Protests nationwide continued for the seventh day in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis — including peaceful demonstrations in Phoenix and Fort Worth, Texas, among other places — but contentious moments in Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere.
Floyd’s death, ruled a homicide on Monday by a county medical examiner and by an independent autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family, has sparked outrage nationwide. A bystander’s video that showed now-fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes has circulated widely since Floyd’s Memorial Day death.
Chavin has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, though Floyd’s family wants the former officer charged with first-degree murder. Family attorney Ben Crump on Monday again called for peace.
“Let’s remember to take a breath, America,” Crump said. “Let’s take a breath for George. Let’s take breath for peace. Let’s take a breath for justice. Let’s take a breath to heal our country.”
George Floyd protests:How did we get here?
Here’s a look at protests from around the nation:
Phoenix: Officers kneel, crowd disperses minutes before curfew
Cheers of “thank you” and “take a knee!” rang across the crowd in downtown Phoenix as at least three police officers knelt. Just before Phoenix’s 8 p.m. curfew, protesters had negotiated with police: If officers knelt, they said, then the roughly 100 protesters would disperse to their homes.
Police obliged. The crowd applauded.
“Images like these reflect our willingness to listen and work toward solutions,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams tweeted.
The gesture capped off an early night for Phoenix protests. The crowd was smaller than previous nights, but included at least 100 outside the Phoenix Police Department headquarters and about 100 advocating outside Fourth Avenue Jail for the release of protesters who had been arrested Sunday.
– Arizona Republic
Seattle: Police take a knee during protests, later clash with protesters
A reporter with KIRO-TV in Washington tweeted two vastly different protest scenes Monday night.
The first tweet showed two officers taking a knee with protesters in a show of solidarity. The second, posted almost two hours later, showed a massive crowd of protesters on Capitol Hill clashing with police. Law enforcement officers at the scene used tear gas and spray chemical irritants.
The Seattle Times reported downtown businesses could be seeing boarding up windows in anticipation of protests potentially turning violent.
Cincinnati: Crowds remain after curfew; protesters, reporter detained
Curfew came and went and the crowds remained. Until they were detained. A SWAT vehicle drove behind a group of demonstrators, who had been marching through the city since 1 p.m., with an officer shouting through a megaphone: “You’re in violation of curfew.”
At about 8:15 p.m., a group of officers with riot shields marched down the street and began making arrests. Some protesters ran. Others put their hands up.
By 10 p.m. local time, streets were largely empty.
Patrick Brennan, a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter, was briefly detained by police while covering protests. The Cincinnati Enquirer is part of the USA TODAY Network. Journalists are exempt from the city’s curfew. Brennan was released without being charged.
The police department later issued a statement on Twitter saying officers were trying to clear the street while rocks were thrown at them.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said the incident was “a big mistake” in a statement posted on Twitter.
– Sarah Brookbank, Hannah K. Sparling and Keith BieryGolick, Cincinnati Enquirer
Louisville, Kentucky: Fire started at site of police shooting of David McAtee
Protesters are back in the streets of Louisville on a tumultuous Monday that started with law enforcement officials killing West End “community pillar” David McAtee and continued with the firing of the city’s police chief, Steve Conrad.
Near 11 p.m., a fire was started at Dino’s Food Mart, where McAtee was shot.
About 100 protesters were at the scene prior to the fire.
The fire started before 10:45 p.m. and emergency response teams had swarmed the scene within 5 minutes. A large presence of police and National Guard members were at the site as 11 p.m. approached, with some protesters still in the area holding their ground as well.
– Lucas Aulbach and Ben Tobin, Louisville Courier Journal
Chicago: Police, rioters clash on Broadway; National Guard deployed
Hundreds of Chicago police officers clashed with a small group of young men throwing rocks and pieces of brick on Broadway shortly after the 9 p.m curfew began.
Glass bottles shattered on the pavement and cinders crunched underfoot as police officers advanced upon the group, quickly dispersing them with the threat of arrest. At least one young man was taken into custody. Another man, Medhi Akbar, said he was knocked over during the scuffle, showing reporters his bloody face.
Protesters shattered several windows along Broadway as they retreated from police, who refrained from using any chemical dispersants.
