May 30 George Floyd protests news

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6:37 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Cars vandalized in Los Angeles and rubber bullets fired at protesters

Protesters yell at police while rubber bullets are fired at the crowd in Los Angeles, on May 30.
Protesters yell at police while rubber bullets are fired at the crowd in Los Angeles, on May 30. CNN

Police vehicles were vandalized — with windows being kicked in and cars being sprayed with graffiti — in Los Angeles Saturday.

Police also shot off rubber bullets, according to CNN's Paul Vercammen

The demonstrations started with chants of "Black Lives Matter" and "George Floyd."

Protesters said the demonstrations began peacefully with a march, but then they said police tried to hold them off from moving forward and that's when the confrontation started.

No arrests have been made at this point, Vercammen reported.

Watch:

5:51 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Trump criticizes violent protests across the country

From CNN’s Jason Hoffman

President Trump admonished protesters across the country who are causing destruction, again blaming Antifa and the “radical left” without any proof.

He instead presented himself as an ally of all Americans who are seeking justice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, in his most in-depth remarks since Floyd’s death and the ensuing nationwide violence.

“I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace. And I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack and menace. Healing, not hatred, justice, not chaos are the mission at hand,” Trump said while speaking at the Kennedy Space Center.

Trump said that what is happening on the streets of America right now “has nothing to do with justice or with peace” and that the memory of Floyd “is being dishonored by rioters, looters and anarchists.”

The President added “the violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses, and burning down buildings,” without providing any proof that the groups he is blaming are responsible for the destruction.

Trump added the voice of “law abiding citizens must be heard and heard very loudly.”

The President said that “we must defend the rights of every citizen to live without violence, prejudice or fear” before voicing support for “the overwhelming majority of police officers who are incredible in every way and devoted public servants.”

“No one is more upset than fellow law enforcement officers by the small handful who failed to abide by their oath to serve and protect,” Trump added.

Trump said that violence will be stopped cold. “In America justice is never achieved at the hands of an angry mob. I will not allow angry mobs to dominate,” he said.

Trump again noted that leadership from the National Guard and the Department of Justice is in communication with and coordinating response with local authorities.

He then closed his remarks about the violence with a message of hope, asking American to come together.

“We are working towards a more just society, but that means building up, not tearing down. Joining hands, not hurling fists. Standing in solidarity, not surrendering to hostility,” Trump said. 

6:37 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

US Secret Service police vehicles vandalized outside White House

From CNN’s Jeremy Diamond

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A US Secret Service police vehicle outside the White House has been vandalized by protesters with graffiti, seen in video shot by CNN. 

CNN’s camera captured video of one protester spraying words disparaging the President. That vehicle's front windshield has also been broken. A second Secret Service vehicle next to it has also been sprayed.

Several protesters are standing on top of Secret Service vehicles positioned in front of the police line on Pennsylvania Ave.

CNN has reached out to the Secret Service for comment.

5:54 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Philadelphia police encourage public to avoid Center City due to protests

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Philadelphia police tweeted Saturday that while earlier protests at City Hall and the Art Museum were peaceful, a group has since convened in Center City and are “committing criminal acts, including vandalism.”

Police are encouraging everyone to refrain from entering Center City.

5:50 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Ohio governor activates National Guard, calls in State Highway Patrol to assist with protests in Columbus

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a news conference in Columbus, Ohio on May, 30.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a news conference in Columbus, Ohio on May, 30. WBNS

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced during a Saturday news conference that he is activating the National Guard to help protect citizens in response to protests across the state.

DeWine is also asking State Highway Patrol to help law enforcement in Columbus at the request of Mayor Andrew Ginther and Maj. Gen. John Harris of the Ohio National Guard. 

Sadly there is a relatively small number of violent individuals who pose a specific threat and a real threat to our law enforcement officers and the safety of people in Columbus and Franklin County," DeWine said. 

The governor said that although the vast majority of protesters just want to be heard, they are being drowned out by the violence of a smaller group of people. DeWine said he decided to activate the National Guard to "drive out hate and violence, and to instill order."

6:38 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Crowds in Minneapolis at the spot where George Floyd was arrested

From CNN's Miguel Marquez

Crowds gathered Saturday at the site in Minneapolis where George Floyd was arrested.

CNN's Miguel Marquez captured these scenes from the arrest site:

Flowers were placed at a makeshift memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Flowers were placed at a makeshift memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis. CNN

People draw on the street at the site where George Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis.
People draw on the street at the site where George Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis. CNN

5:59 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

NFL Players Association president: Every American needs to feel "safe, free and accepted"

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

Cleveland Browns offensive lineman J.C. Tretter, who is also the NFL Players Association president, released a statement on Twitter regarding George Floyd and the protests around the country. 

"Our work will never be finished until every American feels safe, free, and accepted in our country," Tretter said.

Read his full statement:

5:25 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Protesters and police clash in Chicago

Aerials from CNN affiliate WLS showed protesters in Chicago vandalizing police cruisers during demonstrations today.

Protesters were throwing water bottles at officers in riot gear. Some people were seen lifting up police barricades and other objects and throwing them at police cars. 

Officers were seen restraining people as they tried to control the crowd.

The city of Chicago tweeted Saturday: "This weekend, multiple protests, marches and rallies are expected in Chicago's downtown area."

"Chicago Police Department will continue to work with rally organizers to provide the safest routes for marches and to ensure the protests remain peaceful," the city tweeted.

6:38 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

Striking photos taken by CNN’s Bill Kirkos show Minnesota firefighters standing in front of rising smoke seemingly taking a break from battling blazes that erupted during protests in Minneapolis.

Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30.
Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30. CNN

Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30.
Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30. CNN

Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30.
Minnesota firefighters take a break from battling protest fires on May 30. CNN