Live updates: U.S. crisis deepens as protests erupt over police brutality amid deadly pandemic and record unemployment

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Demonstrators confront secret service police and Park police officers outside of the White House on May 30, 2020 in Washington DC, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

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Hundreds of people were arrested over the weekend as protesters and police clashed in cities across America after the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked more than 100 protests, rallies and vigils, according to NBC News. 

Mayors of major cities from Los Angeles to Philadelphia to Atlanta imposed curfews and at least 12 states, as well as Washington, D.C., activated National Guard troops in an effort to keep the peace, but protests in several cities descended into violence again as tensions boiled over.

Derek Chauvin, the officer filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck, was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter.

The social unrest over police brutality comes in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 100,000 Americans and led to the worst unemployment since the Great Depression. The unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, a post-WWII record, and is likely to rise above 20%.  

The black community has been hit disproportionately hard by Covid-19. Nearly 23% of all deaths from the pandemic are African American even though black people make up about 13% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the demonstrations gripping the U.S. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks. 

Here’s a list of cities imposing curfews tonight

Many cities and local governments across the country have imposed curfews  for Sunday night. Here is a partial list of the cities that have announced such measures. All times are in the local time for the city.

  • Atlanta: 9 p.m. to sunrise
  • Chicago: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • D.C.: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Select areas of Dallas: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Los Angeles: 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
  • Miami: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Minneapolis: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Select areas of Nashville: 8 p.m to 6 a.m.
  • Philadelphia: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • San Francisco: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Seattle: 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said the nation’s largest city will not impose a curfew.

NYC mayor’s daughter arrested

10:19 p.m. ET — The New York Police Department confirmed to NBC News that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, was arrested Saturday night for unlawful assembly. She was released with a desk appearance ticket, NBC reported. Her arrest was first reported by the New York Post.

Trump was briefly brought to an underground bunker on Friday

8:51 p.m. ET — The Secret Service escorted President Donald Trump to an underground bunker at the White House on Friday evening, NBC News reports. A senior administration official told NBC that the president was in the bunker for a “very short period” out of an abundance of caution and was back in his residence within an hour. The New York Times first reported the development. 

A protester kicks a tear gas canister back at police during a demonstration outside the White House over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police in Washington, DC, on May 31, 2020.

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Over the weekend, police used pepper spray, tear gas and what appeared to be rubber bullets on protesters near the White House. There were multiple reports of cars and dumpsters set on fire nearby.

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that it was added at 8:51 p.m. ET. 

Truck drives through protesters on Minneapolis highway

Atlanta fires two police for using excessive force against college students

7:21 p.m. ET — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms said two police officers have been fired after they forced two college students out of their car, used a taser on the driver and arrested both. 

Bottoms said she reviewed body cam footage with Police Chief Erika Shields and they determined that the two officers should be terminated immediately, according to NBC’s local affiliate. Three other officers involved have been put on desk duty for the time being. 

Police officers kneel at demonstrations in some cities

Police officers kneel during a rally in Coral Gables, Florida on May 30, 2020 in response to the recent death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while being arrested and pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer.

Eva Marie Uzcategui | AFP | Getty Images

5:35 p.m. ET — Some police officers have joined protesters in taking a knee or other actions to show solidarity with the demonstrations against police brutality.

Officers in Coral Gables, Florida, and Santa Cruz, California, were among those that knelt.

Jason Kander, a Democrat who previously ran for a Senate seat in Missouri, tweeted out a photo of two officers in Kansas City holding a sign that read “END Police Brutality.”

Police fire tear gas and pepper spray in Denver, car rams into officers — 80 arrested 

Police officers pepper spray a woman next to the Colorado State Capitol as protests against the death of George Floyd continue for a third night on May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.

Michael Ciaglo

5:16 p.m. ET — Five police officers and one civilian were injured in Denver, Colorado during the protests on Saturday night.

Authorities confirmed that more than 80 people were arrested. Authorities also reported that a driver rammed a car into three officers and a bystander, all of whom went to the hospital to treat injuries. Denver has implemented an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

People react as police officers discharge tear gas next to the Colorado State Capitol as protests against the death of George Floyd continue for a third night on May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.