Access to Chicago’s downtown was largely shut down Sunday by authorities after looting and fires in the Loop area, pushing the unrest west and south.
Speaking to reporters Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot denied that the restrictions and police presence downtown were coming at the expense of other neighborhoods, and promised all areas would be protected equally.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has deployed more than 600 members of the Illinois National Guard to Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
– Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY
Las Vegas: Protesters march peacefully from Trump International on the Strip
Several hundred protesters marched from in front of the Trump International Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, along the still-shuttered casinos toward the courthouse in a Black Lives Matter rally.
After a short speech a few hours later, a man leading the protest thanked everyone for coming and told everyone to go home. People dispersed. There were police lights flash in the distance, but not an officer in sight.
Later, however, Las Vegas police engaged a crowd of people with pepper bullets at Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard. One man was pepper-sprayed: “I can’t breathe,” he’s saying. “I can’t breathe.”
– Ed Komenda, Reno Gazette Journal
Fort Worth, Texas: SWAT officers pray with protesters after citywide curfew
A fourth night of protests in Fort Worth ended peacefully, with police in riot gear kneeling with protesters to pray. The groups remained in dialogue throughout the night, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Hundreds of people lingered outside the Tarrant County courthouse after the 8 p.m. citywide curfew. Police cars began to pull up to the protesters 30 minutes after, announcing that the protesters were in violation of the curfew. Many protesters linked arms and refused to move, then knelt and encouraged the officers to do the same, according to the Star-Telegram.
About 9:30 p.m., Police Chief Ed Kraus and officers in riot gear knelt along with protesters. Shortly after, per Kraus’s order, SWAT officers left and protesters then began leaving.
“You just showed the nation how to do it,” Kraus shouted. The protest ended with no arrests.
Kraus had, previously Monday, marched with the protesters, telling the Star-Telegram that organizers have been doing a good job keeping things calm, but outsiders “infiltrated” the protest with a different agenda.
– Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY
Memphis, Tennessee: Protesters march downtown ahead of curfew
After five consecutive nights of Memphis residents taking to the streets to oppose police brutality, protesters began another march winding through the city’s downtown.
A small group of demonstrators approached the justice center and a few began screaming at about two dozen officers in riot gear. A glass entryway separates the group from the officers. A larger group of protesters appeared to be moving off in an effort to deescalate the verbal confrontation.
Ahead of the city’s 10 p.m. curfew, some protesters said they were prepared to be arrested.
In one scene at Civic Center Plaza, a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper set down his nightstick at the request of the crowd — and apparent urging from a Memphis police officer. Protesters cheered in response before continuing to march.
– Katherine Burgess, Samuel Hardiman, Desiree Stennett, Sarah Macaraeg and Max Garland, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
Pittsburgh: Peaceful protest ends with tear gas, smoke for ‘bad actors’
Violence and destruction marred a peaceful protest outside the Target in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood as people took to the streets for a third straight day to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
Hundreds of protesters marched in the streets of East Liberty for more than two hours, but after the official demonstration ended, destruction began.
One protester struck the glass at Dollar Bank along Penn Avenue, while others tried to stop him. Protesters were warned to watch out for “bad actors” who might cause destruction.
Pittsburgh public safety officials said that a splintered group of protesters began throwing items at police and break windows at the intersection of Centre Avenue and Negley Avenue. In response, police deployed tear gas and smoke to disperse the crowd.
– Daveen Rae Kurutz and Chrissy Suttles, The Beaver County Times
Los Angeles: Protesters hit Hollywood streets; demonstration ends with arrests
About 300 Black Lives Matters protesters jammed the corner of Sunset and Vine in Hollywood under the gaze of Los Angeles police officers and National Guard troops. Splinter groups headed off down Hollywood Boulevard and other major streets as motorists honked in support. The protest ended with arrests.
Surrounding merchants were busy boarding up their businesses in hopes of repelling looters.
Later, more than thousand protesters marched through Hollywood in a demonstration that remained peaceful.
The crowd included a few men in muscle cars airing their stereos and doing burnouts. One man dressed as Jesus Christ, holding a skateboard aloft along with a sign pointing to a passage in Corinthians.
