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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will join the investigation into George Floyd's death, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Sunday night. Ellison and Freeman will begin working together Monday.

Nationwide protests calling for an end to police violence continued for the sixth day on Sunday, with bouts of intense clashes with law enforcement. Curfews were imposed in major cities around the U.S. About 5,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated in 15 states and Washington, D.C.

In Atlanta, two police officers were fired and three others placed on desk duty over excessive use of force during a protest arrest incident involving two college students, The Associated Press said. In Minneapolis, a semi-truck was seen on video apparently trying to drive through crowds, before the driver was pulled from the cab. There were no reported injuries among protesters.  

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Trump briefly taken to White House bunker

President Trump was briefly moved to the White House bunker on Friday evening as protests were being held near the White House, CBS News confirmed. 

A senior administration official said the action was taken out of an abundance of caution.

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By Ellen Uchimiya
 

D.C. mayor activates National Guard amid heated protests

The entire Washington, D.C., National Guard - roughly 1,700 soldiers - is being called in to help with the response to protests outside the White House and elsewhere in the nation's capital, according to two Defense Department officials speaking on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said she had requested 500 Guardsman to assist local law enforcement. Later on Sunday, as the protests escalated, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy ordered the rest of the Guardsman — about 1,200 soldiers — to report, the AP said.

Numerous fires were seen around the city as the demonstrations continued Sunday night.

 

Fire in basement of iconic St. John's Church in D.C.

A fire broke out late Sunday night in the basement of the historic  St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., the city's fire department said.

The flames were quickly put out by firefighters who arrived with a police escort and apparently didn't cause any significant damage, The Washington Post reports. It wasn't clear how the fire started.

The church is across Lafayette Park from the White House.

The church says every president from James Madison "until the present" has attended a service there, giving it the nickname "the church of presidents," according to The Associated Press.

The first services at the church were held in 1816, its website says.

By Brian Dakss
 

D.C. police bringing felony charges against some protesters

Some people aged 18-34 are facing felony charges for rioting, looting and robbery in connection to protests in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, CBS affiliate WUSA-TV reports. A total of 18 people were charged, according to police, but not all are felonies.

The D.C. Police Department also asked the public for help in identifying additional suspects.

Read more here from WUSA-TV.

By Peter Martinez
 

Boston Police cruiser set ablaze after largely peaceful day of protests

A group destroyed a parked Boston Police cruiser near Downtown Crossing as violence broke out following protests in the city in response to the death of George Floyd. The cruiser burst into flames after it was smashed by a crowd of people. 

It happened around 10 p.m. as Boston Police worked to clear crowds that were lingering after a largely peaceful day of protests in the city. The cruiser appeared to be unoccupied and parked as it was vandalized.

They also said were reports of rocks and bricks being thrown at officers on Tremont Street and "efforts to hurt and harm police officers continue to intensify in our city."

It is unclear how many people were arrested.

Boston Police urged protesters to leave the area of Tremont Street, saying they "have surrendered the moral high ground as efforts to hurt and harm police officers continue to intensify in our city."

 Read more at CBS Boston here.

 

After nights of protests and arrests, Iowa county imposes curfews

Officials on Sunday imposed a curfew in Polk County, home to Des Moines, after two nights of protests resulted in vandalism and arrests of dozens of people. Polk County issued the mandatory stay at home order, which is effective from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.

"It is imperative that we have cooperation from the community to prevent violence and property damage," Matt McCoy, chairman of the Polk County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement. "For this reason, Polk County has no other choice but to make this difficult decision."

The curfew came after several large gatherings Friday and Saturday night in downtown Des Moines to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Like many of the Floyd protests around the country, a day of peaceful demonstration on Saturday devolved into unrest after the sun went down.

By Associated Press
 

Minnesota attorney general to lead prosecutions related to Floyd's death

Minnesota attorney general to lead prosecutions related to George Floyd's death

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will join the investigation into George Floyd's death, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced Sunday night.

"It is with a great degree of humility and great seriousness that I accept the responsibility for leadership on this critical case in the death of George Floyd," Ellison said.

Ellison said they will share resources. Freeman said they will meet Monday.

Walz said at Sunday night's press conference that one of the things he has heard from protesters is that many people "don't trust the process — they don't believe justice can be served. They believe time and time again, the system works perfectly well as it was designed, to deny those rights and to deny justice to communities of color."

Walz said bringing Ellison onto the case is a step toward restoring trust.

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By Caroline Linton
 

Los Angeles declares countywide curfew amid growing unrest

A countywide curfew has been issued in Los Angeles starting at 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday after a weekend of unrest. Violation of the curfew could lead to a fine of up to $1,000 or arrest.

"No person ... shall be upon a public street, avenue, boulevard, place, walkway, alley, park or public area or unimproved private realty in the county," according to the executive order.

A state of emergency was previously declared for LA County on Saturday as tensions continued to rise in the area.

The countywide curfew was issued after looting in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica and other cities over the past few days following outrage over the deadly arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Biden visits Delaware protest site

Joe Biden visited businesses in Wilmington that were damaged by protests, according to photos he posted on social media. Biden was accompanied by Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware.

"We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us," he wrote on Facebook. "We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us. The only way to bear this pain is to turn all that anguish to purpose. And as President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen, just as I did today visiting the site of last night's protests in Wilmington."

We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our...

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By Caroline Linton
 

Video shows semi-truck trying to drive through protesters on Minneapolis interstate

Semi-truck appears to try to drive through protesters on Minneapolis interstate

A semi-truck is seen on video apparently trying to drive through crowds on Interstate 35W Bridge across the Mississippi River, before the driver was pulled from the cab. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said the driver has been arrested and no protesters appeared to be injured.

There were thousands of people on the bridge when it came through at what appeared to be top speed. Video from CBS Minnesota's chopper showed what appeared to be a few on top of the semi cab trying to get the driver to slow down.

The Department of Public Safety told CBS Minnesota that so far they are not notified of any injuries and that medics haven't been called.

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By Peter Martinez
 

Police declare unlawful assembly in California's Huntington Beach as protesters block street

A demonstration that drew crowds of more than 500 people to Huntington Beach in Orange County has been declared an unlawful assembly.

Huntington Beach police spokeswoman Angela Bennett said protesters started to block traffic on Pacific Coast Highway and began to argue with one another. As a result, police have asked that the crowd disperse.

Unlawful assembly declared at California's Huntington Beach after protesters block street

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By Peter Martinez
 

Border officials deploying agents, aircraft to assist local authorities

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest federal law enforcement agency, is dispatching "officers, agents and aviation assets" to assist state and local authorities in their response to recent incidents of unrest across U.S. cities, a CBP official told CBS News Sunday.

The official said the agency will help federal, state and local partners that are "confronting the lawless actions of rioters."

"CBP carries out its mission nationwide, not just at the border, consistent with federal laws and policies," the agency said in a statement. 

On Saturday, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said department agencies like CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be helping state and local law enforcement through "surveillance and other capabilities."

"These measures will help our personnel stay safe as they continue to protect us from those who spread this violence," Wolf told reporters at a press conference. "Our nation is at its strongest when we confront challenges together and resist the voices that try to divide us."

ICE did not immediately respond to a request to elaborate on its involvement.

By Camilo Montoya-Galvez
 

As Cuomo warns violence creates a scapegoat, Barr says "outside radicals" exploiting protests

Attorney General William Barr condemned the violent protests that continued to take place across the country this weekend, saying in a statement that "the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical extremists."

"Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent and extremist agenda," Barr said.

The attorney general said federal law enforcement is tapping into its network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces to identify "criminal organizers and agitators" and coordinate with state and local partners.

"The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly," he said, referring to the loosely organized collective of self-described "antifacist" protesters.

While Barr and Mr. Trump have pinned the blame for the violence on leftist demonstrators, no evidence has been presented to show a centralized effort by outside groups from either end of the ideological spectrum to co-opt the protests. Officials in Minnesota said Friday that most of those arrested in protests were from outside the state, but later said those figures were inaccurate and based on flawed arrest data, an admission that came after news reports of jail records that showed many of those arrested were locals.

