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The latest:The Minneapolis officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested and charged with murder. Multiple cities have put forward curfews for Saturday night.Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic and in some cases lashed out destructively Saturday amid continuing protests across the country in numerous cities. City and state leaders in areas throughout the U.S. are declaring states of emergency.Police have arrested nearly 1,400 people in 17 U.S. cities since Thursday. But the actual number is likely higher as protests continue Saturday night.Tense protests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black people grew Saturday from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles, with police cars set ablaze and reports of injuries mounting on all sides as the country lurched toward another night of unrest after months of coronavirus lockdowns.Amid days of unrest led by the death of Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in police custody, protesters are raising their voices once again as tense clashes emerge.The large crowds involved, with many people not wearing masks or practicing social distancing, raised concerns among health experts about the potential for helping spread the coronavirus pandemic at a time when overall deaths are on the decline nationwide and much of the country is in the process of reopening society and the economy. — In Tallahassee, Florida, a pickup truck drove through a crowd of protesters, sending some running and screaming as the vehicle stopped and started and at one point had a person on its hood, police said, but no serious injuries were reported. Witnesses said a group followed the vehicle and forced it to stop. Police handcuffed the driver but did not release his name or say whether he would face any charges.— In Atlanta, a person on an ATV was riding and appeared to crash into a police motorcycle, police said. The officer sustained significant injuries but was transported to a hospital in stable condition. The rider is in custody. — In Columbia, South Carolina, a television reporter for WIS-TV was injured by rocks thrown outside the main police station. Several hundred people participated in the demonstration, tearing down the American and state flags in front of the building. They also swarmed a police car, breaking its windows, The State reported.— In Los Angeles protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter,” some within inches of the face shields of officers. Police used batons to move the crowd back and fired rubber bullets at demonstrators. One man used a skateboard to try to break the windshield of a police SUV. A spray-painted police car burned in the street.VIDEO: Pittsburgh Police car set on fire during protests— In Pittsburgh, two journalists were injured, business fronts were broken out and protesters entered businesses, officials said. And in Philadelphia, crowds gathered near a Starbucks on fire.— In Fargo, North Dakota, police warned people to avoid downtown, saying, “Protestors are not peaceful anymore.”—In Minneapolis, State Patrol troopers said they have made several arrests for gun violations and confiscated an AR-15. Soon after the city’s 8 p.m. curfew went into force, lines of police cars and officers in riot gear moved in to confront protesters, firing tear gas to push away throngs of people milling around the city’s 5th police precinct station.Washington protests continueAfter a tumultuous Friday night, racially diverse crowds took to the streets again for mostly peaceful demonstrations in dozens of cities from coast to coast.In Washington, people moved metal barrier units aside and closed in on police in riot gear. The protesters held up their hands and said, “Don’t shoot.”Protesting on Friday briefly put the White House on lockdown, and people threw rocks, urine and alcohol at Secret Service officers that night, Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said Saturday. “In several instances our officers incurred injuries that include broken bones,” he said. President Donald Trump said Saturday he will not tolerate mob violence during demonstrations over the death of Floyd.Trump says that “I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace, and I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack and menace. Healing, not hatred. Justice not chaos are the missions at hand.”Protesters brazenly resist curfewsOvernight curfews were imposed in more than a dozen major cities nationwide, ranging from 6 p.m. in parts of South Carolina to 10 p.m. around Ohio. People were also told to be off the streets of Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle and Minneapolis — where thousands had ignored the same order Friday night.US protests erupt after cop charged in George Floyd deathProtesters nationwide have demanded justice for Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died this week after a white police officer used his knee to pin him down in an incident captured on video. The white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck was arrested and charged Friday, and authorities imposed an overnight curfew to try to stem three nights of often-violent protests that left dozens of stores burned and looted.Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case. He was also accused of ignoring another officer at the scene who expressed concerns about the black man as he lay handcuffed on the ground, pleading that he could not breathe. Floyd had been arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill at a small grocery store.The bail for Chauvin was set at $500,000.Meanwhile, Chauvin’s wife, Kellie Chauvin, has filed for a dissolution of their marriage, according to reports. Military police put on alertAs unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis.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.The get-ready orders were sent verbally on Friday, after President Donald Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.The Pentagon said Saturday it was ready to provide military help to authorities scrambling to contain unrest in Minneapolis, but Gov. Tim Walz has not requested federal troops.Jonathan Rath Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said several military units have been placed on higher alert “as a prudent planning measure” in case Walz asks for help.Hoffman said these are units normally on 48-hour recall to support state authorities in the event of crises like natural disasters. They are now on four-hour alert, Hoffman said.Defense officials said there was no intent by the Pentagon to deploy any federal forces to Minnesota unless Walz asked for help. If he did make such a request, federal units such as military police could provide logistical and other kinds of support to the Minnesota National Guard or state law enforcement, but would not get directly involved in law enforcement under current plans, the officials said. They were not authorized to discuss the planning publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Hoffman said Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had spoken to Walz twice in the past 24 hours and told him the Pentagon was prepared to help if needed. Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, said the Pentagon’s decision to place some military units on a higher state of alert for potential deployment was “a prudent move” that gave Walz more options.Trump made the request on a phone call from the Oval Office on Thursday night that included Esper, National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brien and several others. The president asked Esper for rapid deployment options if the Minneapolis protests continued to spiral out of control, according to one of the people, senior Pentagon official who was on the call.”When the White House asks for options, someone opens the drawer and pulls them out so to speak.” the official said.The person said the military units would be deployed under the Insurrection Act of 1807, which was last used in 1992 during the riots in Los Angeles that followed the Rodney King trial.“If this is where the president is headed response-wise, it would represent a significant escalation and a determination that the various state and local authorities are not up to the task of responding to the growing unrest,” Brad Moss, a Washington D.C.-based attorney, who specializes in national security.Members of the police units were on a 30-minute recall alert early Saturday, meaning they would have to return to their bases inside that time limit in preparation for deployment to Minneapolis inside of four hours. Units at Fort Drum are slated to head to Minneapolis first, according to the three people, including two Defense Department officials. Roughly 800 U.S. soldiers would deploy to the city if called. Council members want Minn AG to take Floyd caseSeveral Minneapolis City Council members are asking Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to appoint the state’s attorney general as a special prosecutor in the death of George Floyd.Six of the council’s 13 members say they support a call from Floyd’s family for Attorney General Keith Ellison to handle the prosecution. The council members say they don’t think Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has the public trust necessary for the job.Freeman on Friday charged now-fired officer Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder in Floyd’s death.The council members say Freeman waited too long in bringing charge. They say Ellison, who is black, is best qualified to handle the case. They also cite a working group he helped lead on deaths involving police.CNN contributed to this report.

