Updated May 31, 2020 - Politics & Policy

U.S. cities crack down on protesters

Police near the 5th police precinct during a demonstration to call for justice for George Floyd in Minneapolis
The scene near the 5th police precinct during a demonstration calling for justice for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Saturday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

  • The Army Secretary activated the Washington, D.C., National Guard on Saturday night in response to a U.S. Park Police request "to help maintain order during protests in the vicinity of the White House," per an official statement.
  • Protesters in New York City made their way to Trump Tower in Manhattan where at least seven people were arrested, according to The New York Times.
  • Minneapolis police said they had been "overwhelmed" as they respond to hundreds of 911 calls about gunfire, property damage and burglaries, per the Post.
  • A crowd of protesters tried to tear down the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo, who was also a police officer and the Philadelphia police commissioner in the late 1960s and early 1970s, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Where curfews have been implemented:

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Portland and Eugene, Oregon
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dayton, Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland Ohio
  • Lousiville, Kentucky
  • Rochester, New York
  • Miami, Florida
  • Nashville, Tenessee
  • Charleston and Columbus, South Carolina
  • San Francisco, California (From 8 p.m. Sunday)

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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