John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Safety, said during a press conference Saturday that the state has "seen things like white supremacist organizers who have posted things on platforms about coming to Minnesota."

While law enforcement agencies have released information about the number of people arrested during protests, more detailed information about the backgrounds and affiliations of those taken into custody remains scarce.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday perpetuating violence dishonors Floyd's death and "creates a scapegoat to shift the blame."

"It allows the president of the United States to tweet about looting rather than murder by a police officer," he said during a press conference. "It allows the federal government to politicize what is going on and to come up with theories blaming the left and the extreme left which only furthers the politics of division."

By Melissa Quinn
 

Secret Service says more than 60 officers injured in protests, 11 treated at hospital

The U.S. Secret Service said Sunday that more than 60 officers and special agents were injured during protests near the White House that began Friday and continued into early Sunday. Eleven were brought to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The agency said in a statement the officers were injured from projectiles including bricks, rocks, bottles and fireworks, and were also kicked, punched and "exposed to bodily fluids."

Six Secret Service vehicles were vandalized, the agency said, and demonstrators repeatedly tried to knock over security barriers. Between Saturday and early Sunday, one person was arrested during protests.

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Secret Service police officers form a block on Pennsylvania Avenue NW to prevent protesters from reaching the White House during a rally in Washington, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

"No individuals crossed the White House Fence and no Secret Service protectees were ever in any danger," the Secret Service said, adding it "respects the right to assemble, and we ask that individuals do so peacefully for the safety of all."
 
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump were in Florida on Saturday for the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and returned to the White House that evening as protesters gathered outside its gates.

By Melissa Quinn
 

Gottlieb warns of uptick in coronavirus infections from protests

Gottlieb warns of uptick in coronavirus infections after widespread protests

Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, warned Sunday that the protests could lead to a rise in coronavirus cases, just as cities and states begin easing restrictions.

"There's going to be a lot of issues coming out of what's happened in the last week, but one of them is going to be that chains of transmission will have become lit from these gatherings," Gottlieb said on "Face the Nation," adding that Minnesota, the epicenter of the protests, was already experiencing an uptick in coronavirus infections.

"This country isn't through this epidemic," Gottlieb said. "This is continuing to expand but at a much slower rate. But it's still expanding, and we still have pockets of spread in communities that aren't under good control."

The U.S. passed the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday, and the death toll in the days since has grown to more than 103,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1.7 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S.

Still, as some states began seeing a drop in the number of new infections, officials started easing restrictions on businesses that were put in place to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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By Melissa Quinn
 

Floyd family attorney says officer should face 1st-degree murder charge

Floyd family attorney says charge against officer should be upgraded to first-degree murder

Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing Floyd's family, called Sunday for the charges against the police officer who pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes, rendering him unresponsive, to be upgraded to first-degree murder, saying the two were believed to have known each other.

The officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, held Floyd down and pressed his knee to his neck as Floyd pleaded that he couldn't breath. On Friday, Chauvin was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder. The three other officers involved were fired from the police force but have not been charged.

"We think that [Chauvin] had intent, based on not the one minute, two minute, but over eight minutes, almost nine minutes he kept his knee in a man's neck that was begging and pleading for breath," Crump, a longtime civil rights attorney, told "Face the Nation." "At what point does it not be about detaining a man who is face-down with handcuffs, not posing any threat, to an intentional will to cause bodily harm? And if that results in death, every prosecutor in America will show that that is first-degree murder."

Crump said the owner of a nightclub where Floyd worked as a security guard notified the family that Chauvin was an off-duty officer there. 

"They had to overlap," he said. "And so that is going to be an interesting aspect to this case and hopefully upgrading these charges to first-degree murder because we believe he knew who George Floyd was."

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By Melissa Quinn
 

Atlanta mayor: Trump should "just stop talking"

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appealed to President Trump on Sunday to "just stop talking" after demonstrators descended on dozens of U.S. cities Saturday for the fifth day to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and clashes became more violent as day turned to night.

"There are times where you should just stop, and this is one of those times," Bottoms said on "Face the Nation." "He's making it worse. This is not about using military force. This is about where we are in America. We are beyond a tipping point in this country, and his rhetoric only inflames that, and he should sometimes just stop talking."

Bottoms said the president's tweets over the weekend and his rhetoric surrounding the demonstrations that have taken place nationwide in response to Floyd's death and those of other African Americans by law enforcement are "reminiscent of Charlottesville, where President Trump just made it worse."

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By Melissa Quinn
 

Protesters march on White House in second night of demonstrations

Police fired pepper spray at demonstrators near the White House and the D.C. National Guard was called in as pockets of violence and vandalism erupted during a second straight night of protests over the death of Floyd in Minneapolis and President Trump's response to it.

Hundreds of people converged on the White House and marched along the National Mall, chanting "Black Lives Matter," "I can't breathe" and "No justice, no peace."

Protesters threw water bottles, traffic cones, scooters, even tear gas cans at police lines. They set fire to a car and a trash bin and smashed windows, including at Bay Atlantic University. "What are you doing? That's a school," one man yelled.

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Demonstrators clash as people gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Evan Vucci / AP

Police were in tactical gear. The D.C. National Guard was activated at the direction of the secretary of the Army and at the request of the Park Police to help maintain order near the White House, Commanding General William J. Walker said in a post on the Guard's Facebook page.

"We're sick of it. The cops are out of control," protester Olga Hall said. "They're wild. There's just been too many dead boys," she said.

The Secret Service said in a statement Saturday that six protesters were arrested in Washington and "multiple" officers were injured. There were no details on the charges or nature of the injuries. A spokesman for U.S. Park Police said their officers made no arrests, but several suffered minor injuries and one was taken to a hospital after being struck in the helmet by a projectile.

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Protests continue across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd

Protests continue across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd
 

National Guard to be deployed to Los Angeles

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has asked Governor Gavin Newsom to deploy the National Guard to Los Angeles County amid ongoing protests. 

Earlier Saturday, Garcetti said at a press conference he would not be deploying the National Guard. "This isn't 1992," the mayor said, referring to the riots following the acquittal of the police officers involved in the Rodney King beating.

Hours after that press conference, Garcetti announced that Newsom has approved his request to send in 500-700 National Guard troops to help keep order in the city. According to the mayor, troops will be deployed overnight "to maintain peace and safety."

In addition to calling on the military, the city of Los Angeles has also mobilized its entire police department as part of its response strategy for the first time since the major earthquakes of 1994 and 1995, CBS Los Angeles reports

By Jordan Freiman
 

Photographer for CBS Minnesota arrested and shot with rubber bullet

WCCO photographer arrested covering protests

A photojournalist with CBS Minnesota was shot with a rubber bullet and arrested Saturday covering the George Floyd protests. Tom Aviles, an award-winning photographer, was taken into custody around 8:45 p.m. local time.

Aviles can be heard telling police he was with WCCO and saying "I'm not fighting" before being forced to the ground.

WCCO producer Joan Gilbertson, who was also present, said the officer told them, "You've been warned, or the same thing will happen to you. Or you're next."

Gilbertson said she had her hands up and said, "Don't shoot me, don't shoot me."

Aviles was released from custody around 10:45 p.m. local time.

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By Jordan Freiman
 

Videos show police driving cars into protesters in New York City

Video posted on social media shows two police cruisers driving through a crowd of protesters in New York City. The protesters could be seen blocking the path of the vehicles and throwing water bottles before the SUVs charged forward through the crowd. Several people were knocked to the ground.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for the police officers responsible to be "brought to justice."

"NYPD officers just drove an SUV into a crowd of human beings. They could've killed them, &we don't know how many they injured. NO ONE gets to slam an SUV through a crowd of human beings. @NYCMayor these officers need to be brought to justice, not dismissed w/'internal reviews,'" the congresswoman tweeted.

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By Jordan Freiman
 

St. Paul mayor walks back statement about arrested protesters being from out of state

The mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, said Saturday night that earlier statements that all the protesters who were arrested Friday were from out-of-state were not correct. Mayor Melvin Carter blamed inaccurate information given to him during a police briefing.

