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PHOTOS: Nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd
Posted at 10:50 AM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 20:25:35-04

CLEVELAND — As days go by, more and more protests are taking place following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week. To help you keep up with news regarding Floyd's death, racial injustice and the protests happening around the country, we'll post this daily blog on our homepage.

Saturday

8:25 PM

8:20 PM
Due to protests turning violent and destructive, a Proclamation of Civil Emergency has been enacted in the city of Cleveland due to civil unrest, with a curfew set in the Downtown and central business area, according to Cleveland police. Gov. Mike DeWine has also activated the Ohio National Guard to assist in responding to the incidents of violence. More here.

8:00 PM
Downtown Cleveland storefronts were vandalized Saturday evening after what started off as a peaceful protest for George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, turned destructive as some individuals smashed windows. More here.

6:30 PM
Cleveland police tweeted out saying protestors are throwing objects at the mounted unit/police horses.

6:11 PM
As protests over the death of George Floyd continue in Cleveland, EMS has been transporting people that received injuries during the demonstration. More here.

6:04 PM
During a speech in Cape Canaveral, Florida, President Donald Trump addressed the ongoing anti-police brutality protests throughout the country, saying that he would not allow "radical left criminals, thugs and others" to "set communities ablaze." More here.

5:40 PM
As protests continue in Cleveland, police advise citizens to avoid the downtown area.

4:24 PM
What started off as a peaceful protest turned into destruction as individuals could be seen destroying police cars, smashing them and spray painting the word "pig" on them. One of the cruisers caught on fire.

3:21 p.m.

Members of the Cleveland Police Department deployed a chemical deterrent Saturday afternoon after protesters marched from the Free Stamp at Willard Park to the doors of the Justice Center. Authorities apparently deployed pepper spray after they were pelted with objects from the crowd. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's office responded by sending deputies wearing full riot gear to guard the door. More here.

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Police deploy a chemical deterent at the protest outside the Justice Center.

12:05 p.m.
For many in the black community, watching the killings of black men and women on the news or social media is traumatizing and can take a huge toll on their mental health. That trauma can be channeled in different ways, like anger, sadness, or confusion. Experts say all of those feelings are valid and can be used as tools to bring about change. More here.

11:24 a.m.
Following the fourth night of unrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard. The activation represents the largest domestic deployment in the Minnesota’s National Guard’s 164-year history. More here.

10:27 a.m.
Hundreds of Cleveland residents and visitors are planning to gather at the iconic Free Stamp for a demonstration to protest the death of George Floyd and racial injustice. The event is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and run until 5 p.m. The Free Stamp in Willard Park is located at East 9th Street and Lakeside Avenue. More here.

9:41 a.m.
A demonstration is scheduled to happen Saturday in Akron as residents gather to protest the death of George Floyd and police brutality. The event is scheduled to start around noon. More here.

9:15 a.m.
Residents who took to the streets Friday evening in Canton to protest the death of George Floyd and police brutality were met by police wearing riot gear. More here.

2:28 a.m.
Protesters burned businesses in Minneapolis. They smashed police cars and windows in Atlanta, broke into police headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and chanted curses at President Donald Trump outside the White House. More here.

12:30 a.m.
Kellie Chauvin, the wife of jailed former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, announced she is filing for divorce, her lawyer said in a statement to Minneapolis TV stations. More here.

Friday

10:58 p.m.
A reporter and photojournalist for Louisville-based station WAVE-TV appeared to be intentionally targeted by police with rubber bullets during the protest. It is unclear based on several viral videos of the incident why police fired on the reporters there. More here.

5:10 p.m.
The Chief of Police at an Ohio police department addressed the incident involving George Floyd, a 46-year-old man who died on Memorial Day after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes as he gasped for breath with his face against the pavement in Minneapolis. More here.
1:18 p.m.
The former Minneapolis police officer seen kneeling on George Floyd’s neck before his death has now been charged with the man's murder. More here.
The former Minneapolis police officer seen kneeling on George Floyd’s neck before his death has now been charged with the man's murder. More here.