The latest:

  • The Minneapolis officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested and charged with murder.
  • Multiple cities have put forward curfews for Saturday night.
  • Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic and in some cases lashed out destructively Saturday amid continuing protests across the country in numerous cities.
  • City and state leaders in areas throughout the U.S. are declaring states of emergency. Georgia’s governor expanded a measure from a county covering Atlanta to the entire state.
  • Police have arrested nearly 1,400 people in 17 U.S. cities since Thursday. But the actual number is likely higher as protests continue Saturday night.

Tense protests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black people grew Saturday from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles, with police cars set ablaze and reports of injuries mounting on all sides as the country lurched toward another night of unrest after months of coronavirus lockdowns.

Amid days of unrest led by the death of Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in police custody, protesters are raising their voices once again as tense clashes emerge.

The large crowds involved, with many people not wearing masks or practicing social distancing, raised concerns among health experts about the potential for helping spread the coronavirus pandemic at a time when overall deaths are on the decline nationwide and much of the country is in the process of reopening society and the economy.

— In Tallahassee, Florida, a pickup truck drove through a crowd of protesters, sending some running and screaming as the vehicle stopped and started and at one point had a person on its hood, police said, but no serious injuries were reported. Witnesses said a group followed the vehicle and forced it to stop. Police handcuffed the driver but did not release his name or say whether he would face any charges.

— In Atlanta, a person on an ATV was riding and appeared to crash into a police motorcycle, police said. The officer sustained significant injuries but was transported to a hospital in stable condition. The rider is in custody.

— In Columbia, South Carolina, a television reporter for WIS-TV was injured by rocks thrown outside the main police station. Several hundred people participated in the demonstration, tearing down the American and state flags in front of the building. They also swarmed a police car, breaking its windows, The State reported.

— In Los Angeles protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter,” some within inches of the face shields of officers. Police used batons to move the crowd back and fired rubber bullets at demonstrators. One man used a skateboard to try to break the windshield of a police SUV. A spray-painted police car burned in the street.

VIDEO: Pittsburgh Police car set on fire during protests

— In Pittsburgh, two journalists were injured, business fronts were broken out and protesters entered businesses, officials said. And in Philadelphia, crowds gathered near a Starbucks on fire.

— In Fargo, North Dakota, police warned people to avoid downtown, saying, “Protestors are not peaceful anymore.”

