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Outrage over the death of George Floyd sparked protests in cities across the nation Friday night, hours after a former Minneapolis police officer was arrested and charged with his murder.
Activists said it's another example of systematic racism in law enforcement, the latest in a series of high-profile black deaths that have exacerbated and inflamed racial tensions nationwide.
Former officer Derek Chauvin faces third-degree murder and manslaughter charges after a bystander's video circulated of him holding his knee to Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes before Floyd died.
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A 19-year-old man was shot and killed late Friday night during protests in Detroit, and Atlanta's mayor delivered an impassioned plea for violence to stop. One protester died in St. Louis, and one federal contract security officer was shot in Oakland, California.
Demonstrators in many cities gathered to protest local deaths at the hands of law enforcement:
In Indianapolis, protesters held a sign that read "Justice for Dreasjon Reed." Reed died after a police pursuit that was broadcast on Facebook Live. In Milwaukee, they invoked the name of Joel Acevedo, who died after an altercation with a police officer in April.
In Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday night, gunfire erupted as hundreds of protesters took to the streets demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed in her apartment by police in March.
As protests continue into their fourth night in Minneapolis, here's a look at what happened overnight around the USA:
St. Louis: Protesters block interstate, one dies
Protesters blocked a downtown interstate for about three hours Friday evening. One truck driver rerouted off the interstate was stopped by protesters, and several people started looting his trailer, two displaying guns to the driver, according to police.
As the driver attempted to drive away, one person was caught between the two trailers and run over. There were no arrests, police said.
Milwaukee: Protesters march in 'solidarity,' stop Interstate 43 traffic
More than a dozen businesses were damaged, and about 50 people were arrested overnight Friday, Police Chief Alfonso Morales said Saturday in a news release.
The daylong protests Friday had been peaceful as hundreds marched around the city. But around 11:30 p.m., violent unrest broke out around the District 5 Police Station, near Locust Street and King Drive.
"Instead of protesting in the honor of Mr. George Floyd and Mr. Joel Acevedo, many individuals, used this as an opportunity to damage property, destroy businesses, commit robbery, fire shots and steal property for their personal gain," Morales said in the release.
An officer was shot and injured in the line of duty. "Thank God, the officer’s injury was non-life-threatening," the chief said.
– Ashley Luthern, Ricardo Torres and Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Greenville, SC: Hundreds gather for peaceful rally
About 200 people, and more by the minute, gathered Saturday morning for a peaceful protest in response to Floyd's death.
Dalores Bowens, one of the organizers, said the goal of the protest was to highlight the risks that black people, and others, face at times from police. The big aim, she said, is to encourage unity and have a peaceful expression of anger and frustration.
– Mike Ellis, Eric Connor and Sarah Sheridan, Greenville News
Pensacola, Fla.: 'Tymar is our George'
About 300 to 400 people filled the southern banks of the small hills that flank Graffiti Bridge to express outrage over police violence against African Americans.
Advertised as a vigil, the atmosphere felt more like a protest, and its organizers explained its purpose as twofold: a show of communal objection to police brutality and a lamentation for Tymar Crawford.
Crawford, 28, was shot and killed by Police Department Detective Daniel Siemen on July 5, 2019. Siemen was fired from the PPD for violating the department's use of deadly force policy, but a grand jury determined there was not enough evidence to warrant criminal charges.
"Tymar is our Pensacola George," activist Haley Morrissette said. "This really shows the energy that is really behind getting justice in the county and here, right now. A lot of people are here to remind us that Tymar is Pensacola's George."
– Colin Warren-Hicks, Pensacola News Journal
Oakland, Calif.: 'Damage and destruction,' 1 dead in shooting
Interim Police Chief Susan Manheimer said peaceful demonstration turned "disruptive."
"We saw damage and destruction here," Manheimer said in a video message posted to Twitter.
Two contract security officers for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security were shot, one fatally, when someone began firing from a vehicle outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building Friday night, FBI San Francisco said in a statement.
The FBI could not say whether the shooting was related to protests because the investigation was ongoing, according to public affairs officer Katherine Zackel. The FBI deployed investigators to the scene and was working with the Police Department, Zackel said.
Portland, Ore.: Multiple arrests, state of emergency, curfew
A police spokesperson said 13 people were arrested overnight. Police called the protests "riots."
Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency early Saturday and said a curfew was "immediately in effect" until 6 a.m. local time, then would resume 8 p.m. Saturday.
Wheeler released a series of tweets Friday night saying, "ENOUGH" and "Portland, this is NOT us."
"Burning buildings with people inside, stealing from small and large businesses, threatening and harassing reporters. All in the middle of a pandemic where people have already lost everything. This isn’t calling for meaningful change in our communities, this is disgusting," Wheeler said on Twitter.
Houston: Nearly 200 arrested
Nearly 200 people were arrested Friday into Saturday morning, and most will be charged with obstructing a roadway, police said on Twitter.
Four officers had minor injuries, and eight police vehicles were damaged, police said.
Earlier in the day, Police Chief Art Acevedo attended a downtown demonstration organized by Black Lives Matter and spoke to the crowd. "It’s about bad policing. It’s about criminal behavior. And it’s about holding bad cops accountable," Acevedo told the group as many booed. Later, dozens of protesters shut down U.S. Highway 59.
Lincoln, Neb.: Protesters arrested, shelter-in-place order
Protests condemning police brutality began early in the morning at the Capitol.
Around 4 a.m. Saturday, police said the protest was no longer peaceful. "Arrests have been made and will continue to be made for those who continue to break the law. Neighbors in the area please shelter in place," the department said on Twitter.
Austin, Texas: Dozens protest at police headquarters
About a hundred protesters denouncing police brutality and Floyd's death gathered in front of the Police Department’s headquarters downtown around midnight Saturday.
A line of officers wearing helmets and batons formed in front of the building and blocked the Interstate 35 service road near East Seventh Street. Officers clashed with demonstrators and pushed them back to the street. Police detained at least one protester, though it was not immediately known why.
Protesters chanted, “I can’t breathe” and threw water bottles at the officers. Officers responded by firing bean bag shots. One officer had cuts on his face and one of his elbows; he said he wasn’t sure at what point during the protest he was injured.
– Andy Sevilla, Austin American-Statesman
Elmira, NY: 'We've had enough'
A crowd of about 50 stood outside the Police Department on Friday, chanting – at times in the rain – "No justice, no peace," and "Black lives matter" to peacefully demonstrate.
Participants stayed for hours Friday, the second consecutive day of demonstrating. Organizer Domari Greene, 30, said plans are to gather again Saturday.
"The message we’re sending out is that not only is the African American community tired of the unjust killings and racism, but people across the nation are also tired of this," Greene said Friday. "We’ve had enough, and no more will officers get away for their crimes, no more just a suspension."
"We had some interaction with the group, and it was very positive," Police Capt. Anthony Alvernaz said, adding he wished motorists would slow down as their speed endangered the group.
– Ashley Biviano, Elmira Star-Gazette
Chicago: Protesters march downtown; more than 100 arrested
Dozens of protesters wearing face masks – many with the communist group Revolution Club Chicago and the organization Refuse Fascism Now, which calls for President Donald Trump’s removal – gathered downtown and marched through the streets for hours Friday evening.
The group chanted, "Say his name, George Floyd" and "Black lives matter." Some held signs that said "Justice 4 George" and "I can’t breathe."
The group blocked a major highway, stopping traffic as police created a barricade with their bicycles. Later, the group stopped outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center and chanted, "We love you," according to videos posted to social media.
The peaceful protest took a turn early Saturday morning, when demonstrators broke the windows of several downtown storefronts. About 108 people were arrested, Superintendent David Brown said in a news conference Saturday. "We had to take swift action so that the violence and property damage wouldn’t escalate," he said.
The protesters inflected "minimal damage" downtown, and about a dozen squad cars were damaged throughout the city, Brown said. Some officers were injured, and one had a broken wrist.
Illinois State Police assisted Chicago police "with several crowds of protesters" from Friday evening to 4 a.m. Saturday, according to the agency. State police did not make any arrests, the agency said.
More than 10,000 people expressed interest in a Facebook event page for a protest Saturday afternoon in Chicago, organized by Black Lives Matter.
– Grace Hauck, USA TODAY
Columbus, Ohio: 5 arrested, 2 police officers injured
Five people were arrested and two police officers were injured by protesters throwing rocks and bricks at them on the second straight night of protests in Ohio's capital city.
