The death of George Floyd, a black man seen in a video pinned down by a white police officer and who later died, has caused outrage in Minneapolis and across the United States. What started as mostly peaceful protests earlier in the week have turned into chaos.
City leaders have pleaded with communities to voice their outrage in a lawful manner, but the widespread escalation of protests continued Friday night into Saturday.
In the wake of Floyd's death, murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, one of four officers at the scene, all of whom have been fired. The Department of Justice said a full investigation of the incident is a "top priority."
Prosecutors said Chauvin, seen in the video pressing his knee against Floyd's neck, had his knee on Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, including for two minutes and 53 seconds when Floyd was unresponsive.
Here is what happened on Saturday. All times Eastern.
11:53 p.m.: NYC mayor urges protesters to 'go home'
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged protesters to go home late Saturday after a night of mayhem.
More than 100 people had been arrested as of 11 p.m.
A number of police cars were set on fire and demonstrators vandalized stores and banks. There were pockets of protesters in Times Square, Union Square, Columbus Circle, the Bowery and other parts of Manhattan after daytime protests blocked traffic but were largely peaceful.
"To the peaceful protesters, if any of you are still out there tonight, we are trying to work peacefully for change," de Blasio said during a press conference just before midnight. "Let me be very clear, we hear your desire to see these issues, the relationship between police and community, the need for justice, the need for real change in our society. We hear you loud and clear."
"We appreciate and respect all peaceful protests, but now it is time for people to go home," he added.
De Blasio said a "substantial" amount of the violent protesters were from outside of the city, but did not have the official numbers yet.
"People who represent the communities of the city, and the residents of our city, they are not joining negative and violent protests," he said. "You can see it with your own eyes, they're not participating in it. Very few people are doing this, whether they are from outside New York City or from one part going into a neighborhood that is not their own. Unfortunately, a small number of people are creating a lot of violence."
11:05 p.m.: LA sending in National Guard as looting spreads
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he has asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to send the National Guard into the county as protests turn to looting.
Several local businesses were looted, as well as a Target and CVS in West Hollywood. Shops along glitzy Beverly Hills, where a curfew is in place, were covered in spray paint.
Flight Club, a famous West Hollywood shop that sells collector's edition sneakers for sometimes tens of thousands of dollars, was smashed in and people were seen carrying out boxes of the expensive footwear.
Ventura County also announced it was sending 40 deputies to Los Angeles "to assist with response to rioting."
10:44 p.m.: Protests in Texas mostly peaceful
Two protests in Houston and Dallas were mostly peaceful as crowds moved through the downtown areas.
There were tense moments, including when Dallas police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd vandalizing City Hall and police vehicles.
Houston police continued to make arrests, adding on to the more than 200 that were made Friday evening.
10:40 p.m.: Minnesota National Guard drop water from helicopter on fires
The Minnesota National Guard dropped water from helicopters to put out fires in the state, according to the state's Department of Public Safety.
It was used at a car fire on Interstate 35W and fires at other locations, the department said.
Earlier in the evening, the Minnesota State Patrol troopers were moving in to secure the 5th Precinct.
The 3rd Precinct fell to protesters and was lit on fire earlier this week.
State patrol asked the public to go home and obey the 8 p.m. curfew in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
10:27 p.m.: 13 states, D.C. have activated or plan to activate National Guards
The National Guard Bureau said as of right now 13 states, plus the District of Columbia, have activated or plan to activate their National Guards, but they expect the list could keep growing.
“Several states have alerted National Guard elements, and are conducting staff planning for potential employment should the Governor request National Guard support," Master Sgt. Michael Houk, a spokesman for the National Guard Bureau, told ABC News.
Governors in 10 states -- Minnesota, Ohio, Georgia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Texas, Utah, Washington and Missouri -- have publicly announced they've activated their states' National Guard to respond to the protests. Washington, D.C., also activated its guard, which is the only federal National Guard, reporting to the president.
9:55 p.m.: Pressure mounting for Trump to make a formal address: Sources
Pressure is mounting inside the White House for President Donald Trump to make a formal address to the nation from the White House amid the chaos and unrest erupting across the United States in the wake of Floyd’s death, sources familiar with the discussions told ABC News.
Some top advisers, including the president’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, believe Trump should deliver a formal address arguing it would offer him a chance to show leadership and unity with a message to the U.S. that this is a moment to heal. Some also believe it would help gain African American support.
