Hundreds of people were arrested over the weekend as protesters and police clashed in cities across America after the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked more than 100 protests, rallies and vigils, according to NBC News.
Mayors of major cities from Los Angeles to Philadelphia to Atlanta imposed curfews and at least 12 states, as well as Washington, D.C., activated National Guard troops in an effort to keep the peace, but protests in several cities descended into violence again as tensions boiled over.
Derek Chauvin, the officer filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck, was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter.
The social unrest over police brutality comes in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 100,000 Americans and led to the worst unemployment since the Great Depression. The unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, a post-WWII record, and is likely to rise above 20%.
The black community has been hit disproportionately hard by Covid-19. Nearly 23% of all deaths from the pandemic are African American even though black people make up about 13% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Many cities and local governments across the country had imposed curfews for Sunday night. Here is a partial list of the cities that have announced such measures. All times are in the local time for the city.
- Atlanta: 9 p.m. to sunrise
- Chicago: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- D.C.: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Select areas of Dallas: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Los Angeles: 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
- Miami: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Minneapolis: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Select areas of Nashville: 8 p.m to 6 a.m.
- Philadelphia: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- San Francisco: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Seattle: 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said the nation's largest city will not impose a curfew.
7:35 a.m. ET — California's Department of Human Resources has ordered all state buildings in downtown city areas to close on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
The directive, which was issued on Sunday, is thought to cover everything from the Department of Motor Vehicles offices to those that license workers and provide health care.
A spokesperson at California's state Department of Human Resources was not immediately available to comment when contacted by CNBC.
Louisville Metro Police Chief says one man has been killed after officers were dispatched to disperse crowds
5:30 a.m. ET — One man has been killed after Louisville police officers and National Guard members attempted to disperse crowds during protests in the early hours of Monday morning, according to the chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Steve Conrad, chief of Louisville Metro Police, said in a statement on Monday that officers were dispatched to Dino's Food Market located at 26th and Broadway at around 12:15 a.m. and "at some point" were shot at. Conrad said officers and National Guard members returned fire.
One man has died at the scene, the statement said.
Conrad said it had been a "difficult" four days for the city, with overnight protests turning "from peaceful to destructive" once again.
"I think it is very clear that many people do not trust police. That is an issue that we are going to have to work on and work through for a long time," he added.
5:00 a.m. ET — The court appearance of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck before he died, has been moved to June 8, according to the jail roster on Hennepin County Sheriff's Office's website.
It was previously expected that Chauvin would appear in court for a hearing on Monday. A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office was not immediately available to comment when contacted by CNBC.
Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He was among the four officers involved in Floyd's violent arrest.
4:10 a.m. ET — Boston Police Department has confirmed seven police officers were taken to hospital as a result of last night's protests, with many more treated on the scene.
In a post on the department's official Twitter account, Boston police said that as of 3 a.m. ET, 21 police cruisers had been damaged and approximately 40 individuals were placed under arrest during last night's protest.
Numbers were subject to change "as the situation remains active," the department added.
2:40 a.m. ET — The San Francisco Police Department declared an unlawful assembly at City Hall and asked people to leave the area. The city's curfew began at 8 p.m. local time.
In a subsequent statement, the department said it had made about 80 arrests near Market Street, SOMA and Union Square, citing curfew violations and looting. In some of these cases, the police said they seized firearms and explosives.
The police said, however, "Demonstrations in San Francisco were overwhelmingly orderly and peaceful today, and SFPD officers were proud to help facilitate these in a way that protected the First Amendment rights and safety of all who took part."
Update: This post has been updated with details from the San Francisco Police Department.
12:44 a.m. ET — The Kansas City Police Department declared the protest an unlawful assembly and told demonstrators they must leave the area. The city's curfew began at 8 p.m. local time.
It said it was "forced to deploy CS gas," commonly known as tear gas, to "disperse the unruly crowd."
The Kansas City Star reported that protesters had been demonstrating at the Country Club Plaza since early afternoon.
