m. Sunday for the second day of protests there. The gathering started off peacefully, but police used teargas at one point and took two people into custody, reports WRAL. Raleigh police said on social media they used the teargas to get protesters to move while an EMS vehicle responded to call and they refused to get out of its way. Teargas was used again when protesters gathered outside the governor's mansionprevnext
Truck driver splits crowd on Minneapolis highway
BREAKING: Truck driver under arrest after driving into crowd of people on I-35W in Minneapolis. Police call the drivers action “Very disturbing actions...inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators.” It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck.— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 31, 2020
On Sunday, police closed parts of the highway in Minneapolis and St. Paul for protesters. However, one shocking video shows a tanker truck driver plowing right through the peaceful crowd, splitting it down the middle. The truck did not slow down as people scrambled to get out of its way. Police called the incident "very disturbing."prevnext
Los Angeles police officer seen driving into crowd
Omg. It’s happening. pic.twitter.com/ynNwkT7Crs— Sophia Lee 소현 (@SophiaLeeHyun) May 31, 2020
During protests in downtown Los Angeles Sunday, a police officer driving an SUV was seen driving into a crowd. Multiple angles of the scene show the officer briefly pinning a protester to the ground before backing up. The person who took one of the videos said the man suffered a scrape on his ankle and was in shock, but ok.
Holy shit this just happened in LA.May 31, 2020
John Cusack claims Chicago police came at him with batons
These were some of the peace officers - who gently tuned up my bike with their batons- pic.twitter.com/atMf8VaV6l— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 31, 2020
Actor John Cusack claimed police in Chicago approached him with batons after spotting him filming a car burning. "Would be very surprised if this is a one or two day event / this may well be the beginning of end of trump loathsome era - thank god -feels like many streams of outrage coming to a head- a wave peaking - [Chicago] scene was about getting to trump tower most of day," Cusak wrote in another tweet.prevnext
17 people arrested in Washington, D.C. Saturday
DEVELOPING: Hundreds of people are peacefully protesting at Howard University in Washington, DC. They plan to march to the White House. They demand the 3 other officers also be arrested & charged in the death of #GeorgeFloyd. @msnbc @nbcwashington @NBCBLK pic.twitter.com/AKaGShzeq7— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) May 31, 2020
Protests continued in Washington, D.C., where a small group gathered outside the White House. Seventeen people were arrested and 11 police officers were hurt, reports NBC Washington. "We certainly recognize and empathize with the outrage people feel following the killing in Minneapolis last week. The killing of George Floyd wasn't the first. People are expressing outrage and demanding action," Mayor Muriel Brown said. "We also recognize that we are proud of our city and do not want our city to be destroyed."
On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted he is designating "antifa" as a terrorist organization. Trump and Attorney General William Barr have both blamed anti-fascist groups for the mayhem unfolding after protests. However, others have reported seeing right-wing extremists, notes NBC News.prevnext
41 people arrested in Salt Lake City
On Sunday morning, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and Police Chief Mike Brown said 41 people were arrested during Saturday protests there. The mayor put an 8 p.m. curfew in place, while police said they were investigating people responsible for theft and vandalism. Brown said 21 officers received medical attention, reports KSL. Photos of a man using a bow and arrow to fire at protests went viral, and police said he will be "screened" for charges.prevnext
Columbia, South Carolina officials establish a curfew after Saturday protests
Columbia, South Carolina also saw protests on Saturday outside the South Carolina State House. It started peacefully but turned violent, and officials put a curfew in place for downtown through 6 a.m. Monday, reports WIS-TV. Police said 12 officers were hurt and 12 people protesters were arrested. Black Lives Matter organized another protest for Sunday.prevnext
At least 50 arrested in Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri police said at least 50 people were arrested after protests at the Country Club Plaza turned violent Saturday night into Sunday morning, reports KMBC. Like many other protests over the weekend, this one started out peaceful, but police said violent groups began breaking out around 10 p.m. CT. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson activated the Missouri National Guard and Highway Patrol to assist police there.prevnext
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot expresses 'total disgust'
Protests in Chicago also took a violent turn, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot set a 9 p.m. CT curfew. During a Saturday evening press conference, she expressed "disappointment and really my total disgust" at protesters who came "armed for an all-out battle." She noted peaceful protesters to not come prepared to throw objects at officers. "The situation has clearly devolved, and we've stepped in to make the necessary arrests," she said, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. "We're going to be aggressive in arresting the people who want to engage in criminal acts."prevnext
Michigan police join protesters
The America we want:— ALT-immigration 🛂 (@ALT_uscis) May 31, 2020
Flint sheriff took his riot gear off and marched with protesters instead. pic.twitter.com/6URGXrN74f
In Flint Township, Michigan, there was a very different scene compared to others across the country. Police officers were seen laying down their weapons and joined the protest. Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson took his helmet off and put a baton on the ground to show his support for the protesters. "This is the way it's supposed to be — the police working with the community," Swanson told Mlive.com. "When we see injustice, we call it out on the police side and on the community side. All we had to do was talk to them, and now we're walking with them. ... The cops in this community, we condemn what happened. That guy (Chauvin) is not one of us."prevnext
NYPD SUVs plow into Brooklyn crowd
This is outrageous.
Driving police vehicles into crowds of protestors is not deescalation.
Shoving and beating nonviolent people is not deescalation.
If NYPD's intent is to keep folks safe, this isn't it. pic.twitter.com/HDlnLcdwqH— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) May 31, 2020
Two shocking videos from Brooklyn went viral on Twitter, as they showed two NYPD police SUVs plowing into a crowd of protesters. "We need rapid, real de-escalation and we need it right now. We cannot descend into the chaos of violence," U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet. "Please everyone, stay safe." New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson issued a similar response, calling the scene "outrageous."prev