George Floyd protests spread nationwide

By Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Fernando Alfonso III, Daniella Diaz, Jessie Yeung, Steve George, Ivana Kottasová and Nick Thompson, CNN

Updated 8:56 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020
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8:51 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Tensions mount as armored vehicles pull up at Atlanta's protest

From CNN's Raja Razek

CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. WGCL

Tensions mount as thousands of people gather in Atlanta to protest the death of George Floyd. 

Protesters can be heard chanting and seen facing a line of police near the CNN building.

Armored vehicles can be seen at the CNN center, and protesters could be seen running in fear of possible tear gas.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a tweet today she encouraged residents to peacefully protest.

"When lives and the conscience of this nation are at peril, we as people are expected to exercise our constitutional rights to peacefully assemble and have our voices heard. Atlanta embodies these values, and I encourage all who exercise these rights to remember Atlanta's legacy of peaceful protest leading to progress," she said.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp shared Lance Bottoms tweet on his official Twitter account. 

8:51 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Protesters chant "I can't breathe" and take a knee for 9 minutes

From CNN's Chris Boyette 

A group of protesters in downtown Minneapolis took a knee in front of state patrol and National Guard for 9 minutes for George Floyd. They raised their arms and chanted “I can’t breathe”

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds according to a preliminary report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

8:52 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Protests in multiple cities erupt over George Floyd's death

Demonstrators gather at the corner of 14th and U streets in Washington, Friday, May 29.
Demonstrators gather at the corner of 14th and U streets in Washington, Friday, May 29. Evan Vucci/AP

Multiple protests are erupting across the country, including in Georgia, Kentucky, New York and Wisconsin, following the death of George Floyd, and are expected to continue through the weekend.

Floyd’s death, like those of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, have sparked outrage across the nation.

In New York City, hundreds of people protesting peacefully wearing face masks could be seen gathering outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

In Kentucky, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer asked for protesters to be peaceful in his city, following Taylor's death in March.

"These protests certainly reflect the anger, the hurt, the frustration, and the exhaustion of so many in our community in our country, sick of seeing story after story of black lives ending at the hands of law enforcement," he said.

“Protesting is a time honored American tradition and I honor, support, and will fight for the right to peacefully protest and demand change. Peaceful protests. Let's remember what Breonna's family said this morning about what Breonna would want at a time like this,” he added.

Fischer said Louisville would not tolerate violence and will protect the city and its residents from any attempts of violence or property damage.

He also reminded protesters that the city remains in the middle of pandemic, urging people to be safe with their health and the health of others.

8:52 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

A third city in Minnesota issues weekend curfew

Roseville Mayor Dan Roe said he issued an emergency declaration and established a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time for the next three days.

Roseville shares borders with both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The curfew goes into effect at 5 p.m., the mayor's tweet said.

Similar curfews have been ordered in St. Paul and Minneapolis following protests over George Floyd's death.

5:44 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Biden calls charges against former Minneapolis officer "justified"

Former Vice President Joe Biden called the charges brought against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer involved in the death of George Floyd, "justified.”

“I think it’s justified based on – look, our children are watching, they're not only watching, they're listening. They saw what happened, his pain and his knee on a man's neck up against the curb for nine minutes. I don't know what else, what other conclusion could be reached,” Biden told CNN's Don Lemon in an interview.

Biden said if he were President now, he'd have ordered a "full blown" Justice Department civil rights probe to determine the culpability of all the officers involved in the incident.

"I don't know all the facts," Biden said. "The answer is it warrants a full-blown investigation and a civil rights investigation as well. Were I president now, I would have the Justice Department civil rights department investigating right now to determine culpability."

6:24 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Biden: Trump's comments amid protests are "thoroughly irresponsible"


Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2020 election, told CNN's Don Lemon he finds President Trump's comments amid the protests "thoroughly irresponsible."

"I think he's thoroughly irresponsible. Thoroughly irresponsible. I mean, it is just absolutely — he talks like — I'm afraid I'll say something I'll regret. I just find him thoroughly, totally irresponsible," Biden said.

He later added while pushed by Lemon: "This President steps across the line constantly."

"He is totally, thoroughly wrong the way he's handling it. It is not presidential. It is not consistent with what other presidents doing. It's not consistent with our values. It's not consistent with who we are as a people. This President steps across the line constantly, the way — well, 'When the looting starts, the shooting starts.' Come on. What president says that?"

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6:09 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Protesters march across NYC's Brooklyn Bridge

From CNN's Melissa Mahtani

Hundreds of demonstrators and faith leaders gathered in New York City's Foley Square in lower Manhattan to protest the death of George Floyd.

A large police presence could seen as protesters made their way across the Brooklyn Bridge with many of them chanting "Black Lives Matter."

The march, organized by the NYC Justice League, urged people to be safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"Please wear black, bring flowers to leave, bring a sign with the name of someone who's life was stolen, and please — wear your face covering and practice safe and social distancing," according to a post on a Facebook page used to spread awareness of the event.

5:26 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

Trump: We can't allow "Minneapolis to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos"

From CNN's Maegan Vazquez

Alex Brandon/AP
Alex Brandon/AP

President Trump said he doesn't want the looters in Minneapolis to "drown out the voices" of protesters following the death of George Floyd.

“We have peaceful protesters, and support the rights for peaceful protesters. We can’t allow a situation like (what happened) in Minneapolis to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos,” he said during an event at the White House.

He said the memory of Floyd should “be a perfect memory.” 

“The looters should not be allowed to drown out the voices of so many peaceful protesters they hurt so badly, what is happening and it’s so bad for the state and their great city,” he continued.

“I understand the hurt. I understand the pain. People have really been through a lot. The family of George is entitled to justice and the people of Minnesota are entitled to live in safety,” he said.

5:38 p.m. ET, May 29, 2020

St. Paul imposes citywide curfew starting at 8 p.m.

From CNN's Chris Boyette

The city of Saint Paul imposed a curfew Friday beginning at 8 p.m. CT (9 p.m. ET), Mayor Melvin Carter announced at a news conference. 

“I have signed an emergency order, declaring a state of local emergency around this situation in St. Paul right now, and also establishing a citywide curfew that will start at 8 o'clock p.m. tonight and then we'll continue until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning,” Carter said.

He said the order exempts members of the media and workers returning home from work.

“Other than that, we are asking our community to stay at home, so that we can ensure that we can protect that basic life, health and safety mission of our community," Carter said.

Carter said that the curfew would be enforced on Friday and Saturday nights.