New York City cracks down after dark: More than 280 are arrested for breaking 8pm curfew


The NYPD cracked down on Tuesday night by arresting more than 280 people and blocking 5,000 protesters from entering Manhattan by holding them up on the Manhattan Bridge while enforcing the 8pm curfew.  

It remains unclear if all 280 were arrested for breaking the curfew or if other offenses, like looting, were included in that number but it is a drastic reduction from the 700 that were arrested by Tuesday morning after a frightening 48-hour period that saw entire shopping districts in the city ransacked and ruined. 

The curfew was brought forward from 11pm to 8pm on Tuesday and has been extended until Monday morning – when New York City begins its phase 1 of reopening after recovering from being the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. 

In response to the frightening chaos that unfolded across Manhattan on Sunday and Monday night and growing criticism over the city’s handling of it. 

President Trump was among critics who said the city was ‘totally out of control’ and claimed the National Guard needed to be brought in. 

After scrambling to keep up with looters on Monday night, NYPD officers – who all had their leave canceled on Tuesday – were seen arresting protesters for breaking curfew on Tuesday all over Manhattan.

They blocked a huge protest on the Manhattan Bridge, stopping some 5,000 marchers who planned to enter the city from Brooklyn. 

After holding the protesters on the bridge for more than two hours in a tense stand-off, the protesters retreated peacefully back into Brooklyn.   

Some businesses, still unwilling to put their faith in the NYPD, have hired private security.  

5,000 protesters were stopped from entering Manhattan after walking across the Manhattan Bridge on Tuesday night 

The NYPD stopped 5,000 protesters from entering Manhattan by blocking them on the Manhattan Bridge on Tuesday night. The protesters retreated after 2 hours

The NYPD stopped 5,000 protesters from entering Manhattan by blocking them on the Manhattan Bridge on Tuesday night. The protesters retreated after 2 hours 

Protesters leave the Manhattan Bridge after being stopped by police last night during an 8pm curfew which thousands ignored but which was followed by less rampant destruction than on previous days in New York City

Protesters leave the Manhattan Bridge after being stopped by police last night during an 8pm curfew which thousands ignored but which was followed by less rampant destruction than on previous days in New York City 

Young protesters wearing coronavirus masks sit behind their hands behind their backs

Young protesters wearing coronavirus masks sit behind their hands behind their backs 

Protesters arrested on Tuesday night in Manhattan after breaking the 8pm curfew set by the city to get a handle on the chaos. One man had blood streaming from his head as he had his hands put in wire ties

Protesters arrested on Tuesday night in Manhattan after breaking the 8pm curfew set by the city to get a handle on the chaos. One man had blood streaming from his head as he had his hands put in wire ties 

A woman cries on the ground while sitting with her hands in wire ties after being arrested for breaking curfew on Tuesday night

A woman cries on the ground while sitting with her hands in wire ties after being arrested for breaking curfew on Tuesday night

NYPD officers wait for protesters to block their entry into Manhattan on the Manhattan Bridge on Tuesday night

NYPD officers wait for protesters to block their entry into Manhattan on the Manhattan Bridge on Tuesday night

Dozens of people were seen being taken away in paddy wagons as NYPD cracked down on curfew-violators

Dozens of people were seen being taken away in paddy wagons as NYPD cracked down on curfew-violators

Saks Fifth Avenue on Wednesday was surrounded by a militia of private, armed guards. They held  dogs on leashes and stood in front of plywood walls that had been reinforced with razor wire to protect the luxury department store. 

‘Anyone who is out and cannot prove they are there for essential reasons can be detained,’ Mayor de Blasio said on Wednesday morning, warning against anyone who thinks they can flout the curfew.  

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday that the situation overnight was a vast improvement on the previous 48 hours. 

Trump claimed on Tuesday that the city was ‘totally out of control’. On Wednesday, he said the National Guard was ‘ready’. 

Gov. Cuomo was hesitant to call in the Guard as was de Blasio. They both said the NYPD could handle it in a better way.   

The calmer scenes in New York City were echoed across much of America where protesters once again turned out in force but the confrontations with police were subdued and widespread rioting was limited. 

Saks Fifth Avenue has hired its own security guards and placed razor wine fencing around its iconic store front

Saks Fifth Avenue has hired its own security guards and placed razor wine fencing around its iconic store front 

The luxury store's plywood window coverings were reinforced on Wednesday morning

The luxury store’s plywood window coverings were reinforced on Wednesday morning

Rows of private security guards stood in front of the store on Wednesday to ward off any looters

Rows of private security guards stood in front of the store on Wednesday to ward off any looters

A security guard standing outside the store on Wednesday morning

A security guard standing outside the store on Wednesday morning

The store had already been boarded up after two nights of chaos across New York City

The store had already been boarded up after two nights of chaos across New York City 

Security guards with dogs outside Saks Fifth Avenue on Wednesday morning

Security guards with dogs outside Saks Fifth Avenue on Wednesday morning 

It followed a day of anger from President Trump’s critics over the way he threatened to deploy the military to quell riots across the US and cleared protesters in Washington DC so he could visit damaged St John’s Episcopal Church.   

He also considered using ‘tanks’ or other armored military vehicles to help restore order in the US after violent protests broke out across the country for a sixth night, defense officials have revealed.

This morning the president repeated his demand for ‘LAW & ORDER!’, urged police to ‘get tough’ and responded to an image of a boarded-up Manhattan with a warning that ‘the National Guard is ready’.  

In New York, De Blasio moved the city’s first curfew since 1943 forward from 11pm but rejected Trump’s urging and an offer from Governor Andrew Cuomo to bring in the National Guard. 

Looters broke into Zara near the World Trade Center, Nordstrom Rack on 6th Avenue, fought with Guardian Angels at Foot Locker in the East Village and stores were also targeted in Soho again. 

As unrest continued for a fifth night, Trump called on officials to enlist the help of the federal government to regain control of the city.

A young woman is arrested after breaking curfew at Astor Place. It is unknown if she was part of the group that smashed store fronts and looted stores there

A young woman is arrested after breaking curfew at Astor Place. It is unknown if she was part of the group that smashed store fronts and looted stores there 

The Starbucks at Astor Place on Tuesday night had all its windows smashed

The Starbucks at Astor Place on Tuesday night had all its windows smashed

They set fire to garbage near Astor Place after smashing windows of stores

They set fire to garbage near Astor Place after smashing windows of stores 

People being arrested at Astor Place on Tuesday night. It is unclear if they were arrested for looting or for breaking curfew

People being arrested at Astor Place on Tuesday night. It is unclear if they were arrested for looting or for breaking curfew 

‘New York’s Finest are not being allowed to perform their MAGIC but regardless, and with the momentum that the Radical Left and others have been allowed to build, they will need additional help. NYC is totally out of control. [De Blasio and Cuomo] MUST PUT DOWN RIOTING NOW!’ he tweeted.

Mayor de Blasio later defended his decision not to deploy National Guard troops, telling CNN their presence could have raised ‘a real risk of violence and someone losing their life.’

He also hit back at New York governor Cuomo who has been highly critical of De Blasio’s approach to controlling the riots. He said after Tuesday night’s chaos: ‘The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night,’ Cuomo had said at a briefing in Albany. ‘Look at the videos. It was a disgrace.’

De Blasio hit back:’He dishonored the men and women of the NYPD in an absolutely inappropriate way for any leader to do. Any elected official who blames the NYPD while they were out there fighting in the streets to restore order, protect ‘people — that’s disgraceful.’

He also confirmed Tuesday night saw ‘the highest number of police we have had over the last five days,’ but refused to say how many officers were on the ground.

NYPD officers load detained demonstrators on to a paddy wagon after thousands ignored 8pm curfew

NYPD officers load detained demonstrators on to a paddy wagon after thousands ignored 8pm curfew

Looters broke into Zara near the World Trade Center, Nordstrom Rack on 6th Avenue, fought with Guardian Angels at Foot Locker in the East Village and stores were also targeted in Soho again.

Looters broke into Zara near the World Trade Center, Nordstrom Rack on 6th Avenue, fought with Guardian Angels at Foot Locker in the East Village and stores were also targeted in Soho again. 

People are arrested for looting at Astor Place in New York City last night as police swooped on people who broke the city's curfew

People are arrested for looting at Astor Place in New York City last night as police swooped on people who broke the city’s curfew 

People are arrested after looting in New York City last night on another day of angry protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week

People are arrested after looting in New York City last night on another day of angry protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week 

Dozens of protesters and curfew-violators were detained and loaded onto police vans at Grand and Centre Street in as chaos erupted a fifth night

Dozens of protesters and curfew-violators were detained and loaded onto police vans at Grand and Centre Street in as chaos erupted a fifth night 

Police began making arrests around 9pm, when peaceful protests turned into chaos on Tuesday night

Police began making arrests around 9pm, when peaceful protests turned into chaos on Tuesday night 

A demonstrator is detained by a police officer after curfew during a protest against the death of George Floyd

A demonstrator is detained by a police officer after curfew during a protest against the death of George Floyd 

Donald Trump has the highest disapproval rating of any president at this point in office with 54% of Americans unsatisfied with his leadership 

According to FiveThirtyEight's poll analysis his approval rating is 42.6 percent and disapproval rating 54.1 percent

According to FiveThirtyEight’s poll analysis his approval rating is 42.6 percent and disapproval rating 54.1 percent

President Donald Trump has the highest disapproval rating of any president at this point in office, according to a new poll.

Opinion poll analysis website FiveThirtyEight shared startling numbers showing that Trump’s disapproval rate is at 54 percent, the highest it’s been since October 2019.

‘Trump’s disapproval rating has been on the rise again, now up to 54 percent. There were some presidents with lower approval ratings to this point in their first terms, but no president had a higher *disapproval* rating than Trump now has,’ site creator Nate Silver tweeted Tuesday.

The only president who came close to this high disapproval rating was Jimmy Carter at 52 percent at day 1,230 of his presidency.

 

As of 1am, police had carried out about 200 arrests across the city, with that figure expected to rise, CNN reported.  

Shortly after the curfew went into effect, De Blasio had urged residents to go home ‘so we can keep people safe’, but he was ignored by many around the city who continued protesting throughout the city’s streets.  

In some areas, police let people continue on their way, while making arrests in others. Demonstrators who had been on the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan were herded off, with parts of the roadway blocked off behind them. 

But as night fell, groups of curfew-violators and looters around the city were rounded up and handcuffed by officers before being loaded on to NYPD vans.   

Police began making arrests around 9pm and shut down parts of the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan, blocking it off to huge crowds of protesters. 

The police department had announced it would not allow vehicle traffic south of 96th Street in Manhattan after curfew, though residents, essential workers, buses and truck deliveries were exempt.

An estimated 5,000 peaceful protesters were also left stranded on the Manhattan Bridge for hours after NYPD officers formed a barricade blocking entry into Manhattan after the curfew came into effect.   

Videos shared on social media showed demonstrators chanting ‘let us through’ after reaching the end of the bridge. 

Some took to Twitter to say they were forced to wait for two hours before officers finally let crowds through. 

‘Currently stuck on the Manhattan Bridge. NYPD told us the would let us through ‘in 10 min’ – that was 40 min ago. They now brought in multiple vans to barricade us in from both sides. They are all wearing riot gear. We have been nothing but peaceful,’ one woman tweeted.     

Social media footage showed protesters finally began to clear the bridge around 11pm.  

Meanwhile in Chelsea, protester Jane Rossi said she witnessed officers rip a man out of his car and arrest him around 10.45pm.

The car was behind a group of several hundred protesters that had roamed Manhattan peacefully since leaving Trump Tower at 8pm.  

NYPD officers board a bus after securing the Soho area to prevent looters during curfew following demonstrations

NYPD officers board a bus after securing the Soho area to prevent looters during curfew following demonstrations

Tensions had risen moments earlier when some in the group began trying to damage a bike rental station and banged on the windows of a JCPenny’s. The vast majority of the crowd moved to stop the them.

Officers surrounded the car and arrested the driver moments later.   

‘They were just driving behind the protesters making sure that we were safe,’ Rossi told AP. ‘They were part of the protest.’

Just after midnight Wednesday, most of the city’s streets were cleared aside from police patrolling, especially in hot-spot areas for demonstrations in areas of Brooklyn and Manhattan. 

There was a heavy police presence in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, where authorities say police fatally shot a man after responding to reports of shots fired. NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said the officer-involved shooting was not connected to the protests.

Looters also took to the streets to target businesses for a fourth night, with one video showing a group of men breaking into a Zara store. 

Footage uploaded on Twitter showed police tackling a group of looters to the ground as they emerged from a Zara store near Fulton St, before placing them in handcuffs.  

Merchants were seen boarding up storefronts in a bid to protect their businesses from looters who have targeted high-end designer stores on Manhattan’s iconic Fifth Ave, as well as the Macy’s flagship store.   

Protests over the death of George Floyd had continued across the city this afternoon, with large gatherings forming in Foley Square near City Hall, Times Square, Washington Square Park and Carl Schurz Park. 

Demonstrators marched peacefully, with some staging a sit-in near Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side, before chaos erupted across the city again after sunset. 

It comes as officials had been gearing up for another night of carnage. The NYPD earlier had also told cops to cancel any time off in a message sent to staff reading: ‘Effective immediately, all full duty uniformed members of the service RDO’s are cancelled.’  

