Protests continued Friday evening in Minneapolis and other cities across the country, including New York City, Atlanta and Washington.

Arrests were made in New York City as hundreds of protesters fanned out around Lower Manhattan. In Brooklyn, officers struggled with demonstrators, holding some down on the ground, amid screams.

In Atlanta, large crowds gathered at the CNN Center. Some protesters sprayed graffiti on the giant red letters outside the headquarters, while other smashed windows and threw rocks at the building before the crowds were pushed down the street by police. Soon after, a police vehicle caught fire near the building.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday afternoon.
  • The Hennepin County Medical Examiner announced it has “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation” in the preliminary results of Floyd’s autopsy.
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul are under an overnight curfew this weekend, according to an order issued by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. The curfew is in effect Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Roseville, Minn., which neighbors the Twin Cities, is also under a weekend overnight curfew.
  • Chauvin had previously shot one suspect, was involved in the fatal shooting of another, and received at least 17 complaints during his nearly two decades with the Minneapolis Police Department, according to police records and archived news reports. He also previously served in the military.
  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms delivered an emotional plea during a news conference with civil rights leaders Friday night, imploring protesters to “go home” as violence and vandalism erupted in her city. ““This is not a protest,” Bottoms said. “This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos.”
  • President Trump denied that the phrase he used in early-morning tweets, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” was meant as a threat. He distanced himself from the history of the phrase and said in a tweet what meant was he hadn’t wanted anyone else to get hurt.
May 30, 2020 at 5:43 AM EDT

Portland police declare a riot after arson, shootings

Fires were lit inside a police station, businesses were broken into and shooting erupted in Portland, Ore., where police declared a riot hours after a peaceful protest disintegrated into bedlam.

Portland police are investigating at least one downtown shooting that appears connected to the protests, and reports of significant vandalism kept officers busy into the early-morning hours.

Mayor Ted Wheeler, who had left the city to visit with his ailing mother, was appalled by the destruction.

“How does this honor the legacy of George Floyd?” Wheeler wrote on Twitter. “Protest, speak truth, but don’t tear your city apart in the process.”

According to the Oregonian, hundreds of demonstrators in downtown Portland began breaking windows at the Multnomah County Justice Center, home to the jail and police station, and lit a fire inside while workers were present. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished by building sprinklers.

The protest turned into a riot after 11 p.m., as groups of people looted stores and broke into a local mall, tagged buildings with graffiti and set items ablaze in the street. Police responded by firing tear gas into the crowd and ordered people to go home. Just before midnight, the police declared the protest an “unlawful assembly.”

By Arelis Hernández
May 30, 2020 at 4:34 AM EDT

Report: Man killed in Detroit drive-by shooting during protests

A 19-year-old man was killed after shots were fired from a vehicle into a crowd late Friday in downtown Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The crowd was protesting against police brutality around 11:30 p.m. when gunfire headed toward the crowd from the direction of a Dodge Durango and struck the young man. He died at the hospital.

The slaying appears to be the first reported death in what has been a brutal night of clashes and violence across American cities where people gathered to grieve and demand justice for George Floyd. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter Friday after placing his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes Monday as the man pleaded to breathe.

Protests across the country were largely calm and began peacefully but turned chaotic and angry in several cities as the night wore on, resulting in injuries to police officers and demonstrators, and multiple arrests.

By Arelis Hernández
May 30, 2020 at 3:54 AM EDT

Minn. Governor: ‘You need to go home!’

Businesses were torched, shots were fired on police and demonstrations turned violent across the Twin Cities early Saturday in what Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called an “incredibly dangerous, fluid and dynamic” situation that has triggered the largest deployment of civilian law enforcement in state history.

More than 2,500 state and local police and National Guard troops — a force larger than the response to riots of the late 1960s — fanned out to protect firefighters trying to extinguish blazes and enforce an 8 p.m. curfew defied by some groups that infiltrated the protests and inflicted “wanton destruction” on Minneapolis and St. Paul.

“I can fully understand the rage,” Walz said in a news conference. “But this is not grieving. ... This is not about George’s death. … This is about creating chaos.”

The governor said he takes responsibility for underestimating the level of violence that erupted after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s arrest, explaining his force was outnumbered by the thousands of people who spilled onto the city’s streets. Law enforcement — bolstered by 1,000 National Guard troops — began to enforce the curfew about 11:30 p.m. and found themselves shifting tactics throughout the night, retreating to protect different assets, including the 5th Police Precinct.

Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, confirmed that the state had not been consulted but felt it was prudent of the Pentagon to activate military police in the event they need help restoring order. About 1,000 more National Guard troops reporting for duty this weekend will join the police force in the Twin Cities.

State and local officials are expecting another large protest later Saturday and expressed concerns that anarchists, criminal opportunists and other groups will blend in with legitimate grievers and stoke more destruction.

“These people want nothing more than to entice conflict,” Walz said.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the city’s resources have been overwhelmed. He urged people across his city to call any friends and family members protesting and beg them to come home.

“We as a city are so much more than this. We as a city can be so much better than this,” he said. “There is no honor in burning down your city. … If you care about your community, you’ve got to put this to an end. It needs to stop.”

By Arelis Hernández
May 30, 2020 at 3:32 AM EDT

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May 30, 2020 at 2:02 AM EDT

AP: Military police placed on alert, may deploy to Twin Cities

The Associated Press is reporting that the Pentagon is taking the rare step of alerting active-duty military police to be ready for possible deployment to Minnesota following several days of chaotic protests.

MPs from installations in North Carolina to Kansas have been ordered to prepare to leave within the next 24 hours.

White House communications director Alyssa Farah told the AP that military police have not been deployed.

Citing three sources, the news service said the White House is looking at military options under the Insurrection Act of 1807, which was last invoked during the 1992 riots in Los Angeles after four LAPD officers were found not guilty of beating black motorist Rodney King.

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R) called the White House asking for help but did not get a chance to speak directly to President Trump, Minneapolis Star-Tribune reporter Ryan Faircloth reported on Twitter.

The lawmaker told the Star-Tribune that his call may have prompted the alert.

By Arelis Hernández
May 30, 2020 at 1:50 AM EDT

Minnesota State Troopers, National Guard arrive to quell protests and assist firefighters

Minnesota State Troopers and the National Guard have moved into Twins Cities streets to disperse protesters and assist local firefighters attempting to respond to fires, including a blaze at a gas station threatening nearby homes.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey issued a curfew for 8 p.m., but the protests continued unabated without much police presence for much of Friday evening. Roving groups of demonstrators continued to vandalize businesses and light fires in different sections of the city, and a large group gathered outside the fenced-in 5th Precinct of the Minneapolis police. The protests escalated into Saturday morning as demonstrators clashed with police and tear gas was deployed.

Law enforcement made several arrests, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association criticized city and state leaders, tweeting “Where is the leadership?”

By Arelis Hernández
May 30, 2020 at 1:18 AM EDT

Georgia Gov. Kemp issues state of emergency following protests

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) issued a state of emergency via Twitter early Saturday following hours of protests in the Atlanta area, activating the National Guard to “protect people & property in Atlanta.”

The announcement came hours after demonstrations began in the city with protesters demanding justice in the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The protests began peacefully but devolved as police cars were damaged, buildings were vandalized and protesters threw objects, broke glass and spray-painted the front entrance to CNN’s world headquarters.

In his tweets, the governor wrote that the Guard will help support local law enforcement and corrections officers responding to the unrest “to subdue unlawful activity & restore peace.”

Earlier Friday evening, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms rebuked protesters, saying they were “disgracing” the city as she pleaded for peace.

By Arelis Hernández
May 29, 2020 at 11:58 PM EDT

Police fire tear gas in Louisville, where hundreds gathered in outrage over Breonna Taylor’s death

LOUISVILLE — Police fired volleys of tear gas Friday night after hundreds gathered downtown at the site of Thursday night’s confrontation with officers and a shooting that injured seven people. They were there to protest the March fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor in her apartment, which police entered while she was asleep.

Social distancing was next to impossible — first in the swelling crowds marching and chanting and later in the mad scrambles to escape the gas, as protesters poured water in each other’s eyes. It was a scene that played out in other cities Friday amid demonstrations against police.

“I have really been social distancing, I’ve been really serious about it,” said Tiffany Huffman, 41, before the clash with police. “But I can’t stay quiet anymore."

A medic treating a man at the scene said the person had suffered a heart attack caused by gas inhalation. Retreating, some protesters spray-painted buildings and tried to break windows. The sounds of gas canisters going off continued into the night.

Earlier in the day, volunteers set up on the sidewalks, handing out water, milk and medical supplies to protesters at the intersection of Sixth and Jefferson Streets near a Metro Department of Corrections building.

Protesters carried signs that said “Black Lives Matter” and “I cant breathe.”

For Ashanti Scott, a 19-year-old pharmacy technician protesting in downtown Louisville on Friday night, Taylor’s death felt personal.

Taylor was a 26-year-old emergency medical technician. When narcotics detectives broke down her door after midnight, her boyfriend fired a gun, thinking armed intruders had entered the home. Police shot Taylor eight times. They found no drugs.