However, there is a growing divide in the West Wing. The president's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner believes this is not the way to go, as the president is known to dislike Oval Office addresses and has made errors during them in the past. Kushner and others believe that Trump saying more on this will just make the situation worse, according to sources.
Some aides believed the president’s trip to Florida to watch the SpaceX launch looked like he was turning his back on the issue. Neither Kushner nor Meadows traveled with the president.
Trump today did make his lengthiest remarks yet on Floyd’s death during remarks after the successful launch at the Kennedy Space Center.
In addition, there is also pressure from conservatives outside the White House and on Capitol Hill who have privately made clear they are growing frustrated with the silence from the White House on this.
Last year, Meadows ended up breaking his silence when the president lashed out at the late congressman Elijah Cummings when he called his district a "very dangerous & filthy place." Trump also labeled Cummings a racist.
Meadows, who had a close bond with Cummings, urged the president at the time to stop his tweeting on his friend. He ultimately released a statement -- that many criticized as lackluster -- saying neither man was a racist.
9:52 p.m.: Clashes at mostly peaceful protests in Miami
Protests in Miami were mostly peaceful, yet as the evening went on turned more violent.
Police have used tear gas and rubber bullets on the protesters, according to Miami ABC affiliate WPLG. At least three police cars were set on fire and protesters were seen throwing large rocks at officers, according to the outlet.
The majority of crowds had dispersed ahead of the 10 p.m. curfew.
There were at least two planned protests in Miami, starting at 3 p.m.
9:40 p.m.: Courthouse set ablaze in Nashville
Police in Nashville deployed gas at a courthouse after protesters set it on fire, officials said.
The Nashville Fire Department is at the scene and being escorted into the building by officers.
Videos also showed flames inside Nashville's City Hall.
Mayor John Cooper lauded earlier protests as peaceful and warned protesters to go home tonight. A curfew is in effect at 10 p.m. Cooper later signed an executive order declaring a state of civil emergency.
This afternoon’s rally for George Floyd and racial justice was peaceful. I attended and listened.
We cannot let today’s message of reform descend into further violence. If you mean our city harm, go home.
— Mayor John Cooper (@JohnCooper4Nash) May 31, 2020
9:38 p.m.: 13 officers injured, 14 arrests in Philadelphia
What began as a peaceful protest in Philadelphia turned violent, and resulted in 13 officers injured and 14 arrests so far, police said.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at least four police vehicles were set on fire and other fires were set throughout downtown, according to Philadelphia ABC station WPVI.
A large building fire broke out in Center City just after 9 p.m.
It is estimated that about 3,000 people turned up to the protests.
9:22 p.m.: LAPD to mobilize entire unit
The Los Angeles Police Department is taking the rare step to mobilize its entire unit, according to a senior official.
All officers are told they will be on duty and personal time off is canceled, the official told ABC News.
The official also said detectives and others are told they are or will be in the field.
9:05 p.m.: Major thoroughfares shut down at points in NYC due to protests
Protesters coursed through New York City again Saturday night.
At times during the protest, demonstrators had shut down the FDR Drive, the West Side Highway and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Rocks were thrown at police and fires were set in the heart of Midtown, at 45th Street and 7th Avenue, officials said.
There have been minor injuries to a number of officers and the city would later announce over 100 arrests.
9 p.m.: Tensions run high in Denver with tear gas, confiscated weapons
Thousands of people gathered in downtown Denver to peacefully protest, yet tensions still ran high.
Police at one point appeared to be advancing toward the crowds, after tear gas and what appeared to be pepper balls were used to get them to disperse, according to Denver ABC affiliate KMGH.
Police told the outlet that they confiscated weapons and gallons of gasoline planted around parts of downtown Denver.
8:40 p.m.: Young girl 'screaming in pain' after allegedly being sprayed in eyes
A young girl was seen crying out in pain at a Seattle protest after she was allegedly sprayed with either mace or pepper spray, a protester said.
A video circulated on Twitter of the little girl screaming while other people gathered around her to help clear out her eyes.
Evan Hreha, who filmed the video but did not see the incident, said it happened during a prayer outside the Westlake Center.
"I was about 20 yards away. I saw a very minor scuffle, it looked like someone knocked over a sign so I went over and saw the young girl screaming in pain," Hreha told ABC News.
