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What you need to know

  • Protests erupted in multiple cities over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a police officer.
  • The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck has been charged with murder and manslaughter.
  • Officers arrested CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his team, then later released them. Minnesota’s governor apologized.
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Accused officer’s wife files for dissolution of marriage, lawyer says

An attorney for Kellie Chauvin, the wife of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, has filed for a dissolution of marriage, according to a statement from the Sekula Family Law office.

Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

“This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” the statement said.
“While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.”

Houston police officers hospitalized after protests

A number of Houston police officers were hospitalized after protests over George Floyd’s death broke out in the city Friday, according to Houston Police Officer’s Union President Joe Gamaldi. 

“Our officers who were attacked are in the hospital, patrol cars ruined, businesses damaged,” Gamaldi said in a tweet.
“This is not who we are as a city and as a community. We will protect your right protest, but we will not allow our city to decay into chaos.”

Gamaldi did not say how many officers had been sent to hospital, or what condition they were in.

CNN affiliate KTRK reported more than 60 people were arrested after the protests in Houston, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Acevedo also said there were reports of looting and buildings with broken glass.

Pepper balls have been deployed by police in Denver

Civil disobedience in Denver, Colorado, has prompted police to deploy pepper balls.

A large group pf people has gathered in the downtown area of the city, Denver Police Department public information officer Kurt Barnes said.

“(Denver PD) is trying to get the situation to settle down and to come down to more of a calming situation,” Barnes said.

Detroit police officer hospitalized after getting hit by projectile

A Detroit police officer was taken to hospital after being struck by a rock thrown by protesters tonight, according to the city’s police chief, James Craig.

Another officer was on a bike when a protester in a car tried to run him over, Craig said. That person has been arrested.

So far, Detroit police have made nine arrests – seven of whom are from outside the city, according to Craig.

He added several police cars have been damaged. 

“I will not stand by and let a small minority, criminals, come in here, attack our officers and make our community unsafe. Just know we are not going to tolerate it,” Craig said.

Here's a snapshot of where we've seen protests so far tonight

Protesters gather on May 29 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Protesters took to the streets across America over the death of George Floyd on Friday night. 

Some of the protests have been peaceful, while others have been destructive. Here are the cities where protesters gathered:

California: Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco 

Colorado: Denver  

Georgia: Atlanta

Illinois: Chicago

Iowa: Des Moines

Indiana: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne 

Kentucky: Louisville (Related to the death of Breonna Taylor)

Louisiana: New Orleans

New York: New York City 

Massachusetts: Boston

Michigan: Detroit

Minnesota: Minneapolis

Nevada: Las Vegas

North Carolina: Charlotte 

Ohio: Columbus, Cincinnati 

Texas: Dallas, Houston

Virginia: Richmond

Washington, DC

Georgia governor urges protesters to go home

Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp called for the Atlanta protesters to head home in a post to his official Twitter account tonight.

“The safety of our citizens remains our top priority. We stand with the Mayor and urge everyone to go home,” Kemp said.

In a second tweet, he said authorities and police in the city had been working with state law enforcement officials.

“When asked to provide support and assistance, the state immediately responded, and we will continue to do so,” the tweet said.

College Football Hall of Fame damaged in Atlanta protests

The College Football Hall of Fame near CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, was significantly damaged during protests downtown Friday.

Glass was shattered and littered all over the sidewalk, video from CNN shows.

Many display cases were toppled over and building windows were broken.

Rapper Killer Mike tearfully tells Atlanta protesters: "I am tired of seeing black men die"

In an emotional speech, rapper Killer Mike addressed George Floyd protesters directly at Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ news conference tonight.

“I am the son of an Atlanta police officer,” said the rapper, whose real name is Michael Render.  “And I got a lot of love and respect for police officers, down to the original eight police officers in Atlanta.” 

Crying on camera, he continued: “I watched a white police officer assassinate a black man. And I know that tore your heart out.” 

“I woke up wanting to see the world burn down yesterday because I am tired of seeing black men die,” he said. “We don’t want to see Targets burning. We want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burned to the ground.”
He added, “I am duty-bound to be here to simply say that it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house in times of organization.” 

He concluded by thanking Mayor Lance Bottoms, saying he appreciated her telling the protesters to go home. 

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Louisville police: "Things are still escalating"

Police monitor protests on May 29 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Special Adviser Jessie Halladay with Louisville Metro Police Department said protests in the city are still escalating.

Halladay said while things started out peacefully this evening, the police department is anticipating property damage similar to what was seen during the protests in Louisville Thursday evening.

According to Halladay, there is a significantly larger number of people out protesting tonight, and the department believes a large portion of those out protesting are not from Louisville. 

The police department has made two arrests, and several small fires have been set, including an attempt to set a fire at the Hall of Justice. Halladay said there was more graffiti and flag-burning happening Friday.

She said protesters are armed with sticks, bottles, bats, shields and guns, and have come well stocked with water and supplies.

No significant injuries have been reported, Halladay said.

Houston mayor urges protesters to go home as city blocks off downtown

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged citizens to go home in a tweet Friday night after protests flared in downtown over George Floyd’s death.  

“For the safety of everyone, I am asking you to go home,” Turner tweeted.

Houston shut down access to the downtown area amid the protests, according to a statement from the city. A city alert urged citizens to avoid the downtown area. 

“All highway and street access into and out of downtown is currently closed,” the alert read. “Those outside of downtown are being asked to avoid traveling near the area through the night.”