“It really hit home because I was thinking of becoming a paramedic,” Scott said. “And then seeing the 911 call from her boyfriend Kenneth Walker that was just released — it really was personal to me as a black woman.”

Scott said the suspension of no-knock raids and other reforms are steps in the right direction, but she wants to see the officers who fired on Taylor held accountable and charged.

Meagan Flynn contributed to this report.

By Josh Wood
May 29, 2020 at 11:54 PM EDT

Derek Chauvin’s wife has filed for divorce, law firm says

The wife of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in George Floyd’s death, has filed for divorce, according to a Minneapolis law firm’s statement on her behalf.

Sekula Law Offices said in a statement posted to Facebook late Friday night that Kellie Chauvin is “devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death,” adding that “her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy.

“While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.”

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By Hannah Knowles
May 29, 2020 at 11:48 PM EDT

Cincinnati protesters block interstate, march to police headquarters and courthouse

Several hundred protesters briefly shut down northbound Interstate 75 on Friday night as Cincinnati became the latest city convulsed into unrest related to the death of George Floyd. Demonstrations began peacefully but tensions escalated throughout the night.

Protesters held signs saying “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” as they marched up a ramp onto I-75. Police quickly forced the protesters off the freeway, but authorities were warning motorists via electronic traffic signs to stay away from the heavily traveled interstate.

The protesters then marched downtown to police headquarters, where they faced off with officers in riot gear. The scene was peaceful, but tense. Officers tried to engage in dialogue with protesters. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac was among the officers attempting to diffuse the tension.

By 11 p.m., demonstrators dispersed from police headquarters and marched toward the Hamilton County courthouse several blocks away.

Just before midnight, demonstrations turned destructive as some protesters broke windows and took down flagpoles at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Cincinnati has had a history of police tension. The city erupted in four days of riots in 2001 after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Timothy Thomas. In 2015, a white University of Cincinnati police officer shot and killed African American motorist Samuel DuBose after a routine traffic stop, resulting in days of protests.

By Kevin Williams
May 29, 2020 at 11:34 PM EDT

Police block protesters from entering Brooklyn precinct

NYPD officers on Friday night blocked protesters from entering a Brooklyn precinct, as police reported dozens of arrests amid demonstrations over George Floyd’s death in custody.

Some 200 people gathered by the department’s 88th precinct but did not enter it, faced with a sizable police presence.

Earlier, police and protesters clashed sometimes violently outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, leaving some critical of authorities’ tactics. State Assemblywoman Diana Richardson (D) told a WNYC reporter that she was pepper-sprayed while peacefully demonstrating.

NYPD did not immediately offer comment, saying only that protests were ongoing and that some participants had been taken into custody. Some protesters threw objects at police, and one officer sustained a head injury.

Videos and images captured a police vehicle on fire in the Fort Greene area, as similar scenes of confrontation and property destruction played out at demonstrations around the country.

By Shayna Jacobs and Lenny Bernstein
May 29, 2020 at 11:30 PM EDT

FBI director reminds law enforcement that they must protect those in custody

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray told his workforce in a message Friday that the images of George Floyd in police custody were “profoundly troubling” and called on law enforcement to protect even those they have arrested.

The message marks the first time Wray has weighed in personally on the crisis in Minnesota. The FBI is investigating whether Floyd’s civil rights were violated, and Wray said that probe would continue even though local authorities have charged one of the officers involved.

“The investigation will determine whether the actions by the former Minneapolis police officers involved in this incident violated federal law,” Wray wrote. “That means talking to witnesses, compiling all available information, and evaluating evidence. If we determine there has been a violation of federal law, the Department of Justice will seek criminal charges. We will move quickly in this investigation, while strictly adhering to process and following the facts wherever they may lead.”

Wray wrote that while law enforcement officers have dangerous jobs, “that doesn’t diminish the crucial, overarching role we play in society — to protect and serve all citizens no matter their race, creed, orientation, or station in life.”

“This, of course, includes those citizens who are in law enforcement custody,” he wrote. “When we fail to honor their rights, we not only tarnish the badge we wear, we completely erode the trust so many of us in law enforcement work so hard to build, particularly within minority communities. The events this past week in Minneapolis clearly illustrate just how quickly that trust can be lost.”

By Matt Zapotosky
May 29, 2020 at 11:23 PM EDT

Atlanta mayor makes emotional plea to protesters: ‘Go home’

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made a personal plea to protesters in her city Friday as violence and vandalism were erupting downtown: “Go home.”

Bottoms made her appeal in an emotional news conference with civil rights leaders. She told demonstrators they were not protesting in keeping with the city’s civil rights legacy.

“This is not a protest,” Bottoms said. “This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos.”

As demonstrations across the nation continued Friday evening — some violent, many peaceful — large crowds gathered downtown at the CNN Center, spraying graffiti on the giant red letters outside the headquarters and smashing windows. Soon after, a police vehicle caught fire near the building, and protesters threw fireworks and other items toward police.

“If you want change in America,” Bottoms said, “go and register to vote.”

Destructive protests “won’t change anything,” she said. “We’re no longer talking about the murder of an innocent man. We’re talking about how you’re burning police cars on the streets of Atlanta, Georgia.”

“Go home,” she said.

Michael Brice-Saddler contributed to this report.

By Angela Fritz
May 29, 2020 at 11:09 PM EDT

Officer appears to aim rubber bullets at on-air journalist in Louisville

Metro Police have apologized and are investigating a confrontation between a uniformed officer who fired pepper balls and struck a local television crew going live in downtown Louisville on Friday night, the same day Minnesota police were widely denounced for arresting a CNN correspondent and his camera crew as they reported live on the upheaval in Minneapolis.

Police spokeswoman Jessie Halladay told the local newspaper, Courier Journal, the shooting should not have occurred “if Rust was singled out as a reporter.” She added it was not clear the officer was a member of the metro police or a separate response team.

Crowds of law enforcement could be seen on a WAVE 3 News broadcast from Fifth Street, where reporter Kaitlin Rust and photographer James Dobson were covering a protest of the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Hundreds of demonstrators turned out Thursday and Friday in the city as others around the country gathered to call for justice for George Floyd.

Then, from slightly off camera, Rust screamed as an officer walked in her direction, weapon apparently trained toward her.

“I’m getting shot!” she yells.

“Rubber bullets, rubber bullets, it’s okay,” she added.

“Who are they aiming it at?” another woman wondered aloud as the officer aimed his weapon toward the camera.

“Now they’re shooting at the photographer,” a man said.

“Directly at us!” Rust shouted. “Directly at us!” She could be seen holding a hand to her face.

Police spokeswoman Jessie Halladay told the Louisville Courier Journal, that the shooting should not have occurred “if Rust was singled out as a reporter.” She added it was not clear the officer was a member of the metro police or a separate response team, according to CNN.

WAVE 3 News said Rust and Dobson suffered minor injuries. General Manager Ken Selvaggi condemned the police officer’s actions.

“There is simply no justification for the Louisville police to wantonly open fire, even with pepper balls, on any journalists under any circumstances,” Selvaggi said in a statement.

Station leadership said their journalists followed police instructions, standing behind a police line and not interfering with law enforcement work when they were shot upon, according to a statement.

“At no time, however, should journalists be fired upon by the police while peacefully exercising their constitutional rights to speak, assemble, and report,” said Pat LaPlatney, the president and co-chief executive of Gray Television, WAVE 3 News’s parent company. “We urge the LMPD to investigate fully and take all necessary actions to ensure that no journalist ever faces a situation like the WAVE 3 News team endured tonight.”

A clip posted to Twitter went viral, drawing condemnations from journalists who noted the earlier arrest in Minneapolis.

“Again,” tweeted CBS’s Ed O’Keefe. “For the second time today, reporters doing their job professionally and not impeding police work are targeted by police officers.”

A previous version of this report stated that the Minnesota National Guard arrested CNN staff. In fact, it was the Minnesota State Police.

By Hannah Knowles
May 29, 2020 at 11:07 PM EDT

Minneapolis protesters move to 5th Precinct

A group of several hundred protesters, many of whom began their Friday evening march at the 3rd Precinct, walked to the 5th Precinct, where police were waiting on the rooftop.

The building had been surrounded with concrete barricades and fencing. A man on a loudspeaker encouraged the crowd to remain peaceful, and as of 9:30 p.m., they abided.

Earlier in the evening, authorities attempted to create a perimeter around the 3rd Precinct, facing crowds of protesters on either side of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street. Authorities used tear gas, flash bangs and green-and-white smoke grenades to deter their advance.

Protesters chanted George Floyd’s name as police cleared the intersection near the 3rd Precinct after 8 p.m., threatening the growing crowd with arrest if they remained in the area after curfew.

By Robert Klemko
May 29, 2020 at 10:31 PM EDT

National Guard lobs tear gas, appears to fire rubber bullets into crowd of protesters as curfew begins

Around 8:15 p.m., the Minnesota National Guard moved back about 10 feet from the protesters gathered in Minneapolis near the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and Lake Street and began shooting what seemed to be rubber bullets. One protester lay on the ground, crying after being hit.

