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Protests over George Floyd's death spread across the nation

Protests over George Floyd's death spread across the nation Photo: ABC News

Compilation from The Associated Press
Updated: May 30, 2020 10:17 PM

Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody have spread to other areas across the United States. The unrest followed the killing in Minnesota of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody.

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The mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, has declared a state of civil emergency after protesters set a fire inside the Metro Courthouse in the state’s capital city. 
    
Thousands had rallied near the Capitol building Saturday afternoon to peacefully protest police brutality and racism. But things turned violent after darkness fell, with protesters breaking windows in government buildings and causing other property damage. 
    
The Tennessean newspaper says demonstrators also pulled down a statue outside the Capitol of Edward Carmack, a controversial former lawmaker and newspaper publisher who espoused racist views. 
    
Police deployed tear gas and began warning demonstrators that the protest was unlawful. 
    
Gov. Bill Lee issued an order Saturday night for the National Guard to mobilize “in response to protests that have now taken a violent, unlawful turn in Nashville.”

Chicago’s mayor has announced an overnight curfew in the city running from 9 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday, and she says police will crack down on any violence.
    
Mayor Lori Lightfoot says that peaceful protesting over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has “devolved into criminal conduct.” 
    
She says police will be aggressive with arrests for anyone caught damaging property. 
    
In the mayor’s words: “We can have zero tolerance for people who came prepared for a fight and tried to initiate and provoke our police department.”
    
It was initially a peaceful protest in Miami over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but the protest has turned violent, with some demonstrators setting fire to police cars. 
    
Witnesses to the clash Saturday say officers responded with tear gas and fireworks to disperse the crowd. The mayor has declared a 10 p.m. curfew. 
    
At one point, Interstate 95 was shut down as protesters stood on the busy highway. Police also used bicycles to push back an increasingly rowdy crowd throwing rocks.
    
Elsewhere in Florida, protesters in Tampa smashed store windows and set a gas station ablaze Saturday night after a peaceful demonstration during the day. Some broke into AT&T and Gold N Diamond stores.

Curfews are in effect or imminent in more than a dozen U.S. cities facing rising unrest following the death of George Floyd. 
    
The start times Saturday evening range from 6 p.m. in parts of South Carolina to 10 p.m. around Ohio. People are being told to get off the streets beginning at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. in Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles and Seattle. 
    
A curfew is in effect for a second night in and around Minneapolis, where Floyd died earlier this week after a police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest. Thousands ignored the Friday night curfew and peaceful protests gave way to violence late into the night.
    
Authorities in Philadelphia say a peaceful demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis also turned toviolence, and at least 13 police officers have been injured amid incidents of arson and store break-ins in the city's doqwntown.
    
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw says at least four police vehicles were set ablaze and other fires were set throughout downtown Saturday afternoon. Protesters smashed windows and stole merchandise from stores as police tried to worked to corral the crowd, which Outlaw estimates numbered about 3,000.
    
Protesters also sprayed graffiti on a statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, tried to topple it and set a fire at its base. Rizzo was Philadelphia's mayor from 1972 to 1980 and was praised by supporters as tough on crime but accused by critics of discriminating against minorities.
    
Authorities in Philadelphia have ordered a citywide curfew has been implemented from 8 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.
    
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert activated the Utah National Guard after protesters angry over the death of George Floyd turned violent during a demonstration at which some participants carried rifles in Salt Lake City. 
    
Herbert says in a tweet that the Guard will help control “the escalating situation” in the downtown area following the unrest Saturday afternoon.
    
The protest started out peacefully, but degenerated into violence. A group of people flipped over a police car and lit it on fire. Some demonstrators smashed eggs and wrote graffiti on the walls of the Salt Lake City police station. Others marched through downtown to the state Capitol.
    
Some people in the protest openly carried rifles, which is legal in Utah.

The unrest doesn't stop there, there are protests, riots and curfews happening all over the country.
    
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has imposed a downtown curfew for Saturday night after some protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis turned violent. 
    
With protesters were back out Saturday, Garcetti said everyone must be off down town streets by 8 p.m. and stay away until 5:30 a.m.
    
Several police cars were torched Saturday afternoon as some protesters ignored authorities’ call for peaceful demonstrations. 
    
That followed a night of violence during which people smashed windows, robbed stores and set fires. Los Angeles police reported arresting 533 people during the night.

In Seattle, the Washington State Patrol closed Interstate 5 in both directions through downtown after a protest over the death of George Floyd spilled onto the freeway.
    
Thousands of people gathered in the downtown area Saturday for a largely peaceful demonstration, but some protesters turned rowdier as the afternoon worn on. Police used pepper spray on the demonstrators and deployed flash bang devices. 
    
Police said arrests were made but an exact figure wasn’t available.
    
State patrol Chief John Batiste said in a statement that ”the freeway is not a safe or appropriate place for demonstration.” 
    
Meanwhile, a crowd gathered in Atlanta to protest the death of George Floyd and some people started throwing objects at officers guarding the Georgia governor’s mansion.
    
Hundreds of people stood on a residential sidewalk Saturday evening across the street from the mansion in the city’s affluent Buckhead neighborhood. Cars and motorcyclists continued to sporadically drive by in front of the demonstrators.
    
Authorities responded by taking at least one person into custody.
    
Gov. Brian Kemp was not inside the home Saturday evening.
    
Earlier in the day, Atlanta’s mayor announced a curfew will be in effect in the city from 9 p.m. Saturday to sunrise Sunday. That order followed a night of violence that erupted in the city during demonstrations over Floyd's death.

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