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May 30 George Floyd protests news
As protests continue across New York, the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, has been speaking about systemic racism in American society and problems exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.
“We can‘t go on like this," he said. “Let’s be clear the coronavirus crisis has created a depth of pain that still has not been accounted for. That loss is being felt so deeply ... communities of color lost so much more."
The mayor also referenced the video of dog-walker Amy Cooper confronting a black bird-watcher in Central Park that went viral earlier this week. The mayor called her actions a "horrible insult" and "the epitome of American white racism.”
“(She was) literally criminalizing the very act of being a black man,” de Blasio said. “It brought up, for so many people, the fundamental contradiction that pervades our society."
The mayor spoke about the death of George Floyd and the disregard for Floyd’s life.
“That raw painful anger frustration – it gets brought up so deeply in moments like this. It is an every day, every hour thing for black New Yorkers, for Latino New Yorkers, for some many people who deal with the pain of racism in their lives.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order Saturday night authorizing the activation of up to 3,000 National Guard troops statewide, according to a series of tweets on his verified Twitter account.
Kemp called for the activation in advance of several planned protests on Sunday.
National Guard troops will partner with local law enforcement “to preserve peace and protect Georgians in every corner of our great state,” according to Kemp.
Gov. Kemp did not specify where the Sunday protests would take place.
Separately, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement to CNN that members of the California National Guard are being deployed to the city overnight to support law enforcement authorities.
The mayor had previously said it was not likely the National Guard would be called, but Garcetti now says they are necessary "to maintain peace and safety on the streets."
Officers with the St. Paul police department have stopped several vehicles driving without license plates, according to a tweet from the agency.
Occupants of the vehicles fled on foot after being stopped. They left behind "vehicles and tools used to wreak havoc on our city," the tweet said.
Police have also used gas on protestors who fled when officers attempted to arrest them. Major protests are ongoing in St. Paul and neighboring Minneapolis.
The Atlanta Police Department said one of its officers had sustained "significant injuries" after seemingly being struck by "someone riding an ATV," in a tweet.
The incident occurred near the 200 block of Ted Turner Drive and the officer has been transported to nearby Grady Hospital in a stable condition, the tweet adds.
The rider suffered minor injuries and has been taken into custody, police said.
The Minnesota National Guard has more than 4,100 citizen-soldiers and airmen responding to protests in Minnesota, the force said on Twitter.
The tweet said 10,800 National Guard members are expected to join the response. There were 700 on duty on Friday.
"We live here. We work here. We serve here," it added. "We’re all in."
National Guard forces have been deployed across at least eight states and the District of Columbia to tackle increasingly violent protests across the country.
Three people were arrested during protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday night, police said.
Two people were arrested on gun charges, involving one handgun and one rifle. The third person arrested was charged with assaulting a government official.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has signed an executive order implementing a citywide curfew for Sunday night into Monday morning.
Sunday’s curfew will start at 8 p.m. and extend until 6 a.m. Monday morning local time.
CNN previously reported that a mandatory, citywide curfew began at 8 p.m. Saturday and would last until 6 a.m. Sunday.
During both curfews, “people may leave their homes only to go to work at essential businesses or to seek medical attention or police assistance,” Kenney said in a tweet.
Protestors marching from Minneapolis to St. Paul were tear gassed by police as they tried to cross the Lake Street Marshall Bridge.
CNN’s Miguel Marquez, and his team, were with the protestors when police began firing tear gas at the crowd. Protestors could be seen running back in the direction they came.
Curfews are in effect in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the site of major protests for several days.