Watch Live: Riots Erupt From Coast To Coast; Curfews Imposed; Stores Looted; D.C. Activates National Guard
across the country:
- Peaceful protests quickly turn violent across major US cities
- US cities announce curfews after protests turn violent
- Protests unfold across from White House
- Seven states now activating National Guard troops
Protests in major US cities
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Update (22:10ET): The military police has arrived at the White House…
Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.
… as crowds of protesters gather.
SCNENES NEAR THE WHITE HOUSE
… and as rioters charge the Police after a reported explosion:
Developing from near the White House.
… and the DC National Guard has been activated:
BREAKING: U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy activates D.C. National Guard to help maintain order near the White House
…as Military Police from the National Guard are now lined up in front of the White House
NOW: Military Police from the National Guard are now lined up in front of the White House complex in Washington D.C.
The president does not appear too nervous, tweeting moments ago that he has activated the National Guard in Minneapolis “to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn’t do. Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage & Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined.”
The National Guard has been released in Minneapolis to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn’t do. Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage & Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined. Great job by the National Guard. No games!
Meanwhile, NYC is going from bad to worse to downright “Joker.”
Chaos in Union Square NYC. More police moving in. Heading Several cars exploding. Helicopters overhead.
Dozens of firefighters all over Union Square putting out car fires pic.twitter.com/NBQBxAVSVB
Union Square #GeorgeFlyod
And, just like in Chicago, the island is starting to barricade itself: the Manhattan Bridge is now shut down:
The Manhattan Bridge was temporarily shut down tonight as protestors crossed from Brooklyn. Some are now gathered at Barclays Center. Live at 11 @NBCNewYork #NYCPROTEST #brooklyn
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Update (22:00 ET): Curfews are being imposed across the nation in response to the riots:
- Rochester, NY
CURFEW IN EFFECT: Until further notice, a curfew between the hours of 9PM and 6AM is now in effect in the City of Chicago. Please stay safe.
#BREAKING Mayor Garcetti expands curfew to all of Los Angeles, in effect from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. as violence erupts during #GeorgeFloyd protests https://abc7.la/2ZPKZra
Mayor Eric Garcetti announces curfew for Downtown Los Angeles after violent protests over George…
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a curfew for Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles after more than 500 people were arrested and five police officers were hurt overnight Friday amid violent protests…
- L.A. EXTENDS CURFEW TO ENTIRE CITY FROM 8 P.M. TO 5:30 A.M.
And here’s why:
- PROTESTERS BREACH BARRICADE ON RODEO DRIVE BEVERLY HILLS, ATTEMPTING TO BREAK INTO THE GUCCI STORE – CBSLA
- THE NORDSTROM STORE IN THE GROVE SHOPPING MALL IN LA BEING LOOTED – CBSLA
- NOW LOOTING THE APPLE STORE IN THE GROVE SHOPPING MALL
- RIOTERS SET BEVERLY HILLS PD VEHICLE ON FIRE – CBSLA
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Update (21:53 ET): A police officer in Jacksonville has been stabbed during a protest. According to WTSP, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said a protester stabbed one of his deputies in the neck and “many people have been arrested” in protests downtown Saturday. Authorities are warning the public to stay away from the downtown area as a protest continues against police brutality.
Earlier, police officers – seemingly terrified to fight back – were attacked and dragged through the streets of Chicago.
CHAOS: Police officers dragged through the street in Chicago
And in Salt Lake City, a man yelling “all lives matter” was overpowered after pointing hunting bow at protesters.
NEW: Man yelling “all lives matter” is overpowered after pointing hunting bow at protesters in Salt Lake City
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Update (21:40 ET): New York is rapidly falling to the rioting mob, with scenes taken straight out of the joker, as cop cars get barricaded by protesters, and while some make their way out…
Watch to the end
… others aren’t so lucky.
Another NYPD vehicle taken down in Union Square
Meanwhile the confrontations between police and protesters are getting all too real:
Tense moments from right near #UnionSquare – as there was a face off before creating a line. An @NYPDnews officer shoved me while telling me to get back and shoved another independent photographer with a baton.
