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11:00 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Protests in Minneapolis are "no longer, in any way, about the murder of George Floyd," governor says

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said "the situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd" at a news briefing on Saturday morning.

"It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities," he added.

He said violent protests Friday night were a "mockery of pretending this is about George Floyd's death or inequities or historical traumas to our communities of color."

"Because our communities of color and our indigenous communities were out front fighting hand in hand to save businesses that took decades to build. Infrastructure and nonprofits that have served a struggling community were torn down and burned by people with no regard for what went into that," Walz continued

10:22 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Minnesota governor says "restoring civil order on the streets" is the top priority

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Law enforcement officers faced improvised explosive devices and a "highly evolved and tightly controlled group of folks bent on adapting their tactics to make it as difficult as possible to maintain that order" last night in Minneapolis as protesters blanketed the city, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said at a news conference late this morning.

"I think what's really important to recognize is the tactics and the approach that we have taken have evolved and need to evolve the same way. With a sensitivity to the legitimate rage and anger that came after what the world witnessed in the murder of George Floyd, and was manifested in a very healthy gathering of community to memorialize that on Tuesday night. Was still present to a certain degree on Wednesday. By Thursday, it was nearly gone, and last night is a mockery of pretending this is about George Floyd's death or inequities or historical traumas to our communities of color," Walz said.

Earlier Saturday morning: Walz held another news conference early this morning in response to the unrest across the city, after a number of protesters ignored an 8 p.m. curfew set by the state government.

“This is the largest civilian deployment in Minnesota history that we have out there today,” Walz said then. "This is an operation that has never been done in Minnesota."

9:53 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Minnesota National Guard mobilizes more than 1,000 additional personnel on Saturday

The Minnesota National Guard is activating more than 1,000 additional personnel today, the group announced in a tweet Saturday morning.

This is addition to the 700 citizen soldiers and airmen who were on duty last night, according to the tweet.

"This represents the largest domestic deployment in the Minnesota's National Guard's 164-year history," the tweet said.

Read the tweet:

9:39 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Trump says White House protests have "little to do with the memory of George Floyd"

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal

Protesters clash with police in Lafayette Square Park in Washington on May 30.
Protesters clash with police in Lafayette Square Park in Washington on May 30. Alex Wong/Getty Images

In a Saturday morning tweet, President Trump said the protests in Lafayette Park in front of the White House on Friday had “little to do with the memory of George Floyd,” again providing no evidence to back up that claim, adding that demonstrators, “were just there to cause trouble.”

Trump alleged, without evidence, that protesters were, “professionally managed.” There is no indication that they were. 

“Tonight, I understand, is MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE???,” he wrote, without explaining what he meant by that.

CNN has reached out to the White House for clarity.

Read Trump's tweet:

9:04 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Trump responds to White House protesters saying they would have been met with "vicious dogs"

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal

A protester stands in front of police outside the White House in Washington on May 30.
A protester stands in front of police outside the White House in Washington on May 30. Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

In a bizarre four-tweet thread, President Trump thanked the Secret Service for their handling of protests in Lafayette Park Friday night. 

The President tweeted that the protesters “would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen,” had they breached the fence at the White House.

Trump also attacked DC mayor Muriel Bowser, claiming she “wouldn’t let the D.C. Police get involved.”

DC Police were on scene last night, in addition to several other agencies.

Read Trump's tweets:

4:51 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Protesters clash with Secret Service overnight outside the White House 

From CNN's Noah Broder, Dave Brooks, Jay McMichael, Jake Scheuer, Wayne Cross and Brian Todd

A protester holds his hands up as police officers keep demonstrators away from the White House in Washington on May 30.
A protester holds his hands up as police officers keep demonstrators away from the White House in Washington on May 30. Tom Brenner/Reuters

A group of protesters gathered in front of the White House overnight following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. 

For more than five hours overnight, protesters confronted Secret Service officers at barriers in front of the White House. At times, the crowd removed the metal barriers and began pushing up against the riot shields and the Secret Service officers. The protesters pushed hard enough that some officers walked away with minor injuries. 

At least one time, the agents responded to aggressive pushing and yelling by spraying pepper spray at the protesters. 

Throughout the night protesters could be heard chanting their support for Floyd and their dislike of President Trump. At one point, a different camera crew was chased off by the protesters who could be seen trying to grab their equipment. 

In addition to pushing and yelling, protesters could be seen throwing water bottles and other objects toward the line of officers. Those officers were continually bringing in new metal barriers throughout the night as protesters wrestled them away and tried to break through. 

The protest began about 10 p.m. Friday night and the scene mostly quieted down by 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

The crowd thinned out and Secret Service Officers were able to expand their perimeter and barriers around Lafayette Park across from the White House. This was the second time that protesters gathered outside of the White House during the evening and early morning hours.

