Violent protests demanding justice for George Floyd spread across the US Friday night, with the CNN headquarters under siege in Atlanta, NYPD officers forced to fend off rioters at a police precinct in Brooklyn and the White House forced to go into lockdown as demonstrators tried to scale the walls.
Looting and fires broke out again in Minneapolis as protesters defied the state curfew and the National Guard failed to keep the city under control.
This came after three nights of carnage in the city that have seen one suspected looter shot dead, cops forced to flee a police precinct as it was stormed and set alight by rioters and the city left in tatters.
The protests have now reached all corners of America with break-off demonstrations springing up in as the arrest of the white cop who knelt on Floyd’s neck has done little to quell the anger over the black man’s death and the other three officers involved continue to walk free.
Chaos exploded in Atlanta as demonstrators vandalized and tried to storm the CNN building with at least one cop injured while a fire broke out near Centennial Olympic Park.
In New York City, police officers were forced to defend a police precinct in Brooklyn amid fears it would be stormed and torched, while shocking footage showed an NYPD officer hurling a female protester to the ground.
The White House was forced to go into temporary lockdown as protesters tried to scale the walls, battled with Secret Service agents and burned American flags.
Minneapolis: Looting and fires broke out again in Minneapolis as protesters defied the state curfew and the National Guard failed to keep the city under control
Minneapolis: Some protesters defied the curfew and cars were pictured set alight in the city. A man is pictured trying to put out a fire
Atlanta: The CNN headquarters bore some of the brunt of the outrage as demonstrators vandalized the media firm’s logo, scrawled profanities on the building and smashed up its windows
Atlanta: This came just hours after black CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was arrested on live on air Friday morning by Minnesota State Patrol while covering the Minneapolis protests
Brooklyn, New York: A police officer walks past a burning police vehicle on DeKalb Avenue in the Brooklyn borough
Brooklyn, New York: Thousands of cops took to the streets of Brooklyn in violent clashes with protesters
Washington DC: The protests have now reached the seat of the US government, with protesters marching to the White House, sending it into lockdown
Washington DC: The White House has gone into lockdown as one protester above tried to scale the walls (center)
Over in Atlanta, the CNN headquarters bore much of the brunt of the outrage as demonstrators vandalized the media firm’s logo, scrawled profanities on the building and smashed up its windows.
A standoff between cops and protesters escalated into the night outside the CNN Center as dozens of cops formed a barricade while protesters hurled objects at the building.
A smoke bomb was hurled at police at one point and one officer was reportedly injured after they were struck by a missile of some sort.
This came just hours after black CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was arrested on live on air Friday morning by Minnesota State Patrol while covering the Minneapolis protests.
Jimenez was put in handcuffs and led away from his team of producers this morning at 5.11am CT after the team was moved down the street by police in riot gear.
According to one of his colleagues, the crew was told he was being arrested for refusing to move when he’d been told to but he was heard live on air telling the officers: ‘Put us back to where you want us – wherever you’d want us we’ll go. Just let us know.’
Jimenez told them they were live on air with CNN and was put in handcuffs.
Washington DC: Crowds followed law enforcement and the man to the jail and staged another protest outside – this one calling for a medic for the man after he was seen with blood pouring down his face, sparking renewed fears over police brutality and for the safety of a man held in custody
Washington DC: People hold aloft signs reading ‘Terrorist in the White House’ and ‘Stop killer cops’
Washington DC: Police officers tackle a protesters to the ground as people gather outside the White House
Washington DC: Violence has erupted across the US for a fourth night Friday, with protesters gathering at the home of US democracy Washington DC
Washington DC: Protesters hold signs as they gather outside the White House
The Atlanta protest began peacefully before it descended into chaos when some demonstrators hurled bricks, bottles and milk cartons at police cruisers.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms slammed their actions at a press conference Friday, saying: ‘If you care about this city then go home.’
In New York, the NYPD clashed fiercely with protesters Friday night as thousands of cops took to the streets and hundreds of protesters descended on the 88 precinct in Brooklyn as night fell.
Outside the Barclays Center stadium in Brooklyn, a peaceful protest turned violent when NYPD officers sprayed mace into the crowds while demonstrators set fire to banners and pushed to break through metal barricades.
The crowds moved toward the 88th precinct with officers forced to defend the station for fear of similar scenes to those seen at the precinct in Minneapolis Thursday – where cops were forced to flee when protesters stormed the building, set it alight and cut off the gas lines.
Brooklyn: An NYPD van was vandalized and engulfed in flames as darkness fell
Brooklynm: Shocking footage showed an officer throwing a woman to the ground
An NYPD van was vandalized and engulfed in flames as darkness fell.
Shocking footage showed an officer throwing a woman the ground. The video was posted on social media of the cop appearing to walk to the woman and throw her violently to the floor.
It was reported that the woman had to seek medical attention.
This came after violent clashes broke out in Manhattan between cops and protesters.