Bystanders in the crowd told him that an officer had sprayed the girl.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated the National Guard in Seattle as the protests continued. Up to 200 members of the Washington National Guard were activated, according to the governor's office. They will be unarmed and work under the direction of Seattle officials, the governor's office said.
8:27 p.m.: Police, protesters clash again in Atlanta
Police and protesters clashed for the second night in a row in Atlanta, according to Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB.
There were several clashes near the Centennial Olympic Park downtown and several people were taken into custody, according to the outlet.
Later in the evening, police would announce 51 arrests and one officer injured by an ATV.
Protesters smashed windows at CNN headquarters and lit several fires in the city on Friday.
8:04 p.m.: Protests pick up outside White House
The scene outside the White House was a tense one with several hundred protesters and growing. By far the majority are calm and chanting peacefully, but there has been a lot of anger and several flare-ups with the police, who are remaining relatively calm. Some protesters are throwing water bottles, taunting police and even burning a flag.
D.C. police are spraying tear gas in isolated areas to try and hold the line. Protesters are being kept out of Lafayette Park, forced back onto 16th Street and H Street. But that is not deterring anyone.
Most ABC News talked with are locals, some first-time protesters. They are leading each other in chants of "I can’t breathe," and, "Black lives matter," but also sharing food, water, and even masks.
7:36 p.m.: Bill Clinton issues a statement
Former President Bill Clinton issued his first remarks after the death of George Floyd, calling it a "painful reminder that a person's race still determines how they will be treated in nearly every aspect of American life."
Clinton said no one deserves to die in the way that Floyd did, and that "if you're white in America, the chances are you won't."
He encouraged Americans to ask themselves if Floyd would still be alive if he were white. He also said the public should question why this keeps happening, what can we do to make sure every community has the police department it deserves and what an individual can do.
"We can't honestly answer these questions in the divide and conquer, us vs. them, shift the blame and shirk the responsibility world we're living in," Clinton said. "People with power should go first -- answer the questions, expand who's 'us' and shrink who's 'them,' accept some blame, and assume more responsibility. But the rest of us have to answer these questions too."
Clinton said answering these questions is "the least we can do for George Floyd's family, and the families of all other Americans who have been judged by the color of their skin rather than by the content of their character."
Clinton, quoting from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, said Dr. King's hope seemed even more out of reach today.
"And we'll never reach it if we keep treating people of color with the unspoken assumption that they're less human," he said.
7:18 p.m.: Trump says administration will stop 'mob violence'
President Donald Trump said his administration would stop "mob violence" as protests raged on.
"I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace, and I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack and menace," Trump said during remarks after the launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon. "Healing, not hatred. Justice, not chaos, are the mission at hand."
Trump labeled some demonstrators as "mobs," "thugs" and "radical-left criminals." He once again signaled out ANTIFA and allegedly radical-left groups without providing any evidence that they're actually leading or participating in the protests.
"What we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or with peace," the president said. "The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters and anarchists."
He said he understands "the pain" people are feeling and supports peaceful protesters "but what we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or with peace."
6:50 p.m.: 5 more cities announce curfews
The mayors of Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle and Rochester, New York, have now implemented a curfew, adding to the growing list of cities doing so.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms signed an executive order establishing a curfew that begins at 9 p.m. and ends at sunrise on Sunday.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti put a curfew in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney also implemented a curfew from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren declared a curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said she would be signing an executive order to impose a 5 p.m. curfew "soon."
Other officials in Chicago and Pittsburgh have asked their residents to avoid downtown areas.
"Lake Shore Drive has been shut down. Avoid coming to the downtown area. CPD officers continue to work to secure the downtown streets," Chicago police tweeted.
Pittsburgh Public Safety tweeted that two journalists were injured in the area and more business fronts have been broken into.
"Protesters just smashed a glass business front on Smithfield Street. Officers forced to disperse gas," the agency tweeted. "If you came to protest peacefully, please leave, go home, for your own safety. This is no longer peaceful."
6:12 p.m.: Sen. Kamala Harris attends protest in front of White House
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., joined protesters in front of the White House Saturday afternoon.
Harris posted a video to her Twitter of herself in the crowd as people chanted, "Hands up. Don't shoot."