The scenes are simply surreal:
Another NYPD vehicle taken down in Union Square
Man dragged down and arrested after crowd started running.
Officers from @NYPD44Pct in the #Bronx just arrived in that van here in #UnionSquare
Over in the city of brotherly mugging, things are deteriorating fast too with a cop car on fire, as the Apple store gets looted:
COP CAR ON FIRE, APPLE STORE LOOTED IN PHILLY
A Nike story in Chicago just got rid of some excess inventory:
Nike store on Michigan Ave. looted in Chicago
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Update (20:19 ET): Absolutely stunning video emerges from Seattle this evening of a protester commandeering an AR-15 from a police car. Judging by the clip, the weapon had a loaded magazine and holographic sights.
Then, an unidentified man with an AR-15 comes up to the rifle-wielding protester and quickly snatches it out of his hand.
Crazy! Guy finds what looks like AR-15 in busted up police cruiser and gets gun pulled on him immediately. #seattleprotest
Chaos is unfolding across the country – this is history – unprecedented – and will continue for the coming days.
CHAOS: Police officers dragged through the street in Chicago
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Update (19:52 ET): National Guard convoy spotted rolling into Washington, D.C. as social unrest continues to worsen.
Just another day in the capital of the United States of America
National Guard arrives to DC Washington for cool down the riots,
and hey western media its not Hong Kong @zhang_heqing @zlj517 @libijian2 https://twitter.com/AliciaArbaiza/status/1266865870363648001/video/1 …
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Update (18:18 ET): It’s Saturday evening, and social unrest unfolds across America as the country quickly descends into chaos. Many of today’s protests started peacefully but have suddenly turned violent.
Let’s start in Philadelphia, where multiple cars are on fire.
This is the scene in Center City Philadelphia
Protesters torch a Starbucks at Dilworth Park outside City Hall.
.@Starbucks is burning at Dilworth Park outside of City Hall. It’s done. #phillyprotest @CBSPhilly @CBSNews
Meanwhile, in Dallas, a mob has attacked a line of cop cars.
HAPPENING NOW IN DALLAS:
Multiple occupied squad cars being damaged by rioters.
Protesters who disagree with the violence being shouted down.
Cops have begun to use tear gas & have called in the paddy wagon.
Heavily armed Dallas Police shoot tear gas into the crowd.
#dallaspd advance on the #DallasProtest crowd, shoot tear gas, and aimed it in my direction. It was shot behind me in my IG live stream.
A massive crowd assembles in downtown Miami.
Protesters in downtown Miami cross Biscayne Boulevard from outside Bayside to NE 3rd Street. #MiamiProtest #GeorgeFloyd
Protesters shut down a highway in Miami.
Protests in honor of #GeorgeFloyd in #Miami are peaceful but traffic has been disrupted! #MiamiProtest : @nbc6
VOA’s Steve Herman tweeted, “demonstration turns violent” in Chicago.
Chicago demonstration turns violent: https://abc7chicago.com/watch/23381/
Protesters and police clash in Chicago.
Violence has erupted in Chicago. Witnessing firsthand multiple officers swing their batons at a protester. #chicagoprotest #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #trumptower
In the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, a huge crowd gathers in the streets.
Many protesters are seen on top of a bus that has been vandalized. Watch live: https://ktla.com/news/local-news/3rd-night-of-downtown-l-a-protests-over-george-floyds-death-ends-with-officers-hurt-declaration-of-unlawful-assembly/ …
At least four separate groups, including at the Pan Pacific Park near The Grove, have taken to the streets of Central L.A. on Saturday afternoon https://ktla.com/news/local-news/3rd-night-of-downtown-l-a-protests-over-george-floyds-death-ends-with-officers-hurt-declaration-of-unlawful-assembly/ …
Police car lit on fire in downtown Los Angeles.
WATCH LIVE: Police vehicles are on fire, as protests continue in the LA area. http://4.nbcla.com/SYJsTvP
Protesters turn violent at the White House.