12:30 a.m. ET — Tensions between police and protesters continued as a citywide curfew began in Washington D.C. The Associated Press reported that police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters near the White House. Some protesters were seen starting a fire in the street, according to the AP.
Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec told NBC News that U.S. Marshals personnel and Drug Enforcement Administration agents have been deployed to assist police with security.
There were a number of fires near the White House including Lafayette Square and the historic St. John's Episcopal Church. Every president since James Madison has attended services at the church which dates back to the 1800s, according to The White House Historical Association.
D.C. Fire and EMS said the department has extinguished the fires at the church, the park and another in the lobby of the AFL-CIO building.
10:19 p.m. ET — The New York Police Department confirmed to NBC News that Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter, Chiara, was arrested Saturday night for unlawful assembly. She was released with a desk appearance ticket, NBC reported. Her arrest was first reported by the New York Post.
8:51 p.m. ET — The Secret Service escorted President Donald Trump to an underground bunker at the White House on Friday evening, NBC News reports. A senior administration official told NBC that the president was in the bunker for a "very short period" out of an abundance of caution and was back in his residence within an hour. The New York Times first reported the development.
Over the weekend, police used pepper spray, tear gas and what appeared to be rubber bullets on protesters near the White House. There were multiple reports of cars and dumpsters set on fire nearby.
Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that it was added at 8:51 p.m. ET.
8:10 p.m. ET — NBC News reported that a large truck was spotted driving through a crowd of protesters in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said the driver was injured and is under arrest, NBC reported. It also said it does not appear that any protesters were hit, according to NBC.
7:21 p.m. ET — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms said two police officers have been fired after they forced two college students out of their car, used a taser on the driver and arrested both.
Bottoms said she reviewed body cam footage with Police Chief Erika Shields and they determined that the two officers should be terminated immediately, according to NBC's local affiliate. Three other officers involved have been put on desk duty for the time being.
5:35 p.m. ET — Some police officers have joined protesters in taking a knee or other actions to show solidarity with the demonstrations against police brutality.
Officers in Coral Gables, Florida, and Santa Cruz, California, were among those that knelt.
Jason Kander, a Democrat who previously ran for a Senate seat in Missouri, tweeted out a photo of two officers in Kansas City holding a sign that read "END Police Brutality."
5:16 p.m. ET — Five police officers and one civilian were injured in Denver, Colorado during the protests on Saturday night.
Authorities confirmed that more than 80 people were arrested. Authorities also reported that a driver rammed a car into three officers and a bystander, all of whom went to the hospital to treat injuries. Denver has implemented an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.
5:08 p.m. ET — Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency and granted a request from the mayor of Richmond to extend a curfew in the city through Wednesday.
The declaration allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources to assist local authorities, including the National Guard. The curfew in Richmond goes into effect between 8 p.m. ET and 6 a.m. ET. People must remain at home and can only go out for emergency services or to travel to work or places of worship.
3:47 p.m. ET — Nearly 400 people were arrested on Saturday during protests in Los Angeles, according to the LAPD.
The charges include burglary and looting, vandalism, arson and curfew violations. The authorities said that five officers were injured and two were hospitalized.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that some coronavirus test sites may not open on Monday due to the unrest, though the largest testing center at Dodger Stadium will remain open.
The city is under curfew starting Sunday at 8 pm PST, after which protesters could be arrested for breaking curfew.
3:37 p.m. ET — Apple announced that it would not open many of its stores on Sunday due to the protests against police violence.
"With the health and safety of our teams in mind, we've made the decision to keep a number of our stores in the US closed on Sunday," the company said in a statement.
Apple has 271 stores in the United States, and about half of those are already closed because of the pandemic. The tech company reopened roughly 100 stores last week.
2:41 p.m. ET — Police arrested 10 people in San Francisco on Saturday night for looting as demonstrators protested throughout the city, according to San Francisco Chief of Police Bill Scott.
Scott said several businesses were damaged and fires were "intentionally set" across the city. "It was a challenging night," Scott said. "We didn't have anyone killed, fortunately."
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced late Saturday that the city will go under a curfew starting Sunday night as a result of the protests. The curfew will last from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
2 p.m. ET — Eleven Secret Service employees went to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries sustained during protests in Washington, DC, on Saturday, the agency said.