Here's what happened before that: Protesters began gathering in Washington, DC, around 7 p.m. and the White House was initially locked down as the protesters began to move toward that location.

At 8 p.m. the Secret Service tweeted, “Secret Service personnel are currently assisting other law enforcement agencies during a demonstration in Lafayette Park. In the interest of public safety we encourage all to remain peaceful.”

The lockdown was lifted just before 8:30 p.m. as protesters marched to different parts of the city, before returning to the White House later in the evening and into the early morning. 

Friday evening the Secret Service said it was “currently assisting other law enforcement agencies during a demonstration in Lafayette Park.”

A later request for comment about the overnight confrontations has not been answered. CNN also has an inquiry into the DC Police Department.

8:36 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Portland mayor declares state of emergency, imposes curfew

From CNN's Chuck Johnston and Artemis Moshtaghian

Protesters start a fire at a Chase bank in Portland, Oregon, on May 30.
Protesters start a fire at a Chase bank in Portland, Oregon, on May 30. Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA/AP

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has declared a state of emergency in light of the unrest in the city and an overnight curfew has been put into place, according to the mayor’s office.

The curfew is effective until 6 a.m. PT Saturday and resumes Saturday evening until Sunday morning, according to a tweet from Wheeler.

Wheeler urged his city's residents early Saturday to halt the unrest over George Floyd's death.

“Burning buildings with people inside, stealing from small and large businesses, threatening and harassing reporters," he tweeted. "All in the middle of a pandemic where people have already lost everything. This isn’t calling for meaningful change in our communities, this is disgusting.”

Wheeler earlier tweeted that he was coming back to the city after being out of town because his mother was dying.

“ENOUGH. I had to leave Portland today because my mother is dying. I am with family to prepare for her final moments. This is hard, this is personal, but so is watching my city get destroyed. I’m coming back NOW. You will be hearing from me, @PortlandPolice, community leaders,” Wheeler said.

“Portland, this is NOT us. When you destroy our city, you are destroying our community. When you act in violence against each other, you are hurting all of us. How does this honor the legacy of George Floyd? Protest, speak truth, but don’t tear your city apart in the process."

Read Wheeler's tweet:

8:27 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

"I urge for peace at this time," says Minnesota Governor Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz speaks on May 29.
Gov. Tim Walz speaks on May 29. Glenn Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP

Following a night of fires and outrage over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called for calm.

“Minnesotans are asking for and deserve confidence that we can respond to this crisis, and we will,” Walz tweeted Saturday morning.

Walz said the state is continuing to coordinate efforts at the state and local level to deal with protests that have broken out throughout Minnesota and in cities all across the US.

The governor ended his tweet with a plea: “I urge for peace at this time.”

7:33 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

"There needs to be change": Demonstrators show solidarity and call for end to police brutality

From CNN's Paul Murphy

Protesters who gathered in cities across the United States told CNN of their frustration over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.

"There needs to be change, officers need to be trained better," one protester who was arrested in Atlanta told CNN's Nick Valencia as he was being detained by police.

A lack of change and police reform are just some of the reasons people are enraged.

Chelsea Peterson, in Portland, Oregon, told CNN she demonstrated Friday night to "show my solidarity with my black brothers and sisters" as they face injustice.

"I protested for black men who are disproportionately arrested and convicted for crimes compared to their white counterparts. And I protested for black children that are shot over bags of Skittles," she said.

Peterson said it was "not enough to simply share a post or use a hashtag" to insist that black lives matter.

"It was important for me as a white person to actually show up because it is our responsibility to dismantle the systems of oppression that we have created."

In Minneapolis, Alicia Smith, a community organizer, told CNN: "There are no words in the English language that will convey the despair that I felt watching that man's life leave his body and him scream out for his mother. I heard my son saying, 'Mama, save me.'

"My kids are little boys, and my son asked me, 'Am I going to live to be a grown-up?'" Smith said. "I've got to ruin his innocence and tell him how to exist as a young black boy in this country."

Another protester, Craig Maxwell, in Charlotte, North Carolina, told CNN he turned out to demonstrate because he felt the need to step up his advocacy.

"I’ve been talking to several of my black friends the last day or two and hearing what they’re going through," he said. "A lot of introspection and recognizing that I don’t put my money where my mouth is enough.

"Basically, I was there because they were there, if that makes sense."

Mackenzie Slagle, in Oakland, California, said it was time for police brutality to stop.

"I don’t agree with breaking into all of the businesses, but I can understand the outrage after repeated incidents. We’ve peacefully protested all of those. It wasn’t until Minneapolis got violent they finally arrested a police officer.

"This is truly history in the fact that there’s actual action being taken against police brutality. I couldn’t stay silent and watch this happen again. I’m hoping this time our nation can see the severity of this climate."