Police reported broken windows and spray-paint graffiti in the Short North. Business owners boarded up their buildings, and a couple stood outside well after midnight, armed with guns, to protect their properties.
Protesters converged earlier in the night on police headquarters, where they staged a peaceful protest.
– Mark Ferenchik and Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch
Denver: Police use flash grenades, tear gas to hold off protesters at Capitol
On the night after one protester appeared to be intentionally hit by a car, police used flash grenades and tear gas to hold off protesters as they attempted to breach the Capitol multiple times.
People began to gather as early as 12:30 p.m. for a march to the Capitol, where protesters stood on the steps and chanted for change. They took both sides of nearby North Broadway Street before heading to Civic Center Park to hear from speakers.
About an hour after the crowd had mostly dispersed, they regathered near the Capitol, prompting law enforcement to push them back from the street to keep traffic moving through the area. Tensions escalated into the night, and some protesters ran through the city, smashing storefront windows.
– Bethany Baker, The Coloradoan (Fort Collins, Colorado)
Des Moines, Iowa: Protest grows violent, bricks thrown at police cars
A protest outside police headquarters spread through downtown and turned violent.
Just before 8 p.m., protesters threw bricks at police cars, prompting officers in riot gear to push against protesters. At least one officer sprayed chemical irritants on the crowd, including a Des Moines Register photographer.
– Andrea May Sahouri, Des Moines Register
Detroit: 19-year-old man killed; police arrest 9 people, fire tear gas amid protests
A 19-year-old man was killed late Friday night after shots were fired into a crowd of protesters by an unknown suspect in a gray Dodge Durango.
Video obtained by the Free Press of the USA TODAY Network showed the man bleeding from the chest, and police said he died at a hospital.
About 1,500 people demonstrated peacefully earlier in the night. Police Chief James Craig said nine people were arrested as of 11 p.m. By 11:45 p.m., police had fired tear gas.
Officers were attacked during the demonstrations, Craig said. A command officer was struck with a rock and taken to a hospital. An officer on a bike was struck.
The Police Department is angry about Floyd's death, too, Craig said: “I will not stand by and let a small minority, criminals, come in here, attack our officers and make our community unsafe."
– Darcie Moran, Angie Jackson, Joe Guillen and Branden Hunter, Detroit Free Press
Indianapolis: Police use rubber bullets, tear gas
Protesters clashed with police downtown in an hourslong demonstration that started peacefully but turned chaotic after the sun went down.
Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department used volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse crowds that lingered on city streets well past midnight.
As police stood in riot gear, groups of protesters moved through clouds of gas, chanting, “I can’t breathe!” and “Black lives matter.”
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A patrol car was vandalized. Fires were set in trash cans. A CVS was torched and looted, as were a a jewelry business and a cellphone store.
Graffiti on a broken window at Key Bank at Market Tower read, “I can’t use my bank account if I’m dead.”
– Crystal Hill, Vic Ryckaert, Kelly Wilkinson, Jenna Watson and Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star
Knoxville, Tenn.: Protesters rally, chant outside police headquarters
Hundreds of protesters gathered peacefully in front of police headquarters in a rally hosted by Black Lives Matter Knoxville.
Davis Hayes, who ran for City Council last year, led the crowd in a chant: “We have nothing to lose for our chains.”
Alison Rose, who works with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, was the first white speaker at the protest, and she spoke directly to other white people.
“White people, get it together. Do the work. Educate yourselves,” she said. “Get yourself so deep in history that you will find out the truth: Black history is this country’s history.”
– Travis Dorman, Knoxville News Sentinel
Los Angeles: Police declare unlawful assembly amid growing tensions
The Police Department declared an unlawful assembly after 9:30 p.m. for much of the downtown area, from Interstate 10 to U.S. 101, and the 110 Freeway to Alameda Street, after a night of tense standoffs with protesters.
“This is being made following repeated acts of violence and property damage. Residents should stay inside. Business should close. Those on the street are to leave the area,” the LAPD said via Twitter.
Hours earlier, protesters blocked the 110 Freeway, temporarily stopping traffic.