The Secret Service said in a tweet that its officers made one arrest during the demonstration and that no protesters crossed the White House fence.
Peter Newsham, chief of DC's Metropolitan Police Department, said at a news conference on Sunday that the MPD had made 17 arrests, the majority of whom were from D.C. or surrounding cities.
Newsham said he expects the department to make more arrests as police view video footage from security cameras at businesses.
Newsham said that during the protest three vehicles were set on fire near Lafayette Park, which is directly north of the White House. Eleven MPD officers were injured during the protests, including one who required surgery for a broken leg. The chief said that officers used pepper spray against some demonstrators.
1:19 p.m. ET — Police arrested 240 people in Chicago on Saturday night in connection with protests and lootings, according to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.
Authorities said that there were 6 shootings and one death. More than 20 police officers were injured during altercations with demonstrators.
Governor JB Pritzker on Sunday activated 375 Illinois National Guard members to aid the police. No public transportation including trains and buses is allowed to and from the nation's third largest city, which is under a 9 p.m. curfew as more protests are anticipated on Sunday.
All police days off have been cancelled and officers are on 12-hour shifts.
1 p.m. ET — President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that the United States would designate Antifa as a terrorist organization, blaming "Antifa-led anarchists" for the violence and destruction in Minneapolis without presenting any evidence to the public.
This is not the first time Trump has mentioned declaring Antifa, a loosely organized movement of left-wing activists whose name is short for "anti-fascist," a terrorist group. The president said in a tweet last August that "major consideration is being given" to declaring Antifa as a terrorist organization.
Trump's statement comes as political officials in several cities have blamed outside groups for escalating protests. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted on Saturday that, "We are now confronting white supremacists, members of organized crime, out of state instigators, and possibly even foreign actors to destroy and destabilize our city and our region."
Minnesota officials, including Frey, also said that the majority of protestors were from out of state. An analysis by NBC affiliate KARE 11, however, showed that arrest records did not support that assertion.
11:50 a.m. ET — The New York Police Department said they arrested nearly 350 people on Saturday night following protests in Harlem, Brooklyn and Staten Island. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press conference on Sunday that more than 30 officers suffered minor injuries as a result of clashes with demonstrators.
Shea said a group of protesters in Harlem turned a peaceful demonstration violent, calling it a "hijacking" of a protest that otherwise went "overwhelmingly well." The protesters caused damage to private and public property in Brooklyn and parts of southern Manhattan near Union Square, Shea said.
On Saturday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he'd launch an independent review of Friday night's protests in Brooklyn. De Blasio acknowledged Sunday that there were "mistakes," as well as "things that were done right" by the police during the demonstrations.
"There will be critiques, and there will be things that need to be investigated, and there will need to be things improved, and we expect to do better today than we did yesterday, but I want to commend the restraint that we saw overall from the NYPD," he said.
11:38 a.m. ET — Police made at least 55 arrests in Minneapolis and St. Paul overnight, a large number of which were for weapons violations including rifles, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
"I want people to think about this, a large number of the arrests we made over last night were for weapons violations," Commissioner John Harrington said. "We took AR-15s off of people, we took guns off people."
Police moved to stop cars driving through neighborhoods without license plates, with lights out and windows blacked out, Harrington said. Several were stolen and were full of rocks and other weapons, he said.
One police officer was fired upon from a car but was not hit, according to Harrington. Two people were arrested and an AR-15 rifle was seized, he said.
The arrest data is preliminary and another 40 or 50 people were likely arrested overnight, Harrington added. Authorities said there were no major fires overnight.
10:55 a.m. ET — Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said on ABC's "This Week" that the U.S. needs "nationwide reforms," not just the arrest of a police officer, in order to deliver justice for George Floyd.
"The unrest we are seeing in our nation isn't just because of the life that was taken, it's also because so many people have experienced this," Omar told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "So many people have experienced injustices within our system."
On Friday, Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck before he died, was taken into custody. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin was among the four officers involved in Floyd's violent arrest.
