Violent Protests Fill Streets Across the U.S. Protesting George Floyd's Killing

Carla Harmon
May 30, 2020

Later in the statement, the family says, "For four officers to inflict this kind of unnecessary, lethal force - or watch it happen - despite outcry from witnesses who were recording the violence - demonstrates a breakdown in training and policy by the City".

Fires damaged several restaurants including Del Frisco's Grille across from Lenox Mall and Atlanta Fire Rescue crews reported fire and heavy smoke near The Tabernacle and called in help from Cobb County firefighters. "We don't ever want to see another night like this".

By 8:15 p.m. a police auto was on fire and several other cars were damaged with spray paint and smashed windshields. You are disgracing the life of George Floyd and every other person who has been killed in this country. "This is the only way we're going to be heard".

The family of George Floyd is calling for an upgrade in the criminal charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, from 3rd degree murder to 1st degree.

One Los Angeles officer received medical treatment, police said. Police declared an unlawful assembly throughout downtown, where aerial footage from KTLA-TV showed scored of people corralled by police.

"I believe in our city".

Bottoms passionately addressed the protesters at a news conference: "This is not a protest".

Protesters repeatedly clashed with police in San Jose, said Mayor Sam Liccardo, and police responded with flash-bang grenades and rubber bullets.

Liccardo said his own officers shared the community's outrage over Floyd's in-custody death.

Portland, Oregon, police said at least one shooting was tied to the protest, although details weren't immediately released.

Protesters were seen downtown stealing from local businesses that were vandalised amid the riot. Authorities said officers were injured when projectiles were thrown and that they were asking people to leave the area.

"Portland, this is not us", he wrote.

Not long after crowds turned reckless Friday night, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms begged people to go home if they loved this city. "We'll get back to you later".

In Houston, where George Floyd grew up, several thousand people rallied in front of City Hall.

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