Protesters in Manhattan were also seen clashing with officers during the day Friday as they convened at Union Square.
Shocking footage shows one officer beating a protester to the point that he breaks his baton on the man as other cops try to apprehend folks in the crowded Manhattan area.
Another clip shows officers pushing people to the ground as protesters try to help others from the grasps of the authorities. Some police can be heard telling others to back up.
The protests have reached the seat of the US government, with protesters marching to the White House, sending it into lockdown for a brief time Friday night.
Minneapolis: A protester yells at a member of the Minnesota National Guard Friday
Minneapolis: Amid fears that the chaos is entering a fourth night, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Friday signed an emergency order mandating that residents stay home from the hours of 8p.m. to 6a.m.
Minneapolis: Cops have been given the power to arrest anyone who refuses to comply with the curfew
Minneapolis: Police officers hold down a man during Friday’s protest as a curfew is put in place
Minneapolis: Over in Minneapolis, protesters have been running rampant for the past three nights in a show of outrage
Secret Service officers stopped anyone entering the White House grounds, where President Trump is currently in residence, after a demonstrator tried to scale the fence in Lafayette Park to get inside.
The man was manhandled by Secret Service out of the park and taken into custody at the Treasury Annex.
Crowds followed law enforcement and the man to the jail and staged another protest outside – this one calling for a medic for the man after he was seen with blood pouring down his face, sparking renewed fears over police brutality and for the safety of a man held in custody.
Secret Service agents were seen physically pushing demonstrators back after some pushed down metal railings while a police cruiser was seen burning in the road after it was torched by rioters.
As Trump sits securely locked inside the grounds, outrage continues to boil over his Tweets warning protesters that ‘when the looting starts the shooting starts.’
The lockdown was lifted around 8:30p.m. and as of 11p.m. Trump was yet to break his silence on the matter on Twitter.
Over in Minneapolis, protesters have been running rampant for the past three nights in a show of outrage that has seen a suspected looter shot dead in the street, a Minneapolis police precinct stormed and set alight, and the city up in flames as businesses and stores were looted and torched.
Amid fears that the chaos is entering a fourth night, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Friday signed an emergency order mandating that residents stay home from the hours of 8p.m. to 6a.m. and giving cops the power to arrest anyone who refuses to comply.The state order came after the twin cities imposed curfews starting at 8p.m. tonight in efforts to bring the rioting and destruction under control.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced a nighttime curfew barring anyone other than essential workers and public safety personnel from being in public places across the city from 8p.m. through to 6 a.m. local time and lasting for the weekend.
This was quickly followed by the neighboring cities of Roseville and St. Paul which declared their own emergency orders and curfews.
Some protesters broke the curfew.
Walz on Friday admitted an ‘abject failure’ by law enforcement in trying to control crowds Thursday night.
On Thursday, as tensions in the city boiled all day, the National Guard started putting in motion plans to intervene to help local law enforcement agencies that were struggling to cope with the mounting threat.
Atlanta: A man hurls rocks through the windows of the CNN HQ in Georgia
Atlanta: A police car burns after protesters marched to the Georgia State Capitol and returned to the area around the Centennial Olympic Park and CNN center
Atlanta: After a march to the Georgia State Capitol, protesters confront police officers after returning to the area around the CNN center in Atlanta
Brooklyn: NYPD Officers spray mace into the crowd of protesters gathered at Barclays Center
Brooklyn: A fire is started in the street and objects are hurled as protests ramp up in New York
Brooklyn: Police officers are seen struggling to keep protesters back as they push against railings
Brooklyn: One man is arrested and being carried off by officers outside the stadium that is currently shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Brooklyn: Police try to contain protesters during a rally at the Barclays Center
Brooklyn: The protest started peacefully as the group gathered and held signs demanding justice
Brooklyn: A huge ‘George Floyd’ banner is held aloft by the crowd before night fell
In Houston, where Floyd grew up before he moved to Minneapolis for a new start in life, huge protests erupted Friday as people insisted that this is not.
The demonstration, which was organized by Black Lives Matter, saw thousands of protesters process up Main Street to City Hall shouting ‘can’t breathe’ and ‘enough is enough’.
The initially peaceful protest took a violent turn two hours in after a man attempted to punch organizer Ashton Woods as he made a speech.
Although the scuffle was swiftly broken up by police, some demonstrators moved away from the main protest and attempted to rush and occupy the I-45 freeway.
Others in the throng chanted: ‘Justice for George’, ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘We want change’.
According to the group’s Facebook page, at least 1,800 people turned out, although there appeared to be far more.
One protester described the death of Floyd, who lived in Houston most of his life, as a ‘modern day lynching’.
Rebecca Bozeman told DailyMail.com: ‘Enough is enough. The people have to come out and do their part or nothing will change.
‘It’s been 400 years and it’s still happening. We saw a modern-day lynching. It should not be happening.’
