The former officer seen in a video kneeling on Floyd’s neck was in custody on Saturday and faces death charges.
Protesters blocked Austin freeways. Cars were set on fire in Los Angeles, Seattle and Miami. Nearly 100 people have already been arrested in New York and Philadelphia. In Washington, DC, near the White House, several Secret Service vehicles were damaged.
Live updates: protests spread nationwide
• City curfew: A curfew will be in effect in Atlanta starting at 9 p.m. AND until sunrise Sunday. Philadelphia will institute a curfew starting at 8 p.m. at 6 a.m. Denver has instituted a citywide curfew starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday. MT at 5 a.m. which will remain in effect until Monday. Milwaukee imposed a curfew on Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. CT and Cincinnati have announced a curfew starting at 10 p.m. ET at 6 a.m. this weekend.
• National Guard: At least six states and the District of Columbia have activated or requested assistance from the National Guard, including Minnesota, Georgia, Ohio, Colorado, Denver, and Kentucky.
• 21-year plan: A young man was killed Friday night in downtown Detroit, where protests were taking place. Police had previously stated that the victim was 19 years old and that they could not confirm whether the victim was part of the protests.
• Clashes and arrests: More than 500 people were arrested during Friday night’s protests in Los Angeles, police said. New York police have made more than 200 protest-related arrests, and more than a dozen officers have been seriously injured, a senior NYPD source said. In Houston, nearly 200 people have been arrested and most will be charged with obstructing a road, police said.
Minnesota officials say aliens hijack protests
State and local authorities have said the violence in Minneapolis is fueled by foreigners.
“Nothing we do to do justice” to Floyd “does not concern any of these people who shoot the National Guard, burn down” companies and “disrupt civil life,” Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said on Saturday.
The governor said he understood that “the Minnesotans’ inability to cope with inequality” and racism were the catalyst for the protests – but he said rough estimates indicate that only 20% of the protesters are Minnesotans.
“Most of them come from outside of the city, from outside the region to attack everything that we have built in the past few decades,” said Frey.
St. Paul’s mayor, Melvin Carter, said everyone arrested in the city on Friday evening came from outside the state.
The claims about the outside agitators come in part from the data on the arrests as well as information from the leaflets and online publications, said John Harrington, the state’s public safety commissioner, adding that the authorities had “seen things like “white supremacist organizers” who had posted online about going to Minnesota.
Authorities have not provided further details on who exactly fueled the unrest and where they came from. Harrington said he hoped to release more news on Saturday.
US Attorney General William Barr said that “the voices of peaceful protest are hijacked by violent radical elements” pursuing “their own separate and violent agenda”.
Without citing evidence, the attorney general said that in many places “it appears that the violence is planned, organized and conducted by leftist and anarchic extremist groups, extreme leftist extremist groups using antifa tactics, many of whom came from outside the state. to promote violence. “
A justice ministry spokesperson later said that the information underlying Barr’s assertion came from local and national law enforcement.
Vandalism in Los Angeles and Chicago
Protests were underway late Saturday afternoon in cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, where several Secret Service vehicles were vandalized with graffiti outside the White House.
A demonstration in Los Angeles sparked clashes between police and protesters. Police vehicles were vandalized in Los Angeles by demonstrators who kicked windows or sprayed cars with graffiti. Police fired rubber bullets at protesters, who chanted “Black Lives Matter” and “George Floyd”.
Aerial images of CNL subsidiary WLS show protesters in Chicago vandalizing police vehicles. Some threw bottles of water at police in riot gear, while others were seen lifting police barricades and tossing them on police cars.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia police say the city hall and art museum protests started peacefully before a group of others began to “commit criminal acts, including vandalism.” “
In Atlanta, police prepared for more protests and potential arrests on Saturday night. The Atlanta police department said it would be assisted by about 20 other agencies to monitor the activity and protect the businesses.
Demonstrations have become fatal in some cities
A nation has been cooperating for weeks because of restrictions on coronaviruses and suffering the resulting job losses. Crowds of people are now demonstrating on the streets, triggering strong emotion in part following the recent deaths of Floyd and d other unarmed black Americans.