Police guard the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge that heads towards Brooklyn as protesters try to cross over

Police guard the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge that heads towards Brooklyn as protesters try to cross over

Thousands of people took to the streets of NYC for a fifth night on Tuesday peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd

Thousands of people took to the streets of NYC for a fifth night on Tuesday peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd 

A number of demonstrations were scheduled for Tuesday afternoon as Mayor Bill de Blasio was forced to bring curfew forward from 11pm to 8pm after last night's carnage

A number of demonstrations were scheduled for Tuesday afternoon as Mayor Bill de Blasio was forced to bring curfew forward from 11pm to 8pm after last night’s carnage 

A woman holds up a Black Lives Matter sign during fifth night of George Floyd protests in NYC on Tuesday

A woman holds up a Black Lives Matter sign during fifth night of George Floyd protests in NYC on Tuesday 

Protesters chanting 'hands up, don?t shoot!' march down Flatbush Avenue, one of Brooklyn's major streets, towards the Manhattan Bridge

Protesters chanting ‘hands up, don?t shoot!’ march down Flatbush Avenue, one of Brooklyn’s major streets, towards the Manhattan Bridge

Protesters take a knee as a sign of unity and chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square

Protesters take a knee as a sign of unity and chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square

The daytime protests comes as the NYPD announced all non-essential traffic will be banned across Manhattan south of 96th Street starting at 8pm tonight

The daytime protests comes as the NYPD announced all non-essential traffic will be banned across Manhattan south of 96th Street starting at 8pm tonight 

Protesters chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square Tuesday

Protesters chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square Tuesday

Protesters take a knee outside of the police station in Times Square in New York City on Tuesday

Protesters take a knee outside of the police station in Times Square in New York City on Tuesday

New York courts had also warned their workers to stay at home because of the protest. 

‘The entire area around the courthouse complex will be shut down,’ District Executive Edward Friedland wrote in the email, obtained by The New York Post.

‘At the direction of the Chief Judge [Colleen McMahon], no SDNY staff are to come to the Foley Square courthouses tomorrow.’

One protest was scheduled to be held at 1 Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York City Police Department, but organizers changed its location in order to not interfere with protesters in custody being released at the station, according to Patch. 

Further demonstrations in the city were planned at the Stonewall Inn and 47th Street and Broadway, in Manhattan, 98 Fifth Ave in Brooklyn, and Fort Totten and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station in Queens. 

NBC reporter Phil McCausland posted to Twitter that thousands gathered in Foley Square Tuesday afternoon before they began a march north through the city.  

Before they started out, protesters took a knee, raised a fist and chanted the names of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor while helicopters circled overhead. 

As they walked north, they were saluted by medical workers holding signs that read, ‘Nurses fought COVID. Now we’ll fight the police.’ 

Workers putting up plywood to protect businesses from further looting also showed their support banging on wood and holding ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs. 

In Times Square, thousands of protesters took a knee while holding their fists up in solidarity. 

Other protests unfolded at Carl Schurz Park in the Upper East Side, as well as Washington Square Park where organizers planned to march uptown towards the mayor’s residence Gracie Mansion. 

Footage shared on social media Tuesday evening showed thousands marching peacefully, a stark contrast to Monday night’s protests. 

At Carl Schurz Park, photos showed demonstrators staging a sit-in and sitting on the road in silence. 

Police officers stand guard in Lower Manhattan as protesters march through the city

Police officers stand guard in Lower Manhattan as protesters march through the city 

Thousands took a knee as they gathered in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan in a peaceful protest that comes after four nights of chaos

Thousands took a knee as they gathered in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan in a peaceful protest that comes after four nights of chaos 

As of early Tuesday evening, the city protests unfolded peacefully - a stark contrast to Monday night's riots

As of early Tuesday evening, the city protests unfolded peacefully – a stark contrast to Monday night’s riots 

Protesters spilled onto the streets of Manhattan ahead of the city's 8pm curfew tonight v

Protesters spilled onto the streets of Manhattan ahead of the city’s 8pm curfew tonight

Protests broke out in Washington Square Park where organizers planned to march uptown towards the mayor's residence Gracie Mansion

Protests broke out in Washington Square Park where organizers planned to march uptown towards the mayor’s residence Gracie Mansion

Around the country, last night’s protests were largely peaceful and the nation’s streets calmer – although tensions flared just before a 9pm curfew went into effect in Atlanta. 

Officers launched tear gas into crowds and were met with an onslaught of water bottles and fireworks before the crowd eventually dispersed. 

Tens of thousands gathered in Houston to pay a hometown tribute to Floyd, who grew up in the Texas city and is to be buried there next week. 

‘Today is… about George Floyd’s family – we want them to know that George did not die in vain,’ Mayor Sylvester Turner told an estimated 60,000 people. 

A tearful Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd’s six-year-old daughter, told a news conference she wanted ‘justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good.’  

Elsewhere, the Pentagon confirmed that around 1,600 active duty troops had been moved to the DC area from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York to assist authorities in containing the unrest in Washington.   

Law enforcement met with some resistance as they tried to clear protesters from near the White House. A fence was later put up to stop protesters from getting too near to the President’s official residence. 

And in Los Angeles, dozens of protesters staged a post-curfew sit-in outside Mayor Eric Garcetti’s home. They held up their hands and chanted: ‘Peaceful protest’ while ignoring police orders to move.       

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: The National Guard and cops were massed together as they faced down scattered protesters who had defied a 9pm curfew

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: The National Guard and cops were massed together as they faced down scattered protesters who had defied a 9pm curfew

WASHINGTON DC: Law enforcement in the nation's capital were met with similar resistance as they attempted to clear the streets outside the White House

WASHINGTON DC: Law enforcement in the nation’s capital were met with similar resistance as they attempted to clear the streets outside the White House

BOSTON: Protesters set of fireworks following a rally honoring George Floyd on Tuesday night

BOSTON: Protesters set of fireworks following a rally honoring George Floyd on Tuesday night

ORLANDO: Police deploy tear gas to disperse crowds outside Orlando City Hall on Tuesday night

ORLANDO: Police deploy tear gas to disperse crowds outside Orlando City Hall on Tuesday night

Revealed: Trump considered using military ‘tanks’ and ordered helicopters to blast protesters with their downdraft as hundreds of soldiers armed with BAYONETS are deployed to Washington

  • Defense officials revealed Trump inquired about the use of military vehicles 
  • President asked about ‘tanks’ or other ‘hardware’ that could help restore order   
  • Trump also called for helicopters to blast protesters with their downdraft as a ‘show of force’ against demonstrators
  •  Twitter footage showed demonstrators quaking beneath deafening gusts
  • Hundreds of army soldiers armed with bayonets arrived at two military bases near Washington on Tuesday evening 

President Donald Trump considered using ‘tanks’ or other armored military vehicles to help restore order in the US after violent protests broke out across the country for a sixth night, defense officials have revealed. 

As protests over the death of George Floyd enter their second week, Trump has threatened to deploy active duty military across the country to quell the unrest.  

On Monday, law enforcement officials pushed hundreds of protesters out of Washington’s Lafayette Park, ahead of the district’s 7pm curfew.

A senior White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, revealed on Tuesday that Trump hoped to make the aggressive action in Washington an example for the rest of the country.

Two Pentagon officials also told AP that the president had ordered military aircraft to fly above the capital on Monday night as a ‘show of force’ against demonstrators.

They did not say how many or what type of aircraft had been mobilized.

Videos and photographs posted on social media showed helicopters flying low over buildings and hovering just above groups who were on the street despite a district-wide curfew.

Law enforcement paired the tactic with heavy use of tear gas, pellets and chemical spray as protesters marched toward the White House.

Trump’s tactics were decried on Tuesday by some fellow Republicans as well as his presumptive Democratic opponent Joe Biden. 

Show-of-force missions are designed to intimidate and, in combat zones, warn opposing forces of potential military action if provoked. 

Three senior defense officials also told The Daily Beast that the idea of deploying military forces was being pushed by the White House, not the Pentagon.

The sources revealed Trump consulted with aides about using military vehicles or ‘the kind of hardware’ used by the armed forces, to help bring the chaos under control.

Hundreds of people gathered for the demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on Washington DC's fifth consecutive day of protests following the death of George Floyd

Hundreds of people gathered for the demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on Washington DC’s fifth consecutive day of protests following the death of George Floyd

One official said Trump did not specifically order ‘tanks’ to patrol the streets, but said he mentioned it in discussions because ‘I think that is just one of the military words he knows’. 

It comes as 700 soldiers dressed in riot gear and armed with bayonets arrived at two military bases near Washington on Tuesday evening, while another 1,400 are preparing to mobilize, as the nation’s capital braces for another night of chaos. 

Hundreds of members of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division were called earlier after Trump promised a more aggressive approach on the violence and riots unfolding across the country. 

Defense officials told AP the US military and National Guard were operating under the mission name ‘Operation Themis’ – named after the titaness of divine law and order.      

Moments after the historic Lafayette Park was cleared of protesters on Monday, Trump walked across to pose with a Bible in front of a church damaged by fire during protests the previous evening.

He hoped his personal walk to the church would send a message about how dominant force could restore law and order, sources said. 

‘D.C. had no problems last night. Many arrests. Great job done by all. Overwhelming force. Domination,’ Trump tweeted Tuesday, after a night in which heavily armed military forces and federal officers swarmed the city. 

Trump added: ‘(thank you President Trump!).’ 

In an evening address in the Rose Garden on Monday, Trump called on governors to ramp up the National Guard presence in their states to tamp down the protests.

 If they didn’t abide by those orders, Trump said, he would dispatch the military to their states – a step rarely taken in modern American history. 

‘SILENT MAJORITY!’ Trump tweeted Tuesday, embracing a phrase popularized by President Richard Nixon decades ago, in claiming broad support for his actions. Trump also emphasized the political importance of the moment to his supporters on Twitter and declared that ‘My Admin has done more for the Black Community than any President since Abraham Lincoln.’

The District of Columbia’s federal status gives the president outsized authority to act, allowing him to direct the deployment of the National Guard. 

He authorized Attorney General William Barr to oversee a surge in the deployment of federal law enforcement officers, including the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team and agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Stunning photos show the officers clad in full riot gear lined up in separate rows as they stared down at the crowds

Stunning photos show the officers clad in full riot gear lined up in separate rows as they stared down at the crowds

Dozens of National Guard troops stood watch over a peaceful protest in front of the Lincoln Memorial in an extraordinary show of military force on Tuesday evening

Dozens of National Guard troops stood watch over a peaceful protest in front of the Lincoln Memorial in an extraordinary show of military force on Tuesday evening

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sought to distance themselves from Monday night’s events after former military officials criticized their appearance with the president. 

Senior defense officials told reporters the two were not aware that the Park Police and law enforcement had made a decision to clear the square or that Trump intended to visit the church. 

They had been in Washington to coordinate with federal law enforcement officials but were diverted to the White House to brief Trump on military preparations, the officials said.

Former chairman of the joint chiefs Mike Mullen excoriates Donald Trump saying his orders cannot be trusted, warning president will ‘politicize’ the troops and saying: ‘Citizens are not the enemy’ 

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor For Dailymail.com

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen broke his silence Tuesday to say he was ‘sickened’ by the use of U.S. National Guard forces to push protesters out of Lafayette park to make way for President Trump’s photo-op.

‘I am deeply worried that as they execute their orders, the members of our military will be co-opted for political purposes,’ Mullen warned. 

‘I have to date been reticent to speak out on issues surrounding President Trump’s leadership, but we are at an inflection point, and the events of the past few weeks have made it impossible to remain silent,’ Milley wrote in the Atlantic. 

President Donald Trump walks with US Attorney General William Barr (L), US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper (C), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley (R), and others from the White House to visit St. John's Church after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC

President Donald Trump walks with US Attorney General William Barr (L), US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper (C), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley (R), and others from the White House to visit St. John’s Church after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC

Trucks transport District of Columbia National Guard troops along West Executive Drive in support of law enforcement officers that are keeping demonstrators away from the White House June 01, 2020

Trucks transport District of Columbia National Guard troops along West Executive Drive in support of law enforcement officers that are keeping demonstrators away from the White House June 01, 2020

Mullen termed Trump’s staged visit to fire-damaged St. John’s church Monday a ‘stunt’ that raised serious issues about the role of the military in U.S. society.

 ‘Whatever Trump’s goal in conducting his visit, he laid bare his disdain for the rights of peaceful protest in this country, gave succor to the leaders of other countries who take comfort in our domestic strife, and risked further politicizing the men and women of our armed forces.’

He called attention to ‘institutional racism’ and ‘police brutality’ in the wake of the death of Geroge Floyd at the hands of police, while also condemning street violence.

His op-ed comes a day after Trump declared himself the ‘law and order president’ and said he would deploy ‘thousands and thousands’ of troops to American cities to restore order.

Mullen said he didn’t have confidence in the orders Trump would give – and said it would be inappropriate to use the 1807 Insurrection Act as the basis for using U.S. troops to impose order on U.S. cities. Federal law generally prohibits the use of the military for domestic purposes.  

‘I remain confident in the professionalism of our men and women in uniform,’ Mullen wrote.

Former Jt. Chiefs chair Gen. Martin Dempsey wrote that America was not a 'battleground,' after Defense Sec. Mark Esper spoke of dominating the 'battle-space' here

Former Jt. Chiefs chair Gen. Martin Dempsey wrote that America was not a ‘battleground,’ after Defense Sec. Mark Esper spoke of dominating the ‘battle-space’ here

‘They will serve with skill and with compassion. They will obey lawful orders. But I am less confident in the soundness of the orders they will be given by this commander in chief, and I am not convinced that the conditions on our streets, as bad as they are, have risen to the level that justifies a heavy reliance on military troops,’ he added.