Since then, protesters have called for the arrest of the other officers "who stood by idly watching [Floyd's] life be taken," Omar said.
"We need nationwide reforms," Omar said. "We need to really step back and say to ourselves, 'Where do we actually go from here?' and that can't just be getting justice for George Floyd. It needs to be bigger than that," she added.
10:49 a.m. ET — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed the nationwide protests against racism and police brutality spurred by the killing of George Floyd, and criticized President Donald Trump's handling of the situation.
"There's a place for protest at a sign of a knee going into the neck of a person who's not offering resistance or even if he were, disproportionate response from the police," Pelosi said on ABC's "This Week."
Pelosi said the president should bring dignity to the office, and "unify our country and not to fuel the flame."
"To take his bait time and time again is just a gift to him because he always wants to divert attention from what the cause of the response was rather than to describe it in his own terms," Pelosi said.
10:10 a.m. ET — Melvin Carter, mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that proof of progress on police reform would be more helpful to quell the protests in his city than additional help from the National Guard.
"The thing that I think would help us more than military support is some assurance across our country that we possess a legal and judicial system that has the capacity and the capability to hold someone accountable when something this blatant, something this disgusting, something this well-documented happens in plain view for all of us to see," Carter said.
Carter said laws and police union contracts are among the things that need to change to hold police accountable. The mayor also said that he wanted to see the other officers involved in George Floyd's death to be held accountable, but he did not say if he thought they should be charged with murder.
Over 170 businesses have been damaged in the city during the demonstrations so far. Carter said that while many protestors were there to push for change after Floyd's death, others were there to be destructive.
"There are folks in our streets who are there to burn down our black-owned barbershops, to burn down our family-owned businesses, our immigrant-owned restaurants," Carter said. "And it is very clear to me that those people are not driven by a love for our community, and there's no way you can argue that those actions are designed to create a better future for our community, quite the opposite."
10:05 a.m. ET — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms condemned President Donald Trump's calls for the federal government to step up military action against protesters.
"This is like Charlottesville all over again," Bottoms told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." "He speaks and he makes it worse."
Crowds gathered outside the White House Friday and Saturday night in protest of George Floyd's death. Trump tweeted Saturday that had the protesters breached barriers set up by the U.S. Secret Service, they would "have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons."
Later on Saturday, Trump called for states to "get MUCH tougher" or the federal government would step in and "do what has to be done," including "using the unlimited power of our military."
9:59 a.m. ET — White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien told reporters that the U.S. will not federalize the National Guard amid nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd.
"We're not going to federalize the Guard at this time," O'Brien said. "If the governors need it, we're there as a reserve and we'll do whatever they need to keep control of their cities.
"We want governors to take control of their cities," O'Brien continued. "We'd like to keep this a law enforcement matter, that's our preference," he added. "But if a situation gets out of control there are military that can be deployed. But we hope that doesn't happen."
On Saturday night, Minnesota National Guard members were firing tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators who were out past curfew. Governors have mobilized National Guard in California, Georgia, Kentucky, Washington and Tennessee among others in response to rioting.
5:25 a.m. ET — In Nashville, 28 protesters were arrested Saturday night after the 10 p.m. curfew, according to the Nashville Police Department.
Governor Bill Lee authorized the National Guard to mobilize in response to protests, which he said took a "violent, unlawful turn."
Protesters damaged at least 30 businesses and buildings in the city, including the Nashville courthouse, which was set on fire. No officers were injured, according to the police department.
4:36 a.m. ET — Target has temporarily closed 175 stores across the country amid ongoing protests, the company announced late Saturday.
"Our focus will remain on our team members' safety and helping our community heal," the company said.
Target closed 71 stores in Minnesota, which has been gripped by demonstrations and rioting following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody.
At least a dozen stores are closed in California and New York. Any Target employees impacted by store closures will be paid for up to 14 days of scheduled hours, including Covid-19 premium pay, the company said.
Employees can also work at other nearby Target locations that remain open. Some businesses have been looted and vandalized in cities across the U.S. as protests turned violent, including a Target store in Minneapolis.