A series of rounds went off as the crowd dispersed.

A few blocks east, authorities attempted to create a perimeter around the 3rd Precinct, facing crowds of protesters on either side of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street.

A mixture of peaceful protesters and rock-throwing groups advanced. Police slowed them using sporadic tear gas, flash bangs and green-and-white smoke grenades.

Protesters chanted George Floyd’s name as police cleared the intersection after 8 p.m., threatening the growing crowd with arrest if they remained in the area after curfew.

Minneapolis and St. Paul are under an overnight curfew this weekend, according to an order issued by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. The curfew is in effect Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

A large caravan of cars — at least half a mile long — drove down 3rd Avenue downtown at about 9 p.m., blocking intersections as people hung out the windows waving signs and honking horns. Dozens of police on bikes made no apparent effort to impede the demonstrators.

In one car, a young black woman stood through the sun roof holding a sign that read, “Am I next?”

Just outside downtown, along West Broadway — as a large fire burned in a building up the block, sending towering clouds of black smoke into the sky — at least two people could be seen trying to breach the boarded-up front doors of a Walgreens drugstore. There appeared to be little police presence on the scene: just a single Minneapolis police SUV.

By Robert Klemko, Tarkor Zehn and Holly Bailey
May 29, 2020 at 10:23 PM EDT

Small gatherings, some looting continues in St. Paul

In St. Paul, the area along University Avenue was ominous. A day earlier, groups of teenagers cruised up and down the street, arms raised in fury as looting took place. By Friday night, most of the buildings had already been hit or boarded up, or both.

Yet looters still roamed. A small group worked at the door for CSL Plasma. Another group had a P.A. system set up in the Wendy’s parking lot. Others were having a barbecue on Lexington and University, near a line of businesses that had been ransacked the night before.

Firefighters put out the flames across the street from Big Top Wine and Spirits.

The graffiti that marked nearly every wall along University Avenue illustrated the community’s pain of George Floyd’s death. This despair mixed with fury in tags that read “kill cops” and “justice for George.”

By Sheila Regan
May 29, 2020 at 10:08 PM EDT

Police car burns in Atlanta as protesters spray graffiti, break windows at CNN Center

As protests across the nation continued into Friday evening, large crowds gathered at the CNN Center in Atlanta and defaced the property. Reporters at the scene documented protests at CNN’s headquarters, which grew in size and turned increasingly violent.

Some protesters sprayed graffiti on the giant red letters outside the headquarters, while other smashed windows and threw rocks at the building before the crowds were pushed down the street by police. Soon after, a police vehicle caught fire near the building.

Nick Valencia, a reporter for the network, said the incident was “terrible to witness.”

The protests at CNN come after a correspondent for the network, Omar Jimenez, and his camera crew were arrested on-air while reporting on the upheaval in Minnesota.

Later Friday, demonstrators continued to protest outside the center in Atlanta, throwing lit fireworks and other items toward police inside. Journalists in the building reported from within, and the footage was aired live on the network throughout the evening.

By Michael Brice-Saddler
May 29, 2020 at 9:18 PM EDT

Minneapolis School Board director proposes cutting ties with MPD

The Minneapolis School Board director will issue a proposal to terminate the public school system’s contract with the city’s police department after MPD had shown a “blatant disregard for black lives” in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

In a series of tweets, school board director Josh Pauly said his proposal would terminate the system’s contract with MPD, cease future negotiations with the department and “direct the Superintendent and his staff to devise an alternative plan to better serve our students.”

“MPS cannot align itself with MPD and claim to fight institutional racism,” Pauly wrote. “We cannot partner with organizations that do not see the humanity in our students. We cannot be neutral in situations of injustice.”

Superintendent Ed Graff said in a statement that he was committed to improving the school system for all students, especially children of color and American Indian students. He did not directly respond to Pauly’s proposal.

Pauly said he would bring the resolution before the full school board Tuesday. His proposal follows similar action by the University of Minnesota, whose president late Wednesday announced that the school would no longer contract with MPD to provide law enforcement support for football games, concerts and other live events.

By Michael Brice-Saddler
May 29, 2020 at 9:09 PM EDT

White House lockdown lifted after D.C. protesters briefly clash with Secret Service

Several hundred demonstrators shut down an intersection at U and 14th streets in the District on Friday evening while protesting the death of George Floyd.

The group then marched south on 14th Street to the White House, though the peaceful event was marred when one man briefly clashed with uniformed officers of the Secret Service in Lafayette Square park.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the scuffle, but it appeared officers took a man into custody and were then surrounded by demonstrators shouting, “Let him go.” Police officers pushed their way through the crowd to reach the altercation as some demonstrators threw water and plastic water bottles and chased after officers leading away the detained man. No one appeared to be injured.

Officials said the protests led to a brief lockdown at the White House which was later lifted.

Read more on the D.C. protest here.

By Clarence Williams, Peter Hermann and Seung Min Kim
May 29, 2020 at 8:56 PM EDT

More protesters arrested in New York City; demonstrations continue around the country

NEW YORK — Dozens of arrests were made Friday as hundreds of protesters fanned out around Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minnesota. Video captured especially intense clashes between demonstrators and police outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where officials ordered what they called an “unlawful assembly” to disperse.

Officers struggled with demonstrators, holding some down on the ground, amid screams.

Five demonstrators were taken into custody at the start of the Manhattan event, and an NYPD officer sustained a head injury around 4 p.m., a few blocks from where a larger rally was coming together in Foley Square, according to a police official. More were arrested as protesters began flinging bottles of water and ice cubes at police. Some officers were knocked to the ground. Pepper spray was deployed.

Participants used black spray paint to write “George Floyd” with a heart on the Manhattan Detention Complex.

Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner — who died on Staten Island after police used a banned chokehold to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes in 2014 — was at the larger Foley Square gathering where social distancing was impossible but most wore masks.

“They have to stop coming into our neighborhoods and brutalizing, terrorizing, murdering,” Carr said.

Police said more than 70 arrests or summonses were made during Thursday night protests in the city.

Demonstrations sparked by Floyd’s death have continued to draw thousands across the country, with organizers denouncing repeated incidents of black men dying in police custody.

In Detroit, hundreds of people congregated outside police headquarters in the afternoon, chanting “black lives matter” as officers handed out masks. Protests also formed in Washington, Milwaukee, Houston and other cities. In San Jose, overhead video captured demonstrators blocking a highway.

Some gatherings appeared peaceful in video shared on social media, while others erupted in tension between demonstrators and police, and led officials to beg for calm. In downtown Denver, where protesters gathered at a park, bus and light-rail services in and out of the area were suspended over safety concerns, mirroring a step taken in the Twin Cities area Thursday.

A police car burned in Atlanta during demonstrations as people smashed windows at a CNN building.

By Shayna Jacobs, Eva Dou and Hannah Knowles
May 29, 2020 at 8:51 PM EDT

Minneapolis protesters link arms in front of National Guard as curfew draws closer

In Minneapolis, on the corner of Hiawatha Avenue and Lake Street, hundreds of protesters gathered with just 30 minutes to spare before the 8 p.m. curfew.

Dozens linked arms directly in front of the National Guard. Pamela Spencer, 30, led the crowd in chants. “No justice, no peace,” they said.

Spencer had strong feelings about the curfew.

“I think it’s wack,” she said. “We’re only here to serve justice for George Floyd.”

She said she doesn’t foresee protesters dispersing, unless excessive force is used.

By Tarkor Zehn and Robert Klemko
May 29, 2020 at 8:22 PM EDT

Hundreds of businesses damaged or looted in Twin Cities

Hundreds of businesses in St. Paul and Minneapolis have been damaged or looted amid protests across the region, according to local reports. Bars, pharmacies, pizza shops and dollar stores are among those that have suffered from fire damage, smashed windows and graffiti.

In St. Paul, more than 170 businesses were damaged or looted overnight, according to MPR News. In that same time frame, police arrested seven people and call centers fielded more 1,000 calls to 911. No one was seriously injured, the organization said.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has compiled a running list of hundreds of buildings impacted by the protests, many near the police department’s 3rd Precinct that was overrun by protesters and torched Thursday night.

In the hazy, smoky air in the parking lot of the East Lake Library, Juan Antonio Gaytan had tears streaming down his face Friday as he looked at the destroyed building next door that formerly housed the radio station where he was a producer, La Raza.

“I worked there for 15 years,” he said. “It was my second home. It is terrible today.”

Police officers in riot gear stood guarding the smoldering building. “Don’t come any closer!” they said to neighbors who came to check out the destruction.

Gaytan’s boss at the station, Maya Santamaria, said she feels hopeful, though. A number of local radio stations have offered La Raza space until it can rebuild.

“We are blessed to be in a wonderful, vibrant, united community,” she said. “I’m seeing unity to us in our time of need.”

Some residents and business owners in St. Paul have expressed dismay at the police response to looting, fires and unrest.