Anger boiled in more than 30 cities on Friday, with protesters breaking windows, setting vehicles on fire, blocking traffic on highways and confronting police.
Although the protesters called similar songs for justice, the protests took place differently in each city.
In Minneapolis, the epicenter of the protests, some protesters knelt under a bridge and prayed. Others threw stones at officers who fired rubber bullets in return. Officers stood at the top of an enclosure armed with non-lethal deterrents as a man in the crowd of protesters tried to walk through the door. When the fires moved from the compound to dumpsters and residential streets, more than 350 soldiers were deployed to control the groups.
Minneapolis and St. Paul were under curfew after looting and arson broke out during the days of the protests. Hundreds took to the streets while the police fired tear gas and demonstrators hid behind cars.
During a demonstration in Detroit, one person was killed. And in Springfield, Massachusetts, hundreds of people gathered peacefully.
“If you can tell me something better to do for me – if you can tell me how we could change the world without trying to make noise like that, then I’ll get off the street”, Max Bailey, 22, said during protests in Denver.
In Oakland, California, an officer of the Federal Protection Service was killed and another injured on Friday during a shootout in the downtown federal building during protests in the city, police said. Details of what led to the shooting were not immediately available.
“It is time for this brutality by the police to stop. I don’t agree to go into every business, but I can understand the outrage over REPEATED incidents, “said Mackenzie Slagle of the Oakland protests. “Because I am a white woman, and I had to introduce myself for all my brothers and sisters. “
A day of protests in Atlanta started peacefully but turned violent when a crowd set fire to a police car and smashed windows at the CNN Center.
“What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. It’s not a protest. It’s not in the mind of Martin Luther King Jr. It’s chaos, ”said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
“Killer” was scribbled on a damaged police car in Los Angeles where protesters lined up along a freeway to block traffic. At least two police officers were injured during the night, said the LAPD.
In Washington, the White House was briefly locked on Friday as protesters headed for it. During the night, the demonstrators confronted officers, including those of the secret services, throwing bottles at them, removing the metal barriers and pushing against the officers’ riot shields. Officers responded at least once by spraying pepper spray.
A bond is set for the arrested officer
The bail for Derek Chauvin, the former officer charged on Friday with third degree murder and second degree manslaughter, has been set at $ 500,000.
Chauvin, who is white, and three other officers arrested Floyd, who was black, handcuffed Monday after allegedly using a counterfeit ticket in a convenience store. Indignation increased after a video surfaced showing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck.
Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, according to a criminal complaint filed on Friday. Charges against the other three officers are likely, officials said. The four officers were sacked this week after Floyd’s death.
Floyd’s family is upset this Chauvin has not been charged with a more serious offense, such as first degree murder, said their lawyer Benjamin Crump. “And we want to see the other officers arrested,” the family said in a statement.
Video shows 3 officers kneeling on George Floyd
A new video posted on social media appears to show three Minneapolis police – not just Chauvin – kneeling on Floyd during his arrest. CNN was unable to locate the person who shot the footage. The new video shows the other side of the Minneapolis police vehicle – the opposite side shown in the first video.
“I can’t breathe, man,” can we hear Floyd say in the new video. “Please let me get up. Please, man. “
Minneapolis police said Floyd, 46, had “physically resisted” the police. Surveillance footage from a nearby restaurant does not seem to support the claim that he resisted arrest during the initial meeting. However, there are several minutes when the interactions of Floyd and the officers cannot be seen from the point of view of this camera.
A preliminary autopsy indicated that the combined effects of Floyd’s restraint, potential intoxicants in his system, and underlying health conditions, including heart disease, contributed to his death.
He said there was no physical discovery to support strangulation as the cause of death.
Lack of physical evidence does not necessarily mean that Floyd did not die of asphyxiation, warned CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Gupta also said that an officer should have started CPR after one of them told the others that he could not find a pulse.
CNN contacted the agent’s former lawyer and the Minneapolis Police Union for comment.
CNN’s Madeline Holcombe, Steve Almasy, Ryan Browne, Pervaiz Shallwani, Barbara Starr, Anna Sturla, Joe Sutton and Amir Vera contributed to this report.