‘Certainly, we have not crossed the threshold that would make it appropriate to invoke the provisions of the Insurrection Act.  

The retired Navy admiral served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2007 through 2011.

Mullen’s successor as chair of the joint chiefs, General Martin Dempsey, also blasted Trump’s move. 

‘America’s military, our sons and daughters, will place themselves at risk to protect their fellow citizens. Their job is unimaginably hard overseas; harder at home. Respect them, for they respect you. America is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy,’ Dempsey wrote. ‘#BeBetter,’ he concluded, in what could be a take on first lady Melania Trump’s Be Best campaign.

The current chair of the joint chiefs, Gen. Mark Milley, was seen in battle fatigues accompanying Trump on his walk to St. John’s. 

Just minutes after Mullen’s article was posted, the Washington Post reported on the use of military helicopters with red cross insignia being used to show force to protesters was being called a ‘foolish move’ by Geoffrey Corn, a former Army lawyer.  

HOW TRUMP MIGHT – JUST – BE ABLE TO SEND IN TROOPS THANKS TO THE 1807 INSURRECTION ACT 

Trump’s dramatic declaration that he would impose troops on American cities if governors defied him sets up the possibility of an epic constitutional clash in a situation with little real precedent in American history.

Trump did not say what his power was, but it is the Insurrection Act of 1807. On the face of it, it allows him to send in troops.

But using that Act raises a series of questions about what courts would do – and even whether the armed forces would obey him. 

WHAT INSURRECTION ACT ACTUALLY SAYS

Whenever there is an insurrection in any against its government, the President may, upon the request of its legislature or of its governor if the legislature cannot be convened, call into Federal service such of the militia of the other, in the number requested by that, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to suppress the insurrection. 

Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United in any by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.

The President, by using the militia or the armed forces, or both, or by any other means, shall take such measures as he considers necessary to suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy, if it

(1) so hinders the execution of the laws of that State, and of the United States within the State, that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law, and the constituted authorities of that State are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that right, privilege, or immunity, or to give that protection; or 

2) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws. 

In any situation covered by clause (1), the State shall be considered to have denied the equal protection of the laws secured by the Constitution.  

Whenever the President considers it necessary to use the militia or the armed forces under this chapter, he shall, by proclamation, immediately order the insurgents to disperse and retire peaceably to their abodes within a limited time. 

WOULD HE REALLY USE A LAW FROM 1807?

Basically, yes. In the 1790s Militia Acts, Congress gave the president specific powers to call up militias – the forerunner of federalizing the National Guard.

In 1807 the Insurrection Act made clear that, in addition, the president can call up ‘such part of the land or naval force of the United States as shall be judged necessary.’

It has not been changed substantially since but was amended in 1871, allowing the president to use it to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment – a civil rights amendment passed after the Civil War. 

Another amendment in 2007, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, made clear that the president can call up troops in the case of natural disasters. 

WHAT WOULD HE DO?

The law’s only requirement is a proclamation, to ‘order the insurgents to disperse and retire peaceably to their abodes within a limited time.’

Once that time has passed, Trump can move in troops. 

Trump also has to report to Congress on what he is doing and why. 

SO DOES IT GIVE TRUMP THE POWER HE CLAIMS TO SEND IN THE MILITARY ON HIS OWN?

The simple answer is yes, it does.

But the more complicated answer could lead to a constitutional crisis.

If Trump has a request from a governor to send in troops, there is no question over the legality of the deployment, at least at a federal level.

But to move in military force without a governor’s request, Trump has to show that the people of the state do not have the basic rights of the Constitution enforced as they are entitled to, or that an ‘insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy’ obstructs federal law.

If a state governor or attorney general goes to court to oppose the deployment of federal troops, they would argue that the protests and the violence do not deprive people of their constitutional rights in a way that cannot be dealt with by state authorities.

Trump would have to show that the state authorities are failing to give people ‘equal protection,’ the crucial clause in the Constitution which means that laws cannot be unfairly enforced.

The first clash would be in front of a federal district judge.  

That clash would inevitably have to reach the Supreme Court for settlement if one side or the other does not back down.

It would then become a multi-faceted constitutional question with little precedent in this or the last century.

It raises questions of states rights; the meaning of equal protection; the extent of First Amendment rights to protest and who decides what the limits of those rights are; and what the Founders meant about how a president can decide to act in an emergency.

HAVEN’T PRESIDENTS SENT IN TROOPS WITHOUT PERMISSION BEFORE?

Yes – repeatedly, but not with clear parallels to Trump’s threat.

The most recent examples were Eisenhower and JFK who used federal troops in the south on three occasions during the civil rights era. 

Each time they were used to enforce desegregation, first in Little Rock in 1957, then in 1962 in the aftermath of the Ole’ Miss Riot, where pro-segregationists clashed with federal forces.

1957: Nine black students - the Little Rock Nine - are escorted into an Arkansas high school by the National Guard on the orders of Dwight Eisenhower

1957: Nine black students – the Little Rock Nine – are escorted into an Arkansas high school by the National Guard on the orders of Dwight Eisenhower 

1963: Alabama governor George Wallace, third from left, makes his 'Stand in the Schoolhouse Door' by refusing to admit two black students to the University of Alabama - sparking a stand-off which prompted John F. Kennedy to intervene by taking over the state's National Guard

1963: Alabama governor George Wallace, third from left, makes his ‘Stand in the Schoolhouse Door’ by refusing to admit two black students to the University of Alabama – sparking a stand-off which prompted John F. Kennedy to intervene by taking over the state’s National Guard

Both presidents did so by citing the clear violation of the equal protection clause in the Constitution represented by segregation, and each deployment was to one state at a time.

No 20th century president ever deployed troops across multiple states without requests from governors, as happened in 1968 when troops were used in Detroit, Chicago and series of other riot-hit cities, all when governors became overwhelmed.

The last time a widespread deployment happened without governors’ permission was in 1894 when Grover Cleveland used federal troops to break the Pullman Strike, which was paralyzing railroads.

But he started by getting a federal injunction against the strike, meaning it was clear what legal rights he was enforcing with federal troops, even if the governor of Illinois – the center of the strike – did not ask for the troops to be deployed, or the governors of the other states where troops broke strikes and took control of railroad facilities. 

Additionally, no state challenged the invocation of the act. 

Trump would be the first president to try to deploy troops in the face of states going to court to stop him.  

COULD TRUMP BE STOPPED FROM USING THE ACT?

Yes – but it could be difficult to stop him in advance.

A federal judge would have to issue an injunction against the deployment, which would be appealed to the Supreme Court. 

Courts have historically been very reluctant to review a president’s military declarations, said law professor Robert Chesney of the University of Texas.   

Beyond that, it would ultimately be up to voters to remove the president at the next election if they disapprove of his use of the Act.  

‘Historically, the real checks on abuse of these authorities have been political,’ said Vladeck, the law professor. 

But this time might be more complicated – an injunction against deployment is a real possibility if a federal judge is being asked by a governor to stop a troop deployment because the governor claims it is unconstitutional.

That would send it to the Supreme Court and until it is resolved there, the deployment is likely to stay on hold.

The case would center on whether the Founders really wanted a president to be able to unilaterally intervene in the day-to-day policing of their states – over the objection of those states.

SO WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN AT THE SUPREME COURT?

A clash between a state – and probably groups of states – and Trump would have to go to the Supreme Court unless one or other backs down. 

The judges are a 5-4 conservative majority, with conservatives who say their key loyalty is to interpreting the Constitution as closely as they possibly can to the intention of the framers who wrote it.

That would put two questions at the heart of it:

  • Did the framers think the president should be able to intervene unilaterally in the ‘police power’ of states to guarantee their citizens’ health, law and order
  • If they did, are the circumstances right for Trump to do that?

On one side states might well argue that the founding fathers wanted federal government kept out of states’ affairs as much as possible, that the Articles of Confederation make that clear, and that the violence in their cities does not meet the high standards set for using the federal military.

They would also be likely to argue a practical point – that states have not had a chance to decide on whether to ask for federal help, or if they have, have decided against it.

And they would also be likely to claim that the 10th Amendment to the Constitution puts ‘police’ powers primarily in the hands of the states.

Trump’s case would center on the idea that the states could no longer guarantee the fundamental rights to life and liberty for the people of their cities, so it’s up to the federal government to step in.

He would have to argue that the founders’ proclamation of equal protection is the key to his actions. 

And he would have to argue that military action assists people’s right to protest under the First Amendment. 

Then it would be up to the justices in probably the most consequential decision since Bush v Gore in 2000.

COULD THE MILITARY DISOBEY TRUMP?

Quite possibly, yes.

The military swear an oath to the Constitution, not to the president, and acknowledge him as commander-in-chief. They have a duty to follow lawful orders.

If a federal judge issued an injunction again Trump’s order, the military would be expected to comply.

They would then have to wait for the outcome of the case.

The situation could vary state by state. Trump would order the military in to each state, forcing each state which objects to go to court and seek an injunction. There could be a  patchwork of deployments.

And inside the Pentagon, lawyers would have to work out what the rules are and whether Trump’s orders are lawful.

OTHER TIMES TROOPS QUELLED RIOTS 

Troops have been called in to help deal with violent unrest repeatedly since World War II – and even during it.

In 1943 FDR acted when the governor of Michigan asked for military help as Detroit was racked by racial violence.

As social unrest gripped the nation in 1968, Johnson had to send for federal troops to put down three further riots in Washington, Baltimore and Chicago. 

The rioting followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 in a wave of violence which reached dozens of US cities. 

Johnson was able to deploy troops in Washington without invitation, as commander-in-chief of the District of Columbia’s national guard.  

In Baltimore and Chicago, the respective local leaders – governor Spiro Agnew of Maryland, the future vice president, and mayor Richard Daley of Chicago – requested Johnson’s help to put down the riots.  

In the most recent case, president George H.W. Bush sent federal troops to Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots in 1992. 

Military units were deployed at the request of California governor Pete Wilson after the violence which broke out when four cops were acquitted of beating King. 

1992: A man burns an American flag during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, the last time that a president - George H.W. Bush - invoked the Insurrection Act

1992: A man burns an American flag during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, the last time that a president – George H.W. Bush – invoked the Insurrection Act 

Other uses of the Act 

Having lobbied for the Insurrection Act in 1807, Jefferson was the first to use it the following year to enforce a trade embargo during the Napoleonic Wars. 

Jefferson declared New York’s Lake Champlain on the Canadian border to be in insurrection because of its role in smuggling, allowing him to enforce the blockade. 

In addition to riots and civil rights clashes, presidents have dispatched federal troops to combat a variety of strikes and other brief episodes of unrest. 

In 1989, George H.W. Bush sent troops to keep the peace in the Virgin Islands after looting in the wake of Hurricane Hugo.  

His son George W. Bush considered sending troops to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but eventually decided against.

The Bush White House’s concerns about the legality of such a move prompted the 2007 amendment which specifically mentioned natural disasters.    

There have been other occasions where the military was deployed under different laws or where the mere threat of sending troops was enough to restore calm. 

Richard Nixon ordered the military to keep mail services running during a postal strike in 1970, citing the 1932 Economy Act rather than the Insurrection Act.  

In 1987, Ronald Reagan authorized his Secretary of Defense to call up the National Guard to quell an Atlanta prison riot, but the troops did not prove necessary.        



Thousands of peaceful protesters descend on the  streets of NYC


More than 200 protesters were arrested across New York City on Tuesday night after peaceful demonstrations over the death of George Floyd descended into chaos and thousands ignored the city’s 8pm curfew. 

Defiant demonstrators continued marching through the streets throughout the night on Tuesday, though some of the rampant destruction seen over the past few days was quelled. 

It comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled down on a citywide curfew moving it up from 11pm the night before, but rejected urging from President Trump and an offer from Governor Cuomo to bring in the National Guard.    

As unrest continued for a fifth night, Trump called on officials to enlist the help of the federal government to regain control of the city. 

‘New York’s Finest are not being allowed to perform their MAGIC but regardless, and with the momentum that the Radical Left and others have been allowed to build, they will need additional help. NYC is totally out of control. [De Blasio and Cuomo] MUST PUT DOWN RIOTING NOW!’ he tweeted. 

Mayor de Blasio later defended his decision not to deploy National Guard troops, telling CNN their presence could have raised ‘a real risk of violence and someone losing their life.’ 

He also confirmed Tuesday night saw ‘the highest number of police we have had over the last five days,’ but refused to say how many officers were on the ground.  

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Thousands of protesters remained on the streets after the city’s 8pm curfew went into effect. Pictured: NYPD officers face demonstrators as they continue to rally 

Dozens of protesters and curfew-violators were detained and loaded onto police vans as chaos erupted a fifth night

Dozens of protesters and curfew-violators were detained and loaded onto police vans as chaos erupted a fifth night 

Police began making arrests around 9pm, when peaceful protests turned into chaos on Tuesday night

Police began making arrests around 9pm, when peaceful protests turned into chaos on Tuesday night 

Police officers initially let people continue on their way, while making arrests in others.  Pictured: Four people are handcuffed and detained for violating curfew

Police officers initially let people continue on their way, while making arrests in others.  Pictured: Four people are handcuffed and detained for violating curfew

A demonstrator is detained by a police officer after curfew during a protest against the death of George Floyd

A demonstrator is detained by a police officer after curfew during a protest against the death of George Floyd 

Looters wreaked havoc on local businesses and retail shops for fourth night on Tuesday, smashing storefronts and ransacking the place

Looters wreaked havoc on local businesses and retail shops for fourth night on Tuesday, smashing storefronts and ransacking the place  

As of 1am, police had carried out about 200 arrests across the city, with that figure expected to rise, CNN reported.  