People are in pain. We must listen. pic.twitter.com/5PJ9gqyu1q
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 30, 2020
Harris, who is considered among presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's top choices for vice president, could be seen clapping along with the chants.
"People are in pain. We must listen," Harris tweeted.
Her communications director, Sabrina Singh, also tweeted that Harris was in attendance. Singh wrote that Harris was "advocating for people to be heard."
6:06 p.m.: Columbus mayor implements curfew
A curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. has been implemented in Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Andrew Ginther said.
"We respect, value and welcome the right to protest," Ginther tweeted. "This curfew is not intended to stifle peaceful protest but to protect our people."
5:45 p.m.: At least 6 governors activate National Guard
At least six governors -- in Minnesota, Ohio, Georgia, Colorado, Wisconsin and Kentucky -- have activated the National Guard as protests continue to spread.
Most cited keeping the public safe as their reason for doing so.
5:30 p.m.: Majority of people arrested for rioting were from Minnesota, jail records show
The majority of those jailed in Minnesota on charges of unlawful assembly, riot and/or damage to property charges were from the state, jail records show.
From May 29 to May 30, there were a total of 35 people jailed on those charges. Of those 35 people, only four were from out of state.
State and local leaders have stressed that many of the people causing destruction or inciting violence were from out of state.
The people arrested not from Minnesota were from Michigan, Missouri, Illinois and Alaska, according to jail records.
The jail records only show arrests for the Minneapolis Police Department and don't include arrests on charges, such as burglary, a charge police said people related to the protests were arrested on.
Other agencies, including the St. Paul Police Department, also made arrests. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said everyone arrested in his city last night was from out of town.
4:53 p.m.: Atlanta police prepared to make arrests during protests
The Atlanta Police Department is gearing up to make arrests for any criminal activity following destructive protest throughout the city.
The department announced in a press release that it will not tolerate the looting and damage to property that occurred on Friday night and Saturday morning that led to 71 arrests, damage to 20 police vehicles, including two that are total losses, multiple fires, vandalism and other criminal acts as well as a number of businesses that were looted, burglarized or damaged.
Atlanta officers, assisted by about 20 local, state and federal agencies, are prepared to monitor activity and protect vulnerable business districts and retail centers.
Police Chief Erika Shields said police were "patient" despite three officers suffering minor injuries and hours of getting objects thrown at them, including water bottles, bullets, eggs, rocks, fireworks and knives.
"But we will not allow these protests to devolve into the destruction of property or placing the safety or our officers in jeopardy. We will make additional arrests and we are grateful to the assistance we are receiving from our partner agencies," said Shields.
4:29 p.m.: Denver announces curfew this weekend
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced an 8 p.m. curfew for this weekend.
Hancock said the National Guard has been activated by Gov. Jared Polis to help enforce the rule.
Essential travel is exempt.
These measures come in the wake of two straight nights of intense, and sometimes violent, protests in the city regarding the death of George Floyd.
4:11 p.m.: 2 NY sisters arrested, charged
Two sisters from the Catskills, New York, are charged with throwing a Molotov cocktail at a police vehicle with four NYPD officers inside near Brooklyn Museum Friday night.
Samantha Shader was charged with four counts of attempted murder, attempted arson, assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. Darian Shader was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration, both misdemeanors.
The sisters are also facing federal charges, two law enforcement sources told ABC News.
The Shader sisters are awaiting arraignment at Brooklyn Criminal Court on Saturday. If convicted, 27-year-old Samantha Shader faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.
Attorney information was not available.
The NYPD planned to be out in force Saturday to prevent "mayhem" that was seen in parts of Brooklyn on Friday evening. NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan called Friday night's protest, which has resulted in 208 arrests, "an organized attempt to attack police" with bottles, bricks, Molotov cocktails and other debris.
Monahan blamed "a lot of outsiders" and protesters who "were not people from our communities."
3:52 p.m.: Minneapolis police's protest plans kept under wraps
After 27 arrests, 23 fires and 131 calls to police for shots fired, Minneapolis police have not announced any new plans on how they will handle the ongoing protests any differently.
"We are not going to let a group of people hijack this city," Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Saturday.
Arradondo made the promise to residents, but did not share any new tactics his officers will be using tonight to make sure that doesn't happen.
"Over the last 72 hours, so much has been occurring," said Arrandondo, adding, 'We were overwhelmed, quite frankly."