The crowd took over Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards. One woman was helping to direct cars that inadvertently got stuck among all the marchers. The demonstration ended with police herding protesters into smaller groups. One group of about 30 were lined up against a shuttered office building on Sunset Boulevard and put into plastic handcuffs, awaiting a trip to jail.
– Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY
New York City: Looters break away from peaceful march, smash windows
As a march with several thousand protesters worked its way toward midtown, a group of several hundred, mostly younger people, broke away and started running downtown.
Upon reaching 15th Street, the group smashed the windows of a Verizon Store and looted it. Then the group ran to 14th street and looted a Foot Locker — a store that had been boarded up, but to no avail. Soon after, three police cruisers arrived and chased the group east on 14th Street toward Union Square Park.
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In midtown along 5th Avenue, looters were attacking the Microsoft store at 53rd street. They had already ransacked the Coach store on 54th and 5th which was in the process of being boarded up.
Tony Jaggernath, manager of construction crew, said he arrived at the Coach store at 8 p.m. to put up plywood to protect the first-story windows. But they never got a chance to finish. Soon, looters were upon them, ripping down the plywood and throwing stones through the windows and at Jaggernath.
“They came by and ripped off the boards right as we were putting them up,” Jaggernath said.
“We’re not against you, we’re just working here,” Jaggernath said he told the group.
Just up the street, Madeline Cisneros of The Bronx stood behind a black police van, surrounded by eight police officers. Her hands were ziptied behind her back, and she looked scared. Her friend Morgan Maselli, 29, also of The Bronx, filmed the police officers as she yelled at them.
“She didn’t do anything! Her backpack is filled with water and bandages! She’s here to help!” Maselli said. “Which of you is the arresting officer? Who’s in charge here? What is she being charged with?”
The police ignored her.
– Seth Harrison and Chris Maag, NorthJersey.com and LoHud.com
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Washington D.C.: Police use tear gas; Donald Trump talks from Rose Garden
Law enforcement officers used shields and tear gas to clear the park near the White House of protesters as President Trump prepared to make his comments in the Rose Garden, across the street from the clash.
His address in the Rose Garden came as hundreds of protesters surrounded the White House grounds for the fourth day of protests in Washington, D.C.
Law enforcement officers cleared Lafayette Park with tear gas, rubber bullets, shields and horses. Trump had yet to appear for his comments as the protesters, who at the time were peaceful, were being pushed back.
Trump began his comments by pledging to be a “law and order” president as officers continued to push protesters blocks away from where he was standing, using some form of projectiles. Trump announced his plan to “mobilize” federal resources to “stop the fighting and looting”. He said the goal was to “dominate the streets”
– Kevin Johnson, Bart Jansen and Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY
Philadelphia: National Guard arrives; USA TODAY Network reporters detained
Jeff Neiburg (reporter) and Jenna Miller (video strategist) were detained as they were covering events in Philadelphia for USA TODAY. They were released shortly after 9 p.m.
They were picked up near city hall along with a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter for a curfew violation. They showed their credentials several times and said they were media. They were detained anyway for about 2 hours on a bus with others picked up for alleged curfew violations. About 9 p.m., police came to the bus and called their names. They will not be charged.
Protests in Philadelphia resulted in several arrests after hundreds of protesters stormed I-676 and held up traffic before they were met by law enforcement agencies.
The police appeared to use rubber bullets and sprayed protesters with what appeared to be tear gas to disperse the crowd from the highway.
The Pennsylvania National Guard was deployed to Philadelphia on Monday after a weekend that saw more than 400 arrests and more than a dozen injured police officers.
City officials installed a 6 p.m. curfew for the second night in a row.
– Jeffrey Neiburg, The News Journal
Asbury Park, New Jersey: Demonstrators pour into the streets
More than 1,000 protesters gathered outside a post office in Asbury Park, N.J., near the city’s police station, to denounce Floyd’s death. Activists spoke through a bullhorn on the steps of the post office, demanding change nationally and locally in response to police killings of black people. Demonstrators chanted “No Justice No Peace” and sang renditions of “Amazing Grace” and “Lean on Me.”
Following the rally, demonstrators poured onto the streets of this seaside city about 50 miles south of New York City.
– Andrew Goudsward, Asbury Park Press