Her friend Sylvia Clinton added: ‘Call it what it is. He was lynched. It was a modern-day lynching.’
Clinton told DailyMail.com the news today that white cop Derek Chauvin – who knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes until he passed out and later died – has been charged with murder is not enough, as calls mount for the arrest of the other three officers involved: J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.
Clinton said: ‘It’s not enough. It’s not enough for me that one of the officers has been arrested. I feel they should get the remaining three accomplices.
‘Call it what it is – an accomplice is someone in conjunction with a crime and I feel like that’s what the three remaining officers are and it will not be justice until we see them arrested, prosecuted and found guilty.’
Another protester called Omar said police officers who commit crimes should face the same ‘due process’ as regular citizens.
He said: ‘I don’t feel that’s enough [for Chauvin to be arrested]. All four of them need to be arrested and all four of them need to be held accountable as we would be if we broke the law.
Omar added: ‘I believe it starts at the top with legislation.
‘They need to start training officers in a certain way, to be more respectful of human life because everyone around here deserves a fair trial.’They’re not the judge or the jury. When we do a crime, we go through due process – they need to do that too.’
Both Bozeman and Clinton said they live in fear of a similar fate to Floyd’s being visited on the men in their families.
Bozeman said: ‘We have a lot of black men in our lives: my father, my brother, her son. They’re all a part of our lives.
‘So when we saw George lying there like that, that could have been any one of them, any one on a daily basis.
‘The fact it has taken days just to arrest one officer, that’s not right. Even then, to not be sure he will be convicted of something like that…
‘We should be sure. And for this to be going on for hundreds of years, at this point, enough is enough.’
Clinton added: ‘It’s a true worry. It’s not anything to be played with. It’s very valid and the fear is real. Very real.’
Houston: In Houston, where Floyd grew up before he moved to Minneapolis for a new start in life, huge protests erupted Friday as people insisted that this is not
Houston: Protesters wear COVID-19 face masks with ‘I can’t breathe’ written on them – some of the last words Floyd said as he begged for his life
Houston: One protester holds a sign with pictures of other black men who have died in the US
Protests also erupted in Charlotte with police officers throwing tear gas into the crowds and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department deploying its Civil Emergency Unit and issuing a dispersal order.
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody over the death of Floyd, four days after he was seen kneeling on his neck in a video of his arrest that has sparked violent protests across the country.
The 44-year-old white cop was arrested by state investigators on Friday afternoon, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced.
Chauvin was one of four officers fired over Floyd’s death earlier this week however, Harrington did not provide details on the other three cops.
The state attorney who would oversee any prosecution on state charges, whose home was also the site of protests, is scheduled to provide an update later Friday.
Protests over Floyd’s death have spread nationwide and has resulted in rioting in Minneapolis, where a police precinct was overrun and set on fire overnight on Thursday.
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody over the death of Floyd, four days after he was seen kneeling on his neck in a video of his arrest that has sparked violent protests across the country
Protests have sparked across the country after video of the Floyd’s final moments went viral on Monday
Shocking moment van ‘deliberately drives in to protester and refuses to stop’ at George Floyd demonstration in Mississippi
A driver has been caught on camera knocking demonstrators out of the way with their car.
The incident happened in Bakersfield, California on Friday afternoon when a vehicle deliberately drove into a crowd of protestors blocking a road during a demonstration over the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.
The protestors could be seen blocking a street before surrounding a gray SUV as it tried to pass through.
A grey SUV drove at speed through crowd of protestors in Bakersfield, California
The demonstrators were protesting the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd when the car suddenly sped up without warning
At first the car drove slowly through the people but then suddenly sped up knocking at least one person to the floor and forcing the crowd to scatter
Suddenly, the vehicle sped up plowing through the crowd.
One person could be seen falling to the ground and appeared to have been struck.
Across the other side of the country, a similar antagonistic scene was witnessed in Jackson, Mississippi on Friday and showed a white van attempting to pass through the crowds.
At one point, a woman stood directly in front of the vehicle and turns to face the driver, yet the driver continues to move forward.
Protesters took to the streets in Jackson, Mississippi when the driver of a van used the vehicle to push a woman out of the way
Video shows a woman at one point standing directly in front of the vehicle
Despite the confrontation and even more demonstrators stepping out in front, the van begins to speed up.
The activists end up having to jog lightly in order to avoid being completely run over.
Eventually the protestors are forced to jump out of the away and allow the van to pass.
Other cars are also seen driving through the crowd but do not come close to any of the others involved in the demo in footage shot by WJTV.
The protestors turned to face the driver, but the van continues to move forward forcing them to jump out of the way
As protesters took to the streets near the Mississippi State Capitol, a video appeared to show the driver of a van using the vehicle to push a protester out of the way
Despite more demonstrators stepping out in front, the van begins to speed up
The woman stood in front of the van as the driver continued to push her along
Eventually, those protesting were forced to jump out of the way to avoid being run over