"This morning I shared with you arrest data received in my morning police briefing which I later learned to be inaccurate," Carter said at a press conference. 

Earlier Friday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Carter and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey all said they believed people causing violence during protests over the death of George Floyd had come from outside the area. 

By Jordan Freiman
 

Texas governor activates National Guard

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott on Saturday activated the Texas National Guard.

"Texans have every right to exercise their first amendment rights, but violence and looting will not be tolerated," the governor said in a statement. 

By Jordan Freiman
 

Authorities nationwide brace for another night of potentially violent protests

Authorities nationwide brace for another night of potentially violent protests
By Caroline Linton
 

Los Angeles enacts 8 p.m. curfew

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced a citywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Garcetti said the curfew would apply to downtown Los Angeles between the 110 freeway on the west, Alameda on the east, the 10 freeway on the south and the 101 freeway on the north. 

Garcetti said he would not be calling for the governor to activate the National Guard, as was done during the riots following the acquittal of the officers who were filmed beating Rodney King. "This isn't 1992," he said. 

CBS Los Angeles reported thousands of protesters converged in the Fairfax District on Saturday, with at least two police cruisers set on fire. 

Saturday marked the fourth day of protests in Los Angeles, following Friday night demonstrations that turned violent, prompting police to declare an unlawful assembly. At least six officers were hurt and 533 protesters were taken into custody.

Los Angeles mayor declares citywide curfew starting at 8 p.m.
By Caroline Linton
 

Trump says "memory of George Floyd is being dishonored" with violence

Speaking at the Kennedy Space Center following the first successful U.S. launch of a piloted spacecraft since 2011, President Trump addressed the ongoing national unrest. "The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored with rioters, looters and anarchists," Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump asserted that he supports "peaceful protesters," but "what we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or peace." He said he stands in "opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy."

"My administration will always stand against violence, mayhem, and disorder," Mr. Trump said. 

Trump says "the memory of George Floyd is being dishonored" by violence
By Caroline Linton
 

Protesters stop traffic on interstate in Austin, Texas

Protesters in Austin, Texas, took over part of I-35. They carried banners about George Floyd and Mike Ramos, who was shot and killed by police in Austin, CBS affiliate KEYE reports

Governor Greg Abbott sent 1,500 Texas Department of Public Safety officers to major cities in the state on Saturday, including Austin, to help local police departments "ensure peaceful protest," according to a statement posted on Twitter.

Another protest is scheduled for Sunday. Moore said Austin Justice Coalition Executive Director Chas Moore told KEYE that the group is helping organize the protest, with Ramos as the focal point. 

"It's only so much a group of people — anybody, really — can go through before reaching the tipping point," Moore said. "We're in 2020 and still having modern-day lynchings by police or even rogue citizens like Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. At some point, something in people is just going to say enough."

By Audrey McNamara
 

AG Barr alleges violent protests were coordinated by "far-left extremists"

Attorney General William Barr said Saturday the protests around the country appear to be organized by "anarchic and left extremist groups, far-left extremist groups," echoing an earlier comment from President Trump about the protesters. Mr. Trump on Saturday morning tweeted that violence could be attributed to "antifa and the radical left."

Officials in Minnesota have said they are investigating if the demonstrators arrested last night had ties to white supremacy groups.

Barr also said it is a federal crime to cross state lines to participate in violent rioting, and said people will be prosecuted.

Attorney General William Barr says "violent radical elements" are driving protests
By Grace Segers
 

Twin Cities residents turn out to clean scorched streets

Volunteers were showing up in huge numbers Saturday to help clean up after four straight nights of unrest in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, CBS Minnesota reports

Pictures posted on social media showed people helping out after a night of violence.

By Sarah Lynch Baldwin
 

Minnesota officials say most people acting violently are not residents

Ed. note - The mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, said Saturday night that earlier statements that all the protesters who were arrested Friday were from out-of-state were not correct. Mayor Melvin Carter blamed inaccurate information given to him during a police briefing.

"This morning I shared with you arrest data received in my morning police briefing which I later learned to be inaccurate," Carter said at a press conference. 


Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said Saturday the majority of the people causing destruction in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are "outsiders." 

According to Walz, an estimated roughly 80% of the people acting violently and destroying businesses are from outside the state. "Our best estimate right now that I heard is about 20%, is what we think are Minnesotans, and about 80% are outside," he said. 

The governor said he believes Minnesota residents were the catalyst for protests, but that the situation has since evolved and grown violent.

"The message is clear, Minnesota. We had a tragedy on Monday night. We understand the work that we need to do and the generational pain that went in to what happened with George Floyd and that murder," Walz said.

"But at this point in time, nothing we do to address those inequities, nothing we do to provide justice to George Floyd and his family… none of those things matter to any of these people who are out there firing upon National Guard, burning businesses of our communities, and making intent on disrupting any semblance of civil life." 

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz says majority of protesters are from out of state
By Audrey McNamara
 

Secret Service announces six arrests after protests outside White House

The Secret Service addressed the protests outside the White House on Friday night with a statement on Twitter saying that uniformed officers made six arrests. 

"Demonstrators repeatedly attempted to knock over security barriers on Pennsylvania Avenue," the statement said. "No individuals crossed the White House Fence and no Secret Service protectees were ever in danger." 

The statement said some of the demonstrators were violent and had assaulted officers with "bricks, rocks, bottles, fireworks, and other items," resulting in "multiple" officers sustaining injuries. It also said that the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Park Police were on the scene. 

"The Secret Service respects the right to assemble, and we ask that individuals do so peacefully for the safety of all," the statement concluded.

By Grace Segers
 

Protests taking place in Philadelphia

A protest demanding justice for George Floyd is taking place outside Philadelphia City Hall on Saturday.

Mayor Jim Kenney has said the people have a right to gather and police will allow the protest as long as social distancing guidelines are followed, CBS Philly reports

The protest was scheduled to start at noon, with another protest scheduled for 2 p.m.

By Sarah Lynch Baldwin
 

NYPD reports more than 200 protest-related arrests

The NYPD is reporting more than 200 protest-related arrests following sometimes violent demonstrations in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, CBS New York reports. More protests are planned Saturday around the city.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a marked NYPD patrol van with four officers in it, and that a suspect was arrested and faces attempted murder charges in that incident.

Several other NYPD vehicles were damaged, police said, and several officers were injured, including one sergeant who was punched by a protester wearing brass knuckles.

De Blasio endorsed peaceful protest and civil disobedience, and said most protesters were there to peacefully demonstrate, though some had another agenda.

"Some people came to do violence," the mayor said. "But a lot of people there went because they had something to express."

"Coming to an assembly, premeditated, with loaded firearms, with bricks, with Molotov cocktails, is the farthest thing possible from civil disobedience," Shea said. "It is very difficult to practice deescalation when a brick is thrown at your head."

Shea said some of the protesters have come from out of town to cause violence amid the protests. 

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An activist is detained by the New York Police Department as a rally is held in response to the police killing George Floyd in front of Barclays Center on May 29, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Getty Images
 

Minnesota governor fully mobilizes state National Guard

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced Saturday that he is fully mobilizing the state's National Guard in response to the ongoing unrest in Minneapolis. 

The Minnesota National Guard said this marks the first time it's been fully mobilized since World War II, after Walz said this was the first full mobilization in the state's history.  

 "We are 'all-in' to restore order and maintain and keep the peace in Minnesota," the Guard tweeted.

The situation in Minneapolis "is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd," said Walz. 

"Our great cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are under assault," he said. "The situation in in Minneapolis is now about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great city."

The Minnesota National Guard told CBS News it has about 13,000 soldiers and airmen and hopes to have around 2,500 guardsmen on duty by noon Saturday.

It said in a tweet earlier that more than 1,000 citizen-soldiers and airmen would be activating Saturday, "in addition to the 700 that were on duty as of late last night." 

"This represents the largest domestic deployment in the Minnesota's National Guard's 164-year history."

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said most protesters are no longer residents of the city. 

"This is no longer about protesting," Frey said.  "... This is about violence and we need to make sure that it stops."