Shortly after the curfew went into effect, De Blasio had urged residents to go home ‘so we can keep people safe’, but he was ignored by many around the city who continued protesting throughout the city’s streets.  

In some areas, police let people continue on their way, while making arrests in others. Demonstrators who had been on the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan were herded off, with parts of the roadway blocked off behind them. 

But as night fell, groups of curfew-violators and looters around the city were rounded up and handcuffed by officers before being loaded on to NYPD vans.   

Police began making arrests around 9pm and shut down parts of the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan, blocking it off to huge crowds of protesters. 

The police department had announced it would not allow vehicle traffic south of 96th Street in Manhattan after curfew, though residents, essential workers, buses and truck deliveries were exempt.

An estimated 5,000 peaceful protesters were also left stranded on the Manhattan Bridge for hours after NYPD officers formed a barricade blocking entry into Manhattan after the curfew came into effect.   

Videos shared on social media showed demonstrators chanting ‘let us through’ after reaching the end of the bridge. 

Some took to Twitter to say they were forced to wait for two hours before officers finally let crowds through. 

‘Currently stuck on the Manhattan Bridge. NYPD told us the would let us through “in 10 min” – that was 40 min ago. They now brought in multiple vans to barricade us in from both sides. They are all wearing riot gear. We have been nothing but peaceful,’ one woman tweeted.     

Social media footage showed protesters finally began to clear the bridge around 11pm.  

Meanwhile in Chelsea, protester Jane Rossi said she witnessed officers rip a man out of his car and arrest him around 10.45pm.

The car was behind a group of several hundred protesters that had roamed Manhattan peacefully since leaving Trump Tower at 8pm.  

Police guard the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge that heads towards Brooklyn as protesters try to cross over

Police guard the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge that heads towards Brooklyn as protesters try to cross over

An estimated 5,000 peaceful protesters were stranded on the bridge for up to two hours after police formed a barricade to block entry to Manhattan

An estimated 5,000 peaceful protesters were stranded on the bridge for up to two hours after police formed a barricade to block entry to Manhattan 

New York police block protesters and activists crossing the Manhattan Bridge from entering the borough

New York police block protesters and activists crossing the Manhattan Bridge from entering the borough

NYPD officers board a bus after securing the Soho area to prevent looters during curfew following demonstrations

NYPD officers board a bus after securing the Soho area to prevent looters during curfew following demonstrations

NYPD officers load detained demonstrators on to a paddy wagon after thousands ignored 8pm curfew

NYPD officers load detained demonstrators on to a paddy wagon after thousands ignored 8pm curfew

Dozens of people were seen being taken away in paddy wagons as NYPD cracked down on curfew-violators

Dozens of people were seen being taken away in paddy wagons as NYPD cracked down on curfew-violators

Tensions had risen moments earlier when some in the group began trying to damage a bike rental station and banged on the windows of a JCPenny’s. The vast majority of the crowd moved to stop the them.

Officers surrounded the car and arrested the driver moments later.   

‘They were just driving behind the protesters making sure that we were safe,’ Rossi told AP. ‘They were part of the protest.’

Just after midnight Wednesday, most of the city’s streets were cleared aside from police patrolling, especially in hot-spot areas for demonstrations in areas of Brooklyn and Manhattan. 

There was a heavy police presence in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, where authorities say police fatally shot a man after responding to reports of shots fired. NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said the officer-involved shooting was not connected to the protests.

Looters also took to the streets to target businesses for a fourth night, with one video showing a group of men breaking into a Zara store. 

Footage uploaded on Twitter showed police tackling a group of looters to the ground as they emerged from a Zara store near Fulton St, before placing them in handcuffs.  

Merchants were seen boarding up storefronts in a bid to protect their businesses from looters who have targeted high-end designer stores on Manhattan’s iconic Fifth Ave, as well as the Macy’s flagship store.   

Protests over the death of George Floyd had continued across the city this afternoon, with large gatherings forming in Foley Square near City Hall, Times Square, Washington Square Park and Carl Schurz Park. 

Demonstrators marched peacefully, with some staging a sit-in near Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side, before chaos erupted across the city again after sunset. 

It comes as officials had been gearing up for another night of carnage. The NYPD earlier had also told cops to cancel any time off in a message sent to staff reading: ‘Effective immediately, all full duty uniformed members of the service RDO’s are cancelled.’  

Thousands of people took to the streets of NYC for a fifth night on Tuesday peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd

Thousands of people took to the streets of NYC for a fifth night on Tuesday peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd 

A number of demonstrations were scheduled for Tuesday afternoon as Mayor Bill de Blasio was forced to bring curfew forward from 11pm to 8pm after last night's carnage

A number of demonstrations were scheduled for Tuesday afternoon as Mayor Bill de Blasio was forced to bring curfew forward from 11pm to 8pm after last night’s carnage 

A woman holds up a Black Lives Matter sign during fifth night of George Floyd protests in NYC on Tuesday

A woman holds up a Black Lives Matter sign during fifth night of George Floyd protests in NYC on Tuesday 

Protesters chanting 'hands up, don?t shoot!' march down Flatbush Avenue, one of Brooklyn's major streets, towards the Manhattan Bridge

Protesters chanting ‘hands up, don?t shoot!’ march down Flatbush Avenue, one of Brooklyn’s major streets, towards the Manhattan Bridge

Protesters take a knee as a sign of unity and chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square

Protesters take a knee as a sign of unity and chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square

The daytime protests comes as the NYPD announced all non-essential traffic will be banned across Manhattan south of 96th Street starting at 8pm tonight

The daytime protests comes as the NYPD announced all non-essential traffic will be banned across Manhattan south of 96th Street starting at 8pm tonight 

Protesters chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square Tuesday

Protesters chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square Tuesday

Protesters take a knee outside of the police station in Times Square in New York City on Tuesday

Protesters take a knee outside of the police station in Times Square in New York City on Tuesday

New York courts had also warned their workers to stay at home because of the protest. 

‘The entire area around the courthouse complex will be shut down,’ District Executive Edward Friedland wrote in the email, obtained by The New York Post.

‘At the direction of the Chief Judge [Colleen McMahon], no SDNY staff are to come to the Foley Square courthouses tomorrow.’

One protest was scheduled to be held at 1 Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York City Police Department, but organizers changed its location in order to not interfere with protesters in custody being released at the station, according to Patch. 

Further demonstrations in the city were planned at the Stonewall Inn and 47th Street and Broadway, in Manhattan, 98 Fifth Ave in Brooklyn, and Fort Totten and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station in Queens. 

NBC reporter Phil McCausland posted to Twitter that thousands gathered in Foley Square Tuesday afternoon before they began a march north through the city.  

Before they started out, protesters took a knee, raised a fist and chanted the names of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor while helicopters circled overhead. 

As they walked north, they were saluted by medical workers holding signs that read, ‘Nurses fought COVID. Now we’ll fight the police.’ 

Workers putting up plywood to protect businesses from further looting also showed their support banging on wood and holding ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs. 

In Times Square, thousands of protesters took a knee while holding their fists up in solidarity. 

Other protests unfolded at Carl Schurz Park in the Upper East Side, as well as Washington Square Park where organizers planned to march uptown towards the mayor’s residence Gracie Mansion. 

Footage shared on social media Tuesday evening showed thousands marching peacefully, a stark contrast to Monday night’s protests. 

At Carl Schurz Park, photos showed demonstrators staging a sit-in and sitting on the road in silence. 

Police officers stand guard in Lower Manhattan as protesters march through the city

Police officers stand guard in Lower Manhattan as protesters march through the city 

Thousands took a knee as they gathered in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan in a peaceful protest that comes after four nights of chaos

Thousands took a knee as they gathered in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan in a peaceful protest that comes after four nights of chaos 

A group of people marched up Broadway on Tuesday holding up a George Floyd banner, eight days after his death

A group of people marched up Broadway on Tuesday holding up a George Floyd banner, eight days after his death 

As of early Tuesday evening, the city protests unfolded peacefully - a stark contrast to Monday night's riots

As of early Tuesday evening, the city protests unfolded peacefully – a stark contrast to Monday night’s riots 

Protesters spilled onto the streets of Manhattan ahead of the city's 8pm curfew tonight v

Protesters spilled onto the streets of Manhattan ahead of the city’s 8pm curfew tonight

Protests broke out in Washington Square Park where organizers planned to march uptown towards the mayor's residence Gracie Mansion

Protests broke out in Washington Square Park where organizers planned to march uptown towards the mayor’s residence Gracie Mansion

At Carl Schurz Park in the Upper East Side, photos showed demonstrators staging a sit-in and sitting on the road in silence

At Carl Schurz Park in the Upper East Side, photos showed demonstrators staging a sit-in and sitting on the road in silence

Hundreds of NYPD officers were seen lining the streets of Lower Manhattan as they watched protesters march on. 

Earlier on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio was forced to bring the curfew forward from 11pm until 8pm after another night of violence and crime that saw looters pillage Fifth Avenue, Union Square, Madison Square, Flatiron and parts of Soho.

CUOMO AND DE BLASIO: WE CAN HANDLE IT

Both Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed that they do not need to send in the National Guard because the NYPD can handle the escalating chaos across the city. 

De Blasio said on Tuesday at his press conference: ‘We do not need nor do we think it’s wise, for the National Guard to be deployed in NYC because they’re not trained for the dynamic here.’

He also said that New Yorkers and NYPD were ‘one’ and that anyone who attacked cops would be punished.

Cuomo took a tougher stance, saying the NYPD did not do its job last night or the night before and that it had to change its tactics. 

He wants to see more of them on the streets. 

‘They have protected the city before in these situations, I’ve seen them do it before so I know they can do it because I have seen them do it.

‘They did not do it last night, that is true, but I believe in the inherent capacity of the NYPD  if managed and if deployed. 

‘That’s what hasn’t worked and that has to be fixed today. Stop the looting. I do believe the NYPD well deployed, wouldn’t need the National Guard. They are trained to do this.’ 

Commissioner Dermot Shea defended his officers, saying:  ‘They are doing the best they can under incredibly difficult circumstances. We will not allow this city to regress.

‘We will protect all citizens of this city. You can have faith in us.’  

Upmarket fashion store Michael Kors on Fifth Avenue was among the luxury outlets hit, along with Nike and Lego. 

Since the rioting began in New York City, more than 700 people have been arrested, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on Tuesday morning. 

The citywide curfew from 8pm until 5am is in place until Sunday.

Six people were injured last night including a police officer who was run over in the Bronx and there were a dozen shootings but none were involving police. 

President Trump on Tuesday called on Governor Cuomo to take tougher action and send in the National Guard, saying the city had been lost to ‘lowlife scum’ and ‘thugs’.

The decision to send in the Guard rests with Cuomo and de Blasio but both are refusing to do it, saying the NYPD is better equipped to handle the situation even though they have lost control to crowds in the last 48 hours.

On Tuesday, Cuomo said neither the NYPD nor the Mayor did their job last night but he believes the situation will improve if the cops are deployed ‘properly’.

‘The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night,’ Cuomo said at a briefing in Albany. ‘Look at the videos. It was a disgrace.’

He said the mayor was underestimating the problem and the nation’s largest police force wasn’t deployed in sufficient numbers, though the city had said it doubled the usual police presence.

Unprompted, Cuomo brought up the possibility of using his power as governor to replace the mayor and deploy the National Guard over de Blasio’s objections, then immediately shot down the idea as legally impractical and unnecessary.

Police Chief Terence Monahan said he was ‘extremely outraged’ by the governor’s comments, insisting officers are ‘giving their blood to keep this city safe.’ 

‘Our guys are tired, they’re bleeding,’ Monahan told the New York Post. 

‘I think everyone you’re going to see is walking around cut up. But they’re out there again tonight. 

‘I’m watching my men and women out there dealing with stuff that no cop should ever have to deal with, bricks, bottles, rocks,’ he added. ‘Hit in the face with bottles and continuing to go forward to make an arrest.’ 

On Twitter, Trump urged a 7pm curfew and National Guard deployment in his native city.

‘The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast!’ he wrote.

De Blasio has not said how many extra cops he will put on the streets, if any. On Monday night, the police presence doubled from 4,000 to 8,000.

People who are exempt to the curfew are essential workers – as defined by the COVID-19 lockdown rules – , the homeless and people seeking medical attention.

But de Blasio said the New York Police Department was ‘best equipped’ to handle the lawbreaking, arguing that bringing in the National Guard risked fueling worse conflict in a city on edge.

‘We will regret it if we bring outside armed forces,’ he said. ‘When you bring in people not trained for the circumstance but still with loaded weapons and put under horrible stress, really bad things happen.’ 