“We call 911 and they don’t answer or they’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, we have that.’ Nothing,” Jennifer Schoenzeit, whose father opened up Zipps Liquor in 1961, told MPR News. “My brother and I on Wednesday night sat across the street and watched people loot our store for two hours. In and out and in and out. We weren’t going near it. It’s not safe.”

By Michael Brice-Saddler and Sheila Regan
May 29, 2020 at 8:13 PM EDT

Chauvin served as an Army military police reservist

Derek Chauvin served as a military police soldier in the Army Reserve for eight years until 2004, Lt. Col. Emanuel L. Ortiz, an Army spokesman, said Friday.

His military experience sketches a more complete picture of the officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 2001, four years after his enlistment.

Chauvin’s military career was unremarkable; he earned no notable awards and left with the lower enlisted rank of specialist, Ortiz said. He did not deploy overseas.

In 2006, two years after Chauvin left the Army, he was one of six officers on the scene when Minneapolis police shot and killed a stabbing suspect.

Read more here.

By Alex Horton
May 29, 2020 at 7:25 PM EDT

Minneapolis protesters block highway, chanting ‘one down, three to go!’

Throngs of protesters blocked Interstate 35W in Minneapolis on Friday evening, chanting “one down, three to go!” after one of four officers involved in George Floyd’s fatal arrest was charged.

Earlier, a small group stopped to hear Korey Dean, founder of the Man Up Club in Roseville, Minn., deliver a mini sermon as demonstrators streamed past on a march across the Stone Arch Bridge.

“The media wants to characterize black people as uncivilized and undisciplined, and that’s just a flat-out lie,” said Dean, 46. “Right now, if you take a look around, that’s not what you see. What you see is people coming together, unified under one solidarity of justice. And we will make sure we receive justice."

“Yes, we’re angry, and there’s nothing wrong with being angry,” he continued. “You cannot suppress a people and not expect a reaction. But now they have a voice, and it’s the sound of justice.”

Dean joined a handful of members of his youth mentoring group in the march of thousands across the Mississippi River on Friday afternoon, hours before a new curfew was set to take effect in the city.

“I hope everyone abides by it,” Dean said. “It’s necessary. We can’t destroy our city. But I also know that the consequences won’t be distributed evenly across the board.”

Derek Chauvin, the police officer captured on video pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, faced charges Friday of third-degree murder and manslaughter. Dean was not satisfied with either the timeliness of the charges or the severity.

“Putting your knee on someone’s neck for nine minutes is an intentional act and it should be treated that way by the law,” he said.

By Robert Klemko
May 29, 2020 at 7:16 PM EDT

CBP surveillance drone flew over Minneapolis protests Friday, but was recalled

U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent a surveillance drone Friday to fly over protests in Minneapolis, but operators recalled the unmanned aircraft after it was waived off, the agency said in a statement.

The Predator drone was not armed, but its use by U.S. law enforcement was condemned by some lawmakers and civil liberties organizations after it was first detected by flight trackers and the Project on Government Oversight.

The trackers noticed the drone arriving from Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota and then flying a hexagonal pattern at 20,000 feet around Minneapolis.

Kris Grogan, a CBP spokesperson, confirmed in a statement late Friday afternoon that the drone was dispatched to gather surveillance footage.

“Earlier today a U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations unmanned aircraft system was preparing to provide live video to aid in situational awareness at the request of our federal law enforcement partners in Minneapolis,” Grogan said.

“The unmanned aircraft system provides live video feed to ground law enforcement, giving them situational awareness, maximizing public safety, while minimizing the threat to personnel and assets,” he said.

After entering the Minneapolis airspace, “the requesting agency determined that the aircraft was no longer needed for operational awareness and departed back to Grand Forks.” Grogan’s statement did not name the law enforcement agency that requested the drone. A similar statement was provided Friday to U.S. lawmakers.

Neema Singh Guliani, of the American Civil Liberties Union, called the use of the drone “over-policing of the Black community.”

“CBP has no role in what’s happening in Minneapolis at all,” she said in an emailed statement. “This rogue agency’s use of military technology to surveil protesters inside U.S. borders is deeply disturbing, especially given CBP’s lack of clear and strong policies to protect privacy and constitutional rights. This agency’s use of drones over the city should be halted immediately.”

CBP said it considered the use of the Predator drone a “routine” operation, and said the agency has the authority to operate far from the country’s international borders.

“During humanitarian missions AMO regularly deploys the unmanned aircraft system to assist FEMA in assessing hurricane affected areas, in coordination with the National Weather Service to capture imagery of storm impacted areas, and with federal, state and local partners to conduct search and rescue missions, in addition to its law enforcement mission," the agency said.

By Nick Miroff
May 29, 2020 at 7:08 PM EDT

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot blasts Trump’s tweet on protesters as throwing ‘red meat to his base’

From the podium Friday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that she had a message for President Trump.

“It’s two words,” she told reporters. “It begins with ‘F’ and it ends in ‘U.'”

Early Friday morning, amid the third night of upheaval in Minneapolis following George Floyd’s death, Trump tweeted: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Lightfoot called his remarks “profoundly dangerous,” and accused him of “using his bully pulpit to foment violence.”

“We must stand in firm solidarity to say this is totally unacceptable no matter who is the speaker,” she said. “We see the games he is playing, because he’s so transparent and he’s not very good at it. He wants to show failures on behalf of Democratic local leaders to throw red meat to his base. His goal is to polarize and to destabilize local governments and to inflame racist urges and we absolutely cannot let him prevail.”

She called on Trump to retract his statement and apologize. Trump has insisted that the tweet was not meant to incite violence.

On Thursday Lightfoot suggested she fears for her daughter, who is also black. On Friday she returned to that theme.

“It is impossible of me as a black woman who has been a target of blanket racism all of my life not to take the killing of George Floyd personally. Watching the life leave him there on the streets. I feel angry, I feel sickened, and a range of other emotions all at once. Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” she said.

Toward the end of her news conference, a reporter asked Lightfoot why she chose to be confrontational with Trump instead of following former first lady Michelle Obama’s suggestion to “go high” when detractors “go low.”

“I’m not Michelle Obama,” she said.

By Mark Guarino
May 29, 2020 at 7:05 PM EDT

Minneapolis church is filling the void left by closed grocery stores and pharmacies

On 32nd Street and Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis, two blocks from the 3rd Precinct building that went up in flames the night before, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is buzzing with volunteers who pass out toilet paper, paper bags of groceries and medical supplies for people in the neighborhood.

Anna Brejle, a member of the church, said the congregation has seen thousands of people come through in one day. Many of them live in the neighborhood, which is without a grocery store after the Cub Foods and Target were looted.

“Cub is a major center for the neighborhood,” she said. “And there was a pharmacy that was looted two blocks away.”

The area around Hiawatha Avenue and Lake Street, with many businesses pillaged and burned, has suddenly become a food and health-care desert. Even the county-run health clinic had its windows broken and graffiti painted on the inside. The East Lake Library, too, had damage, despite a sign that reads, “community owned.”

The church’s role as a makeshift food pantry evolved from a decision the members made earlier this week to become a medic station. On Tuesday night, they began caring for protesters who had experienced tear gas or were hit by rubber bullets. The church had to shut down the medic station Thursday night when it became unsafe because a power line went down. On Friday morning, donations came streaming in to serve neighbors who needed groceries and other essentials. They also have counselors on site for the community.

“This is deeply in keeping with the values of our congregation,” said Meghan Olsen Biebighauser, another member of the church, which has a history of social activism and social justice. She noted that next door is an apartment building for seniors with mobility issues. While there is a plan in place for those people to obtain their medications in the long run, the makeshift site at the church helped serve immediate needs in the mean time.

As for what is ahead, the church takes a wait-and-see approach.

“We are taking it day by day,” Brelje said. “Our church will continue to see what we can do.”

By Sheila Regan
May 29, 2020 at 6:09 PM EDT

Trump says he spoke to Floyd’s family, and that he didn’t know origins of ‘looting, shooting’ quote

The president began a coronavirus roundtable by speaking about Floyd’s death, sharing that he had spoken to members of Floyd’s family and calling for “law and order” at protests.

“We can’t allow a situation like what happened in Minneapolis to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos. And we understand that very well,” Trump said. “It’s very important, I believe, to the family, to everybody, that the memory of George Floyd be a perfect memory. Let it be a perfect memory.”

“I understand the hurt, I understand the pain,” Trump added. “The family of George is entitled to justice and the people of Minnesota are entitled to live in safety. Law and order will prevail. The Americans will honor the memory of George and the Floyd family."

Earlier in the day, Twitter took the highly unusual step of flagging posts from Trump and the White House on the upheaval in Minneapolis. Condemning demonstrators as “THUGS,” Trump threatened military intervention and said, “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter said the post violated its rules against glorifying violence.

Trump insisted that the tweet was not meant to incite violence and that he did not know it originated from a Miami police chief in 1967, who threatened “war” against criminals.

“Frankly, it means when there’s looting, people get shot and they die. And if you look at what happened last night and the night before, you see that it’s very common. And that’s the way that was meant and that’s the way I think it was supposed to be meant,” Trump said. “But I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know where it originated. I wouldn’t know a thing like that.”