By Audrey McNamara
 

Wife of officer charged in Floyd's death files for divorce

Kellie Chauvin, the wife of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, has filed for divorce, according to a statement released by her lawyer. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday in Floyd's death.

"This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd's death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin," reads the statement released by Sekula Law Offices.

"While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time," the statement continued.

By Audrey McNamara
 

Trump praises Secret Service after protests outside White House

President Trump praised the U.S. Secret Service early Saturday for it response to overnight protests outside the White House. He said protesters would have been met with "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons" if they had managed to breach the fences. 

"Great job last night at the White House by the U.S. @SecretService. They were not only totally professional, but very cool. I was inside, watched every move, and couldn't have felt more safe," Mr. Trump said in one of several tweets about the demonstrations. "They let the 'protesters' scream & rant as much as they wanted, but whenever someone ... got too frisky or out of line, they would quickly come down on them, hard - didn't know what hit them. The front line was replaced with fresh agents, like magic."

"Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they would...have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That's when people would have been really badly hurt, at least," Mr. Trump continued.   

The White House was locked down Friday evening as around 200 people gathered in front of the White House. Protesters pulled away the barricades that separated them from the White House. The Secret Service restored the barricades back in their place once they were knocked down, but it became almost a game, CBS News' Fin Gomez reported. 

Thousands of protesters congregated elsewhere in Washington, D.C., according to CBS Washington affiliate WUSA.

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Protesters face off with police outside the White House in Washington, D.C., early on May 30, 2020 during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd. ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty

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By Grace Segers
 

U.S. embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd, in unusual move

Some U.S. embassies in Africa have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. 

Africa has not seen the kind of protests over Floyd's killing that have erupted across the United States, but many Africans have expressed disgust and dismay, openly wondering when the U.S. will ever get it right.

The ambassador to Congo, Mike Hammer, highlighted a tweet from a local media entrepreneur who addressed him saying, "Dear ambassador, your country is shameful. Proud America, which went through everything from segregation to the election of Barack Obama, still hasn't conquered the demons of racism. How many black people must be killed by white police officers before authorities react seriously?"

The ambassador's response: "I am profoundly troubled by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Justice Department is conducting a full criminal investigation as a top priority. Security forces around the world should be held accountable. No one is above the law."

Similar statements were tweeted by the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Uganda, while the embassies in Tanzania and Kenya tweeted a joint statement from the Department of Justice office in Minnesota on the investigation.

By Associated Press
 

Oakland unrest escalates with fires and looting

A protest in Oakland, California, on Friday night turned destructive as activists took their demonstration against the death of George Floyd onto a freeway before lighting fires and looting downtown. Police confirmed that multiple officers were injured by thrown projectiles. As of about 9:45 p.m., the demonstration was declared an unlawful assembly, CBS SF Bay Area reported. 

Video showed police using tear gas and flash-bang grenades as they tried to get crowds to disperse. Protesters were also seen lighting fireworks. 

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Demonstrators run through tear gas that was deployed by police officers during a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd, on May 29, 2020 in Oakland, California. / Getty Images


Police confirmed they were investigating a shooting of two security guards Friday evening, but it appears the incident was unrelated to the demonstration.

A Walgreens store was broken into and was looted, before a fire was lit in the store, one of several garbage can and Dumpster fires that were lit along Broadway. Windows were also broken at a Chase Bank on Broadway and a Mercedes-Benz dealership appeared to be heavily damaged by a fire, as were a number of other offices and business spaces in downtown Oakland. A Honda dealership also sustained significant damage.

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A looter robs a Target store as protesters face off against police in Oakland California on May 30, 2020, over the death of George Floyd. JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images
 

Gov. Walz: "This is not about George's death. This is about chaos being caused."

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz addressed the media at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the State Emergency Operations Center about the growing danger, CBS Minnesota reports

"This is not grieving, and this is not making a statement ... this is life-threatening, dangerous to the most well-qualified forces to deal with this," Walz said. "This is not about George's death. This is about chaos being caused."

Walz said the largest civilian deployment in the state's history is underway – three times the size of what was in place during the race riots of the 1960s. Gen. Jon Jensen, head of the Minnesota National Guard, said 1,700 soldiers are prepared to be in Minneapolis on Saturday.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey joined the governor, general and commissioner at the press conference, where he also urged rioters to go home.

"If you care about your community, you've got to put this to an end. It needs to stop," Frey said. "You're not getting back at the police officer that tragically killed George Floyd by looting."

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People loot then burn an Office Depot Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis.  John Minchillo/AP
By Sarah Lynch Baldwin
 

Shots fired at law enforcement in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted early Saturday morning that shots have been fired at officers in the fifth precinct. No officers were wounded, the department said. 

In a subsequent tweet, the department said that "several people" who "ignored multiple dispersal orders" have been arrested. 

By Victoria Albert
 

Los Angeles police declare unlawful assembly after "repeated acts of violence"

The Los Angeles Police Department declared an unlawful assembly in downtown Los Angeles late Friday night, following what the department described as "repeated acts of violence." 

"We have declared an unlawful assembly throughout Downtown LA. From the 10 Fwy to the 101 & the 110 Fwy to Alameda," the department tweeted. "This is being made following repeated acts of violence & property damage. Residents should stay inside—Business should close—Those on the street are to leave the area." 

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Demonstrators block a road leading to the 110 freeway to protest the death of George Floyd on May 29, 2020.  Mark Ralston/Getty
By Victoria Albert
 

Gas station catches fire in Minneapolis

A gas station in Minneapolis has caught on fire, the city tweeted on Friday night. Officials urged residents to avoid the area until the fire department could safely respond. 

In response to a commenter asking why the fire department was not responding to the blaze, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted that before firefighters respond, "the area of the fire must be secure so they can focus on fighting the fire without risking their own safety." 

"We are working with the State National Guard & MN DPS – who control Incident Command tonight – to provide support in South," he added. 

By Victoria Albert
 

Georgia Governor declares state of emergency in Fulton County

After a night of violent protests in Atlanta, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency for Fulton County, where Atlanta is located. 

"At the request of Mayor @KeishaBottoms & in consultation with public safety & emergency preparedness officials, I have issued a State of Emergency for Fulton County to activate as many as 500 @GeorgiaGuard troops to protect people & property in Atlanta," Kemp tweeted. 

By Victoria Albert
 

Rapper Killer Mike pleads with Atlanta demonstrators to "burn" systemic racism, not the city

Killer Mike said Friday night that he's "tired of seeing black men die." But in an address to those participating in violent protests across Atlanta on Friday night, the rapper tearfully urged them to not destroy a city built on black-owned businesses and a history of civil rights.

Atlanta was one of many cities that faced violent protests on Friday in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Protesters in the city set a police car on fire, smashed windows at the CNN building, and damaged several other buildings and businesses. 

Killer Mike joined Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and rapper T.I. to address the violence Friday night, saying that while he feels that same hurt and anger as demonstrators, "it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization." 

Read more here

Rapper Killer Mike urges calm amid violence in Atlanta


By Li Cohen
 

Dozens arrested in New York City protests

Thousands of people protested in New York City on Friday, according to CBS New York, and by late Friday night, many had gathered in Fort Greene near the 88th precinct station. Dozens of people were arrested during Friday's protests, police said.   

After protesters in Manhattan and Brooklyn clashed with police for hours Friday night, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned: "we have a long night ahead of us." 

"Our sole focus is de-escalating this situation and getting people home safe," de Blasio tweeted. "There will be a full review of what happened tonight. We don't ever want to see another night like this." 

By 11 p.m., the NYPD said the situation was not under control, CBS New York reported. 

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Protesters gather during a "Black Lives Matter" protest near Barclays Center on May 29, 2020, in Brooklyn. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty
By Victoria Albert
 

Police and protesters face-off in Dallas

Hundreds gathered outside the Dallas Police Department's headquarters on Friday evening. At one point, protesters got on their knees and chanted, "We can't breathe."

Things were calm for the first few hours, but around 9:30 p.m. local time, demonstrators got rowdy and wouldn't disperse from the street. Police then tossed tear gas canister into the crowd.

