Police cars were set aflame, freeways were blocked, windows were shattered and authorities deployed tear gas and even rubber bullets. Multiple governors activated the National Guard and curfews were enacted in several major cities, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Louisville, Denver and Milwaukee.
In Washington, D.C., protesters clashed with the Secret Service after tearing through a fence. In Chicago, demonstrators swarmed Trump Tower. In Philadelphia, demonstrators broke into a store near city hall and set a fire inside, after attempting to tear down the statue of a former mayor.
Here are some significant developments:
- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) said he was “fully” mobilizing the National Guard in the Twin Cities. The Guard has also been activated in Georgia, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio and Utah.
- Minneapolis police said they were “overwhelmed” after responding to hundreds of 911 calls about gunfire, property damage and burglaries in the days after George Floyd, a black man died, after a white police officer held his knee on the 46-year-old’s neck for more than eight minutes.
- Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he also anticipates charges for three other officers who were fired over Floyd’s death.