Trump sidestepped questions about whether his opposition to peaceful protests like kneeling during the national anthem at sporting events had changed. He also declined to say what, if anything, he would do about police brutality.

Trump said he expressed his “sorrow” when he spoke to the Floyd family.

“That was a horrible thing to witness. And I’ve seen bad things. I’ve seen many bad things. And that was just a horrible thing to witness and to watch. And it would certainly look like there was no excuse for it,” the president said.

Trump was asked whether, among the protesters in Minneapolis, there were “good people,” a nod to his comment about white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville in 2017.

“Well, certainly there were a lot of different people,” Trump said, “and there were good people, too.”

By Colby Itkowitz
May 29, 2020 at 5:58 PM EDT

Governor orders temporary weekend curfew for Minneapolis and St. Paul

Twin Cities residents are subject to a weekend curfew beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, according to an order issued by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. The curfew will be in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday, resume at 8 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. Sunday.

“We need to bring peace to our streets and calm to our neighborhood,” Walz (D) said in a statement Friday afternoon announcing the order. “This is an important step to build safety so we can begin to rebuild and seek justice for George Floyd.”

The curfew prohibits anyone from traveling on public streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul during the specified hours. Exempted from the curfew order are people traveling to or from work, first responders, members of the news media, people fleeing danger, people seeking urgent care and people experiencing homelessness.

The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul issued parallel orders Friday afternoon creating temporary weekend curfews for their cities. In an apparent oversight, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s initial resolution did not have an exception for the news media, but he said via Twitter that he would rectify that soon with state partners. Walz’s order specifically exempts reporters from the curfew.

The curfew comes after three days of escalating tension and civil unrest in the Twin Cities as demonstrators expressed anger over Floyd’s death. On Thursday evening, the most intense night of the demonstrations, a police precinct, grocery stores and other buildings were burned. Friday afternoon, Hennepin County prosecutors announced charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter against fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

By Kim Bellware
May 29, 2020 at 5:25 PM EDT

Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing on excessive police force in light of Floyd death

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said he intends to hold a hearing on law enforcement and race relations spurred by George Floyd’s “horrific death.”

Graham said he and the committee’s ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), were in agreement, writing in a statement that they were “appalled at what we saw” and want to schedule a hearing “as soon as possible as to how to combat this outrage.”

The hearing will focus on “better policing, addressing racial discrimination regarding the use of force, as well as building stronger bonds between communities and police.”

“We intend to shine a bright light on the problems associated with Mr. Floyd’s death,” Graham said, “with the goal of finding a better way forward for our nation.”

Graham did not specify when the hearing might occur or who he would call as witnesses.

By Colby Itkowitz
May 29, 2020 at 5:07 PM EDT

Former owner of nightclub where Floyd and Chauvin worked recalls ‘tension’ with police over black community events

A friend of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged in George Floyd’s death, remembered tension with police at the nightclub she used to own, saying that evenings catering to the black community in particular “were not their favorite.”

Maya Santamaria owned El Nuevo Rodeo, which was destroyed in this week’s chaos in Minneapolis, until January. Both Chauvin and Floyd provided security at the club.

“I’m extremely disappointed that a good friend of mine would be the culprit of this horrible crime,” she said of Chauvin.

She also knew Floyd, but not as well, though many on her staff knew him well from his work at Conga Latin Bistro in northeast Minneapolis.

“It’s not that big of a town, so we all know each other,” Santamaria said. “He would give me a big smile when he would see me,” she said of Floyd.

As for Chauvin, Santamaria described him as “a tightly wound guy.”

“He was a nice guy,” she added. “He was always mellow around me.”

Still, she said there was tension from the 3rd Precinct, especially when the club started to have “Urban” nights, catering to the African American community.

“They didn’t like having to deal with having a nightclub in the neighborhood,” she said, “especially our black nights were not their favorite.”

“I could feel the racial tension,” Santamaria said about the backlash from the 3rd Precinct when she started to bring in black music promoters.

“I could feel the racism,” she said. “The cops, the 3rd Precinct, even the Minneapolis licensing inspectors — they were hating on me for bringing that element into the neighborhood.”

Now, she said, she’s relieved, like many in the community, that Chauvin is in custody.

By Sheila Regan
May 29, 2020 at 4:12 PM EDT

Chauvin’s knee was on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes, criminal complaint says

Derek Chauvin kept his knee pinned down on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.

Chauvin did not remove his knee after Floyd said “I can’t breathe” or after he shouted “Mama” and uttered “please,” the charging statement from the Hennepin County Attorney’s office says. He allegedly did not move his knee until nearly three minutes after another officer was unable to find Floyd’s pulse.

The incident that prosecutors say cost Floyd his life could now send Chauvin, 44, to prison for as many as 35 years if he is convicted on the third-degree murder charge and second-degree manslaughter charge filed against him.

The complaint says Floyd initially resisted being handcuffed when officers sought to arrest him on suspicion of trying to pay for a purchase with a counterfeit $20 bill, but he then became compliant. He sat on the ground at officer Thomas Lane’s direction while Lane asked him questions.

When Lane and officer J. Alexander Kueng tried to walk Floyd to a squad car, however, the complaint says that “Mr. Floyd stiffened up, fell to the ground, and told the officers he was claustrophobic.” Floyd allegedly continued to intentionally fall down and refuse to stand still to avoid entering the car, but the officers eventually got him into a passenger seat of the vehicle.

At 8:19 p.m., Chauvin pulled Floyd out of the car and brought him to the ground, facedown and handcuffed, the complaint says. Kueng allegedly held Floyd’s back, Lane held his legs and Chauvin put his left knee near Floyd’s head and neck.

The officers remained in position while Floyd said he could not breathe, according to the complaint.

“You are talking fine,” they allegedly told him as he moved back and forth.

Chauvin declined a suggestion from Lane that they turn Floyd onto his side, the complaint says. Again, the three officers stayed where they were.

Floyd stopped moving at 8:24 p.m., and he stopped breathing or speaking a minute later. Kueng checked him for a pulse and could not find one, according to the complaint.

Video shows the officers did not attempt to resuscitate Floyd. The officers allegedly remained in place until 8:27 p.m., when Chauvin took his knee off Floyd’s neck.

First responders put Floyd on a gurney and brought him to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

By Marisa Iati and Kim Bellware
May 29, 2020 at 3:31 PM EDT

Fired officer charged with murder, manslaughter in Floyd’s death

Fired Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday afternoon.

“We are in the process of continuing to review the evidence. There may be subsequent charges later,” Freeman said. His office focused on “the most dangerous perpetrator” and prioritized Chauvin.

Agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Chauvin at 11:44 a.m. in Minneapolis, officials announced. In Minnesota, a third-degree murder charge is defined as “perpetrating an eminently dangerous act and evincing a depraved mind,” while second-degree manslaughter is defined as “culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk.”

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Floyd’s family, called the charges “a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice. We expected a first-degree murder charge. We want a first-degree murder charge. And we want to see the other officers arrested. We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer.”

“The pain that the black community feels over this murder and what it reflects about the treatment of black people in America is raw and is spilling out onto streets across America,” Crump said.

The investigation into the remaining three officers who were fired continues, but Freeman said he anticipates charges for officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng.

Charges in Floyd’s death followed three days of increasingly intense protests that have rocked the Twin Cities amid calls from community members and even Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) for the officers to be arrested. Freeman acknowledged the protests and civil unrest over the past few days, noting that his own home had been picketed, but insisted his office can only charge a case with the evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

“I’m not insensitive to what’s happened in the street,” Freeman said. “But I will not allow us to charge a case before it’s ready. And this case is now ready.”

Freeman declined to detail what new information his office received or what in the investigation changed since Thursday afternoon, when he signaled that a thorough investigation might delay charging news.

Among the evidence that went into Friday’s charging decision are videos from citizens, Chauvin’s body-worn camera, statements from several witnesses and a preliminary report from the medical examiner, Freeman said.

We didn’t have all that we needed,” Freeman said. “We have now found it. And we felt a responsibility [to bring] charges as soon as possible.”

By Kim Bellware, Marisa Iati and Mark Berman
May 29, 2020 at 3:21 PM EDT

Medical examiner says no evidence of 'traumatic asphyxia or strangulation’ in preliminary findings in Floyd’s death

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has found “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation,” after conducting an autopsy on George Floyd on May 26.

The preliminary results of the autopsy were included in the statement of probable cause for charges against Derek Chauvin. On Friday, Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death.

“Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease,” the statement said. “The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”

The medical examiner noted that Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for “8 minutes and 46 seconds total. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was nonresponsive.”

The statement also notes that police are trained against using this type of restraint because it is “inherently dangerous.”

Floyd’s family will seek an independent autopsy of his body, citing its mistrust in Minneapolis city officials, according to an attorney for the family.

By Angela Fritz
May 29, 2020 at 2:50 PM EDT

Trump tries to distance himself from historical meaning of ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’

President Trump on Friday afternoon denied that the phrase he used in early morning tweets, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” was meant as a threat. Instead, he tweeted, “it was spoken as a fact, not as a statement.”