Police Chief Renee Hall said protesters threw rocks at police cars. Officers in riot gear faced off protesters in the street, threatening to throw more tear gas if the crowd did not disperse.

Read more at CBS Dallas/Dallas Fort Worth.

By Justin Carissimo
 

Atlanta mayor on violence: "If you care about this city, then go home"

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms delivered an impassioned plea to calm the violence in her city on Friday night, after a police car was set ablaze and protesters smashed windows at the CNN building.

"If you care about this city, then go home," Bottoms urged at a late-night press conference.

Atlanta's protest was one of many raging across the nation Friday night, as people took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in policy custody.

"If you want change in America, go and register to vote. Show up at the polls on June 9th. Do it in November. That is the change we need in this country," Bottoms added.

Read more here.

By Victoria Albert
 

Police in Charlotte arrest protesters for damaging property

Several protesters in North Carolina were arrested Friday night for damaging property, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said. Some protesters threw rocks and other objects at police officers and damaged police cruisers, the department added.

The department said "no chemical agents have been deployed" and they were working to "de-escalate" the situation. 

By Justin Carissimo
 

Peaceful protesters defy curfew in Minneapolis

A group of peaceful protestors, organized by athletes, marched through downtown Minneapolis to the Hennepin Bridge, where they took a knee in remembrance of George Floyd.

And as of 8:30 p.m. local time, the marches continued in downtown Minneapolis even after the mandatory curfew went into effect, with large groups marching down streets like Washington and Chicago Avenues.

The march was organized by former NBA player Royce White and former football player Darrell Thompson. More than 1,000 protesters started at U.S. Bank Stadium, but the crowd soon moved on, walking through downtown Minneapolis. When they reached Hennepin Bridge, they shut down traffic and took a knee. 

Read more at CBS Minnesota.

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Protesters march by U.S. Bank Stadium in response to the police killing of George Floyd on May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Stephen Maturen / Getty
By Justin Carissimo
 

Protesters set police vehicle on fire in Atlanta and vandalize sign at CNN Center

Demonstrators clashed with police in downtown Atlanta on Friday evening. Some protesters vandalized police cruisers and set one squad car on fire, CBS affiliate WGCL reports.

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An Atlanta police car burns near CNN Center in Atlanta on May 29, 2020. DUSTIN CHAMBERS / REUTERS

Some protesters mounted the sign outside the CNN Center, which is now covered in graffiti. Social media videos showed others breaking glass at the building's entrance. 

WGCL reports that several other buildings in the area have been vandalized. 

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People gather at CNN Center during a protest in Atlanta on May 29, 2020. DUSTIN CHAMBERS / REUTERS
By Justin Carissimo
 

Protesters clash with police at Barclays Center in Brooklyn

In Brooklyn, crowds of demonstrators chanted at police officers lined up outside the Barclays Center. There were several moments of struggle, as some in the crowd pushed against metal barricades and police pushed back.

Scores of water bottles flew from the crowd toward the officers, and in return police sprayed an eye-irritating chemical at the group twice.

The names of black people killed by police, including Floyd and Eric Garner, who died on Staten Island in 2014, were on signs carried by those in the crowd, and in their chants. 

"It's my duty to be out here," Brianna Petrisko told The Associated Press from lower Manhattan, where some of the protests began. The protest took place despite coronavirus prohibitions on large gatherings. The demonstrators were gathered in Foley Square, while police stood across the street.

"Our country has a sickness," Petrisko said. "We have to be out here. This is the only way we're going to be heard."

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Activists hold a rally in response to the police killing George Floyd in front of Barclays Center on May 29, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  / Getty Images
By Associated Press
 

Colin Kaepernick will pay legal fees for Minnesota protesters

The Know Your Rights Campaign announced Friday that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick helped establish a legal defense initiative for the Minneapolis area protestors seeking justice for George Floyd's death.

The fund has "identified and teamed up with top defense lawyers in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area to provide legal resources for those in need," according to its website.  "When there is an injustice within our community, it is our legal right to address it, by any means necessary."

On Friday, protesters marched onto Hennepin Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis. They kneeled down outside of U.S. Bank Stadium and held a moment of silence for Floyd, according to CBS Minnesota. Kaepernick famously made a similar gesture throughout the 2016 NFL season, when he repeatedly knelt during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S. 

By Li Cohen
 

Protesters shut down highway in San Jose for over an hour

Activists in San Jose marching to protest the death of George Floyd shut down US Highway 101 in both directions for more than an hour on Friday.

Around 100 protesters blocked all southbound lanes of the highway near the Santa Clara Street freeway entrance at around 3 p.m. Some vehicles managed to skirt their way around the crowd.

Traffic had also been stopped in the northbound direction as officers diverted cars off the freeway.  Exiting traffic was also leading to gridlock on city streets in the area.

Earlier Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom in a news conference discussed Floyd's death and the unrest it has triggered across the country. "I pray that all of us that want to express ourselves do so thoughtfully and gently, but forcefully, in terms of expressing themselves as they should and as they must," said the governor.

Read more at CBS SF Bay Area.

 

Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on police use of force

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham announced Friday that his committee will hold a hearing on police use of force in the wake of George Floyd's death.

"I have just spoken with Senator Feinstein, the Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, about the horrific death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis," Graham said in a statement announcing the hearing. "Both of us are appalled at what we saw and believe it is important to have a hearing as soon as possible as to how to combat this outrage."

"The Committee intends to call a wide variety of witnesses on the topics of better policing, addressing racial discrimination regarding the use of force, as well as building stronger bonds between communities and police," he added. "We intend to shine a bright light on the problems associated with Mr. Floyd's death, with the goal of finding a better way forward for our nation."

By Victoria Albert
 

FBI seeking additional photos and videos to aid investigation

The Minneapolis Division of the FBI is seeking additional information, photos and video relevant to the federal civil rights investigation into George Floyd's death. The agency on Friday urged residents who were in the area to post media to its website at fbi.gov/MinneapolisTips or to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324).

The FBI is investigating whether civil rights charges are appropriate in the case. In a statement, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the parallel federal investigation is "proceeding quickly" towards a charging decision.

By Justin Carissimo
 

James Clyburn calls for more arrests

Representative James Clyburn called for more officers to be arrested on Friday, tweeting that Derek Chauvin, the officer who has already been arrested and charged, "did not act alone."

"When George Floyd laid on the ground, crying out for his life, it was not one, not two, but three cops who kept their knees on him, snuffing out his life as a fourth stood by and watched," Clyburn wrote. "Everyone involved must be brought to justice immediately." 

By Victoria Albert
 

Large crowds hit the streets to protest in New York City

Large crowds have taken to the streets in New York City on Friday to protest the death of George Floyd. Several protesters have been arrested in Foley Square and at the Brooklyn Bridge for blocking traffic and disorderly conduct.

Mayor Bill de Blasio had a message to protesters, pleading for them to protest peacefully, and be mindful of COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene. He also urged them to respect police and direct anger toward elected leaders, not police officers trying to do their job.

Friday's protest was organized by faith leaders and started at Foley Square. Organizers are encouraging the protest to be peaceful.

Read more at CBS New York.

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Protestors gather behind a banner spelling the name of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes, on May 29, 2020, in New York during a "Black Lives Matter" protest.  Getty
By Justin Carissimo
 

Minnesota governor imposes curfew on Minneapolis and St. Paul

Soon after Mayor Jacob Frey announced a curfew for the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced a similar curfew that covers Minneapolis and St. Paul. The curfew has the same hours as Frey's: 8 p.m. Friday night to 6 a.m. Saturday morning, and 8 p.m. Saturday night to 6 a.m. Sunday morning. 

"It's time to rebuild our community and that starts with safety in our streets," Walz said in a statement announcing the executive order. "Thousands of Minnesotans have expressed their grief and frustration in a peaceful manner. But the unlawful and dangerous actions of others, under the cover of darkness, has caused irreversible pain and damage to our community. 

Walz's curfew prohibits anyone other than "first responders, members of the media, people going back and forth to work, individuals seeking emergency care or fleeing danger, and people experiencing homelessness" from traveling on Minneapolis' or St. Paul's streets or appearing in public places, the statement said. 

