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.
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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.”

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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.

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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.”

7:32 a.m.
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Minneapolis death in police custody ignites protests across nation

June 1, 2020 | Protesters are boxed in by authorities on Swann street between 14th and 15th streets in Washington DC. (Craig Hudson/For the Washington Post)
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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.

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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?”

5:18 a.m.
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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.

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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.

3:54 a.m.
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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.”

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF KELLIE CHAUVIN AND HER FAMILY This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is...

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.