Michael Ciaglo

Virginia declares state of emergency and extends Richmond curfew through Wednesday

People march during a racial justice protest in Charlottesville on May 30, 2020. – Demonstrations are being held across the US after George Floyd died in police custody on May 25.

RYAN M. KELLY

5:08 p.m. ET — Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency and granted a request from the mayor of Richmond to extend a curfew in the city through Wednesday. 

The declaration allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources to assist local authorities, including the National Guard. The curfew in Richmond goes into effect between 8 p.m. ET and 6 a.m. ET. People must remain at home and can only go out for emergency services or to travel to work or places of worship. 

Hundreds arrested in Los Angeles, five officers injured 

A demonstrator kicks a damaged police vehicle in Los Angeles on May 30, 2020 following a protest against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.

Ariana Drehsler | AFP | Getty Images

3:47 p.m. ET — Nearly 400 people were arrested on Saturday during protests in Los Angeles, according to the LAPD.

The charges include burglary and looting, vandalism, arson and curfew violations. The authorities said that five officers were injured and two were hospitalized.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that some coronavirus test sites may not open on Monday due to the unrest, though the largest testing center at Dodger Stadium will remain open.

The city is under curfew starting Sunday at 8 pm PST, after which protesters could be arrested for breaking curfew. 

Men take part in a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 30, 2020.

Patrick T. Fallon | Reuters

Los Angeles Police Department commander Cory Palka stands among several destroyed police cars as one explodes while on fire during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Los Angeles.

Mark J. Terrill | AP

Many Apple stores closed Sunday due to protests

3:37 p.m. ET — Apple announced that it would not open many of its stores on Sunday due to the protests against police violence.

“With the health and safety of our teams in mind, we’ve made the decision to keep a number of our stores in the US closed on Sunday,” the company said in a statement.

Apple has 271 stores in the United States, and about half of those are already closed because of the pandemic. The tech company reopened roughly 100 stores last week.

10 arrested in San Francisco as Mayor Breed announces citywide curfew

A protest earlier in the day in San Francisco devolved into roaming groups of looters along a stretch of Market Street and in the Union Square area following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 30, 2020 in California, United States.

Anadolu Agency

2:41 p.m. ET — Police arrested 10 people in San Francisco on Saturday night for looting as demonstrators protested throughout the city, according to San Francisco Chief of Police Bill Scott. 

Scott said several businesses were damaged and fires were “intentionally set” across the city. “It was a challenging night,” Scott said. “We didn’t have anyone killed, fortunately.”

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced late Saturday that the city will go under a curfew starting Sunday night as a result of the protests. The curfew will last from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

A protest earlier in the day in San Francisco devolved into roaming groups of looters along a stretch of Market Street and in the Union Square area following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 30, 2020 in California, United States.

Anadolu Agency

Secret Service agents sent to hospital after DC protests

A demonstrator raises their fist as others gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, near the White House in Washington.

Evan Vucci | AP

2 p.m. ET — Eleven Secret Service employees went to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries sustained during protests in Washington, DC, on Saturday, the agency said.

The Secret Service said in a tweet that its officers made one arrest during the demonstration and that no protesters crossed the White House fence.

Peter Newsham, chief of DC’s Metropolitan Police Department, said at a news conference on Sunday that the MPD had made 17 arrests, the majority of whom were from D.C. or surrounding cities.

Newsham said he expects the department to make more arrests as police view video footage from security cameras at businesses.

Newsham said that during the protest three vehicles were set on fire near Lafayette Park, which is directly north of the White House. Eleven MPD officers were injured during the protests, including one who required surgery for a broken leg. The chief said that officers used pepper spray against some demonstrators.

Military Police face off with protesters across from the White House on May 30, 2020 in Washington DC, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | AFP | Getty Images

240 arrested, 6 shootings and one death in Chicago

Protesters clash with police in Chicago, on May 30, 2020 during a protest against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.