Since Thursday evening, there have been widespread violence, destruction and fires throughout the Twin Cities. Over 380 people called to report burglaries, business alarms and damage to property.
Arrandondo said they are working with legitimate community groups who are holding peaceful protests in order to help separate those designed to incite violence.
Arrandondo seems to be hoping the National Guard will secure areas that have been the site of much of the destruction so MPD officers can go back to answering other calls throughout the community.
3 p.m.: 533 arrests, 6 police officers injured in Los Angeles
Six police officers were injured and 533 people were arrested during protests throughout Los Angeles, California, Friday and early Saturday morning, police said.
The hundreds of arrested were charged with burglary, looting, probation violations, battery on a police officer, attempted murder and failure to disperse, police said. All but 18 of the arrested have been released on their own recognizance.
The officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries ranging from lacerations to impact wounds.
"While more protests are slated for various locations throughout the city today, we remain hopeful those demonstrations will be peaceful. The Department will be deploying additional resources to maintain order and ensure the safety and security of not only individuals exercising their first amendment rights but also the residents and businesses in our community," said Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore.
2:15 p.m.: Attorney General Barr comments on 'radical' protests
Attorney General William Barr warned protesters with ANTIFA and radical ties that they are committing a federal crime.
"Peaceful protests are being drowned out by violent radical elements," said Barr at a brief press conference on Saturday.
Barr noted that there are people with what he called, 'ANTIFA-like tactics,' who are traveling from outside of the area, to participate in protests coordinated as peaceful demonstrations.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that they are investigating whether outsiders, including white supremacists, are inciting riots.
"It is a federal crime to cross state lines to participate" in these violent crimes, said Barr.
1:56 p.m.: Public safety alert issued for Ohio
The Columbus Ohio Police Department issued an emergency alert on Saturday afternoon urging people to stay out of the downtown area for their "safety and the safety of others."
The alert comes a day after at least five people were arrested, five officers were injured and several businesses were destroyed during protests, WSYX reported.
1:35 p.m.: Atlanta's mayor denounces protests that turned to 'destruction'
"What we saw overnight was not a protest, and it was not Atlanta ... We know our citizens are angry. We are angry and we want justice," said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a statement on Saturday.
Friday night's protest in Atlanta, Georgia, started out as "a peaceful demonstration, quickly turned into mayhem and unnecessary destruction, and ultimately an assault on businesses that are already struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic," said Lance Bottoms.
The protests were a result of the most recent police-involved killings of African Americans across the country as well as the murder of Ahmaud Arbery who was shot while jogging on Feb. 23 in Satilla Shores, Georgia.
The city's Department of Public Works have been cleaning up the streets, the Department of Transportation is removing graffiti and the National Guard has been contacted for assistance in order to "help our city recover," said Lance Bottoms.
"If we are to enact change in this nation, I implore everyone to channel their anger and sorrow into something more meaningful and effective through non-violent activism," said Lance Bottoms.
1:16 p.m.: A federal officer died, another injured in California
One Federal Protective Service officer has died, and another was wounded Friday night, the FBI said in a statement to ABC News.
As an arm of the Department of Homeland Security., FPS officers are responsible for protecting federal buildings across the country.
A car pulled up to the building and started firing, according to the FBI.
The agency doesn't say if the incident was related to protests in the city.
22 people were arrested during demonstrations in the Oakland Friday night, according to authorities.
The Department of Homeland Security has not responded to ABC News' request for comment
12:18 p.m.: A mayor in Mississippi faces backlash for 'breathe' comments
The mayor of Petal, Mississippi, is facing backlash and calls for him to resign after justifying former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for keeping his knee on George Floyd's neck.
"If you can say you can't breathe, you're breathing," Mayor Hal Marx wrote on his now deactivated Twitter account on May 26 -- the same day Chauvin was seen on a 10-minute video kneeling on Floyd.
Similar remarks were made after former NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was seen on video using an alleged unauthorized chokehold to allegedly kill Eric Garner in 2014. Garner's last words, "I can't breathe" became a national rallying cry against police violence.
Marx defended his remarks on Twitter, and his deactivated Facebook page as misinterpretations.
The Petal Board of Aldermen held a special meeting on Thursday, voting unanimously to ask for Marx's resignation, The Clarion Ledger reported.
Marx has refused to step aside.