By Victoria Albert
 

Trump says he talked to George Floyd's family

President Trump on Friday said he has spoken to George Floyd's family, calling them "terrific people." 

"It's very important to the family that the memory of George Floyd be a perfect memory," Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump, who has tweeted forcefully about "looters," insisted that "looters should not be allowed to drown out the voices of so many peaceful protesters."

"I understand the hurt, I understand the pain," Mr. Trump said. "People have really been through a lot. The family of George is entitled to justice and the people of Minnesota are entitled to live in safety." 

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By Caroline Linton
 

George Floyd's family hires former NYC chief medical examiner for independent autopsy

The family of George Floyd has hired former NYC chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden to conduct an independent autopsy. Baden told CBS News that he expects to perform the autopsy next week.

Baden, a prominent forensic pathologist, has testified at several high-profile trials including the murder trial of OJ Simpson. He has conducted private autopsies on both Jeffrey Epstein and Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.

By Pat Milton
 

Bon Iver donates $30,000 to organizations aiding protesters

Indie folk band Bon Iver has announced a $30,000 donation to organizations aiding protesters. The band tweeted that it is "deeply concerned" for protesters in Minneapolis, writing that "their bravery is astounding and inspiring."

The donation will go to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, the George Floyd Memorial Fund, Reclaim the Block and Black Visions Collective.

"Fellow fans, artists, labels, please join us by making contributions of your own, whatever you can afford, to help make a difference in the communities most affected by the ongoing crisis in the Twin Cities, one that is also beginning to brew in other cities across America," the band wrote.

By Victoria Albert
 

Minneapolis mayor establishes 8 p.m. curfew

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Friday established an 8 p.m. curfew for all public places in the city of  Minneapolis through an emergency regulation. The curfew will run from 8 p.m. Friday night to 6 a.m. Saturday morning, and 8 p.m. Saturday night to 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

"During the hours of curfew, all persons must not travel on any public street or in any public place," the emergency regulation said. It does not apply to authorized government and safety officials, individuals under certain exempt conditions, or people experiencing homelessness. 

Violating the order is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or no more than 90 days in jail, the regulation said. 

By Victoria Albert
 

Officer knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly 3 minutes after he was non-responsive, complaint says

In a criminal complaint filed Friday afternoon, prosecutors wrote that Dererk Chauvin "had his knee on [George] Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non-responsive."

"Police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a prone position is inherently dangerous," prosecutors wrote in the complaint, which says police encountered Floyd while investigating the possible use of a counterfeit $20 bill.

Prosecutors said Floyd complied with orders from police officers to leave his vehicle but did not "voluntarily" get in their squad car. "While standing outside the car, Mr. Floyd began saying and repeating that he could not breathe," they wrote.

Floyd was soon brought to the ground. One officer held Floyd's back, another his legs, as Chauvin placed his left on Floyd's neck. Floyd repeated, "I can't breathe," "Mama," and "please," as the minutes went by.

Eventually, one officer asked, "should we roll him on his side?" Prosecutors said Chauvin replied, "No, staying put where we got him." The officer, Thomas Lane, said, "I am worried about excited delirium or whatever," a condition associated with officer-involved deaths.

Prosecutors wrote that none of the three officers moved from their positions.

By Graham Kates
 

President Trump doesn't address Minneapolis unrest at news conference

President Trump held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Friday but did not take any questions from reporters and did not speak on the days-long protests in Minneapolis. 

Mr. Trump instead announced new policies to "protect American security and prosperity" against a list of grievances by the Chinese government. "The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government," he said, before claiming that China instigated the coronavirus pandemic.

The president said the United States will be "terminating" its relationship with the World Health Organization, and announced he's suspending the entry of certain foreign Chinese nationals and sanctioning Chinese officials who have eroded Hong Kong's freedom. 

The president ignored shouted questions from reporters. 

By Audrey McNamara
 

Barr says arrest video is "harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing"

Attorney General William Barr has issued a statement addressing the investigations into the death of George Floyd.

"The video images of the incident that ended with death of Mr. Floyd, while in custody of Minneapolis police officers, were harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing," Barr said, adding that the state prosecutor is determining whether state criminal charges are appropriate.  

The FBI is also investigating whether civil rights charges are appropriate. 

"Both state and federal officers are working diligently and collaboratively to ensure that any available evidence relevant to these decisions is obtained as quickly as possible," Barr added. "This process is proceeding quickly.  As is the typical practice, the state's charging decisions will be made first. I am confident justice will be served."

By Justin Carissimo
 

Minneapolis NAACP president calls for all four officers to be arrested and charged

Leslie Redmond, president of the Minneapolis NAACP, has called for all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd to be arrested, charged "and eventually convicted." 

"Those four officers stood, kneeled and killed George Floyd," Redmond said at a press conference held by Floyd's friends on Friday. "All humanity should be outraged," she said. 

Her call came after Derek Chauvin, the arresting officer, was taken into custody. Video shows Chauvin pressing his knee into Floyd's neck as he begs for help shortly before his death. 

Redmond said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has held up progress in the case. All four officers have been fired from the force, but only Chauvin has been taken into custody. 

Shortly after Redmond spoke, Freeman announced that Chauvin has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter, and that subsequent charges may be filed in the case. 

Redmond also voiced her support for the Minneapolis protests, calling the unrest "not just a black people issue" but a "human rights issue." 

By Audrey McNamara
 

Joe Biden speaks on Floyd's death and situation in Minnesota

Joe Biden said Friday he has spoken with George Floyd's family and is calling for justice. The former vice president blamed systemic racism, which he called "an open wound" on American society, for Floyd's death. 

He said in a brief online appearance it's time for deep and lasting police reform.

Biden also took an indirect swipe at President Trump without naming him, saying it was, "No time for incendiary tweets. No time to incite violence." 

By Associated Press
 

Attorneys call for independent probe

Attorneys for the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are calling for an independent investigation of the actions leading to Floyd's death. They also want national reforms in response to the three deaths.

Attorney Ben Crump said during a news conference Friday he's asked to take custody of George Floyd's body for an independent autopsy.

He and attorney Lee Merritt said they want murder charges brought against the four Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd's arrest. And they want the Minnesota attorney general to take over the investigation.

Crump said the families from Georgia, Kentucky and now Minnesota have all had to dispel narratives from law enforcement that their loved ones "brought this upon themselves." They cited an initial report in Floyd's case that said he threatened police and died of a medical condition. 

By Associated Press
 

Ex-officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder and manslaughter

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday that former police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin, who was taken into custody, is the only officer to be charged in Floyd's death. Freeman said at a press conference Friday there may be subsequent charges.

"We have charged this case as quickly as sufficient admissible evidence to charge it has been investigated and presented to us," he said, adding that this is "by far" the fastest they have ever charged an officer. 

"We have now been able to put together the evidence that we need. Even as late as yesterday afternoon we didn't have all that we needed, we have now found it" he said.

Freeman said the evidence includes the viral citizen's video, body cam footage, witness reports and a preliminary report from the medical examiner.

By Audrey McNamara
 

Cuomo: "I stand, figuratively, with the protesters"

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo commented Friday on George Floyd's death at his daily coronavirus briefing. 

"I stand, figuratively, with the protesters," he said. "I stand against the arson and the burglary and criminality. I stand with the protesters, and I think all well-meaning Americans stand with the protesters." 

"Enough is enough. How many times do you have to see the same lesson replayed before you do something?" he said. 

By Sarah Lynch Baldwin
 

Ex-officer Derek Chauvin arrested in death of George Floyd

Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested days after George Floyd's fatal arrest that sparked protests and outcry across the city and nation.

John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin has been taken into custody in connection with the May 25 death.

Read more here. 

By Erin Donaghue
 

Restaurant that says it was damaged speaks out in support of protests

A post on the Facebook page of Gandhi Mahal, a restaurant in Minneapolis, says the institution caught fire in protests, but spoke out in support of them anyway. The post said it was written by Hafsa, the daughter of the owner, Ruhel Islam.