Jim Vondruska | NurPhoto | Getty Images

1:19 p.m. ET — Police arrested 240 people in Chicago on Saturday night in connection with protests and lootings, according to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.

Authorities said that there were 6 shootings and one death. More than 20 police officers were injured during altercations with demonstrators.

Governor JB Pritzker on Sunday activated 375 Illinois National Guard members to aid the police. No public transportation including trains and buses is allowed to and from the nation’s third largest city, which is under a 9 p.m. curfew as more protests are anticipated on Sunday.

All police days off have been cancelled and officers are on 12-hour shifts. 

Protesters clash with police in Chicago, on May 30, 2020 during a protest against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.

Jim Vondruska | NurPhoto | Getty Images

Trump says U.S. will deem Antifa a terrorist group

1 p.m. ET — President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that the United States would designate Antifa as a terrorist organization, blaming “Antifa-led anarchists” for the violence and destruction in Minneapolis without presenting any evidence to the public. 

This is not the first time Trump has mentioned declaring Antifa, a loosely organized movement of left-wing activists whose name is short for “anti-fascist,” a terrorist group. The president said in a tweet last August that “major consideration is being given” to declaring Antifa as a terrorist organization.

Trump’s statement comes as political officials in several cities have blamed outside groups for escalating protests. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted on Saturday that, “We are now confronting white supremacists, members of organized crime, out of state instigators, and possibly even foreign actors to destroy and destabilize our city and our region.”

Minnesota officials, including Frey, also said that the majority of protestors were from out of state. An analysis by NBC affiliate KARE 11, however, showed that arrest records did not support that assertion.

NYPD arrests about 350 people, 30 cops injured 

Officers pursue protesters as they march around downtown because of death of George Floyd while in police custody, on Saturday May 30, 2020 in New York City, NY.

Jabin Botsford | The Washington Post | Getty Images

11:50 a.m. ET — The New York Police Department said they arrested nearly 350 people on Saturday night following protests in Harlem, Brooklyn and Staten Island. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press conference on Sunday that more than 30 officers suffered minor injuries as a result of clashes with demonstrators.

Shea said a group of protesters in Harlem turned a peaceful demonstration violent, calling it a “hijacking” of a protest that otherwise went “overwhelmingly well.” The protesters caused damage to private and public property in Brooklyn and parts of southern Manhattan near Union Square, Shea said.

On Saturday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’d launch an independent review of Friday night’s protests in Brooklyn. De Blasio acknowledged Sunday that there were “mistakes,” as well as “things that were done right” by the police during the demonstrations.

“There will be critiques, and there will be things that need to be investigated, and there will need to be things improved, and we expect to do better today than we did yesterday, but I want to commend the restraint that we saw overall from the NYPD,” he said.

A NYPD police officer is removed after being injured as they clash with protesters during a march against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., May 30, 2020.

Eduardo Munoz | Reuters

Rifles seized, police officer takes fire and dozens arrested in Twin Cities

A protester runs past burning cars and buildings on Chicago Avenue, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn.

John Minchillo | AP

11:38 a.m. ET — Police made at least 55 arrests in Minneapolis and St. Paul overnight, a large number of which were for weapons violations including rifles, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

“I want people to think about this, a large number of the arrests we made over last night were for weapons violations,” Commissioner John Harrington said. “We took AR-15s off of people, we took guns off people.”

Police moved to stop cars driving through neighborhoods without license plates, with lights out and windows blacked out, Harrington said. Several were stolen and were full of rocks and other weapons, he said. 

One police officer was fired upon from a car but was not hit, according to Harrington. Two people were arrested and an AR-15 rifle was seized, he said. 

The arrest data is preliminary and another 40 or 50 people were likely arrested overnight, Harrington added. Authorities said there were no major fires overnight. 

Rep. Omar calls for ‘nationwide reforms’ beyond ‘justice for George Floyd’ 

Protesters and National Guardsmen face off on East Lake Street, Friday, May 29, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn.