The looters targeted stores all over Manhattan, ransacking several retailers in each location, before police arrived. These are just some of the known locations they targeted 

Workers survey the damage inside Camera and Computers on 34th Street after the looting on Monday night

Workers survey the damage inside Camera and Computers on 34th Street after the looting on Monday night 

Camera and Computers on 34th Street was looted last night after crowds seized on Macy's in Herald Square and other stores in the iconic shopping district

Camera and Computers on 34th Street was looted last night after crowds seized on Macy’s in Herald Square and other stores in the iconic shopping district 

Cartier and Versace had all been entirely boarded up on Tuesday morning. Stores further down Fifth Avenue were ransacked

Cartier and Versace had all been entirely boarded up on Tuesday morning. Stores further down Fifth Avenue were ransacked 

Ubers and Lyfts are considered essential as are yellow taxis and restaurants can still deliver food to homes if they choose to stay open. 

In the meantime, stores that were not targeted on Monday night have been boarding up their windows and doors in anticipation of more carnage. 

The unrest comes just days before New York City’s long-awaited planned reopening after spending three months in strict lockdown to battle coronavirus. 

In the week since, distress has erupted across America as Black Lives Matters protesters fend off violent responses from police forces trying to disperse them and looters and rioters cash in on the chaos. 



Thousands of peaceful protesters descend on the  streets of NYC


Thousands of peaceful protesters are once again taking to the streets of New York City after a night of looting and vandalism rocked the Big Apple. 

People descended on Foley Square in New York City on Tuesday afternoon and also marched on Times Square, taking a knee in the center of the iconic tourist spot.

It comes as the NYPD announced all non-essential traffic will be been banned across Manhattan south of 96th Street starting at 8pm tonight as the department gears up for another night of carnage.

And the NYPD has now also told cops to cancel any time off. The message to staff dated Tuesday reads: ‘Effective immediately, all full duty uniformed members of the service RDO’s are cancelled.’

A woman holds up a Black Lives Matter sign during fifth night of George Floyd protests in NYC on Tuesday 

Protesters take a knee as a sign of unity and chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square

Protesters take a knee as a sign of unity and chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square

Protesters chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square Tuesday

Protesters chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square Tuesday

Protesters take a knee outside of the police station in Times Square in New York City on Tuesday

Protesters take a knee outside of the police station in Times Square in New York City on Tuesday

On Tuesday in Manhattan, organizers made a last minute change to one of the protest’s location, which was originally scheduled to be held at 1 Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York City Police Department. 

According to Patch, organizers switched the location in order to not interfere with protesters in custody being released at the headquarters, though that is not confirmed. 

New York courts had warned their workers to stay at home because of the protest. 

‘The entire area around the courthouse complex will be shut down,’ District Executive Edward Friedland wrote in the email, obtained by The New York Post.

‘At the direction of the Chief Judge [Colleen McMahon], no SDNY staff are to come to the Foley Square courthouses tomorrow.’

NBC reporter Phil McCausland posted to Twitter that thousands gathered in Foley Square Tuesday afternoon before they began a march north through the city. 

Before they started out, protesters took a knee, raised a fist and chanted the names of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor while helicopters circled overhead. 

As they walked north, they were saluted by medical workers holding signs that read ‘Nurses fought COVID. Now we’ll fight the police.’ 

Workers putting up plywood to protest businesses from further looting also showed their support banging on wood and holding ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs. 

A smaller demonstration gathered on Times Square where they took a knee beside the police station. 

Further demonstrations in the city are planned at the Stonewall Inn and 47th Street and Broadway, in Manhattan, 98 Fifth Ave in Brooklyn, and Fort Totten and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station in Queens later in the day, according to organizers.   

The looters targeted stores all over Manhattan, ransacking several retailers in each location, before police arrived. These are just some of the known locations they targeted 

Camera and Computers on 34th Street was looted last night after crowds seized on Macy's in Herald Square and other stores in the iconic shopping district

Camera and Computers on 34th Street was looted last night after crowds seized on Macy’s in Herald Square and other stores in the iconic shopping district 

Luxury stores on Fifth Avenue were boarded up on Tuesday morning in anticipation of more chaos after another violent night

Luxury stores on Fifth Avenue were boarded up on Tuesday morning in anticipation of more chaos after another violent night 

Cartier and Versace had all been entirely boarded up on Tuesday morning. Stores further down Fifth Avenue were ransacked

Cartier and Versace had all been entirely boarded up on Tuesday morning. Stores further down Fifth Avenue were ransacked 

Earlier on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio brought the curfew forward from 11pm until 8pm after another night of violence and crime that saw looters pillage Fifth Avenue, Union Square, Madison Square, Flatiron and parts of Soho.

Upmarket fashion store Michael Kors on Fifth Avenue was among the luxury outlets hit, along with Nike and Lego. 

Since the rioting began in New York City, more than 700 people have been arrested, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on Tuesday morning. A citywide curfew from 8pm until 5am is in place until Sunday.

Six people were injured last night including a police officer who was run over in the Bronx and there were a dozen shootings but none were involving police. 

President Trump on Tuesday called on Governor Cuomo to take tougher action and send in the National Guard, saying the city had been lost to ‘lowlife scum’ and ‘thugs’.

The decision to send in the Guard rests with Cuomo and de Blasio but both are refusing to do it, saying the NYPD is better equipped to handle the situation even though they have lost control to crowds in the last 48 hours.

On Tuesday, Cuomo said neither the NYPD nor the Mayor did their job last night but he believes the situation will improve if the cops are deployed ‘properly’.

‘The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night,’ Cuomo said at a briefing in Albany. ‘Look at the videos. It was a disgrace.’

He said the mayor was underestimating the problem and the nation’s largest police force wasn’t deployed in sufficient numbers, though the city had said it doubled the usual police presence.

Unprompted, Cuomo brought up the possibility of using his power as governor to replace the mayor and deploy the National Guard over de Blasio’s objections, then immediately shot down the idea as legally impractical and unnecessary.

On Twitter, Trump urged a 7pm curfew and National Guard deployment in his native city.

‘The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast!’ he wrote.

But de Blasio said the New York Police Department was ‘best equipped’ to handle the lawbreaking, arguing that bringing in the National Guard risked fueling worse conflict in a city on edge.

‘We will regret it if we bring outside armed forces,’ he said. ‘When you bring in people not trained for the circumstance but still with loaded weapons and put under horrible stress, really bad things happen.’ 

De Blasio has not said how many extra cops he will put on the streets, if any. On Monday night, the police presence doubled from 4,000 to 8,000.

People who are exempt to the curfew are essential workers – as defined by the COVID-19 lockdown rules – , the homeless and people seeking medical attention.

Ubers and Lyfts are considered essential as are yellow taxis and restaurants can still deliver food to homes if they choose to stay open. 



Army deployed to US streets for first time since 1992 LA riots as George Floyd protests kick off


An active duty military police battalion is deploying to Washington, DC, as more protests against police killings of black people kick off in the Capitol, Philadelphia, New York and other cities on Monday evening, just hours after violent riots broke out across the country. 

Between 200 and 250 military personnel from a unit at Fort Bragg in North Carolina are on their way to DC and could arrive as soon as tonight, three Pentagon officials told CNN.    

The deployment marks the first time that the Army has been sent in to patrol US streets in nearly 30 years since the 1992 Los Angeles riots sparked by the brutal police custody death of Rodney King. 

The troops are expected to provide security in the capital but will not perform law enforcement duties such as arrest and detention of protesters or rioters, per CNN.  

Hundreds of people gathered for a peaceful demonstration near the White House on Monday evening as President Donald Trump gave brief remarks in the Rose Garden. 

Trump told reporters his administration is ‘fully committed’ to serving justice for George Floyd, but said he believed the looters and violent protests are distracting from that goal. 

He declared himself the ‘president of law and order’ and threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to mobilize ‘thousands and thousands’ of soldiers around the country to ‘end riots and lawlessness’.  

While Trump spoke, police were heard firing tear gas and deploying flash bangs in an effort to disperse protesters chanting: ‘Don’t shoot’ in Lafayette Park outside the White House.  

Meanwhile, police and protesters in Philadelphia clashed on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as officers used tear gas and sprayed chemicals into the crowds, causing them to scatter.  

And in New York City, large crowds convened in Times Square, with many protesters lying on the ground or kneeling with their arms behind their backs in a powerful message to law enforcement.    

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters run from tear gas used by police to clear the street near the White House on Monday night

WASHINGTON DC: President Donald Trump spoke at in the Rose Garden on Monday evening and declared himself the ‘president of law and order’ as tear gas and flash bangs rang out in the distance

WASHINGTON DC: An active duty military police battalion is deploying to DC as more protests against police killings of black people kick off on Monday. Hundreds of protesters are seen gathered near the White House

WASHINGTON DC: An active duty military police battalion is deploying to DC as more protests against police killings of black people kick off on Monday. Hundreds of protesters are seen gathered near the White House

NEW YORK: In Times Square, dozens of protesters lied on the ground on Monday with their arms behind their backs. George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck last Monday

NEW YORK: In Times Square, dozens of protesters lied on the ground on Monday with their arms behind their backs. George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck last Monday

NEW YORK: Crowds of protesters gathered in New York City's Times Square on Monday to protest George Floyd's death

NEW YORK: Crowds of protesters gathered in New York City’s Times Square on Monday to protest George Floyd’s death

PHILADELPHIA: Hundreds gathered on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Monday before police began launching tear gas and spraying chemicals at protesters to get them to disperse

PHILADELPHIA: Hundreds gathered on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Monday before police began launching tear gas and spraying chemicals at protesters to get them to disperse

PHILADELPHIA: Protesters sit in a line in front of Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers wearing riot gear on Monday

PHILADELPHIA: Protesters sit in a line in front of Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers wearing riot gear on Monday

MINNEAPOLIS: In Minneapolis, Floyd's brother, Terrence, (center in a black hat) made an emotional plea for peace at the site where Floyd was pinned to pavement by a cop who put his knee on the handcuffed black man's neck for several minutes

MINNEAPOLIS: In Minneapolis, Floyd’s brother, Terrence, (center in a black hat) made an emotional plea for peace at the site where Floyd was pinned to pavement by a cop who put his knee on the handcuffed black man’s neck for several minutes

The US has been rocked by six straight nights of tumult since George Floyd, a black man, was killed in Minneapolis after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck last Monday.  

Floyd, who was in handcuffs at the time, died after the white officer ignored bystander shouts to get off him and Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe. 

His death, captured on citizen video, has sparked days of protests in Minneapolis that quickly spread to cities across America.  

Speaking in the Rose Garden on Monday, Trump said: ‘All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd.

‘My administration is fully committed that for judge and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain. 

‘But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob. The biggest victims of the rioting is peace loving citizens in our poorest communities. And as their president, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you.

‘I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters. but in recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa and others.’ 

He then revealed his intention to invoke the Insurrection Act, saying: ‘I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them. I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capitol, Washington, DC. What happened in this city last night was a total disgrace.’ 

‘Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail.’

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters near in front of a line of US Secret Service uniformed division officers on Monday

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters near in front of a line of US Secret Service uniformed division officers on Monday 

WASHINGTON DC: The protesters held their ground as police launched tear gas to clear the roadway

WASHINGTON DC: The protesters held their ground as police launched tear gas to clear the roadway

WASHINGTON DC: A protester holds back a friend overcome with emotion during Monday's rally outside the White House

WASHINGTON DC: A protester holds back a friend overcome with emotion during Monday’s rally outside the White House

WASHINGTON DC: Members of the District of Columbia National Guard are seen driving near the White House on Monday as an active duty military battalion makes its way to the Capitol to help control protests

WASHINGTON DC: Members of the District of Columbia National Guard are seen driving near the White House on Monday as an active duty military battalion makes its way to the Capitol to help control protests

WASHINGTON DC: Defense officials said the military police are expected to provide security without performing law enforcement duties such as arrest or detention of protesters or rioters. Pictured: The DC National Guard on Monday

WASHINGTON DC: Defense officials said the military police are expected to provide security without performing law enforcement duties such as arrest or detention of protesters or rioters. Pictured: The DC National Guard on Monday

While many of the demonstrations around the country have been peaceful protests by racially diverse crowds, others have descended into violence – despite curfews in many cities across the US and the deployment of thousands of National Guard members over the past week. 

In Minneapolis on Monday, Floyd’s brother, Terrence, pleaded for peace at the site where the black man was pinned to the pavement by officer Derek Chauvin, saying violence is ‘not going to bring my brother back at all’. 

‘Let’s switch it up ya’ll. Let’s switch it up. Do this peacefully, please,’ Terrence Floyd said. 

The crowd chanted: ‘What’s his name? George Floyd!’ and ‘One down, three to go!’ in reference to the four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest. 

NEW YORK: NYPD officers watched on Monday as protesters gathered in Times Square to demonstrate against police killings of black people

NEW YORK: NYPD officers watched on Monday as protesters gathered in Times Square to demonstrate against police killings of black people

NEW YORK: The protesters in New York City laid on the ground, many with their arms behind their backs, on Monday

NEW YORK: The protesters in New York City laid on the ground, many with their arms behind their backs, on Monday

NEW YORK: Hundreds more protesters watched on brandishing signs that read: 'I can't breathe' during the Times Square protest

NEW YORK: Hundreds more protesters watched on brandishing signs that read: ‘I can’t breathe’ during the Times Square protest

NEW YORK: Protesters rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Times Square on Monday

NEW YORK: Protesters rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Times Square on Monday

PHILADELPHIA: Hundreds of protesters march past City Hall in Philadelphia amid escalating clashes with local police

PHILADELPHIA: Hundreds of protesters march past City Hall in Philadelphia amid escalating clashes with local police 

PHILADELPHIA: The Pennsylvania National Guard stands watch over Philadelphia's City Hall on Monday afternoon

PHILADELPHIA: A Pennsylvania National Guard vehicle sits near Philadelphia's City Hall on Monday

PHILADELPHIA: The Pennsylvania National Guard stands watch over Philadelphia’s City Hall on Monday afternoon 

Chauvin has been charged with murder, but protesters are demanding that his colleagues be prosecuted too. All four were fired. 