10:58 a.m.: NYPD arrested over 200 during protests
Demonstrations throughout New York City Friday night resulted in the arrest of over 200, including one person in Brooklyn who had a loaded gun and a woman who was armed with a lit Molotov cocktail.
More than 3,000 demonstrators gathered in Foley Square and outside Barclays Center, police said.
At the height of the protests, 37 patrol cars were vandalized with graffiti and broken windows, a police van was set on fire and a Molotov cocktail was thrown into an occupied police car -- the officers inside were not hurt.
There were more than a dozen officers injured, ranging from teeth knocked out to shoulder and head injuries.
"Anyone, anywhere who has witnessed what they believe to be police misconduct can -- and should -- report it to the CCRB. The Agency already has begun to receive complaints related to incidents that took place last night. As always, our staff is committed to investigating all allegations of misconduct thoroughly and impartially," said New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) Chair Fred Davie.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said that Attorney General Letitia James will review all actions and procedures used during last night's protests and will issue a report in 30 days. "We are asking anyone with information about last night, including visual evidence, to please share it with our office so we can take it into account as we proceed with this investigation. Please email Complaints@ag.ny.gov," said James.
10:47 a.m.: 1,000 more National Guard service members activated in Minnesota
Governor Tim Walz announced on Saturday morning that an additional thousand members of the National Guard will be deployed to "support civil authorities" during protests over the murder of George Floyd.
"Our communities of color, our business community were out front fighting hand in hand to save businesses it took a decade to build," said Walz during a press conference Saturday morning.
Protests turned violent with fires set across the city, objects were thrown at the police and dozens have been arrested, officials said. Over 700 soldiers and air service members' duty were activated overnight.
What's happening in the city is in "no way about the murder of George Floyd it's about attacking civil society and installing fear," said Walz.
"We cannot as members of the community tolerate that," said Minneapolis Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington at a press conference on Saturday.
Officials said only about 20% of the rioters are Minnesota residents.
Walz noted that practicing First Amendment rights should also involve practicing COVID-19 guidelines, but "the folks that are gathering out there ... the masks were worn to disguise, to cause confusion and take advantage of that situation."
"The Minnesota National Guard is prepared to protect life, protect property and restore order," according to a press release by the state's National Guard.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey along with other local officials, said that the violence and destruction are from outside elements. "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," Frey tweeted on Saturday.
9:24 a.m.: FBI director calls George Floyd investigation "a top priority"
ABC News has obtained a message to FBI employees sent by FBI Director Chris Wray, on Friday. In it, Wray said the investigation into the circumstances surrounding George Floyd's death "is a top priority, and experienced prosecutors and FBI agents have been assigned to the matter." He said the investigation "will determine whether the actions by the former Minneapolis police officers involved in this incident violated federal law."
He also wrote about how damaging the failure to honor the rights of citizens, particularly those in custody, can be.
"Law enforcement officers have indispensable and often dangerous jobs, but that doesn't diminish the crucial, overarching role we play in society – to protect and serve all citizens no matter their race, creed, orientation, or station in life. This, of course, includes those citizens who are in law enforcement custody," Wray said.
"When we fail to honor their rights, we not only tarnish the badge we wear, we completely erode the trust so many of us in law enforcement work so hard to build, particularly within minority communities. The events this past week in Minneapolis clearly illustrate just how quickly that trust can be lost," the message stated."
8:41 a.m.: White House protesters would have been met with 'most vicious dogs,' 'most ominous weapons,' president tweets
President Trump fired off a series of tweets Saturday morning praising the Secret Service after protesters marched in front of the White House Friday night.
"They were not only totally professional, but very cool," he president tweeted. "They let the "protesters" scream & rant as much as they wanted..." he wrote.
The president also wrote that if protestors had become "too frisky" or "got out of line," "they would quickly come down on them," he wrote. He also tweeted that if protesters had breached the White House fence, they would have been "greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen."
He also took a jab at D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. "On the bad side, the D.C. Mayor, @MurielBowser, who is always looking for money & help, wouldn't let the D.C. Police get involved. "Not their job." Nice!," the president tweeted.
8:19 a.m.: FBI issues statement on Oakland shooting
The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a statement after one person was killed, and another injured in a shooting at that took place while protests were happening in Oakland, California. FBI San Francisco and Oakland police are investigating, but it is unknown yet if the shooting is connected to the protest.
