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U.S. Secret Service uniformed division officers protecting the White House face demonstrators during a rally near the White House against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Washington, D.C. U.S. May 30, 2020. - Sputnik International

Live Updates: US Cities Impose Curfews, Police Use Tear Gas as Protests Over Floyd's Death Flare

Protests over the death of George Floyd have grown nationwide and are expected to continue for a fifth day in Minnesota and across the US, including clashes and rioting.

The Pentagon said it has increased the alert status of some US military units amid civil unrest. Military helicopters were seen in the sky above Minneapolis on Saturday, for the first time since the George Floyd protests started.

Meanwhile, in Washington, citizens engaged in open clashes with police officers who were trying to prevent them from getting to the White House. 

In Los Angeles and Denver, curfews have been imposed as the unrest escalated, with citizens committing multiple acts of vandalism, arson, burglary, and criminal mischief amid the unrest. In New York City, protesters broke the windows of a police van and attacked officers, several people were arrested.

Demonstrations have continued despite the arrest of former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death.

US President Donald Trump has once again called out the protesters, saying they are disgracing the memory of George Floyd, adding that if tougher action is not taken by local authorities, "federal government will step in and use the military and make arrests".

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At least 13 Philadelphia police officers got injured during violent riots over the death of African American George Floyd in police custody, the CBS Philly TV channel reported on Saturday, citing Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.

According to Outlaw, protesters also burned four police cars. Moreover, mass looting took place during the riot. The commissioner added that over 3,000 people participated in the George Floyd protest. At the same time, police have detained 14 people during riots.

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Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot has imposed a 9 pm curfew in the city, condemning demonstrators' "obscene disrespect".

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A man jumps with a skateboard over fire during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 30, 2020. - Sputnik International
Los Angeles Mayor Imposes Curfew as Protests Over George Floyd's Death Get Out of Control
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The protesters have been marching from Harlem to central Manhattan. They have broken the windows of a police van that was monitoring the situation, after which police officers arrived on the scene.

A NYPD police officer sprays protesters as they clash during a march against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., May 30, 2020. - Sputnik International
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23:30 GMT 30.05.2020

The mayor of Denver imposed a curfew in the city starting Saturday evening amid continuing protests.

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Denver's Mayor Imposes Curfew on Saturday as George Floyd Protests Continue For Third Day
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Multiple police vehicles were set on fire amid protests which started as peaceful march but descended into riots and clashes with the police.

23:04 GMT 30.05.2020

Law enforcement officers in Chicago arrested 108 people during mass protests provoked by police actions in the city of Minneapolis, where an African-American man, George Floyd, had lost his life after being arrested, the media reported on Saturday, citing Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown.

According to Brown, who was cited by the ABC7 TV channel, approximately 10 law enforcement officers were injured and dozens of police cars were damaged during the riots.

In addition, the Chicago police superintendent and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called on people to protest peacefully.

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Riot police hold shields as demonstrators rally near the White House against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Washington, D.C. U.S. May 30, 2020. - Sputnik International
Protesters Engage in Clashes With Police Outside White House - Videos
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The Trump Administration has opened a civil rights investigation and the President has asked the Attorney General and the Justice Department to expedite it, the White House said.

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Police in Los Angeles have detained from 400 up to 500 people during protests that took place in the city on Friday over the death of African-American Minneapolis resident George Floyd, who lost his life during a brutal police arrest, CNN reports.

17:30 GMT 30.05.2020

One person was killed in downtown Detroit after somebody fired shots into a vehicle during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a Detroit police spokeswoman said Saturday, as quoted by AP.

The shooting took place at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday near Detroit's Greektown entertainment district as police officers were confronted with dozens of protesters, said Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood, a police spokeswoman. No police officer was involved in the shooting, she added.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was sitting in the driver's seat of a silver Dodge Caliber in a parking lot with two other men when an unknown person fired shots into the vehicle and then fled the scene, a police report said, as quoted by AP.

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Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says the state has begun contact tracing arrestees.

"Who are they associated with? What platforms are they advocating for? ... Is this organized crime? ... We are in the process right now of building that information network," Harrington said, as quoted by AP.