Currently at the White House
Protesters swarm highway in San Diego.
Massive crowds forming in NYC.
Chaos in Times Square.
Police fire tear gas at protesters in Seattle.
Explosions in downtown Seattle go off https://www.pscp.tv/w/caGH1zFlVmpZa0JHZ1JRTE98MURYeHllcU9aZGR4TRuDO1FcaRq-2a9kPrRfpmt3kXOuhNdcHMOLSLPzxDkb …
Ronnie Estoque @RonnieEstoque
Explosions in downtown Seattle go off — Seattle, WA, United States
Massive crowd develops in Cleveland, Ohio.
A look of the size of the crowd at the #Cleveland #protest
One shocked Twitter user said: “Protestors have arrived in BeverlyHills. I’d never thought I’d see a protest in Beverly Hills. Wow. I hope this stays this peaceful.”
Protestors have arrived in #BeverlyHills. I’d never thought I’d see a protest in Beverly Hills. Wow. I hope this stays this peaceful. #RodeoDrive #BLACK_LIVES_MATTER
New reports indicate Colorado National Guard activates after buildings in Denver were damaged with explosives and rioters armed with rifles.
COLORADO GOVERNOR ACTIVATES NATIONAL GUARD AFTER BUILDINGS IN DENVER WERE DAMAGED WITH EXPLOSIVES AND MANY RIOTERS WERE ARMED WITH RIFLES – FOX NEWS
None of this is surprising considering the country has just experienced an economic collapse with 40 million people unemployed. Social unrest will likely get worse before it gets better. Riots could continue into next week. It’s only a matter of time before National Guard troops are called up around the country.
Watch Riots Across America Live
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Update (13:35ET): Daily Mail reports the Pentagon has told active-duty military police to be ready to deploy to Minneapolis, a move that would hopefully squash the continued social unrest. The last time the military was sent into a US metro area to disperse large crowds was during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
“As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty US military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.
“Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders.
“Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.
“The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations.” – Daily Mail
Fox News reported that protests could be seen in more than 50 cities on Saturday evening.
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Update (12:50ET): Several videos surfaced online of protesters (on Friday night) in Oakland stealing cars from dealerships.
BRA NIGGAS LOOTED A CAR OUT OF HONDA OAKLAND
In one instance, protesters torched exotic sports cars at a Mercedes dealership.
NIGGAS DID THE BENZ DEALERSHIP IN OAKLAND TOO
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Update (11:19 ET): Prepare for a night of hell, as per Fox News’ report that 50 cities could see protests on Saturday night.
PROTESTS EXPECTED IN 50+ U.S CITIES TONIGHT – FOX NEWS second wave coming
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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz summed-up the current chaos erupting nationwide perfectly:
“This is absolutely no longer about George Floyd or addressing inequities anymore. This is an organized attack designed to destabilize civil society.”
Protests raged overnight in dozens of U.S. cities, including Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Houston, and several large metro areas on the West Coast.
Protests or social unrest was seen in these major metros on Friday night:
- Houston & Fort Worth, TX
- Chicago, IL
- Atlanta, GA
- Washington D.C.
- Detroit, MI
- Fort Wayne, IN
- Kansas City, MO
- Des Moines, IA
- Vegas, NV
- Charlotte, NC
- San Jose, CA
- Boston, MA
- Memphis, TN
- Columbus, OH
- Denver, CO
- Cincinnati, OH
- Portland, ME
- Louisville, KY
Starting in Minneapolis, where unrest continued into the fourth night following the death of George Floyd, a man who was killed by Minneapolis Police on Monday, had Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Jon Jensen and Governor Tim Walz announce the request for 1,000 more soldiers from the National Guard as widespread rioting and looting continued.
“This is the largest civilian deployment in Minnesota history that we have out there today, and quite candidly right now, we do not have the numbers,” Walz said Saturday morning.” We cannot arrest people when we are trying to hold ground because of the sheer size, the dynamics, and wanton violence.”