John Minchillo | AP

10:55 a.m. ET — Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said on ABC’s “This Week” that the U.S. needs “nationwide reforms,” not just the arrest of a police officer, in order to deliver justice for George Floyd.

“The unrest we are seeing in our nation isn’t just because of the life that was taken, it’s also because so many people have experienced this,” Omar told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “So many people have experienced injustices within our system.”

On Friday, Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck before he died, was taken into custody. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin was among the four officers involved in Floyd’s violent arrest.

Since then, protesters have called for the arrest of the other officers “who stood by idly watching [Floyd’s] life be taken,” Omar said. 

“We need nationwide reforms,” Omar said. “We need to really step back and say to ourselves, ‘Where do we actually go from here?’ and that can’t just be getting justice for George Floyd. It needs to be bigger than that,” she added.

Pelosi calls for Trump to ‘unify our country and not to fuel the flame’

A person loots a T-Mobile store near the White House, as protests continue following the death of George Floyd, in Washington on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Caroline Brehman | CQ-Roll Call | Getty Images

10:49 a.m. ET — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed the nationwide protests against racism and police brutality spurred by the killing of George Floyd, and criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of the situation.

“There’s a place for protest at a sign of a knee going into the neck of a person who’s not offering resistance or even if he were, disproportionate response from the police,” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Pelosi said the president should bring dignity to the office, and “unify our country and not to fuel the flame.”

“To take his bait time and time again is just a gift to him because he always wants to divert attention from what the cause of the response was rather than to describe it in his own terms,” Pelosi said.

A firecracker thrown by protesters explodes under police one block from the White House on May 30, 2020 in Washington DC, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | AFP | Getty Images

St. Paul mayor calls for police accountability

Law enforcement officers take position during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., May 30, 2020. Picture taken May 30, 2020.

Lucas Jackson | Reuters

10:10 a.m. ET — Melvin Carter, mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that proof of progress on police reform would be more helpful to quell the protests in his city than additional help from the National Guard.

“The thing that I think would help us more than military support is some assurance across our country that we possess a legal and judicial system that has the capacity and the capability to hold someone accountable when something this blatant, something this disgusting, something this well-documented happens in plain view for all of us to see,” Carter said.

Carter said laws and police union contracts are among the things that need to change to hold police accountable. The mayor also said that he wanted to see the other officers involved in George Floyd’s death to be held accountable, but he did not say if he thought they should be charged with murder. 

Over 170 businesses have been damaged in the city during the demonstrations so far. Carter said that while many protestors were there to push for change after Floyd’s death, others were there to be destructive.

“There are folks in our streets who are there to burn down our black-owned barbershops, to burn down our family-owned businesses, our immigrant-owned restaurants,” Carter said. “And it is very clear to me that those people are not driven by a love for our community, and there’s no way you can argue that those actions are designed to create a better future for our community, quite the opposite.”

Atlanta mayor: Trump is ‘just making it worse’ 

A protester is detained by police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Atlanta, U.S., May 30, 2020.

Shannon Stapelton | Reuters

10:05 a.m. ET —  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms condemned President Donald Trump’s calls for the federal government to step up military action against protesters. 

“This is like Charlottesville all over again,” Bottoms told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “He speaks and he makes it worse.”

Crowds gathered outside the White House Friday and Saturday night in protest of George Floyd’s death. Trump tweeted Saturday that had the protesters breached barriers set up by the U.S. Secret Service, they would “have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons.”

Later on Saturday, Trump called for states to “get MUCH tougher” or the federal government would step in and “do what has to be done,” including “using the unlimited power of our military.”

Police detain demonstrators for being in the street during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Elijah Nouvelage

Trump has no plans to federalize National Guard right now, White House says

National Guard members walk at the area in the aftermath of a protest after a white police officer was caught on a bystander’s video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man George Floyd, who later died at a hospital, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., May 29, 2020.

Carlos Barria | Reuters

9:59 a.m. ET — White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told reporters that the U.S. will not federalize the National Guard amid nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd.

“We’re not going to federalize the Guard at this time,” O’Brien said. “If the governors need it, we’re there as a reserve and we’ll do whatever they need to keep control of their cities.