Monday’s Minneapolis gathering was part rally and part impromptu eulogy as Floyd urged people to stop the violence and use their power at the ballot box.

‘If I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are you all doing?’ he said. 

‘You all are doing nothing. Because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all.’ 

States that have called in the National Guard

As of Monday morning, National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were activated in 23 states and the District of Columbia, ‘in response to civil disturbances’, the bureau said. 

That brings the total number of Guard members on duty to nearly 62,000. 

These are the states that, according to CNN, have already called on the National Guard in the wake of George Floyd’s death:

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Florida

Illinois

Michigan

Nebraska

Nevada

Oklahoma

Oregon

Virginia

Colorado

Georgia

Indiana

Kentucky

Minnesota

North Carolina

Ohio

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Washington

Wisconsin

The District of Columbia 

The country has been beset by angry demonstrations for the past week in some of the most widespread racial unrest in the US since the 1960s. 

Spurred in part by Floyd’s death, protesters have taken to the streets to decry the killings of black people by police.

While police in some places tried to calm tensions by kneeling or marching in solidarity, officers elsewhere were accused of treating protesters with the same kind of heavy-handed tactics that contributed to the unrest in the first place.  

Around the country, political leaders girded for the possibility of more of what unfolded over the weekend: protesters hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at police in Philadelphia, setting a fire near the White House and smashing their way into Los Angeles stores, running off with as much as they could carry.

At least 4,400 people have been arrested for offenses such as stealing, blocking highways and breaking curfew.

President Trump has berated most of the nation’s governors as ‘weak’ for not cracking down harder on the lawlessness that has convulsed cities from coast to coast.  

He told the nation’s governors in a video conference that they they ‘look like fools’ for not deploying even more National Guard members. 

‘Most of you are weak,’ he said.

‘You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again.’

Over the weekend the Pentagon reportedly took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty US military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York had been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. 

Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas were also told to be ready within 24 hours. 

The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations.

The get-ready orders were sent verbally on Friday, after Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.

Trump made the request on a phone call from the Oval Office on Thursday night that included Esper, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and several others.

The president asked Esper for rapid deployment options if the Minneapolis protests continued to spiral out of control, according to one of the people, senior Pentagon official who was on the call.

‘When the White House asks for options, someone opens the drawer and pulls them out so to speak,’ the official said.

The person said the military units would be deployed under the Insurrection Act, which was last used in 1992 during the riots in Los Angeles that followed the Rodney King trial. 

Roughly 800 US soldiers would deploy to the city if called.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered 500 of his National Guard troops into Minneapolis, St Paul, and surrounding communities.

But a Pentagon spokesman said Walz did not ask for the Army to be deployed to his state.

‘The Department has been in touch with the Governor and there is no request for Title 10 forces to support the Minnesota National Guard or state law enforcement.’ Title 10 is the US law that governs the armed forces, and would authorize active duty military to operate within the US.

Active-duty forces are normally prohibited from acting as a domestic law enforcement agency. But the Insurrection Act offers an exception.

The Insurrection Act will allow the military to take up a policing authority it otherwise would not be allowed to do, enforcing state and federal laws, said Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas School of Law professor who specializes in constitutional and national security law.

The statute ‘is deliberately vague’ when it comes to the instances in which the Insurrection Act could be used, he said. 

The state’s governor could ask Trump to take action or Trump could act on his own authority if he’s determined that the local authorities are so overwhelmed that they can’t adequately enforce the law, Vladeck said.

‘It is a very, very broad grant of authority for the president,’ he added. 

WASHINGTON DC: Crowds gathered in Washington DC on Monday down the street from the White House. Overnight, police and rioters clashed outside the White House

WASHINGTON DC: Crowds gathered in Washington DC on Monday down the street from the White House. Overnight, police and rioters clashed outside the White House

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters calling for freedom and carrying signs saying 'I can't breath' gathered in Washington DC on Monday

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters calling for freedom and carrying signs saying ‘I can’t breath’ gathered in Washington DC on Monday

WASHINGTON DC: The crowds walked through the streets of Washington DC on Monday near Lafayette Square close to the White House

WASHINGTON DC: The crowds walked through the streets of Washington DC on Monday near Lafayette Square close to the White House

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters hold anti-Trump placards while marching on H Street near Lafayette Square in Washington, DC on Monday

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters hold anti-Trump placards while marching on H Street near Lafayette Square in Washington, DC on Monday

PHILADELPHIA: Protesters rally in front of Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers in Philadelphia on Monday

PHILADELPHIA: Protesters rally in front of Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers in Philadelphia on Monday

PHILADELPHIA: Protesters march in the aftermath of widespread unrest following the death of George Floyd on Monday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA: Protesters march in the aftermath of widespread unrest following the death of George Floyd on Monday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Former President Barack Obama on Monday condemned the use of violence at nationwide protests over racial inequities and excessive police force while praising the actions of peaceful protesters seeking reform. 

The vast majority of protesters have been peaceful, but a ‘small minority’ were putting people at risk and harming the very communities the protests are intended to help, Obama wrote in an online essay posted on Medium. 

Obama said the violence was ‘compounding the destruction of neighborhoods that are often already short on services and investment and detracting from the larger cause.’ 

Obama’s latest remarks came three days after his first comments on the Floyd case, which called for justice but did not mention the violent nature of some protests. 

His shift in tone on Monday came as some protesters have set fires, smashed windows and looted stores, forcing mayors in large cities to impose nighttime curfews. 

INDIANAPOLIS: Protesters march in the streets of downtown Indianapolis on Monday

INDIANAPOLIS: Protesters march in the streets of downtown Indianapolis on Monday

INDIANAPOLIS: A women addresses the crowd as protesters take a knee at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on Monday

INDIANAPOLIS: A women addresses the crowd as protesters take a knee at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on Monday

LOS ANGELES: Protesters chant and raise their fists while on a street corner in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Monday

LOS ANGELES: Protesters chant and raise their fists while on a street corner in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Monday

LOS ANGELES: A motorist offers support to protesters on a street corner in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Monday

LOS ANGELES: A motorist offers support to protesters on a street corner in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Monday

Timeline: George Floyd’s death at the hands to Minneapolis police sparks nationwide protests  

George Floyd (pictured) said 'I can't breathe' when Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes

The death of Floyd, 46, (pictured) prompted several protests across the country

George Floyd (pictured) said ‘I can’t breathe’ when Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes

Monday, May 25

Cell phone video shows George Floyd, handcuffed and pinned to the ground, with one police officer – Derek Chauvin – kneeling on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Floyd was unresponsive.

Floyd, 46, is heard pleading: ‘I can’t breathe’, as he is arrested by four cops for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store. He later died. 

Tuesday, May 26

Four Minneapolis officers involved in the incident, including Chauvin and Tou Thao, are fired. Minnesota Mayor Jacob Frey says it is ‘the right call’.

As calls mount for the cops to face murder charges, the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension launch an investigation. 

That night, the first of several protests over Floyd’s death take place in Minneapolis, with protesters shouting: ‘I can’t breathe!’

These words echo Floyd’s plea to officers but the phrase also became a rallying cry in 2014 after the death of Eric Garner, another black man who was killed in police custody during an arrest for the illegal sale of cigarettes.

Wednesday, May 27

Protests continue into a second night in Minneapolis and spread nationwide to Los Angeles and Memphis, Tennessee.  

As anger mounts, the protests become violent with one person in Minneapolis shot dead, stores are looted and buildings are set on fire. 

Police in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the thousands of protesters demanding justice for Floyd. 

Mayor Frey called for the officer’s to be charged and said ‘I want to see justice for George Floyd.’ 

It is revealed Chauvin been subject to at least 12 conduct reports since 2001.  

Thursday, May 28

A third night of protests with demonstrations in Minneapolis, Memphis, Louisville, Phoenix, New York City and Columbus, Ohio. 

Protesters burn down the Third Precinct building while 500 National Guards are dispatched to the riots in Minneapolis. 

At least 70 New Yorkers are arrested after clashing with the NYPD.

Protesters in Ohio breached the city’s courthouse and shots were fired at the Colorado State Capitol.  

Friday, May 29 

Trump warned on Twitter that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts'

Trump warned on Twitter that ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ 

President Trump blasts ‘radial left Mayor’ Frey and warned ‘thugs’ that ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ on Twitter.

The phrase comes from former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1967 when referring to ‘slum hoodlums’ who he believed took advantage of the Civil Rights Movement.

Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, which has sparked violent protests

Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, which has sparked violent protests

Twitter flags Trump’s tweet for violating its rules about glorifying violence. It comes mere days after the president was fact-checked, sparking a row with the social media giant.

Black CNN Reporter Omar Jimenez is arrested on live TV while reporting on the riots in Minneapolis

Officer Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd’s death.          

Mayor Frey declares a nighttime curfew in Minneapolis that begins Friday at 8pm and extends until 6am Saturday

President Trump is reportedly rushed to the White House’s underground bunker and Secret Service and George Floyd protestors clash 

Saturday, May 30 

At least 25 cities impose emergency curfews as protests and demonstrations continue into the weekend. 

11 states and the District of Columbia activate the National Guard as tensions flare. 

The National Guard is deployed to Los Angeles amid protests – the first time in nearly 20 years since the 1992 Los Angeles Riots

The National Guard is activated at the White House as Secret Service agents struggle control demonstrators in Washington D.C.  

Sunday, May 31 

At least five people are killed during protests in Indianapolis, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit and Oakland as around 140 cities hold a sixth night of protests.

Federal Protective Services Officer Patrick Underwood is shot dead outside a federal courthouse during late night demonstrations.  

The historic St. John’s church, built in 1816, is set ablaze near the White House in Washington D.C. as more than 50 Secret Service agents are injured.

At least 40 cities impose emergency curfews in light of riots, violence and looting.

President Trump urges states ‘get tough’ by calling the National Guard to oversee protests  and demands ‘Law and Order!’

Trump announces on Twitter that he will designate Antifa, a loose but radical far-left group, as a terrorist organization after blaming them for protest violence. 

The daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chiara de Blasio, 25, is arrested during a George Floyd protest in Manhattan. 

More than 250 people are arrested in New York City as six NYPD officers are injured and looters target luxury stores in SoHo 

George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests have spread internationally, with demonstrations in London and Berlin.  

Derek Chauvin is moved to one of the US’s most secure prisons ahead of his first court appearance on June 8.  

Army deployed to US streets for first time since 1992 LA riots as George Floyd protests kick off


An active duty military police battalion is deploying to Washington, DC, as more protests against police killings of black people kick off in the Capitol, Philadelphia, New York and other cities on Monday evening, just hours after violent riots broke out across the country. 

Between 200 and 250 military personnel from a unit at Fort Bragg in North Carolina are on their way to DC and could arrive as soon as tonight, three Pentagon officials told CNN.    

The deployment marks the first time that the Army has been sent in to patrol US streets in nearly 30 years since the 1992 Los Angeles riots sparked by the brutal police custody death of Rodney King. 

The troops are expected to provide security in the capital but will not perform law enforcement duties such as arrest and detention of protesters or rioters, per CNN.  

Hundreds of people gathered for a peaceful demonstration near the White House on Monday evening as President Donald Trump gave brief remarks in the Rose Garden. 

Trump told reporters his administration is ‘fully committed’ to serving justice for George Floyd, but said he believed the looters and violent protests are distracting from that goal. 

He declared himself the ‘president of law and order’ and threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to mobilize ‘thousands and thousands’ of soldiers around the country to ‘end riots and lawlessness’.  

Just before Trump spoke, police began firing tear gas and deploying flash bangs in an effort to disperse protesters chanting: ‘Don’t shoot’ in Lafayette Park outside the White House.  

Meanwhile, police and protesters in Philadelphia clashed on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as officers used tear gas and sprayed chemicals into the crowds, causing them to scatter.  

And in New York City, large crowds convened in Times Square, with many protesters lying on the ground or kneeling with their arms behind their backs in a powerful message to law enforcement.    

WASHINGTON DC: An active duty military police battalion is deploying to DC as more protests against police killings of black people kick off on Monday. Hundreds of protesters are seen gathered near the White House

NEW YORK: In Times Square, dozens of protesters lied on the ground on Monday with their arms behind their backs. George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck last Monday

NEW YORK: In Times Square, dozens of protesters lied on the ground on Monday with their arms behind their backs. George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck last Monday

NEW YORK: Crowds of protesters gathered in New York City's Times Square on Monday to protest George Floyd's death

NEW YORK: Crowds of protesters gathered in New York City’s Times Square on Monday to protest George Floyd’s death

PHILADELPHIA: Hundreds gathered on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Monday before police began launching tear gas and spraying chemicals at protesters to get them to disperse

PHILADELPHIA: Hundreds gathered on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Monday before police began launching tear gas and spraying chemicals at protesters to get them to disperse

MINNEAPOLIS: In Minneapolis, Floyd's brother, Terrence, (center in a black hat) made an emotional plea for peace at the site where Floyd was pinned to pavement by a cop who put his knee on the handcuffed black man's neck for several minutes

MINNEAPOLIS: In Minneapolis, Floyd’s brother, Terrence, (center in a black hat) made an emotional plea for peace at the site where Floyd was pinned to pavement by a cop who put his knee on the handcuffed black man’s neck for several minutes

WASHINGTON DC: Members of the District of Columbia National Guard are seen driving near the White House on Monday as an active duty military battalion makes its way to the Capitol to help control protests

WASHINGTON DC: Members of the District of Columbia National Guard are seen driving near the White House on Monday as an active duty military battalion makes its way to the Capitol to help control protests

WASHINGTON DC: Defense officials said the military police are expected to provide security without performing law enforcement duties such as arrest or detention of protesters or rioters. Pictured: The DC National Guard on Monday

WASHINGTON DC: Defense officials said the military police are expected to provide security without performing law enforcement duties such as arrest or detention of protesters or rioters. Pictured: The DC National Guard on Monday

The US has been rocked by six straight nights of tumult since George Floyd, a black man, was killed in Minneapolis after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck last Monday.  