"This is Hafsa, Ruhel's daughter writing, as I am sitting next to my dad watching the news, I hear him say on the phone; ' let my building burn, Justice needs to be served, put those officers in jail'," the post read.

"Gandhi Mahal May have felt the flames last night, but our firey drive to help protect and stand with our community will never die! Peace be with everyone," the post said.

CBS Minnesota reports the restaurant is located across the street from an AutoZone on Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue that was burned to the ground in protests. 

By Audrey McNamara
 

Minnesota governor holds press conference, calls for calm

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz held a press conference Friday, calling for calm in the streets of Minneapolis.

Walz said restoring order to the streets is crucial to begin work to repair systemic societal injustices in the state. He called to "rebuild" trust between the community and law enforcement.

"Our community, especially our black community, is hurting beyond words," Walz said Friday. "Minneapolis and St. Paul are on fire. The fire is still smoldering in our streets. The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain and anguish unheard."  

Read more here.

By Erin Donaghue
 

Owner of store where police first encountered George Floyd speaks out

The owner of the south Minneapolis store where police first made contact with George Floyd is speaking out. The family-owned business has come under fire after a phone call to police about the passing of a counterfeit $20 bill led to Floyd begging a Minneapolis police officer for his life.

Cup Foods owner Mahmod Abumayaleh told CBS Minnesota he is with the community in wanting justice for the Floyd family, the station reported on Thursday.

"We don't just work in the community. That is our community. We know the community. It's a vibe that is unmatched to any other community. It's the best thing that's happened to our family," said Abumayyaleh.

He said officers were called because of a counterfeit $20 bill Floyd used to buy a pack of cigarettes.

"I was not there. The staff that called police followed protocol," Abumayaleh said. "When he identified the bill was fake the patron was out of the establishment. When the police arrived, he was outside of the establishment, which normally never takes place. Why he was still there, we're not sure," Abumayyaleh said.

He said what happened on the street outside his establishment should never have ended with a man dying. 

"Most of the times when patrons give us a counterfeit bill they don't even know it's fake, so when the police are called there is no crime being committed. They just want to know where they got it from, and that's usually what takes place," he said. 

"This was a very circumstantial event that ended in a tragedy and unfortunately we're taking a lot of animosity for it," he said. 

He said he is prepared to do what he can for the family. 

Read more from CBS Minnesota.

 

Obama: "This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America"

Former President Barack Obama issued a statement Friday about George Floyd's death, saying it shouldn't be "normal" for people in the United States to be treated differently because of their race.

"It's natural to wish for life 'to just get back to normal' as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us," he said in a statement shared on Twitter. "But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account or race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly 'normal' — whether it's while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in the park," Obama wrote, referencing recent allegedly racist incidents in Georgia and New York City

"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America. It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must do better," he said.

He said it falls on all of us "to work together to create a 'new normal' in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts."

By Audrey McNamara
 

Rally planned Friday in Houston

Black Lives Matter is planning to hold a "Justice for George" rally Friday afternoon in downtown Houston, CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reports. The rally and protest are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and organizers are asking that people march to Houston City Hall.

"We demand accountability and justice for black lives in Houston and around this country!" Black Lives Matter Houston said on Facebook. "George Floyd is one of the many victims of police violence and should be alive! We will uplift his name."

Police said they are talking with organizers to ensure safety. Uniformed and plain-clothed officers will be at the protest, police told KHOU.

By Sarah Lynch Baldwin
 

CNN reporter back on air after arrest

Omar Jimenez, one of three CNN crew members arrested Friday morning while covering the unrest in Minneapolis, is back on-air.
Jimenez was arrested on live TV while reporting near the police precinct that was set on fire during protests.

Minnesota state police said in a tweet that "in the course of clearing the streets and restoring order... four people were arrested by State Patrol troopers, including three members of a CNN crew. The three were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media."

CNN contested the tweet, noting that Jimenez repeatedly identified himself as a reporter before being arrested. Jimenez later said on air that the crew had been in "verbal contact" with officers before their arrest.

Jimenez told CNN that officers were "cordial" with him during the arrest: "No animosity there, they weren't violent with me." He said a lot of law enforcement appeared to be "on edge" due to the week's events.

According to Jimenez, police did not explain why he was arrested. "There was no sort of 'sorry this is a big misunderstanding' … it seemed that conversation may have happened, but it didn't happen with us in particular," he said.

By Audrey McNamara
 

Colorado House won't convene Friday or Saturday due to protests

The Colorado House won't convene on Friday or Saturday because of the violent nature of protests outside the Colorado State Capitol on Thursday night, CBS Denver reports.

State lawmakers had just returned to work this week after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close mid-session.

House leaders said they would not return to the House chambers to leave space for expected protests that are expected to again take place in Denver on Friday and Saturday. They called for peaceful protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota rather than vandalism and violence.

Video from Thursday showed a protester with a bandana over his face smashing a metal rod through a window of a parked car in one of the many examples of things getting out of control, CBS Denver reported.

Police took several people into custody and had to throw flash-bang devices in the street to disperse some of the crowd late in the night. They also used pepper spray or pepper balls.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock responded by saying, "You can be angry. You can be outraged. I certainly am and I join you in those feelings and demands of #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd. March for justice and to see it served, but please march in peace. Responding to violence with violence will only lead to more violence."

Minneapolis Police Death Denver Protest
Denver police face off with protesters outside the State Capitol over the death of George Floyd on May 28, 2020 in Denver. David Zalubowski/AP
 

Another protest is planned in NYC over George Floyd's death

A protest, organized by faith leaders, is planned for Friday afternoon at Foley Square in Manhattan. Organizers are encouraging the protest in New York City to be peaceful and are calling on the City Council to reintroduce and pass a chokehold bill, CBS New York reports.

Protesters took to Union Square in the city on Thursday, marching to City Hall and shutting down traffic in Lower Manhattan. Demonstrations were overall orderly, but turned tense, with fights breaking out between protesters and police. Some threw traffic drums at officers and tried to take their bikes.

Dozens of people were arrested overnight during demonstrations.

Protesters Gather In New York City To Denounce Police Killing Of Minneapolis Man George Floyd
Protesters clash with police during a rally against the death of Minneapolis, Minnesota man George Floyd at the hands of police on May 28, 2020, in Union Square in New York City.  Getty
 

Photos show widespread destruction

Buildings were still smoldering in Minneapolis Friday morning after fires were set throughout the night. More than 100 buildings were damaged or looted in protests that entered their fourth day on Friday, according to CBS Minnesota reporter Christiane Cordero.

Things came to a head in the city around 4 a.m. after the police department's third precinct went up in flames. Cordero said on CBSN Minnesota that many fires were not being attended to as firefighters were spread thin across the city. 

"The Hexagon Bar is gone," she tweeted.

Several other pictures she posted showed damage to buildings. 

By Audrey McNamara
 

Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says Trump's "angry words" over George Floyd protests are "feeding an ugly cycle"

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison responded to a controversial tweet from President Trump, saying that "calling people thugs and calling on people to get shot" stems from the same kind of attitude that resulted in George Floyd's death, in an interview with "CBS This Morning" Friday. 

"The tough guy, macho man, 'I'm going to make you do what I want you to do' attitude is the heart of the problem," he said.
Mr. Trump on Friday called protesters in Minneapolis "thugs" and vowed that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." The tweet was quickly flagged by Twitter as "glorifying violence." 

Ellison called on Mr. Trump and others to stop the angry rhetoric that has permeated the conversation surrounding Floyd's death, after a third night of protests over the lack of criminal charges for the officers involved saw buildings burn and windows broken. 

"Violence begets violence," he said, adding that Mr. Trump's "angry words" are feeding "an ugly cycle that is going on in my beloved city which I'm so proud of." 

He said that public focus needs to shift from protests to the "message of justice for George." 

"When you are in the business of prosecution and investigation, prejudging what you're going to do before you have facts is not a good idea," he said. "But we have all seen the video tape. It's deeply disturbing. It looks very, very much like George Floyd was abused, mistreated and it looks like that knee on his neck may well have caused his death."

