May 31 George Floyd protest news

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6:47 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Philadelphia protesters run from rubber bullets and tear gas as curfew goes into effect

From CNN's Brian Todd

Protesters were seen running from rubber bullets and tear gas Sunday as Philadelphia's curfew went into effect at 6 p.m.

Two police vehicles were set on fire, CNN's Brian Todd reported. Protesters smashed the windows, poured lighter fluid and set them on fire.

Looting also took place on 52nd Street. Police then made contact with protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets

At least 200 people have been arrested since noon Saturday.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is suspending all “bus routes, trolleys, the Market-Frankford, Broad Street, Norristown High Speed Lines and Regional Rail Lines” from 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. on Monday “due to civil unrest and vandalism,” SEPTA tweeted.

SEPTA is the major public transportation provider in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties in Pennsylvania.


CNN’s Ganesh Setty contributed to this report.

6:48 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Hundreds of protesters march in New York City and encourage peaceful protest

Protesters gather at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 31 in New York City.
Protesters gather at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 31 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Hundreds of protesters marched in New York Sunday afternoon and called for peaceful protests.

As they marched through roadways, pausing at times in intersections, the protesters chanted "if you see looting, stop it."

They also chanted “George Floyd” and "black lives matter."

6:48 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Minneapolis community organizer: "Our city is crying, we're hurting"

A community organizer speaks with CNN's Miguel Marquez on May 31, 2020.
A community organizer speaks with CNN's Miguel Marquez on May 31, 2020.

A community organizer in Minneapolis at the site of George Floyd's arrest said the city was in pain Sunday.

The area was covered with flowers and balloons honoring Floyd.

"This is a secure place to be for all people of all walks of life," the woman said. "What we’re representing is peace and love all across the US because that’s what we need right now. Our city is crying, we’re hurting.” 

The woman added that these protests are the chance for African Americans and other disenfranchised groups to have a seat at the table.

"The table is there before us, now we have to get our demands met and this is the window,” she said.

6:07 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Dallas mayor declares disaster after protests

Mayor Eric Johnson has declared a local disaster in Dallas, Texas, in the wake of weekend protests.

6:48 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Los Angeles business owner: "We're going to come back from this stronger with the people's support"

From CNN’s Paul Vercammen 


Eli Ventov, an Israeli small business owner, spoke with CNN on Sunday saying his business was hit by looters in Saturday's protest.

“I’m just in shock … We can get out of this by people supporting us and hopefully we can go back to business,” Ventov said.

Ventov also said his business has worked with shows like "Dancing with the Stars" and "America’s Got Talent."

“We’re going to come back from this stronger with the people’s support,” Ventov said.

6:53 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Arizona governor announces weeklong statewide curfew

From CNN's Hira Humayun

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued a statewide emergency declaration and a curfew that goes into effect 8 p.m. local time Sunday and will be in place for a week. 

“This gives law enforcement an additional tool to prevent the lawlessness we’ve seen here and in cities nationwide. Police will be equipped to make arrests of individuals who are planning to riot, loot or cause damage and unrest,” he tweeted.

6:50 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Chicago activist: "What we've been seeing across the country is the fatigue"

From CNN's Ryan Young


William Calloway, a Chicago activist who spoke to CNN on Sunday, said what's being seen across the country is the manifestation of African Americans' frustration with years of abuse from law enforcement.

“What we’ve been seeing across the country is the fatigue, and the fact that we as African Americans are tired and frustrated of the treatment of white police officers in this country,” he said. “I’m here to unite our city to the common theme that we deserve justice." 

“We deserve justice, not just for what happened to Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis, but what’s happening to black men and women all across this county,” Calloway said.


6:50 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Protesters kneel in front of police in Santa Monica

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

As police in Santa Monica, California, increased their presence around a largely peaceful gathering, protesters approached the skirmish line and dropped to one knee in front officers.

A citywide curfew starts at 4 p.m. PT. The California Highway Patrol has shut down all off-ramps leading into Santa Monica on Interstate 10 and the Pacific Coast Highway, according to a tweet from the city.

6:52 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Beverly Hills implements curfew

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

A curfew has been implement in the business district of Beverly Hills and will extend to the entire city at 4 p.m. local time.

Luxury shops along Beverly Hills’ storied Rodeo Drive were hit particularly hard with vandals breaking windows and looters swiping expensive merchandise.

A curfew in Los Angeles is set to begin at 8 p.m. PT, along with the neighboring cities of West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Culver City, and Torrance.

Long Beach, which is expecting a gathering of protesters later today, has not yet implemented a curfew, but will do so if there’s any sort of unrest, according to Lt. James Richardson.