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A Timeline of the George Floyd Protests

2020-05-31 16:12:46
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After the death of George Floyd on Monday, protests and unrest have rocked Minneapolis and other cities.

Across the United States, tens of thousands of people swarmed the streets on Saturday to express their outrage and sorrow during the day but that descended into a night of unrest with reports of shootings, looting and vandalism in some cities.

By early Sunday morning in New York City, more than 345 people had been arrested, 33 officers injured and 47 police vehicles damaged or destroyed, with several of them set on fire, the police said.

Police vehicles and other cars near the Miami Police Department were set on fire on Saturday, prompting the mayor of Miami-Dade County to issue a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. “until further notice.”

The next day, the video was widely shared on social media and ultimately became a driving force for protests in Minneapolis.

That night, hundreds of protesters flooded into the Minneapolis streets. Some demonstrators vandalized police vehicles with graffiti and targeted the precinct house where the four officers had been assigned, John Elder, a police spokesman, said.

Demonstrators in other cities began organizing. In Memphis, a protest over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., and Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Ga., led the police to temporarily shut down a portion of a street.

In Los Angeles, hundreds of protesters converged in the city’s downtown area to march around the Civic Center. A group of demonstrators broke off from the march and blocked the Route 101 freeway.

Mr. Walz later said that he had activated thousands of additional National Guard troops to send to Minneapolis but had declined the Army’s offer to deploy military police units.

After two days of protests in Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey on Twitter called for order and said there would be “an all-out effort to restore peace and security” in the city.

He pleaded with protesters to return to their homes. “We need to offer the radical love and compassion we all have in us,” he said. “We must restore peace so we can do this hard work together.”

He also criticized the city’s Democratic mayor.

“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City,” Mr. Trump said. “A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.”

In Dallas, protesters and the police clashed during a demonstration blocks from City Hall. Officers responded with tear gas after protesters blocked the path of a police vehicle and banged on its hood.

After four nights of chaos in Minneapolis, Mr. Frey called on people to stay home. “What started as largely peaceful protests for George Floyd have turned to outright looting and domestic terrorism in our region,” he said on Twitter.

He said people who broke the 8 p.m. curfew would be helping those who use crowds to prey on Minneapolis.

“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,” he said.

In Indianapolis, a person was killed and three others injured after shots were fired at demonstrators. In St. Louis early on Saturday, a man was killed after protesters blocked Interstate 44, set fires and tried to loot a FedEx truck.

The authorities were investigating the fatal shooting of a federal officer, a contract security guard for the Department of Homeland Security, outside a federal courthouse in Oakland, Calif., on Friday night. Ken Cuccinelli, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting deputy secretary, called the shooting an act of “domestic terrorism,” but the state’s governor cautioned against connecting the shooting with the protests.

In Detroit, a 21-year-old man was fatally shot as he sat in a car when protesters took to the streets on Friday.


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