Trump called the demonstrators “THUGS" in tweets around 1 a.m. Friday and warned there would be additional violence if looting continued. Promising the U.S. military would take control of the situation if it escalated, Trump added, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

The phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” dates back to 1967 when armed robberies and unrest gripped black neighborhoods in Miami. The city’s white police chief, Walter Headley, held a news conference “declaring war” on criminals and used the phrase as he warned that police would use shotguns and dogs at his command.

“I’ve let the word filter down that when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Headley said.

The president tried to distance himself from the history of the phrase Friday afternoon.

“Looting leads to shooting, and that’s why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night,” Trump tweeted, “I don’t want this to happen, and that’s what the expression put out last night means.”

Twitter took the unprecedented step of limiting the public’s ability to view and share his tweet. Hours later, the White House account reposted a quotation of the president’s controversial comment. That, too, received a label from Twitter indicating it broke company rules around glorifying violence.

Timothy Bella, Allyson Chiu, Tony Romm and Mike Rosenwald contributed to this report.

By Angela Fritz
May 29, 2020 at 2:33 PM EDT

Biden says Floyd’s death is a reminder that America is ‘a country with an open wound’

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, called on every American to confront the nation’s historic racial injustices, and said those who remain silent are “complicit in perpetuating these cycles of violence.”

In a live virtual address Friday afternoon, the former vice president to the nation’s first African American president spoke gravely about the killing of George Floyd, casting it as one more unnecessary death of a black American in a long list that dates back hundreds of years.

“The original sin of this country still stains our nation today,” Biden said solemnly. “And sometimes we manage to overlook it. We just push forward with a thousand other tasks in our daily life. But it’s always there. And weeks like this, we see it plainly that we’re a country with an open wound.”

Read more here.

By Colby Itkowitz
May 29, 2020 at 2:31 PM EDT

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: ‘I stand figuratively with the protesters’

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) on Friday remarked on George Floyd’s death and the demonstrations across the country during his daily coronavirus briefing, saying emphatically: “I stand figuratively with the protesters.”

Cuomo named a number of famous acts of violence by police officers, dating back to the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles in 1991. Floyd is “not an isolated incident” but part of “a continuum of cases and situations that have been going on for decades and decades and decades,” the governor said.

He added that “nobody is sanctioning the arson and the thuggery and the burglaries” during demonstrations and refused to comment specifically on clash-heavy protests that played out in New York City on Thursday.

“How many times do you have to see the same lesson replayed before you do something?” Cuomo said, citing Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and Eric Garner — black men who were severely assaulted or killed in encounters with New York police, beginning in 1997. “It shouldn’t take this long to end basic discrimination and basic injustice.”

By Shayna Jacobs
May 29, 2020 at 2:29 PM EDT

Anger over Floyd’s killing ripples far beyond the U.S.

LONDON — Millions of people around the world watched footage filmed Monday of a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, as he cried out that he couldn’t breathe. He later died.

The video, and scenes from the chaotic protests against police brutality that unfolded over the week, provoked responses across the globe.

Some leaders took the opportunity to express solidarity with marginalized communities in the United States. Others, often criticized for human rights abuses in their countries, sought to deflect attention toward America.

Read more here.

By Jennifer Hassan and Siobhán O'Grady
May 29, 2020 at 2:24 PM EDT

Taylor Swift to Trump: ‘We will vote you out in November’

Although she was far from the first celebrity to condemn President Trump, pop megastar Taylor Swift — the fifth most-followed person on Twitter — surprised many on social media Friday when she slammed the president after a tweet in which he called protesters “THUGS” and added, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

“After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’???” Swift tweeted to her 86 million followers, tagging Trump’s Twitter handle. “We will vote you out in November.”

Swift’s forceful tweet prompted many shocked reactions, as she only recently started speaking out about politics. After being criticized for staying silent during the 2016 presidential election, Swift has become more outspoken.

In a documentary this year that explores her political turnaround, she said, “If I get bad press for saying, ‘Don’t put a homophobic racist in office,’ then I get bad press for that. I really don’t care.”

By Emily Yahr
May 29, 2020 at 2:23 PM EDT

McConnell condemns violent protests but says anger fueling them is understandable

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday condemned “senseless violence” by demonstrators in both Minnesota and his home state of Kentucky but said anger at the deaths of African Americans by police was “certainly” understandable.

“For millions and millions of outraged Americans, these tragedies do not appear as isolated incidents, but as the latest disturbing chapters in our long, unfinished American struggle to ensure that equal justice under law is not conditional on the color of one’s skin,” McConnell, the Chamber’s top Republican, said in a statement.

McConnell, who is up for reelection this year, made similar comments earlier at an event in Kentucky, where he said the police officers facing scrutiny in both states deserve a fair process but “look pretty darn guilty.”

Read more here.

By John Wagner
May 29, 2020 at 1:41 PM EDT

Protesters gather outside dismissed officer’s Florida home

Protesters convened outside former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s Orlando-area townhouse Thursday and Friday to demonstrate against his involvement in George Floyd’s killing, according to local news reports.

Roughly 50 people outside the home in Windermere yelled while running up and down the street, circled the area in cars and honked their horns from Thursday evening until 3:30 a.m. Friday, the Orlando Sentinel reported, citing a neighbor it did not identify. Protesters returned there around 10 a.m. ahead of a demonstration planned for 3 p.m.

The address to Chauvin’s three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home has been shared across social media, the Sentinel reported. On Friday morning, “murderer” and “justice for George Floyd” were scribbled in chalk on the sidewalk, according to the newspaper.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement Friday stressing that Chauvin was not at that townhouse.

“For the safety of our community, we have verified that the Former Minneapolis Police Department officer with a home in Windermere in unincorporated Orange County is not at that home, and has no plans to be in the area,” the office wrote.

John Mina, head of the sheriff’s office, previously condemned Chauvin’s actions, calling them “inexcusable, indefensible, and in my opinion unlawful.”

By Lateshia Beachum
May 29, 2020 at 1:06 PM EDT

Gov. Walz says chaos in Minneapolis and St. Paul reflects ‘generations of pain, of anguish’

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) said in an emotional news conference Friday that the unrest that has destabilized Minneapolis and St. Paul this week is the result of a long history of pain over racism in policing.

“The fires still smolder in our streets,” he said. “The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish.”

Walz vowed “swift” justice for the officers involved in Floyd’s killing.

“It is my expectation that justice for the officers involved in this will be swift, that it will come in a timely manner, that it will be fair,” he said. “That is what we’ve asked for.”

The governor said although the public often expresses outrage over police killings, “we never start a process to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” He questioned how many deaths in police custody never attracted widespread attention because they were not caught on video.

Like in the cases of Philando Castile and other black people who have died in Minnesota at the hands of police, Walz said officers failed to listen to George Floyd as he struggled to breathe and pleaded for his life.

“Their voices went unheard, and now generations of pain is manifesting itself in front of the world,” Walz said. “And the world is watching.”

The governor also pleaded for an end to the violence and noted the difficulty in requiring the same institution that sparked the unrest — police — to restore order. But he said the underlying issues involved in Floyd’s death could not be addressed until the literal fires are extinguished.

“We cannot have the looting and the recklessness that went on. We can’t have it because we cannot function as a society,” Walz said. “And I refuse to let it take away the attention from the stain that we need to be working on.”

By Marisa Iati
May 29, 2020 at 12:49 PM EDT

Minnesota AG urges protesters not to view National Guard as occupying ‘military force’

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) encouraged residents to see the National Guard, which Gov. Tim Walz (D) activated late Thursday, as a calming force and not an occupying one.

During a Friday news conference with Walz, Ellison urged protesters not to take the anger they may feel toward the Minneapolis Police Department out on members of the guard.

“The presence you see on the street — don’t react to them the way you might react to the Minneapolis Police Department,” he said of the National Guard. “It’s not the same; it’s different leadership, different authority.”

The attorney general recognized the Minnesota National Guard’s help weeks earlier with distributing and administering covid-19 tests in the state.

“Please remember that this is not the group that you associate with unfair conduct, but it’s a group that, in fact, just a week ago was trying to make sure that Minnesota could survive and thrive and live because we are still in the middle of a pandemic,” he said. “I hope the community who is protesting will protest peacefully, but not see this not as another occupation by another military force.”

Walz’s decision to activate the guard released more than 500 soldiers into St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities to provide logistical support to local and state officials. Federal troops legally cannot be used as law enforcement.

By Kim Bellware
May 29, 2020 at 12:41 PM EDT

Obama calls for ‘new normal’ in aftermath of Floyd’s death

Former president Barack Obama on Friday called on Americans to work together to create a “new normal” in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, saying that disparate treatment based on race has become “maddeningly” normal.

“It’s natural to wish for life to just get back to normal as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us,” Obama said in a statement. “But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’ — whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in the park. … This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America.”

Obama said it would largely be up to officials in Minnesota to ensure justice is done in Floyd’s case.

