May 31 George Floyd protest news

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6:54 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

LAPD officer has fractured skull after being struck by brick, police chief says

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

A Los Angeles police officer suffered a fractured skull after being struck by a brick during Saturday night’s unrest, Police Chief Michel Moore said.

The officer underwent surgery and Moore said he believes he will survive.

Moore explained that when protests turn to unlawful assembly, danger is imminent. This includes not just the officers, but those involved in the protest as well. Within the crowd, some took to throwing projectiles including bottles, rocks and containers, hitting not only police, but other protesters as well.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has requested a full accounting of tactics used to disperse crowds during Saturday night’s melee in Los Angeles.

6:54 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Philadelphia's curfew moves up two hours, officials say

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Police stand guard in Philadelphia on Saturday night.
Police stand guard in Philadelphia on Saturday night. Matt Rourke/AP

Philadelphia will announce that the citywide curfew is being moved up two hours on Sunday, May 31. The curfew will now begin at 6 p.m. and last until 6 a.m.

During this time, people may leave their homes only to go to work at essential businesses or to seek medical attention or police assistance.

City officials will make the announcement when officials give an update on the response to ongoing protests in the city at 5 p.m. ET Sunday.

4:07 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Dallas police chief announces 7 p.m. curfew after nights of protests with looting

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

A 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew has been imposed for areas within the city of Dallas following nights of protests, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall announced during a press conference Sunday.

The curfew will be in effect for the next several days, Hall said. 

This is no longer peaceful protest," Hall said. "This will not be tolerated in our city."

Hall said that the protests began peacefully on Friday, but devolved night into chaos both Friday and Saturday with people rioting, looting, throwing objects at police, and damaging property and police vehicles.

"We're not talking about protesters, we're talking about criminals," Hall said.

Hall said the decision to issue a curfew requires many components working in tandem to make sure there are enough staff available to arrest, transport and process those violating curfew and committing other times.

The areas included in the curfew order are Deep Ellum, Farmers Market, Cedars, the West End, Victory Park and Uptown, Hall said. 

Those areas have been identified as targets for looters and so the police have chosen to issue the curfew for those locations.

"These are not residents of our community," Hall said of the protesters, noting they were coming from areas outside of Dallas and didn't have "love or respect" for the city.

6:55 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Roughly 400 arrests were made in Los Angeles Saturday night

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Police officers fire rubber bullets during a protest on Saturday, May 30 in Los Angeles.
Police officers fire rubber bullets during a protest on Saturday, May 30 in Los Angeles. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

Nearly 400 people were arrested in Los Angeles Saturday night, according to Police Chief Michel Moore, adding that the bulk of those arrests were for looting.

A curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday remains in effect for the entire city.

The chief plans to double the Los Angeles Police Department's workforce Sunday night and 500 National Guard members will join police in maintaining order.

National Guard members will not be patrolling the streets of L.A., but will be stationed at specific businesses in order to protect them from damage, Moore added

"My hope and prayer is that their tenure is short here," Moore said.

National Guard reservists are also on standby for other cities in California, including San Francisco and San Diego, according to Brian Ferguson, spokesman for the state’s Office of Emergency Management.

6:55 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Miami's curfew will be strictly enforced, mayor says

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez says peaceful protests are welcome but the city's curfew begins at 8 p.m. and it will be strictly enforced in the Florida city.

"You can be out until right before it gets dark. You can peacefully protest, as many people did yesterday. I'm very proud of the many Miami's that lined the streets that are right behind us and peacefully protesting," Suarez said, alongside community leaders Sunday. 

"There has to be justice, there has to be protests, we have to be hurt. We have to move forward strategically," Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem said at the news conference.

There were 57 people arrested in Miami Saturday during the protests, Suarez said. 

"Some of them are from here, some of them were out of town. But I can tell you that those that were arrested came here to do something, that was a dishonor to the legacy in the life of George Floyd," Suarez said. "We will protect our residents, their safety, and the right to enjoy their city."

Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina says "of the 57 people that were arrested, 13 of those 57 live in the city of Miami."

Some of those who have been arrested are from Michigan, Georgia, New York and at least three people from Minnesota, according to Molina.

 There are several people who were arrested "that won't tell us where they're from," Colina said. 

4:19 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

More than 40 people were arrested following a night of protests in Pittsburgh

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

Demonstrators gather in a street during a march in Pittsburgh on May 30.
Demonstrators gather in a street during a march in Pittsburgh on May 30. Keith Srakocic/AP

At least 60 buildings were damaged in downtown Pittsburgh during protests last night, according to a series of tweets from the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department.

The buildings damaged included small businesses, restaurants and hotels, a tweet said.

At least 44 people were arrested and among those, 16 lived in Pittsburgh, another tweet said.

"We understand that emotions are running high. We will do everything we can to support peaceful protests. And we urge everyone: Be calm, be safe, be Pittsburghers. We will get through this together," the department said.
6:56 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

New York City mayor calls for an investigation into the NYPD's actions Saturday during protests

From CNN's Sheena Jones

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio appointed two people to investigate the New York Police Department after a police cruiser was seen hitting a group of protesters Saturday.

De Blasio appointed Jim Johnson, of the Corporation Counsel, and Department of Investigations Commissioner Margaret Garnett to the task force.

Both were asked to give the mayor's office the initial findings in the next few weeks, de Blasio said.

6:56 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Curfew announced in Detroit after 84 people were arrested at protests Saturday night

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that a curfew will go into effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday for as long as the police chief deems necessary.

All public streets and areas will be closed except to those who are going to and from work, he announced at a news conference Sunday. 

Duggan said he made the decision after the number of people arrested from outside the Detroit area went up last night. 

Duggan said they do not want to arrest people for violating the curfew and will give them "a great opportunity" to go home. 

Arrests: Detroit Police Chief James Craig said police arrested 84 people last night, which was double the arrests from the night before.

Craig said that the majority of arrests were from the metro Detroit area, but not from the city area. Two people were arrested from out of state, one from Ohio and another from Tennessee. 

At least 75% of the arrests last night were from out of the area – an increase from 65% the night before, Duggan said.

A small portion of the protesters are "intent on destruction," he said, and most arrests occurred after 12 a.m. Duggan also said that, according to police investigations, this group appears to be organized. These people have walkie-talkies and supply trucks, he said, and

The city hasn't seen the same amount of destruction and fires as other cities across the US, Duggan said.

3:47 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Washington governor activates 200 more National Guard members to help with protests in Seattle

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

People walk past a looted store in Seattle on May 30.
People walk past a looted store in Seattle on May 30. Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated an additional 200 members of Washington's National Guard on Sunday in response to a second request from the city of Seattle, a statement from the governor's office said.

The National Guard members will help clean up, protect against property damage and manage crowds and traffic during downtown protests, according to the statement.

Guard personnel will be unarmed and work under the direction of Seattle's leadership.

“Saturday’s disheartening events in Seattle – carried out by a smattering of the thousands of protesters on hand – will not deter the cause of justice. Hundreds of public servants and volunteers are already helping clean up the property damage done," Inslee said.

"I have complete faith that downtown Seattle will recover from this quickly, and the state will help, however we may be of assistance,” he added.