Jensen expects by Saturday evening, up to 1,700 soldiers will be “ready to go.” On Friday night, assault rifle-wielding soldiers were spotted on the streets within the ranks of local police.
A fleet of armored Humvees lined the street “on Chicago Ave in between Lake St. and 31st as firefighters battle raging fires 8 blocks from where George Floyd was killed,” tweeted Unicorn Riot.
Protesters appeared to have torched a Wells Fargo bank.
Wells Fargo by the 5th Precinct in Minneapolis
Building structure(s) are still on fire on Saturday morning.
This is the area around the 5th Precinct
The view from my apartment is getting intense. Stay safe #Minneapolis.
LynLake Speedway (I believe) is on fire. Uptown, Lake & Aldrich.
Check cashing stores (pictured here) and pawn shops burning all over town.
Chaos and destruction continue into the weekend.
O’Reilly Auto Parts right now in Minneapolis
What appears to be an Auto Zone on fire right now in Minneapolis
Live in Downtown Minneapolis right now:
Scenes last night from Interstate 35W, a major highway system in the U.S. that passes through downtown Minneapolis, where protesters broke into a moving UPS truck and stole packages.
Protestors getting into the back of a UPS truck as it goes by on 35W @KSTP
In response to Washington, D.C. protests on Friday evening, President Trump thanked the Secret Service on Saturday morning for protecting the White house.
“Many Secret Service agents just waiting for action,” President Trump tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Treasury Department in DC was breached by rioters, who spray-painted the building. According to CNN, some of the protesters were stopped by US Secret Service but eventually let go.
At least one protestor spray painted graffiti on the bank building.
Down in Atlanta, CNN’s headquarters were attacked by protesters on Friday evening.
Several stunning images of the unrest in Atlanta last night.
An angry mob lit NYPD Police vans on fire last night:
#Breaking Protesters set #NYPD van on fire. @NY1 @RonLeeReporting captured this video in Fort Green, #Brooklyn.
Rioting in Brooklyn overnight.
Rioters pushing the lines in Brooklyn
From Houston to Phoenix to Portland, police forces have reported widespread social unrest.
Our officers made nearly 200 arrests of those who participated in unlawful assemblies throughout the day & night. Most will be charged with obstructing a roadway.
4 of our officers suffered minor injuries & 8 police vehicles were damaged.
Updates will be posted here. #hounews
Property throughout the downtown Phoenix area has been vandalized as some demonstrators engage in criminal behavior, breaking windows and doors to municipal and private business and destroy cars parked along the street.
Two arrests have been made related to this evenings riot. Another arrest was made around 3:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon related to the demonstration near the Justice Center. Details will be provided in a press release when more information becomes available.
As things spiral out of control, two Federal Protective Service officers suffered gunshot wounds in Oakland, California, last night, leaving one of them dead.
Oakland was crazy in the overnight, one protester stole a skid loader tractor and drove it down the street.
Earlier in #Oakland : Rioters use a mini bulldozer during the riots in that city
Protesters clashed with police in Oakland.
Meanwhile, the protest / riot in Oakland CA has gotten out of control…large crowd, flames, smoke…reaching critical mass.
Protesters looting a car dealership in Oakland.
Part 1 of 2 Oakland #GeorgeFloyd #Oakland #bayarea #california #protests #riots #TheSavageRoom #Savage
Several years ago, US Northern Command “rehearsed non-lethal riot control tactics” at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona. Perhaps preparation for widespread social unrest across the country. The government has known this day was coming…
President Trump signed an executive order in late March that allows the Pentagon to mobilize up to a million troops to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the country. The order could now be directed at social unrest. It’s only a matter of time before more state governors activate National Guard troops like Minnesota did early this week.
We were the first to note Friday, the federal government flew a military drone above Minneapolis to spy on protesters.
A perfect storm develops: 40 million unemployed, economy crashed, record polarization and wealth inequality at extremes, the country is quickly descending into chaos into the summer months. So what happens when the government stops unleashing helicopter money for people who recently lost their jobs?