"FBI San Francisco and the Oakland Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building at 1301 Clay Street in Oakland, California.," the statement read. "At approximately 9:45pm on Friday, May 29, 2020, a vehicle approached the building. An individual inside the vehicle began firing gunshots at contract security officers for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security. One officer was killed and another was injured," according to the statement.
"The FBI has deployed investigators and the Evidence Response Team to the crime scene. We will continue to work this investigation alongside the Oakland Police Department," the statement continued.
7:24 a.m.: Portland mayor declares State of Emergency
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Saturday morning that he's declaring a State of Emergency in the city following the destructive unrest in the wake of the death of Floyd.
He also announced the city has a curfew in effect until 6 a.m. local time Saturday and will begin again at 8 p.m.
"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," Wheeler said in a statement Saturday. "This isn't calling for meaningful change in our communities, this is disgusting."
Overnight the Portland Police Department declared the protest as a riot after "significant vandalism" was reported and a fire was set inside the city's Justice Center. Police said there was also a shooting connected to the protest.
Police said large sections of downtown were closed and that protesters should "disperse now or you will be subject to gas, projectiles, and other means necessary for dispersal."
5:43 a.m.: 1 dead in Detroit after person opens fire on protesters from vehicle
One person is dead in Detroit after a vehicle drove up on people protesting the death of Floyd and opened fire, according to authorities.
A gray Dodge Durango pulled up and fired into the crowd, hitting a 19-year-old man who later died at the hospital, a Detroit Police Department spokesperson told ABC affiliate WXYZ.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the violence and destruction overnight is not what the city of Detroit is about.
"This does not represent the vast major of Detroiters who came here to make a statement," Craig said during a press conference Friday night. "We support the message, but let's do it peacefully."
He said many of the people taunting police officers and trying to incite violence have come from outside the city to sow chaos.
"We know that the individuals from outside the city of Detroit who converged at the protest location don't represent this city. They are not from this city," Craig said. "Let's peacefully protest, but outside of that, we're not going to tolerate it. We're not going to tolerate criminal acts."
4:26 a.m.: 'Prudent' to have Army units ready to deploy to Minnesota, governor says
As fires raged and protests escalated even further throughout Minneapolis Saturday morning, local and state officials said getting the chaos under control will take a response never before seen in the state because "there's simply more of them than us."
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said at least 1,000 additional Minnesota National Guard troops would be activated Saturday, and even then, that might not be enough. He said that is why the state is considering using active-duty Army units, which are reportedly being put on alert to deploy to Minneapolis, according to a late-night report from the Associated Press.
"You may have seen or heard that, this evening, the president directed the Pentagon to put units of United States Army on alert to possible operation in Minneapolis," Maj. General John Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, said during a press conference Saturday. "While we were not consulted with, as it relates to that, I do believe it's a prudent move to provide other options available for the governor, if the governor elects to use those resources."
Walz said it's more complicated than just saying yes and deploying them now because the move to have federal troops patrolling in Minneapolis would be something never before seen in the state.
"I spoke with President Trump the other night, I think it is prudent to have them ready for us to exhaust all resources that we need," Walz said Saturday.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Walz angrily took to the podium Saturday morning to ask those setting fires, attacking officers and looting businesses to stop.
"We as a city can be so much better than this," Frey said at the press conference Saturday. "There is no honor in burning down your city. There is no pride in looting local businesses that have become institutions of a neighborhood."
He said people, especially during a pandemic, are counting on grocery stores being open to get groceries, pharmacies to get needed medicine and banks to get money.
"If you care about your community, you got to put this to an end; it needs to stop," Frey said.
"We as a city can be so much better than this."
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Walz said the tragedy of Floyd's death has morphed into "an unprecedented threat to our state," where those causing destruction have no regard to property or life.
Dozens of arrests were made on Friday, but an official total has not been released for the city. In one instance, shots were fired at law enforcement officers overnight.
ABC News' Ahmad Hemingway, Jack Date, Whitney Lloyd, Alisa Wiersema, Matt Foster, Joshua Hoyos, Aaron Katersky, Alex Stone, Victor Ordonez, Katherine Faulders, John Santucci, John Vehovek, Molly Nagle, Clayton Sandell, Marcus Moore and Luis Martinez contributed to this report.
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