According to the Minnesota governor, some 80% of those demonstrating destructive behaviour during protests are from outside the state:

"Our heart and our solidarity are with folks who understand what happened Monday night to George Floyd ... But these folks are not them."

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said: "Every single person we arrested last night, I'm told, was from out of state."

14:40 GMT 30.05.2020

With more people joining protests against police brutality all across the US, local authorities have to resort to the National Guard to maintain order. 

Apart from Minneapolis, where the protests emerged earlier this week, unrest has begun in Atlanta, Portland, Detroit, as well as Los Angeles, Oakland, and Houston, AP said. 

Protesters also came to the White House and chanted curses at President Trump, the agency added. 

According to Minnesota governor Tim Walz, the state's National Guard will be "fully mobilised tonight"for the first time in its history following the violent protests that followed the death of George Floyd.

"I am authorizing and talking to [Major] General [Jon] Jensen to fully mobilize the Minnesota National Guard — an action that has never been taken in the 164-year history of the Minnesota National Guard," Walz said at a press conference, as broadcast by the NBC News channel.

12:56 GMT 30.05.2020

MOSCOW, May 30 (Sputnik) - The Los Angeles Police Department has declared an unlawful assembly in Downtown LA following mass riots provoked by recent police actions in Minneapolis, where an African-American man had lost his life after being arrested by law enforcement officers.

The Los Angeles Police Department has declared an unlawful assembly in Downtown LA following mass riots provoked by recent police actions in Minneapolis.

"We have declared an unlawful assembly throughout Downtown LA ... This is being made following repeated acts of violence & property damage. Residents should stay inside—Business should close—Those on the street are to leave the area," the police said on Twitter.

On Friday, local police officers clashed with protesters in downtown Los Angeles during riots over Floyd's death, and two officers were reported injured.

Public unrest has been shaking the United States since Tuesday, after a video spread online showing a white police officer, alleged to be Derek Chauvin, pinning George Floyd on his neck to the ground with his knee for several minutes. Floyd repeatedly tells the police officer that he cannot breathe until becoming unresponsive. Floyd died at a local hospital shortly thereafter.

Earlier in the day, media reported, citing sources that the Pentagon had put military police on standby to head to Minneapolis amid violent protests there.

12:39 GMT 30.05.2020

MOSCOW, May 30 (Sputnik) - More than 50 people protesting in the wake of the death in Minneapolis police custody of an African American man have been detained overnight, the CNN broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing authorities.

A video that went viral earlier this week showed the black man, George Floyd, pinned to the ground by a white police officer with a knee on his neck for several minutes. Floyd begged the police officer for air to breathe until he became unresponsive. Floyd was taken to a local hospital and died shortly after.

Over 2,500 police officers have been deployed in Minneapolis to help maintain order during the protests, according to John Harrington, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner, as cited by the media outlet.

"We recognized that we simply did not, even with the numbers that I’m talking about, have enough officers and personnel to meet all of those missions safely and successfully. We picked missions based on our capacity," Harrington was quoted as saying by the broadcaster.

According to the Minnesota National Guard's Major General Jon Jensen, there could be as many as 1,700 National Guard forces in the city by Sunday, which would be the largest deployment in the history of the state of Minnesota.

"At the conclusion of tomorrow, I believe that we will have over 1,700 soldiers in support of the Department of Public Safety in the city of Minneapolis and the city of Saint Paul," Jensen said, as quoted by the media outlet.

Protesters took to the streets of other states. In Texas' Houston alone, police detained almost 200 people overnight.

"Our officers made nearly 200 arrests of those who participated in unlawful assemblies throughout the day & night. Most will be charged with obstructing a roadway. 4 of our officers suffered minor injuries & 8 police vehicles were damaged," Houston Police wrote on Twitter.

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that the government cannot allow the situation in Minneapolis to descent into anarchy and chaos and let the looters in Minneapolis and other cities to "drown the voices of so many peaceful protesters."

12:27 GMT 30.05.2020

Thousands of protesters ignored a curfew imposed in Minneapolis amid riots that have continued in the area for several days following the death of African-American citizen George Floyd, according to AP.

Earlier in the day, the Pentagon ordered the army to put military police units on alert to be deployed to the city on short notice at President Trump's request, the agency said, quoting sources familiar with the matter.

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