George Floyd US anti-police protests kick off for another night, truck drives at crowd of Minneapolis protesters, live updates

Protests over the death in custody of George Floyd are continuing across the United States.

More than 10,000 National Guard members are expected to be deployed in Minneapolis as other states brace for another night of unrest.

Follow updates through the night in the US in our blog.

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5mminutes ago

By Peter Marsh

San Diego police fire tear gas

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Hundreds of people, many with facial masks to protect against the coronavirus, marched through downtown San Diego chanting "George Floyd" with signs, including some saying "I Can't Breathe," a reference to Floyd's dying words. Some demonstrators dropped to one knee at times.
  
The demonstration took a turn several hours after beginning peacefully at 10:00am local time. San Diego police said on Twitter that a crowd of 100 to 200 people was throwing rocks but stopped.

Authorities said multiple vehicles were vandalized.
  
After the tear gas stopped, two groups formed on Broadway, a main thoroughfare, separated by police in riot gear.

18mminutes ago

By Emily Olson

George Floyd US anti-police protests kick off for another night, truck drives at crowd of Minneapolis protesters, live updates

Some police are joining the protesters

While some US police officers appear to be reacting violently against protesters, there's also a few stories circling about officers using this moment to connect with their communities.  The Atlanta police chief has spent most of this week out at protests, answering questions and listening to complaints. She even fired two officers for inappropriate conduct.  The police in Flint, Michigan, put down their batons and marched in solidarity with protesters today. 

And the police chief of Houston, Texas, has been spotted hugging protesters. He also pledged a police escort for George Floyd's funeral. Mr Floyd, who grew up in Houston, will be buried in Texas in the next few weeks. 

44mminutes ago

By Emily Olson

George Floyd US anti-police protests kick off for another night, truck drives at crowd of Minneapolis protesters, live updates

Big police presence near the truck 

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Like Pete said earlier, the truck driver who drove into a crowd of protests without injuring anyone is in police custody.  

He's just one of over 2,600 who've been arrested this weekend in relation to the protests, according to one tally from the Washington Post. Charges included everything from burglary and property damage to staying out past curfew.   Speaking of curfew.

It's Sunday night in the states, and the curfews being set by most cities are earlier than we've seen. Los Angeles is the earliest I've seen, at 6 pm, which is.... right about now actually. It's just over 9 pm on the East Coast. It'll be interesting to see if and how those curfews get enforced.

1hhour ago

By Emily Olson

George Floyd US anti-police protests kick off for another night, truck drives at crowd of Minneapolis protesters, live updates

A few questions and comments

Sorry I haven't been following this that closely, who is ANTIFA?

-Out of the loop

There's been entire books written about this, so don't feel bad. A very quick summary is that the Antifa, short for "anti-fascists" are a left-wing militant group in the US known for frequent, sometimes violent, sparring with white supremacists. 

When they say "National Guard" what do they mean?

Like the army? And do they have more capabilities than the police?

-Curious

 

The National Guard is basically a step between the police and the military. It's technically a reserve component of the US Army, made up of civilians with day jobs who only serve part-time, when called.

There's both federal and state branches. Most Americans associate the National Guard with disaster relief -- they're the folks who go in after hurricanes and floods to hand out water and keep order. 

Thank you for running one of your live blogs during this significant moment in US history. It would be great to hear from people on the ground, especially those involved in the protests, rather than just expert analysis.

I'm really curious to know how people are feeling and where they see this going and whether they sense change coming. Thanks again for the great work!

-Blog Fan

 

I hear you, Blog Fan! I'd really really love to be out there talking to folks myself, but I've been advised to take a 'safety first' approach, and Pete's stuck in Brisbane. I've just texted the ABC's Washington Bureau Chief, David Lipson, who's near protests in Washington DC to see if he can give us a sense of the mood.

And keep an eye on the ABC news website in the coming days for pieces that feature the voices of protesters.  

1hhour ago

By Peter Marsh

Tensions flaring in downtown Atlanta

1hhour ago

By Peter Marsh

Key Event

Truck driver taken into police custody


Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety John Harrington has given an update on the situation on the Minneapolis Highway.
He said the highway that the crowd of 5,000-6,000 protesters was marching on was closed to traffic.
"In the midst of that crowd, the truck drove through at high speeds, was chased down by protesters and the truck stopped.

The driver was taken out of the truck by the protesters," Mr Harrington said.
We've also just learned that the driver has been released from a nearby medical centre and has been taken into police custody.

1hhour ago

By Peter Marsh

Minnesota Attorney-General Keith Ellison has been speaking

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    He's been giving an update on the case of George Floyd:

    

Tonight, we are announcing our role in this case and we will begin the earnest process immediately and have already begun to do so. Let me also note a dose of reality. Prosecuting police officers for misconduct, including homicide and murder is very difficult and if you look at the cases that have been in front of the public over the last many years, it's easy to see that that is true.

Every single link in the prosecutorial chain will come under attack as we present this case to a jury or a fact finder and we need to make sure we are absolutely prepared. We intend to be absolutely prepared. I just want to let the public know that we are pursuing justice, we are pursuing truth, we're doing it vigorously and we are pursuing accountability.

1hhour ago

By Peter Marsh

No protesters injured on Minneapolis freeway

The Minnesota State Patrol says that no protesters were injured when a semi-trailer drove at a crowd on a highway.

   The Patrol said in a tweet that the action appeared deliberate.    

The driver has been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Social media footage showed protesters swarming the truck. 

Yesterday at 11:53pm

By Peter Marsh

A curfew in Washington DC  

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has ordered a curfew for the District of Columbia from 11:00pm local time. That's in about three hours.