“But it falls on all of us, regardless of race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts,” he said.

By John Wagner
May 29, 2020 at 12:28 PM EDT

‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’: Trump quotes Miami police chief’s 1967 warning

In late 1967, as armed robberies and unrest gripped black neighborhoods in Miami, the city’s white police chief — a tough-talking former U.S. Army Cavalry officer who parted his hair straight down the middle — held a news conference “declaring war” on criminals.

The police, Chief Walter Headley warned, would use shotguns and dogs at his command. And then he uttered the phrase that President Trump drew from Friday morning on Twitter to denounce the unrest in Minnesota and elsewhere.

“I’ve let the word filter down that when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Headley said.

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By Michael Rosenwald
May 29, 2020 at 11:03 AM EDT

First lady and Ivanka Trump offer softer messages on Minneapolis than president

President Trump’s wife and eldest daughter both weighed in on Twitter on Friday morning about the unrest in Minneapolis, adopting a far softer tone than the president, who hours later had warned of the possibility of the military shooting looters.

“Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence,” first lady Melania Trump said in a tweet. “I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now.”

She also extended her “deepest condolences” to the family of George Floyd, adding: “As a nation, let's focus on peace, prayers & healing.”

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a White House adviser, tweeted that [p]eople in Minneapolis are hurting for a reason.”

“Justice is how we heal,” she tweeted. “My heart goes out to George Floyd‘s family and all Americans who are hurting.”

Shortly afterward, the president sent a more measured tweet, noting that the National Guard had arrived “on the scene.”

“They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared,” Trump tweeted. “George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!”

By John Wagner
May 29, 2020 at 11:02 AM EDT

George Floyd and accused officer knew each other, city council member says

Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins said George Floyd and fired police officer Derek Chauvin knew each other because they worked security jobs at the same night club.

Both men worked at El Nuevo Rodeo on Lake Street before their last encounter, which left Floyd dead and a city in turmoil. Chauvin has been identified as the officer who held down Floyd by kneeling on his neck.

“They were both bouncers at that restaurant,” Jenkins told CNN. “So, Officer Chauvin, he knew George. They were co-workers for a really long time.”

Jenkins’s statement confirms assertions by the club’s former owner, Maya Santamaria, that the two men worked security for her club through 2019. She told KSTP that she was not sure whether they knew each other because a few dozen security guards often worked at once.

“Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open,” Santamaria told the station. “They were working together at the same time. It’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”

Santamaria added that she did not initially recognize Floyd when a friend showed her the viral video of his arrest and identified him as a former employee of the night club.

“And then they did the close-up, and that’s when I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s him,’” she told KSTP. “I didn’t recognize George as one of our security guys because he looked really different lying there like that.”

By Lateshia Beachum
May 29, 2020 at 11:02 AM EDT

A ‘furious’ Biden plans speech on Minnesota events

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, tweeted a simple message seemingly intended for Trump: “Enough.”

The former vice president then slammed Trump over a tweet flagged by Twitter as inciting violence against protesters in Minnesota. Biden said he wouldn’t amplify the tweet by repeating it, but characterized it as “calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many.”

“I’m furious, and you should be too,” Biden said.

Biden also said it was unjust that a black CNN reporter was arrested while covering the protests as “the white police officer who killed George Floyd remains free.” He added, “This, to me, says everything.”

These brief comments are a preview of remarks Biden will deliver later Friday about the events in Minnesota.

By Colby Itkowitz
May 29, 2020 at 10:45 AM EDT

Md. Gov. Hogan condemns Trump tweets, says ‘the evidence here seems overwhelming’ in Floyd’s death

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said there is no comparison between George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and that of Freddie Gray, whose death in the custody of Baltimore police in 2015 prompted nationwide outrage, a riot and a week of unrest in that city.

“I don't think it's a fair comparison,” Hogan said during a Friday appearance on NBC's “Today” show. “The evidence here seems overwhelming and clear to me. You have a video of exactly what happened."

Hogan said the communities’ responses to the deaths are similar, however, and he called Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) to offer his advice on dealing with the riots. He condemned President Trump’s tweet that said, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

“I do believe that you’ve got to have law and order. We’ve got to stop the burning and looting,” Hogan said. “But inciting violence on Twitter is not the way to go about it.”

Gray, like Floyd, was detained under questionable circumstances that were caught on tape. Gray died of a neck injury sustained by riding unrestrained in the back of a police van. The officers involved, some of whom were white, were quickly charged but not convicted.

Both deaths prompted widespread protests of endemic police brutality against black people.

Hogan said that once the violence subsides, leaders in Minnesota must get face-to-face with residents who have “legitimate concerns and frustrations,” but the role of the government right now is to end the violence by “lowering the temperature.”

“Inflammatory rhetoric I don’t think is helpful on either side,” he said.

Hogan, who entertained but ultimately turned down overtures by Trump opponents to challenge the president in the Republican primaries, drew national attention in 2015 for his response to unrest in Baltimore. His actions included a week-long curfew and patrols by the Maryland National Guard. After the violence ended, Hogan walked city streets during the daytime, asking residents to keep the peace.

By Erin Cox
May 29, 2020 at 10:22 AM EDT

Rep. Tlaib calls Trump a ‘violent white supremacist’ following tweets on Minneapolis unrest

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Friday called President Trump a “violent white supremacist” as she compared his responses to largely black demonstrators in Minneapolis to mostly white protesters in Michigan’s capital who objected last month to coronavirus-related restrictions.

“When someone tells you who they are, believe them,” Tlaib said in a tweet. “The Impeached President is a violent white supremacist.”

She highlighted a pair of tweets, including one posted by Trump early Friday morning in which he referred to demonstrators in Minneapolis as “thugs,” warned that he could send in the military and said that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

In the other, Trump seemingly backed protesters in Lansing, Mich., saying that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) should “give a little, and put out the fire.”

Those protesters, some of them armed and wearing Trump campaign paraphernalia, sought an end to emergency restrictions imposed by the governor.

“These are very good people, but they are angry,” Trump said in his tweet. “They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal."

Tlaib was just one of several Democrats in Congress to seize on Trump’s tweets in response to the unrest in Minneapolis.

“Trump’s tweets yet again show what racism looks like,” Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) wrote. “This is why we need new leadership. Vote.”

By John Wagner
May 29, 2020 at 10:22 AM EDT

Minneapolis officials say city’s response to third night of unrest is failing

The growing intensity of the protests in Minneapolis after a third straight night of tumult is evidence that the city’s strategy to calm residents through police force is not working, City Council member Jeremiah Ellison said Friday.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Ellison said the pain, anger and destruction that have gripped the city were preventable and that the city wasted a “great opportunity” on Tuesday evening, the first night of demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, to respond more effectively.

“Unfortunately, conventional wisdom of force won out,” Ellison said.

Minneapolis police were widely criticized for their aggressive response to the mostly peaceful protests on Tuesday. By the next night, the tensions, violence and damage had escalated.

“That’s the strategy we pursued, and that strategy has proved to be an unmitigated failure,” Ellison said.

“What people are responding to is not just the death of Mr. Floyd,” he added, listing other black people who have been killed by police in the Minneapolis metro area, such as Jamar Clark and Philando Castile.

Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins told CNN that the situation has spiraled out of control.

“It is very much complete chaos, or it was,” she said, noting that flare-ups around the city have stretched response resources thin. “It’s very much a spiraling situation.”

Jenkins said city and state officials are ultimately responsible for maintaining order.

“We cannot continue to allow this destruction to continue,” she said. “It’s disrupting innocent people’s lives. It’s putting innocent people in harm’s way.”

By Kim Bellware
May 29, 2020 at 9:54 AM EDT

Twitter slaps warning on official White House tweet

Twitter flagged an official White House tweet for “glorifying violence” shortly after the White House posted on its official account the same comments from President Trump’s feed about unrest in Minneapolis that the social media company previously said violated its rules.

“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” the White House tweet said, quoting Trump’s words referring to the man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”

Twitter previously blocked users from seeing those words on Trump’s account, which referred to Minnesota’s governor, unless they clicked on a notice saying it violated its rules.

The same is now the case with the White House account.

The White House move — and Twitter’s response — came amid an escalating fight between Trump and the social media platform, which he has accused of trying to censor him and fellow Republicans.

By John Wagner
May 29, 2020 at 8:58 AM EDT

CNN reporter, crew arrested live on air

CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his camera crew were arrested on air early Friday as they reported on the protests.

A Minnesota State Police officer said the journalists were arrested because they were told to move and didn’t, according to CNN. Jimenez is seen and heard on camera before his arrest identifying himself and his crew as reporters and saying, “We’re getting out of your way” and “put us back where you want us. Just let us know.”

After Jimenez was zip-tied by his wrists and led away, an off-camera crew member said: “We were just out here reporting the closing of the streets. Omar was just arrested. I believe we’re all about to be arrested.”

The arrest, which happened during CNN’s “New Day,” shocked hosts Alysin Camerota and John Berman.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Berman said.

Police continue to arrest crew members until the cameraman was left. It’s unclear whether police were aware that CNN’s camera continued to roll as they carried it away.