Ellison acknowledged that he "clearly" has his own opinion on whether the kneeling officer, Derek Chauvin, and the other three officers involved should be charged. But he said the did not want to "prejudice" the investigation. 

Asked why the officers have not been arrested despite mounting calls for charges, Ellison simply said "the answer is the authority for making the charge decision has not done so." 

"Do they have good reasons? I assume so," he said.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on George Floyd's death, protests
By Elizabeth Elkind
 

Minneapolis' Star Tribune headline: "A STATE OF AGONY"

The Star Tribune, Minnesota's largest newspaper, led Friday's paper with the headline: "A STATE OF AGONY." The Tribune reports "the Twin Cities convulsed with chaos" Thursday night as crowds protested George Floyd's death.

The front page was paired with reports on the police precinct that fell to flames late Thursday night, as well as the presence of the National Guard on Minneapolis streets. 

The National Guard "went to the Third Precinct to try to make it safe for firefighters, but just after midnight, little firefighting was able to take place, with rioters remaining in the area, throwing projectiles and according to one witness, shooting bullets into the building," the Tribune reported. 

By Audrey McNamara
 

George Floyd's family attorney says lack of charges for officers like "killing George all over again"

In an interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King Friday, the attorney for George Floyd's family, renowned civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, said Floyd's death is "all too familiar." 

"Tragically this family, yet another black family, is in turmoil and just heartbroken after witnessing with their very eyes, a young man who they've known all their life," Crump said. "They're reflecting now, knowing that George is gone." 

Floyd's arrest was captured in a video now seen by millions around the world, sparking global outrage. It shows Floyd, who is black, laying on the ground with white Officer Derek Chauvin's knee pinning him to the ground as he begged, "I can't breathe." 

Crump said the family would be having a doctor perform an "independent autopsy," citing a lack of trust in law enforcement, and called the press conference where District Attorney Mike Freeman said there was not enough probable cause to make an arrest yet "an insult on top of injury." 

Crump said the lack of charges for the officers was like "killing George all over again." 

"The fact that you see on the video, Gayle, the police have their knee on the neck - on his neck - not for one minute, not for two minutes, not for three minutes... but over eight minutes. And that's what we cannot unsee, and that's why his family's in pain. That's why the protesters are in pain," he said. Crump called the shootings of black men "open-season killings" and said nobody was being held accountable. 

"Where is the justice for George Floyd?" he asked. "Where is the justice for black America?"

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump on possible charges for officers involved and protests in Minnesota
By Elizabeth Elkind
 

Protests spread to other U.S. cities

Protests have unfolded nationwide over the death of George Floyd. 

In Columbus, a demonstration began peacefully but turned violent, with windows smashed at the Ohio Statehouse and storefronts along surrounding downtown streets. The crowd of around 400 people entered into a standoff with Columbus police Thursday night, blocking the intersection of key streets in the Ohio capital for hours, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

In Phoenix, hundreds rallied, marching from Phoenix City Hall to the state Capitol on Thursday night into Friday morning carried signs reading, "Silence is violence" and "Being black should not be a death sentence," The Arizona Republic reported.

Protests also hit Louisville, Denver and New York, where angry protesters staged a chaotic rally in Manhattan, where they faced off with officers enforcing social distancing rules. 

Scores of demonstrators, some wearing masks and some not, massed in Union Square and marched through the streets chanting "I can't breathe" and waving signs with slogans including, "Police brutality and murder must stop."

By Associated Press
 

Police hold a line in Minneapolis

Pictures and video coming out of Minneapolis Friday morning showed police in the city holding a line as unrest continued for a fourth day over the death of George Floyd.

About 100 officers were on Lake Street, trying to push people out of the area near the 3rd Precinct, CBSN Minnesota reported.

A reporter on the scene said many buildings in the area, including the precinct and small businesses, have gone "up in flames."

Police hold a line in Minneapolis amid protests
By Sarah Lynch Baldwin
 

Target closes 24 stores around Twin Cities

Target announced it was shutting down 24 stores around the Twin Cities amid unrest in the wake of George Floyd's death.

"We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing our community," Target said Thursday. "At this time, we have made the decision to close a number of our stores until further notice. Our focus will remain on our team members' safety and helping our community heal."

Protests at the Minneapolis Police Department's 3rd Precinct, where people believe the four officers involved in Floyd's arrest were stationed before being fired by the department, devolved into violence and looting on Wednesday. Among the places significantly damaged was the Target across the street from the precinct on Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue, CBS Minnesota reports.

By Sarah Lynch Baldwin
 

Governor Tim Walz apologizes after CNN reporter is arrested on air

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz apologized Friday morning after a CNN reporter was arrested in Minneapolis while reporting live on air. Omar Jimenez was led away in handcuffs shortly after 6 a.m. by the Minnesota State Patrol.

Also arrested were producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez.

The crew was near the 3rd Precinct when state troopers and members of the National Guard began clearing the streets at daybreak, CBS Minnesota reports.

CNN said Walz spoke with the network's president, Jeff Zucker, and apologized, taking full responsibility.

 

National Guard: Mission is to protect life and the right to peaceful demonstration

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz activated the National Guard at the Minneapolis mayor's request on Thursday. The Guard tweeted minutes after the 3rd Precinct burned that it had activated more than 500 soldiers across the metro area. 

"Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate," it said. "A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls."

The Guard said in a follow-up tweet it was "here with the Minneapolis Fire Department" to assist. But no move was made to put out the 3rd Precinct fire.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said National Guard members were being stationed in locations to help stem looting, including banks, grocery stores and pharmacies. A couple dozen Guard members, armed with assault-style rifles, blocked a street Friday morning near a Target store that has sustained heavy damage by looters.

Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said fire crews could not safely respond to fires at the precinct station and some surrounding buildings.

— CBS/AP

 

Minneapolis police arrest CNN crew on live TV

Police arrested a CNN crew reporting on the unrest in Minneapolis while on live television. Footage from CNN morning program "New Day" shows CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez reporting early in the morning, then being approached by Minneapolis State Patrol.

A cameraperson who was arrested alongside Jimenez and his producer told CNN that police said they were being arrested for not moving to a new location after being directed to do so. Footage shows that Jimenez and the crew informed the officers they were reporters.

"We can move back to where you'd like here. We are live on the air at the moment," Jimenez is heard saying to police officers approaching him in riot gear. "Wherever you'd want us, we will go. We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection."

Two police officers are shown grabbing Jimenez's arms and informing him that he is under arrest.

CNN later reported that CNN president Jeff Zucker spoke to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, who said he "deeply apologizes" for the arrest of Jimenez and his crew. Jimenez, who was released later in the morning, reported that there was "no animosity" from the officers and said they told him they were following orders.

By Grace Segers
 

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey makes middle-of-the-night address

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addressed his city that was battling multiple fires as protests against the death of George Floyd descended into violence at a scale larger than either of the days that came before it.

"Brick and mortar is not as important as life," Frey said after 1 a.m, CBS Minnesota reports. "The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the significance of life."

Frey said "we are going to be united as a city," and told the press that he was the one who made the decision, ultimately, to have Minneapolis police officers withdraw from the 3rd Precinct building, citing the danger to both the officers inside the building as well as the public at large.

"There a lot of pain and anger right now in our city. I understand that, our entire city recognizes that. What we have seen over the past several hours and the past couple of nights in terms of looting is unacceptable," Frey said. "These are businesses, these are community institutions that we need. These are banks that people rely on to get cash, grocery stores that people rely on to get food, pharmacies that people rely on to get medicine … and we need to make sure that they are protected."

Frey added that the responsibility is also one the whole community shares.

"We additionally need our help from our community. We need to make sure people are looking out for our city right now. We all need to make sure we are standing up for our highest ideals," Frey said.

Frey also addressed tweets that President Donald Trump posted earlier in the evening, in which he called Frey a "very weak Radical Left Mayor," and said he would send the National Guard in to "get the job done right."

"Weakness is pointing the finger at someone else during a time of crisis. Donald J. Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell, and you better be damn sure we're going to get through this," Frey responded.

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