It's a little past 9:00 a.m. in Minneapolis, Minnesota where protests have been happening for several days following the death of an unarmed black man earlier this week in city officers' custody.
If you're just tuning in, here is what you need to know to get up to speed this morning.
- Some background: George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after pleading for help as a police officer used his knee on Floyd's neck to pin him – unarmed and handcuffed – to the ground. His death sparked outrage and protests across the country.
- Protests this morning: As of about 4:30 a.m., hundreds of people were still protesting near the Minneapolis police building in the 3rd Precinct. At least five other buildings in the vicinity of the station were in flames – including an event space, restaurants and a liquor store, according to CNN reporting. Authorities arrived at the scene around this time.
- Protests around the country: Several cities also saw protests overnight, including in New York City, where at least 72 people were arrested.
- CNN crew arrested and then released in Minneapolis: Omar Jimenez, a CNN journalist who identifies as black and Latino, and his crew were taken into police custody during a live broadcast at the site of the protests just after 5:00 a.m., after clearly identifying himself as a member of the press to officers. Since then, the crew has been released and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz apologized to CNN. Hear Jimenez talk about the experience.
- Charges: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said he expects “there will be charges” against the four officers involved in Floyd’s death. He added that he hopes they will be announced “soon.”
- The Minnesota National Guard activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities last night. Mayor Jacob Frey said the soldiers were being stationed to "help prevent some of the looting that we've seen."