CNN political reporter Abby Phillip noted that her other colleague on the scene, who is white, was not arrested.

“He just reported that police approached him, asked him who he was with, he said CNN,” Phillip said via Twitter. “And they say “ok, you’re good.” This is minutes after Omar, who is black and Latino, was arrested nearby.”

CNN said in a statement on Twitter that the arrest was a First Amendment violation and demanded the reporters’ release.

“A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves — a clear violation of their First Amendment rights,” the company said. “The authorities in Minnesota, [including] the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately.”

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) soon apologized for the incident, calling it “totally unacceptable,” according to CNN.

Jimenez was released a short time later and was back on CNN, describing the ordeal.

By Kim Bellware
May 29, 2020 at 8:52 AM EDT

Trump’s warning of ‘shooting’ echoes previous comments about how police use force

President Trump has long sought to portray himself as an ally of law enforcement, touting his support for police officers. But in some cases, he has taken aim at particular officers and departments in remarks that broke with that pattern — and has also drawn criticism for comments implying police need to use more force.

His post on Twitter suggesting the military could intervene in the Minneapolis unrest and that “shooting” could follow evoked some of his past remarks.

During a 2017 speech on Long Island, Trump suggested that officers should not worry about injuring suspects during arrests.

“When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?” Trump told assembled officers, physically showing the motion of an officer shielding someone's head to keep it from bumping it on the squad car. “I said, you can take the hand away, okay?”

Current and former police chiefs across the country rebuked Trump over his remarks, as did the International Association of Chiefs of Police, while the then-head of the Drug Enforcement Administration told his staff at the time that Trump had “condoned police misconduct.”

Trump has also made other comments suggesting police need to be more aggressive. He has repeatedly criticized the Chicago police for the levels of gun violence in that city and suggested officers there were not doing their jobs. At one point during the 2016 presidential campaign, he said police there were “not tough,” and after taking office, he called the bloodshed there “very easily fixable.”

Last year, Trump was in Chicago addressing a conference of police chiefs and pilloried the city’s then-police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, who had invoked “our city’s core values” in explaining why he would skip the speech. Trump responded by belittling Johnson in his speech, saying the city deserved a top police official who “knows what he’s doing.” (Johnson was fired a few months later over unrelated issues.)

By Mark Berman
May 29, 2020 at 8:37 AM EDT

Minnesota attorney general says Trump is fueling ‘angry cycle’ with his tweets

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) on Friday condemned President Trump for tweets that he said have contributed to the “angry cycle” of violence taking place in Minneapolis in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Ellison spoke out after early-morning tweets in which Trump referred to protesters as “thugs,” warned that he could send in the military and said that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

“Calling people thugs and calling on people to get shot stems from the same sort of attitude that resulted in the death of George Floyd,” Ellison said during an appearance on “CBS This Morning.” “The tough guy, macho man … attitude is the heart of the problem. … We need the president, and everybody else who thinks that you can get to a better place through threats of violence, to stop it. Violence begets violence, and Trump’s angry words just feed an angry cycle that is going on in my beloved city.”

Ellison represented a Minneapolis-area congressional district before running for attorney general in 2018.

Twitter said that one of Trump’s tweets violated the company’s rules against glorifying violence, and it blocked users from viewing the tweet without reading a notice to that effect.

In an appearance later Friday on CNN, Ellison said he expects “there will be charges” against the four Minneapolis officers involved in Floyd’s death, though he noted his office is not the one to make that call.

By John Wagner
May 29, 2020 at 8:36 AM EDT

Trump campaign takes aim at Minneapolis mayor and Minnesota governor

President Trump’s reelection campaign weighed in Friday on the unrest in Minneapolis, saying the city’s mayor and state’s governor had “completely lost control” and sharply criticizing the arrest of a CNN crew by Minnesota police.

Both Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz are Democrats.

“Mayor Frey & Gov Walz have completely lost control in Minneapolis in a catastrophic display of failed leadership,” said a tweet from an official Trump campaign account. “The city is on fire & they outrageously arrested a CNN crew.”

The Trump campaign’s support for the CNN crew was notable given that the network has been repeatedly criticized by the president as “fake news” and that he has frequently touted his unflagging support for law enforcement.

The CNN crew was arrested early Friday while reporting on the protests. CNN said in a statement that the three journalists were arrested “for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves.” The crew was later released.

In the tweet, the campaign also noted that Trump had called on the Justice Department to investigate George Floyd’s death during an encounter with police.

“Clear-eyed justice must be served!” the tweet said.

By John Wagner
May 29, 2020 at 7:07 AM EDT

Twitter flags Trump for ‘glorifying violence’ after he says Minneapolis looting will lead to ‘shooting’

As protests over the death of George Floyd intensified in Minneapolis on Thursday night, President Trump slammed the demonstrators as “THUGS” on Twitter, threatening military intervention if the situation worsens and suggesting more looting would lead to “shooting.”

“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” Trump tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, adding, “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Critics condemned Trump’s tweet, asserting that he was promoting violent retaliation against protesters, and Twitter took swift action, flagging the post for violating rules about glorifying violence. The move is likely to exacerbate the fight between Trump and Twitter this week first sparked by the platform’s decision to place fact-checking labels on two of his erroneous tweets. On Thursday, after days of raging against social media companies, Trump signed an executive order that could punish them for how they police content.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post early Friday.

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By Allyson Chiu and Timothy Bella
May 29, 2020 at 6:40 AM EDT

Biden says country won’t heal without addressing ‘underlying injury’

Former vice president Joe Biden said Thursday night that the country must address the “older and deeper” problem of police brutality against minorities to heal from the “open wound” caused by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

“People all across this country are enraged and rightly so,” Biden said at the outset of a virtual fundraiser. “Every day, African Americans go about their lives with constant anxiety and trauma of wondering, ‘Will I be next?’ Sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s not.”

Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said Floyd’s death in his encounter with police “ripped open anew this … ugly underbelly of our society.” He said the officers involved must be held accountable.

“You know, if we’re not committed as a nation, with every ounce of purpose in our beings, not just to binding up this wound in hope that somehow the scab once again will cover things over, but to treat the underlying injury, we’re never going to eventually heal,” he said.

Biden’s remarks came at the outset of a fundraising concert that included musicians David Crosby, Sheryl Crow, Rufus Wainwright, Joe Walsh and Jimmy Buffett. It was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).

By John Wagner
May 29, 2020 at 6:09 AM EDT

‘A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’: Young protesters seize the chance to be heard in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — A predominantly young group of protesters descended on the city’s Third Precinct, which had been evacuated by authorities on Thursday night, setting fire to the structure as numerous looters searched smoke-filled hallways for souvenirs.

C’Monie Scott, 22, held up a gun belt complete with dangling handcuffs in one hand, and screamed into a megaphone, “F--- the police!” Scott said none of it would be happening if the city had quickly moved to prosecute the officers involved in the death of George Floyd.

“My people are only doing this because there is no justice,” Scott said. “Before this happened, we have never gone this far. This is on you guys. We’re three days in, sleep-deprived, dehydrated, hungry, and he still hasn’t been charged.”

As Scott spoke at 1:30 a.m., the second of four stolen postal vans sped through the intersection of East Lake Street and Minnehana Avenue. With one van having already been flipped over and set on fire, another vehicle, hot-wired and piloted by a 19-year-old community college student, would soon crash into the flaming wreckage.

The driver, who asked to be identified as Muhammad, said he was a student at Century College in White Bear Lake and had been studying to become a police officer until this week, when the weight of Floyd’s death and his friends’ disapproval of his career choice swung his ambition.

“I initially did it because it was a childhood dream, but there’s a lot better things I could do,” he said. “This irritated me so much. It’s clear cut. What more evidence could you possibly need?”

Self-appointed field medics used supplies from Target to treat the injured, including Muhammad, who lacerated his finger in the van heist and had a piece of glass wedged in the sole of his foot.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said. “Cause mayhem. Be heard.”

By Robert Klemko
May 29, 2020 at 2:09 AM EDT

‘These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd’: Trump lashes out at Minneapolis protesters

President Trump slammed the protesters in Minneapolis who breached a police precinct in response to the death of George Floyd, calling the demonstrators “THUGS,” suggesting military intervention and warning that there would be additional violence if looting continued.

“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” Trump tweeted around 1 a.m. Friday. He added, “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen.”

The president, in promising the U.S. military would take control of the situation if it escalated, added, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

Trump blamed Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) for the city’s 3rd Precinct building getting overrun by protesters. He said the mayor needed to “get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.”

It’s unclear what Trump was referencing, as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) had already activated the National Guard earlier in the day, with more than 500 soldiers sent to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities. While federal troops can provide logistical support in cases of national emergency, they cannot be used to enforce the law.

Trump indicated that he spoke with Walz, tweeting that he assured the governor that “the Military is with him all the way.”

“Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump tweeted.

The president’s message toward the protesters was met with backlash early Friday. Several observers noted that the phrase, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” was coined by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1967, who vowed violent reprisals on black protesters.

By Timothy Bella