Increasingly violent and destructive protests spread throughout Minneapolis, Minnesota after the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody Monday. Floyd was killed after a police officer pinned him to the ground, with a knee on the back of his neck, prompting outrage and calls for the officers involved to be arrested.
Videos captured the fourth night of protests, which saw action in Minneapolis, as well as in New York City, New York; Atlanta, Georgia and in Washington D.C., among others.
“Stop this, now. Not all cops are bad! My dad is a retired lieutenant and he protected all people,” one Twitter user posted, along with video of rioters smashing in the windshield of an NYPD police cruiser. “This is just wrong. It’s not a protest, it’s a riot. If the cops tried to stop it though, it would be racist right? End this, please. George would NOT have wanted this.”
Stop this, now. Not all cops are bad! My dad is a retired lieutenant and he protected all people. This is just wrong. It’s not a protest, it’s a riot. If the cops tried to stop it though, it would be racist right? End this, please. George would NOT have wanted this. pic.twitter.com/jL13559CjS
— 𝓢𝓲𝓮𝓷𝓷𝓪~ (@ii_angelicc) May 30, 2020
Video captured Friday night showed rioters throwing rocks and breaking out the windows of a fire truck at a riot in Atlanta.
Some protesters attempted to maintain the peace during their demonstrations in honor of Floyd.
“Harlem’s protest for George Floyd is very peaceful. Don’t let anyone lie,” one Twitter user said.
Harlem’s protest for George Floyd is very peaceful. Don’t let anyone lie. pic.twitter.com/98galxhKZ4
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) May 30, 2020
“Peaceful protests are underway in Downtown Houston,” another user tweeted.
Peaceful protests are underway in Downtown Houston. pic.twitter.com/bURbp4ppc1
— Isles Road Warrior (@IslesRW) May 29, 2020
Other efforts have been made by those protesting peacefully to stop others from starting violent riots.
2/Across the country, white privileged kids were caught on camera starting violent riot behavior in the midst of organized Black protests.
When we tried to stop them, their buds falsely accused us of assault, stoking further police violence against us.pic.twitter.com/zWH64DUc2U
— Selena Adera (@Selena_Adera) May 30, 2020
While protesters have been criticized for the destruction, police have also been criticized for their tactics in response.
A news crew covering protests in Louisville, Kentucky was shot by an officer using a pepper ball paintball gun, during a live shot.
“Police are not shooting straight at the camera,” a Twitter user said.
Police are not shooting straight at the camera pic.twitter.com/pnqRUwhwYc
— Santiago Mayer (@santiagomayer_) May 30, 2020
Protests in Washington D.C. Friday night also prompted the White House to go on lockdown.
“People have managed to toss over the temporary barricades, they’re being pushed back by the Secret Service. More police arriving. Heating up fast outside the White House’s north lawn,” WTOP reporter Alejandro Alvarez tweeted.
People have managed to toss over the temporary barricades, they’re being pushed back by the Secret Service. More police arriving. Heating up fast outside the White House’s north lawn. pic.twitter.com/jaXKmjV0R9
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) May 29, 2020
Rioters also formed outside CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Rioters smashed in windows at the news outlet’s lobby, and threw fireworks at Police officers forming a defensive line in the lobby.
Another video, shared by The Sun, showed further footage of the riots outside the CNN headquarters, as well as riots across numerous cities in the country. Many clips showed damaged or burning police vehicles.
Parts of downtown Portland were also vandalized and set on fire Friday night.
Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, the man videotaped kneeling on Floyd, was arrested on Friday in connection with Floyd’s death. He faces charges of manslaughter and third-degree murder. Three other officers who were present at the seen of the arrest were also reportedly fired by the police department.
Despite the firings and arrests in Floyd’s case, protests continued in Minneapolis on Friday night.
A reporter for The Hill captured footage of the ongoing rioting in the city and indicated protesters he spoke with said they would continue until all four officers involved in Floyd’s case are in custody.
On Saturday morning, hundreds of volunteers in Minneapolis came out to clean up the city streets following the destruction Friday night.
“Huge amount of volunteers out in Minneapolis this afternoon to clean up a neighborhood at the epicenter of last night’s riots,” a Twitter user posted.
Huge amount of volunteers out in Minneapolis this afternoon to clean up a neighborhood at the epicenter of last night’s riots #MinneapolisRiot #Minneapolis #MinneapolisRiots #Minnesotariots pic.twitter.com/FtmfMBGMv3
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@bgutenschwager) May 30, 2020
On Saturday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called for the full mobilization of the state’s National Guard. During his announcement, Walz also drew distinction between peaceful protesters from violent rioters, many of whom he said had come from out of state to take part in the vandalism.