“We want governors to take control of their cities,” O’Brien continued. “We’d like to keep this a law enforcement matter, that’s our preference,” he added. “But if a situation gets out of control there are military that can be deployed. But we hope that doesn’t happen.”

On Saturday night, Minnesota National Guard members were firing tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators who were out past curfew. Governors have mobilized National Guard in California, Georgia, Kentucky, Washington and Tennessee among others in response to rioting. 

Armoured vehicles are pictured as National Guard members guard the area in the aftermath of a protest after a white police officer was caught on a bystander’s video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man George Floyd, who later died at a hospital, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., May 29, 2020.

Carlos Barria | Reuters

At least 30 businesses and buildings damaged in Nashville

5:25 a.m. ET — In Nashville, 28 protesters were arrested Saturday night after the 10 p.m. curfew, according to the Nashville Police Department.

Governor Bill Lee authorized the National Guard to mobilize in response to protests, which he said took a “violent, unlawful turn.”

Protesters damaged at least 30 businesses and buildings in the city, including the Nashville courthouse, which was set on fire. No officers were injured, according to the police department.

Target temporarily closes 175 stores nationwide

A dumpster is lit on fire infront of a Target store in Oakland California on May 30, 2020, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

JOSH EDELSON

4:36 a.m. ET — Target has temporarily closed 175 stores across the country amid ongoing protests, the company announced late Saturday.

“Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal,” the company said.

Target closed 71 stores in Minnesota, which has been gripped by demonstrations and rioting following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody.

At least a dozen stores are closed in California and New York. Any Target employees impacted by store closures will be paid for up to 14 days of scheduled hours, including Covid-19 premium pay, the company said.

Employees can also work at other nearby Target locations that remain open. Some businesses have been looted and vandalized in cities across the U.S. as protests turned violent, including a Target store in Minneapolis.

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, a black man who died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

Josh Edelson | AFP | Getty Images

Seattle police arrest at least 27 after crowds set fire to cars

Protesters riot in the streets following a peaceful rally expressing outrage over the death of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.

Karen Ducey

4:15 am ET — More than 20 people were arrested in Seattle during Saturday’s protest, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said in a statement early Sunday morning. Best said that “multiple officers and civilians have been injured” but did not give further details about those injuries.

The protests in Seattle were peaceful for more than two hours before escalating, and some of the demonstrators set fire to police and private vehicles, according to the statement. Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered a curfew from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time. At the time of the statement, the Seattle police and the National Guard were still working to remove people from the city’s downtown core.

Police block the street during a protest against the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis Police, in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2020.

JASON REDMOND

More than 100 arrested, 13 police officers injured in Philadelphia

Police handle an arrested African-American male as protesters clash with police near City Hall, in Philadelphia, PA on May 30, 2020. Cities around the nation see thousands take to the streets to protest police brutality after the murder of George Floyd.

Bastiaan Slabbers | NurPhoto | Getty Images

2:35 a.m. ET — The Philadelphia Police Department said on Twitter that 13 of its officers were injured, including seven with chemical burns to their faces, as officers made more than 100 arrests during Saturday’s protests.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney imposed a curfew last night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time. That curfew is set to repeat on Sunday night. Curfew violations accounted for 52 of the arrests, while another 43 were for looting or burglary, according to the department. There was one arrest for assaulting an officer.

An African-American male poses with a sing in front of burning police vehicles as protestors clash with police near City Hall, in Philadelphia, PA on May 30, 2020.

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Los Angeles under a state of emergency, National Guard activated, testing centers closed

Firefighters battle a structure fire on Melrose Avenue in the Fairfax District during demonstrations following the death of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

David McNew | Getty Images

2:16 a.m. ET — California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and approved the city’s request to deploy the National Guard to help deal with escalating protests.

Coronavirus testing centers in Los Angeles are also temporarily closed as a result of the unrest. Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County supervisor, said the closing of the testing sites was a “troubling consequence of social breakdown prompted by excessive use of force resulting in the death of another unarmed African American man.”

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