Floyd, who was in handcuffs at the time, died after the white officer ignored bystander shouts to get off him and Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe. 

His death, captured on citizen video, has sparked days of protests in Minneapolis that quickly spread to cities across America.  

Speaking in the Rose Garden on Monday, Trump said: ‘All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd.

‘My administration is fully committed that for judge and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain. 

‘But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob. The biggest victims of the rioting is peace loving citizens in our poorest communities. And as their president, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you.

‘I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters. but in recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa and others.’ 

He then revealed his intention to invoke the Insurrection Act, saying: ‘I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them. I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capitol, Washington, DC. What happened in this city last night was a total disgrace.’ 

‘Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail.’

While many of the demonstrations around the country have been peaceful protests by racially diverse crowds, others have descended into violence – despite curfews in many cities across the US and the deployment of thousands of National Guard members over the past week. 

In Minneapolis on Monday, Floyd’s brother, Terrence, pleaded for peace at the site where the black man was pinned to the pavement by officer Derek Chauvin, saying violence is ‘not going to bring my brother back at all’. 

‘Let’s switch it up ya’ll. Let’s switch it up. Do this peacefully, please,’ Terrence Floyd said. 

The crowd chanted: ‘What’s his name? George Floyd!’ and ‘One down, three to go!’ in reference to the four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest. 

NEW YORK: NYPD officers watched on Monday as protesters gathered in Times Square to demonstrate against police killings of black people

NEW YORK: NYPD officers watched on Monday as protesters gathered in Times Square to demonstrate against police killings of black people

NEW YORK: The protesters in New York City laid on the ground, many with their arms behind their backs, on Monday

NEW YORK: The protesters in New York City laid on the ground, many with their arms behind their backs, on Monday

NEW YORK: Hundreds more protesters watched on brandishing signs that read: 'I can't breathe' during the Times Square protest

NEW YORK: Hundreds more protesters watched on brandishing signs that read: ‘I can’t breathe’ during the Times Square protest

NEW YORK: Protesters rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Times Square on Monday

NEW YORK: Protesters rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Times Square on Monday

Chauvin has been charged with murder, but protesters are demanding that his colleagues be prosecuted too. All four were fired. 

Monday’s Minneapolis gathering was part rally and part impromptu eulogy as Floyd urged people to stop the violence and use their power at the ballot box.

‘If I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are you all doing?’ he said. 

‘You all are doing nothing. Because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all.’ 

States that have called in the National Guard

As of Monday morning, National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were activated in 23 states and the District of Columbia, ‘in response to civil disturbances’, the bureau said. 

That brings the total number of Guard members on duty to nearly 62,000. 

These are the states that, according to CNN, have already called on the National Guard in the wake of George Floyd’s death:

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Florida

Illinois

Michigan

Nebraska

Nevada

Oklahoma

Oregon

Virginia

Colorado

Georgia

Indiana

Kentucky

Minnesota

North Carolina

Ohio

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Washington

Wisconsin

The District of Columbia 

The country has been beset by angry demonstrations for the past week in some of the most widespread racial unrest in the US since the 1960s. 

Spurred in part by Floyd’s death, protesters have taken to the streets to decry the killings of black people by police.

While police in some places tried to calm tensions by kneeling or marching in solidarity, officers elsewhere were accused of treating protesters with the same kind of heavy-handed tactics that contributed to the unrest in the first place.  

Around the country, political leaders girded for the possibility of more of what unfolded over the weekend: protesters hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at police in Philadelphia, setting a fire near the White House and smashing their way into Los Angeles stores, running off with as much as they could carry.

At least 4,400 people have been arrested for offenses such as stealing, blocking highways and breaking curfew.

President Trump has berated most of the nation’s governors as ‘weak’ for not cracking down harder on the lawlessness that has convulsed cities from coast to coast.  

He told the nation’s governors in a video conference that they they ‘look like fools’ for not deploying even more National Guard members. 

‘Most of you are weak,’ he said.

‘You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again.’

Over the weekend the Pentagon reportedly took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty US military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York had been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. 

Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas were also told to be ready within 24 hours. 

The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations.

The get-ready orders were sent verbally on Friday, after Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.

Trump made the request on a phone call from the Oval Office on Thursday night that included Esper, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and several others.

The president asked Esper for rapid deployment options if the Minneapolis protests continued to spiral out of control, according to one of the people, senior Pentagon official who was on the call.

‘When the White House asks for options, someone opens the drawer and pulls them out so to speak,’ the official said.

The person said the military units would be deployed under the Insurrection Act, which was last used in 1992 during the riots in Los Angeles that followed the Rodney King trial. 

Roughly 800 US soldiers would deploy to the city if called.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered 500 of his National Guard troops into Minneapolis, St Paul, and surrounding communities.

But a Pentagon spokesman said Walz did not ask for the Army to be deployed to his state.

‘The Department has been in touch with the Governor and there is no request for Title 10 forces to support the Minnesota National Guard or state law enforcement.’ Title 10 is the US law that governs the armed forces, and would authorize active duty military to operate within the US.

Alyssa Farah, the White House director of strategic communications, previously said the deployment of active-duty military police was untrue.

‘False: off the record – title 10 not under discussion,’ said Farah in an email response. No off-record agreement was negotiated with The Associated Press.

The three officials with direct knowledge of the potential deployment said the orders were on a classified system, known as the Secret Internet Protocol Router or SIPR for short.

Active-duty forces are normally prohibited from acting as a domestic law enforcement agency. But the Insurrection Act offers an exception.

The Insurrection Act will allow the military to take up a policing authority it otherwise would not be allowed to do, enforcing state and federal laws, said Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas School of Law professor who specializes in constitutional and national security law.

The statute ‘is deliberately vague’ when it comes to the instances in which the Insurrection Act could be used, he said. 

The state’s governor could ask Trump to take action or Trump could act on his own authority if he’s determined that the local authorities are so overwhelmed that they can’t adequately enforce the law, Vladeck said.

‘It is a very, very broad grant of authority for the president,’ he added. 

WASHINGTON DC: Crowds gathered in Washington DC on Monday down the street from the White House. Overnight, police and rioters clashed outside the White House

WASHINGTON DC: Crowds gathered in Washington DC on Monday down the street from the White House. Overnight, police and rioters clashed outside the White House

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters calling for freedom and carrying signs saying 'I can't breath' gathered in Washington DC on Monday

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters calling for freedom and carrying signs saying ‘I can’t breath’ gathered in Washington DC on Monday

WASHINGTON DC: The crowds walked through the streets of Washington DC on Monday near Lafayette Square close to the White House

WASHINGTON DC: The crowds walked through the streets of Washington DC on Monday near Lafayette Square close to the White House

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters hold anti-Trump placards while marching on H Street near Lafayette Square in Washington, DC on Monday

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters hold anti-Trump placards while marching on H Street near Lafayette Square in Washington, DC on Monday

PHILADELPHIA: Protesters rally in front of Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers in Philadelphia on Monday

PHILADELPHIA: Protesters rally in front of Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers in Philadelphia on Monday

PHILADELPHIA: Protesters march in the aftermath of widespread unrest following the death of George Floyd on Monday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA: Protesters march in the aftermath of widespread unrest following the death of George Floyd on Monday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Former President Barack Obama on Monday condemned the use of violence at nationwide protests over racial inequities and excessive police force while praising the actions of peaceful protesters seeking reform. 

The vast majority of protesters have been peaceful, but a ‘small minority’ were putting people at risk and harming the very communities the protests are intended to help, Obama wrote in an online essay posted on Medium. 

Obama said the violence was ‘compounding the destruction of neighborhoods that are often already short on services and investment and detracting from the larger cause.’ 

Obama’s latest remarks came three days after his first comments on the Floyd case, which called for justice but did not mention the violent nature of some protests. 

His shift in tone on Monday came as some protesters have set fires, smashed windows and looted stores, forcing mayors in large cities to impose nighttime curfews. 

INDIANAPOLIS: Protesters march in the streets of downtown Indianapolis on Monday

INDIANAPOLIS: Protesters march in the streets of downtown Indianapolis on Monday

INDIANAPOLIS: A women addresses the crowd as protesters take a knee at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on Monday

INDIANAPOLIS: A women addresses the crowd as protesters take a knee at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on Monday

LOS ANGELES: Protesters chant and raise their fists while on a street corner in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Monday

LOS ANGELES: Protesters chant and raise their fists while on a street corner in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Monday

LOS ANGELES: A motorist offers support to protesters on a street corner in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Monday

LOS ANGELES: A motorist offers support to protesters on a street corner in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Monday

Timeline: George Floyd’s death at the hands to Minneapolis police sparks nationwide protests  

George Floyd (pictured) said 'I can't breathe' when Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes

The death of Floyd, 46, (pictured) prompted several protests across the country

George Floyd (pictured) said ‘I can’t breathe’ when Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes

Monday, May 25

Cell phone video shows George Floyd, handcuffed and pinned to the ground, with one police officer – Derek Chauvin – kneeling on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Floyd was unresponsive.

Floyd, 46, is heard pleading: ‘I can’t breathe’, as he is arrested by four cops for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store. He later died. 

Tuesday, May 26

Four Minneapolis officers involved in the incident, including Chauvin and Tou Thao, are fired. Minnesota Mayor Jacob Frey says it is ‘the right call’.

As calls mount for the cops to face murder charges, the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension launch an investigation. 

That night, the first of several protests over Floyd’s death take place in Minneapolis, with protesters shouting: ‘I can’t breathe!’

These words echo Floyd’s plea to officers but the phrase also became a rallying cry in 2014 after the death of Eric Garner, another black man who was killed in police custody during an arrest for the illegal sale of cigarettes.

Wednesday, May 27

Protests continue into a second night in Minneapolis and spread nationwide to Los Angeles and Memphis, Tennessee.  

As anger mounts, the protests become violent with one person in Minneapolis shot dead, stores are looted and buildings are set on fire. 

Police in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the thousands of protesters demanding justice for Floyd. 

Mayor Frey called for the officer’s to be charged and said ‘I want to see justice for George Floyd.’ 

It is revealed Chauvin been subject to at least 12 conduct reports since 2001.  

Thursday, May 28

A third night of protests with demonstrations in Minneapolis, Memphis, Louisville, Phoenix, New York City and Columbus, Ohio. 

Protesters burn down the Third Precinct building while 500 National Guards are dispatched to the riots in Minneapolis. 

At least 70 New Yorkers are arrested after clashing with the NYPD.

Protesters in Ohio breached the city’s courthouse and shots were fired at the Colorado State Capitol.  

Friday, May 29 

Trump warned on Twitter that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts'

Trump warned on Twitter that ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ 

President Trump blasts ‘radial left Mayor’ Frey and warned ‘thugs’ that ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ on Twitter.

The phrase comes from former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1967 when referring to ‘slum hoodlums’ who he believed took advantage of the Civil Rights Movement.

Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, which has sparked violent protests

Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, which has sparked violent protests

Twitter flags Trump’s tweet for violating its rules about glorifying violence. It comes mere days after the president was fact-checked, sparking a row with the social media giant.

Black CNN Reporter Omar Jimenez is arrested on live TV while reporting on the riots in Minneapolis

Officer Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd’s death.          

Mayor Frey declares a nighttime curfew in Minneapolis that begins Friday at 8pm and extends until 6am Saturday

President Trump is reportedly rushed to the White House’s underground bunker and Secret Service and George Floyd protestors clash 

Saturday, May 30 

At least 25 cities impose emergency curfews as protests and demonstrations continue into the weekend. 

11 states and the District of Columbia activate the National Guard as tensions flare. 

The National Guard is deployed to Los Angeles amid protests – the first time in nearly 20 years since the 1992 Los Angeles Riots

The National Guard is activated at the White House as Secret Service agents struggle control demonstrators in Washington D.C.  

Sunday, May 31 

At least five people are killed during protests in Indianapolis, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit and Oakland as around 140 cities hold a sixth night of protests.

Federal Protective Services Officer Patrick Underwood is shot dead outside a federal courthouse during late night demonstrations.  

The historic St. John’s church, built in 1816, is set ablaze near the White House in Washington D.C. as more than 50 Secret Service agents are injured.

At least 40 cities impose emergency curfews in light of riots, violence and looting.

President Trump urges states ‘get tough’ by calling the National Guard to oversee protests  and demands ‘Law and Order!’

Trump announces on Twitter that he will designate Antifa, a loose but radical far-left group, as a terrorist organization after blaming them for protest violence. 

The daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chiara de Blasio, 25, is arrested during a George Floyd protest in Manhattan. 

