By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, WGN-TV captures the protest scene from Chicago.
Multiple cities enact curfews to curtail the violence from the riots. This was initially reported by NBC News. Curfews were in effect for Saturday evening in Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The Minneapolis curfew was in effect at 8pm local time. Mayor Jacob Frey promoted it via his Twitter. Minneapolis curfew was also effective on Friday.
“By being out tonight & breaking the 8pm curfew, you are helping the people using crowds as cover to prey on Minneapolis & destroy community,” said Frey via his twitter, as quoted by NBC News.
Following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, riots broke out across the United States in full martial force. Minneapolis escalated to the point where the Pentagon was placed on a four-hour watch standby for federal troop assistance.
Chicago, Illinois’ Mayor Lori Lightfoot instituted a curfew from 9pm to 6am in key areas. NBC reported that at least 100 protestors were arrested in Chicago. This is citing NBC Chicago.
Nashville, TN established a curfew the night of May 30 beginning 10pm. Riots continued into the night, with cases of sexual assault, assault, EMS request, and fire breaking out in the general response area of Germantown/Midtown, Nashville. This was citing the Nashville Metro Fire Department’s live radio scanner, which was accessed by Telegraph Local in real-time of the events. Metro Fire Department scanner is available via Broadcastify. It is unclear if some events were unrelated to the protests. Initial reports of fire in the Germantown/Midtown area were believed to be either a single house or a subdivision. It was later determined by responders that a single house had caught a fire in its steps.
In the last few hours, the South Carolina governor has held press conferences with his local law enforcement, citing NBC News.
Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles initially set a curfew at 8:pm for Downtown Los Angeles. He later extended it to include the entire city, citing NBC News.
“We will always protect free speech and Angelenos’ right to live without fear of violence or vandalism,” said Garcetti, via Twitter, as quoted by NBC News.
Atlanta likewise was put under curfew by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, citing NBC News. In addition to curfews, the Atlanta Police Department made a public address regarding the murder of George Floyd.
“Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields addresses the death of #GeorgeFloyd at the hands of police officers. Chief Shields expresses a deep frustration knowing the officers didn’t just fail as cops, they fundamentally failed as human beings.,” said Atlanta Police via twitter.
Over the weekend, Atlanta has sustained violent attacks and damages when cops were attacked outside the CNN HQ building and various other structures. Video of the CNN HQ incident can be seen from Breaking 911 twitter. AJC also showed multiple images of police squad vehicles being lit on fire.
In the wake of vicious rioting, Austin, Texas saw private Twitter users share accounts of protestors running off police officers. There were also reports and shared videos of vandalism, with some even stating potential destruction of personal effects for the homeless community living near I-35. Telegraph Local is working to confirm or deny these private account statements.