    The DC National Guard has also been activated:

Yesterday at 11:44pm

By Emily Olson

George Floyd US anti-police protests kick off for another night, truck drives at crowd of Minneapolis protesters, live updates

Peace and chaos in Santa Monica

We seeing what appears to be two very different scenes playing out in this ritzy, beachside city on the north side of Los Angeles.  On the one hand, talk of peaceful protests:

And on the other hand..... tear gas, National Guard vehicles and a comparatively large amount of looting.  I've seen a few reports to suggest that the looters who started breaking glass were driving a vehicle with Florida license plates, and that several protesters tried to stop them from breaking into at least one store. I'll definitely keep an eye out to see if we can find the facts on that one. 

Yesterday at 11:42pm

By Peter Marsh

More from Minneapolis

   
This is was the scene in Minneapolis looked like before a tanker of some sort drove into the protest.

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It's not clear yet what was going on with the tanker or if anyone has been injured. The group of protestors was walking down a major highway in the city. 

Yesterday at 11:34pm

By Peter Marsh

Key Event

A truck has driven into a protest in Minneapolis

A group of protesters was marching down a highway in Minneapolis when a truck drove into the middle of the crowd. You can see coverage of the incident in the tweet below but fair warning, it's pretty confronting:

           This has only happened in the past 30 minutes or so, but we'll keep watching this story and bring you updates.

Police are on the scene at the moment.

Yesterday at 11:26pm

By Emily Olson

George Floyd US anti-police protests kick off for another night, truck drives at crowd of Minneapolis protesters, live updates

Does coronavirus impact protesting?

Is coronavirus still being talked about in the US? With over 100,000 deaths there, it's really concerning to see large groups of people in close contact (especially in hotspots like New York). What precautions are the protesters taking?

-Alex

Have people in the USA simply forgotten there is a deadly virus that is rampaging across the country whilst they gather in their thousands ?

And when the spike does come will the hospitals be able to cope?

-Jane

You're right that coronavirus is still a threat here in the US, and with 106,000 death and over 1.8 million confirmed cases, I don't think anyone's really forgotten about it. It's more likely that they weighed the options, and decided protesting was worth it.  We're not seeing a ton of social distancing, but it's fair to say we've seen a lot of masks, gloves and even some hand sanitizer distributed...creatively.

Yesterday at 11:13pm

By Peter Marsh

Calm outside the White House

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We've just heard from the ABC's Washington bureau chief David Lipson, who says that things are relatively calm right now at protests just outside the White House.

Here's David:

"A lot of noise, a little bit of jostling, a little bit of tear gas, perhaps, but really pretty calm here. Some barricades were pushed over, moved aside and the like. This country is very much bracing for another night of violence, of looting, of destruction, that we've seen for five nights straight now.

It seems the harder authorities push down on these protest movements, the more they spring back up again."

Yesterday at 10:59pm

By Peter Marsh

Two police officers fired in Atlanta

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (pictured) said at a news conference Sunday that she and police Chief Erika Shields made the decision after reviewing body-camera footage. Shields called it "really shocking to watch."
It shows a group of police officers in riot gear and gas masks surround a car being driven by a man with a woman in the passenger seat.

The officers pull the woman out and appear to use a stun gun on the man. They use zip-tie handcuffs on the woman on the ground.
Atlanta has been one of the major centres of protest in recent days.

The city is under curfew again tonight.

Yesterday at 10:50pm

By Emily Olson

George Floyd US anti-police protests kick off for another night, truck drives at crowd of Minneapolis protesters, live updates

Hello from Washington DC

I'm Emily Olson, an ABC digital journalist based in the North America bureau.  I wish we had a less grim occasion to be here, but we hope to help you make sense of what's sure to be another eventful night in the US.  Let us know what's on your mind by hitting the "leave a comment" button above.

We'll try to answer as many questions as we can. 

Yesterday at 10:45pm

By Peter Marsh

Speaking of Joe Biden

    It appears he was out and about this morning in Wilmington, Delaware.   

Mr Biden has stayed in isolation in his Delaware home since becoming the presumptive nominee in March. His only public appearance since was a trip to lay a wreath for Memorial Day last week.     

According to Mr Biden's Instagram post he visited a protest site today:   

George Floyd US anti-police protests kick off for another night, truck drives at crowd of Minneapolis protesters, live updatesInstagram: @JoeBidenYesterday at 10:32pm

By Peter Marsh

Donald Trump has been tweeting

  
The US president declared on Twitter this morning that he would be "designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization".  
It's not clear how many involved in the protests are from Antifa, according to the Associated Press.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Mr Trump did not have the authority to make that declaration over domestic groups.  
The President also used the opportunity to hit out at his rival at the November election, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden:   

Yesterday at 10:21pm

By Peter Marsh

National Guard deployed in several states

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We're expecting to see an increased presence from the US National Guard in several cities as things move into the night in America.


Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has authorised the deployment of up to 3,000 troops to several cities.
In Minneapolis, it's expected up to 11,000 National Guard troops will be moved into the city to enforce curfews.

Yesterday at 10:03pm

By Peter Marsh

Protesters are gathering near the White House

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The ABC's Washington bureau chief David Lipson is following a protest near the White House this morning. He says there have been a few minor incidents, but everyone is bracing for when the sun goes down in a few hours.

Here's David:

"There's no moves right now by police to try to clear them out.

I assume they're trying to let them burn off some of the rage and fury now before it gets dark.

Because if the last five nights is any indication, that's when things will really get heated."

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