Louisville, Ky.: Demonstrators gather again after violence Thursday
After violent protests erupted Thursday, protesters continued to gather Friday night, demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, an African American woman killed in her apartment by police officers in March.
People trashed buildings, broke glass, set fires and looted restaurants in an eight-hour protest that stretched into early Saturday morning, and angry city officials blamed out-of-towners for the trail of vandalism across much of downtown.
"This is not a protest. It is violence," Mayor Greg Fischer said at 1 a.m. in a video call with reporters.
"This violence and destruction is absolutely unacceptable," he said. "It besmirches any claim to honor Breonna Taylor's memory. ... No one stands up for justice and equality by smashing windows and burning property. This destruction will not be tolerated."
– Tessa Duvall, Mandy McLaren, Darcy Costello, Cameron Teague Robinson, Bailey Loosemore and Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal
Memphis, Tenn.: About 300 protesters gather for third straight day
For the third straight day, protesters took to the streets to speak out against police brutality and the deaths of three African Americans at the hands of police.
The first demonstrators arrived just before 6:30 p.m. Within an hour, the crowd had grown to about 300, the largest of the protests.
That was despite a series of road closures set up by the Police Department at every entrance into the area.
– Desiree Stennett, Micaela A Watts and Laura Testino, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)
New York City: A 'long night ahead' amid escalating tensions in Brooklyn
Mayor Bill de Blasio warned of a "long night ahead of us in Brooklyn" in a tweet late Friday night.
Reporters documented the unrest in social media posts: Earlier in the evening, New York Times reporter Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs tweeted a video showing a person being struck by the door of a passing police vehicle. Jason Lemon of Newsweek tweeted a photo of a police vehicle set on fire in the borough.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted that lawmakers were among the protesters who were caught up in the clash: "A Black New York State Senator (@zellnor4ny) and a Black NYS Assemblywoman (@YourFavoriteASW) were both pepper sprayed in Brooklyn today. They were present as elected leaders to keep the peace and serve their communities. Completely, utterly unacceptable."
In Manhattan, hundreds of protesters descended on Foley Square, chanting, "I can't breathe" and “No justice, no peace!”
Phoenix: Hundreds march against violence after peaceful vigil
A vigil "to mourn the police violence" wrapped up shortly after 9 p.m., and organizers discouraged attendees from engaging in any violent protesting and urged them to go home.
Though some left, hundreds of protesters began marching. Many had their hands in the air and chanted, "I can't breathe."
An organizer said violence would bring more pain to the family of Dion Johnson, who was fatally shot by an officer.
Police said Johnson, 28, was shot after a struggle with a trooper May 25. Activist groups demanded release of the body-worn camera footage depicting the shooting.
– BrieAnna J. Frank, Andrew Oxford and Helena Wegner, Arizona Republic
San Jose, Calif.: Protesters block five-lane Silicon Valley freeway
Protesters marched through the capital of the Silicon Valley, stalling traffic for about an hour on a five-lane freeway and prompting police intervention.
Video footage from KGO-TV showed vehicles at a virtual standstill on the southbound lanes of U.S. 101 until protesters moved into the downtown area. Police fired tear gas and nonlethal projectiles into a crowd that had grown to about 1,000 people, and officers in riot gear lined up to prevent them from further disrupting traffic near City Hall, KPIX-TV reported.
Protesters smashed the windows of police cars and threw water bottles.
Elsewhere in California, hundreds of protesters demonstrated peacefully on the streets in the capital city of Sacramento, gathering near a police headquarters and shouting at police.
Seattle: Reports of pepper spray, fireworks
Protesters and police clashed downtown, the Seattle Times reported. Protesters broke windows and threw fireworks; police responded with tear gas, the paper reported.
Washington: Pennsylvania Avenue protesters force White House lockdown
Angry protesters arrived at Pennsylvania Avenue, leading to a lockdown at the White House Friday night, spokesman Judd Deere confirmed to USA TODAY.
Outside the White House on Friday, the Secret Service took at least one person into custody. A large group of protesters gathered, some burning flags and knocking over barricades. The protesters moved from the White House to another part of the city.
Reporters inside the White House said the Secret Service would not let them leave the grounds during the lockdown.
– Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY
Contributing: Steve Kiggins, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: George Floyd: Protests intensify nationally; 1 dead in Detroit