—In Minneapolis, State Patrol troopers said they have made several arrests for gun violations and confiscated an AR-15. Soon after the city’s 8 p.m. curfew went into force, lines of police cars and officers in riot gear moved in to confront protesters, firing tear gas to push away throngs of people milling around the city’s 5th police precinct station.

Washington protests continue

After a tumultuous Friday night, racially diverse crowds took to the streets again for mostly peaceful demonstrations in dozens of cities from coast to coast.

In Washington, people moved metal barrier units aside and closed in on police in riot gear. The protesters held up their hands and said, “Don’t shoot.”

Protesting on Friday briefly put the White House on lockdown, and people threw rocks, urine and alcohol at Secret Service officers that night, Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said Saturday. “In several instances our officers incurred injuries that include broken bones,” he said.

President Donald Trump said Saturday he will not tolerate mob violence during demonstrations over the death of Floyd.

Trump says that “I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace, and I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack and menace. Healing, not hatred. Justice not chaos are the missions at hand.”

Protesters brazenly resist curfews

Overnight curfews were imposed in more than a dozen major cities nationwide, ranging from 6 p.m. in parts of South Carolina to 10 p.m. around Ohio. People were also told to be off the streets of Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle and Minneapolis — where thousands had ignored the same order Friday night.

US protests erupt after cop charged in George Floyd death

Protesters nationwide have demanded justice for Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died this week after a white police officer used his knee to pin him down in an incident captured on video.

The white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck was arrested and charged Friday, and authorities imposed an overnight curfew to try to stem three nights of often-violent protests that left dozens of stores burned and looted.

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case. He was also accused of ignoring another officer at the scene who expressed concerns about the black man as he lay handcuffed on the ground, pleading that he could not breathe. Floyd had been arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill at a small grocery store.

The bail for Chauvin was set at $500,000.

Meanwhile, Chauvin’s wife, Kellie Chauvin, has filed for a dissolution of their marriage, according to reports.

Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Military police put on alert

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 U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis.

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.

The get-ready orders were sent verbally on Friday, after President Donald Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.

The Pentagon said Saturday it was ready to provide military help to authorities scrambling to contain unrest in Minneapolis, but Gov. Tim Walz has not requested federal troops.

Jonathan Rath Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said several military units have been placed on higher alert “as a prudent planning measure” in case Walz asks for help.

Hoffman said these are units normally on 48-hour recall to support state authorities in the event of crises like natural disasters. They are now on four-hour alert, Hoffman said.

Defense officials said there was no intent by the Pentagon to deploy any federal forces to Minnesota unless Walz asked for help. If he did make such a request, federal units such as military police could provide logistical and other kinds of support to the Minnesota National Guard or state law enforcement, but would not get directly involved in law enforcement under current plans, the officials said. They were not authorized to discuss the planning publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Hoffman said Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had spoken to Walz twice in the past 24 hours and told him the Pentagon was prepared to help if needed.

Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, said the Pentagon’s decision to place some military units on a higher state of alert for potential deployment was “a prudent move” that gave Walz more options.

Trump made the request on a phone call from the Oval Office on Thursday night that included Esper, National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brien and several others. The president asked Esper for rapid deployment options if the Minneapolis protests continued to spiral out of control, according to one of the people, senior Pentagon official who was on the call.

”When the White House asks for options, someone opens the drawer and pulls them out so to speak.” the official said.

The person said the military units would be deployed under the Insurrection Act of 1807, which was last used in 1992 during the riots in Los Angeles that followed the Rodney King trial.

“If this is where the president is headed response-wise, it would represent a significant escalation and a determination that the various state and local authorities are not up to the task of responding to the growing unrest,” Brad Moss, a Washington D.C.-based attorney, who specializes in national security.

Members of the police units were on a 30-minute recall alert early Saturday, meaning they would have to return to their bases inside that time limit in preparation for deployment to Minneapolis inside of four hours. Units at Fort Drum are slated to head to Minneapolis first, according to the three people, including two Defense Department officials. Roughly 800 U.S. soldiers would deploy to the city if called.

Council members want Minn AG to take Floyd case

Several Minneapolis City Council members are asking Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to appoint the state’s attorney general as a special prosecutor in the death of George Floyd.

Six of the council’s 13 members say they support a call from Floyd’s family for Attorney General Keith Ellison to handle the prosecution. The council members say they don’t think Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has the public trust necessary for the job.

Freeman on Friday charged now-fired officer Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder in Floyd’s death.

The council members say Freeman waited too long in bringing charge. They say Ellison, who is black, is best qualified to handle the case. They also cite a working group he helped lead on deaths involving police.

CNN contributed to this report.


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