More than 250 people are arrested in New York City as six NYPD officers are injured and looters target luxury stores in SoHo 

George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests have spread internationally, with demonstrations in London and Berlin.  

Derek Chauvin is moved to one of the US’s most secure prisons ahead of his first court appearance on June 8.  

Justin Theroux wears protective mask and gloves to walk his dog in NYC


Justin Theroux wears mask and gloves to walk his dog in NYC… as neighbors accuse him of ‘public humiliation’

Emmy-winning producer Justin Theroux armed himself with a CDC-recommended mask and disposable gloves to walk his pet Pit Bull through Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood on Monday.

The Washington, D.C.-born 48-year-old bared his biceps in a white muscle tee and wore a matching beanie with Army green cargo pants and black sneakers for his outing.

As of Monday, there have been over 203K confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York City leading to over 21K deaths – according to Johns Hopkins University.  

Canine companion: Emmy-winning producer Justin Theroux armed himself with a CDC-recommended mask and disposable gloves to walk his pet Pit Bull through Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood on Monday

Safety first: The Washington, D.C.-born 48-year-old bared his biceps in a white muscle tee and wore a matching beanie with Army green cargo pants and black sneakers for his outing

Safety first: The Washington, D.C.-born 48-year-old bared his biceps in a white muscle tee and wore a matching beanie with Army green cargo pants and black sneakers for his outing

While out, Justin – who boasts 819K followers – Instastoried a mural painted by contemporary artist Steve ‘ESPO’ Powers.

Theroux shares his apartment with little Kuma (‘bear’ in Japanese), whom he adopted in 2018 from Austin Pets Alive in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The SNL guest star ended his seven-year relationship with Wanderlust castmate Jennifer Aniston in 2017 and, according to TMZ, there was no record of a marriage license in LA County. 

While out, Justin Instastoried a mural painted by contemporary artist Steve 'ESPO' Powers

He boasts 819K Instagram followers

Admiring art: While out, Justin – who boasts 819K followers – Instastoried a mural painted by contemporary artist Steve ‘ESPO’ Powers

'#formalfriday': Theroux shares his apartment with little Kuma ('bear' in Japanese), whom he adopted in 2018 from Austin Pets Alive in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey (pictured April 10)

‘#formalfriday’: Theroux shares his apartment with little Kuma (‘bear’ in Japanese), whom he adopted in 2018 from Austin Pets Alive in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey (pictured April 10)

Rage-filled outbursts? The Lady and the Tramp star's noisy neighbors the Resnicows (Norman Resnicow pictured) - whom he's suing - just called him 'threatening' and accused him of 'public humiliation as a weapon to destroy us'

Rage-filled outbursts? The Lady and the Tramp star’s noisy neighbors the Resnicows (Norman Resnicow pictured) – whom he’s suing – just called him ‘threatening’ and accused him of ‘public humiliation as a weapon to destroy us’ 

Justin’s noisy neighbors the Resnicows – whom he’s suing – just called him ‘threatening’ and accused him of ‘public humiliation as a weapon to destroy us.’

‘Our verbal dispute, which was recorded without our consent, had nothing to do with Justin Theroux or with the lawsuit he has filed against both of us,’ Mrs. Resnicow told TMZ on Monday.

‘He is using the pain of public humiliation as a weapon to destroy us. I feel threatened by Justin, not my husband.’  

'On the set!' Justin will next appear in the Rosemary's Baby-inspired 2020 horror flick False Positive alongside screenwriter-star Ilana Glazer (L, pictured June 4) and Pierce Brosnan

‘On the set!’ Justin will next appear in the Rosemary’s Baby-inspired 2020 horror flick False Positive alongside screenwriter-star Ilana Glazer (L, pictured June 4) and Pierce Brosnan

'#VIOLETthefilm': Theroux will also play 'The Voice' in Justine Bateman's (pictured August 8) 2020 feature directorial debut Violet alongside Olivia Munn and Laura San Giacomo

‘#VIOLETthefilm’: Theroux will also play ‘The Voice’ in Justine Bateman’s (pictured August 8) 2020 feature directorial debut Violet alongside Olivia Munn and Laura San Giacomo

Theroux is ‘seeking civil or criminal punishment’ for Norman, whose ‘rage-filled outbursts violate a restraining order put in place as part of their ongoing litigation.’

The Lady and the Tramp star will next appear in the Rosemary’s Baby-inspired 2020 horror flick False Positive alongside screenwriter-star Ilana Glazer and Pierce Brosnan.

Justin will also play ‘The Voice’ in Justine Bateman’s 2020 feature directorial debut Violet alongside Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey, and Laura San Giacomo.



Experts say protests following George Floyd’s death could trigger a second wave of coronavirus


Thousands of Americans left their homes and took to the streets to protest across the country after the death of George Floyd.

The 46-year-old black man died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Memorial Day after a white police officer arrested him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 and knelt on his neck for eight minutes while Floyd gasped: ‘I cant’ breathe!’

With demonstrations taking place in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, DC, there are concerns that the mass gatherings could trigger a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Many protestors have been seen ignoring social distancing guidelines and not wearing protective gear such as masks.

However, one expert has warned that the shouting and running around that occurs at many demonstrations could lead to even greater virus transmission.

Experts say not following social distancing guidelines and not wearing masks at protests over George Floyd’s death could increase the risk of coronavirus transmission. Pictured: Activists take part in a Black Lives Matter protest after the Floyd’s death, June 1

Shouting and running around could raise the risk of infected droplets being spewed into the air and others inhaling them. Pictured: Demonstrators during a protest in New York, May 31

Shouting and running around could raise the risk of infected droplets being spewed into the air and others inhaling them. Pictured: Demonstrators during a protest in New York, May 31

Dr William Schaffer, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told DailyMail.com there are several reasons one may become infected at a protest.

There’s the fact that demonstrations are large congregant events – which are currently discouraged – a lack of social distancing and people not wearing masks.

However, he adds that a lot of shouting is also likely to increase the risk of virus spread.

‘There is a lot of shouting and running around, which is exertional, which will make people breathe more deeply and exhale more,’ Dr Schaffner said. 

This means more potentially infected droplets in the air and a greater chance of a non-infected person breathing them in and falling ill.

Additionally, many people attending these protests are people of color, minorities who have been disproportionately affected by COVID.

‘That puts those populations at greater risk and those people can bring the virus  home with them,’ Dr Schaffner said.

‘There’s no doubt that we are concerned that this may contribute to spikes of increased infections here and there because it comes at the time when we are all “opening our society” as we are going out.’

On Saturday, in Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, warned the protests could become ‘super-spreading events’ if people don’t practice social distancing or take other preventive measures such as wearing masks.

These events occur when a single person, who sheds a great deal of the virus for unknown reasons, infects several people at one time.

Dr Schaffner says there have been ‘super-spreading’ events during the pandemic after large groups of people have come together.

One example is in South Korea, where a woman went to China, came back infected and then attended a large event at her church. 

‘There was a huge are gathering at this religious service where social distancing was not observed even though it was already recommended,’ he said.

‘And she was indeed a super-spreader and spread it to a large number of people, creating the first major introduction of COVID into South Korea.’

Shouting and running around could raise the risk of infected droplets being spewed into the air and others inhaling them. Pictured: Protesters rally against the death of George Floyd in Portland, Oregon, May 31

Shouting and running around could raise the risk of infected droplets being spewed into the air and others inhaling them. Pictured: Protesters rally against the death of George Floyd in Portland, Oregon, May 31

One expert fears the distrust in authority after Floyd's death will also lead to a distrust in health authorities who are contact tracing. Pictured: NYPD anti-riot police are seen preparing to disperse protestors, May 31

One expert fears the distrust in authority after Floyd’s death will also lead to a distrust in health authorities who are contact tracing. Pictured: NYPD anti-riot police are seen preparing to disperse protestors, May 31

In another instance in Washington state, after someone ill attended choir practice, 52 of the 61 people there became sick.

According to Skagit County Public Health, 32 were confirmed to have COVID-19 and 20 had symptoms consistent with the virus.

Dr Schaffner says a super-spreader might not know they’re infected and think their coughing is from the protest.

‘If you suddenly start coughing, and you’ve been exposed to tear gas and pepper spray, you may just ascribe your cough to those kinds of exposures rather than attributing them to perhaps COVID infection,’ he said.

‘So they could easily put themselves in a position where they infect a large number of people.’ 

He also fears than an unintended consequence of Floyd’s death and the protests will be a distrust of authorities that spills into contact tracing.

Contact tracing is considered to be one of the most important measures needed to safely reopen the economy.

All COVID-19 positive patients are asked to remember everyone they came into contact with while possibly contagious, and then those people are asked to self-quarantine for two weeks.

‘Contact tracing only works if there is trust,’ Dr Schaffner explained.

‘A total stranger calls you up, you’re positive, explains they’re from the health department, wants to contact everyone with whom you’ve had contact with in the previous week.

‘Unless you trust that person and believe that they were trying do good for your community and your friends, you won’t give up that information. 

Dr Schaffner says ‘if one wishes to demonstrate’, remember to socially distance from others, always wear a mask covering the nose and mouth and bring hand sanitizer. 

He also advises to go home during the evening. 

‘Because it would appear that all the rambunctiousness occurs once it gets dark and obviously with all the running around and congregating then, that’s when the risk increases,’ he said.

Looters trash Soho: Smashed windows at Gucci, Chanel and Bloomingdales in NYC


Soho in New York City was ravaged by looters on Sunday night who smashed the windows of luxury stores like Gucci, Chanel and Bloomingdales to steal goods in a wild night of riots that saw more than 250 arrests, cops being injured and one man being shot. 

It remains unclear if those who smashed up the stores were part of protests against George Floyd’s death, or if they belonged to different groups and were merely taking advantage of the chaos unfolding across the country. 

Across New York City on Sunday night, more than 250 people were arrested. Six cops were injured, none seriously, and a man in his twenties was shot in the abdomen after an argument with a different group of young men. 

The man was shot at 12.30am at the corner of Crosby Street and Spring Street, a stone’s throw from the stores that were ransacked. He is in the hospital in a stable condition.  

NYPD cops in riot gear patrolled the streets and helicopters hovered above the neighborhood – known for its trendy restaurants, luxury clothing stores and expensive apartments – throughout the night. 

Similar scenes played out in cities across the country in a sixth night of riots and protests over Floyd’s death. The unarmed 46-year-old black man died on Monday in Minneapolis after cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. 

Chauvin has now been charged with his murder but three other cops involved are yet to face charges. 

His death has sparked a national conversation about racism and police brutality amid a backdrop of a country that had already been shaken by economic uncertainty and public health fears caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Chanel in Soho on Monday morning after looters smashed windows to ransack luxury stores in another night of chaos 

The looters pulled down plywood to get into the stores. They are not thought to have been part of the Floyd protests

The looters pulled down plywood to get into the stores. They are not thought to have been part of the Floyd protests

A young man on a Citibike on Monday morning after taking from Balmain, one of the many stores that was looted on Sunday night

A young man on a Citibike on Monday morning after taking from Balmain, one of the many stores that was looted on Sunday night

Street cleaners on Monday morning in Soho. There were still boxes of goods strewn in the street from the stores

Street cleaners on Monday morning in Soho. Boxes of goods from the stores were also seen lying in the streets

The smashed window at G-Shock on West Broadway on Monday morning

The smashed window at G-Shock on West Broadway on Monday morning 

Happy Socks on West Broadway on Monday morning

Happy Socks on West Broadway on Monday morning 

NYPD officers on Monday morning outside Chanel in New York City. More than 250 people were arrested in NYC on Sunday night

NYPD officers on Monday morning outside Chanel in New York City. More than 250 people were arrested in NYC on Sunday night

Another jewelry store on West Broadway that had its windows smashed on Sunday night

Another jewelry store on West Broadway that had its windows smashed on Sunday night 

Jewelry store Aurate on Monday morning after being smashed up by the looters

Jewelry store Aurate on Monday morning after being smashed up by the looters 

The looting in Soho happened on Sunday night as; 

  • President Trump was whisked to a bunker while protesters descended on the White House, throwing Molotov cocktails and injuring 50 Secret Service agents 
  • A protester was reportedly shot dead in Louisville, Kentucky 
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter was arrested at a protest in New York City 
  • An armed vigilante in California pulled a gun on rioters who tried to hold up a bank 
  • Across the country, peaceful protesters tried to stop violent opportunists from ransacking stores 
  • In Louisville, protesters formed a human chain to protect one cop who became separated from his unit and outnumbered by crowds 
  • Other cops dropped to their knees in shows of solidarity with protesters and some abandoned riot gear to march with crowds peacefully 
  • In Minneapolis, a tanker plowed through crowds of protesters on a highway; he was then pulled from the rig and beaten by crowds 

On Sunday night, President Trump was whisked to a bunker as protesters descended on the White House. More than 50 Secret Service agents were injured in the clashes.

In New York City, the looters reportedly distributed goods to each other after smashing stores before police arrived. 

 When it got dark it got ugly and it got ugly quick

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea 

Dozens were arrested on Sunday night and more were still being taken into custody on Monday morning.  

Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Today that the entire weekend was ‘incredibly challenging’ for cops. 

‘Ninety percent of yesterday went very well. Five or six thousand protesters throughout New York City, less violence as the days before. The majority of the protesters were peaceful making their point.

‘When it got dark it got ugly and it got ugly quick. We had some violence, we had another incident of an individual with a Molotov cocktail in Brooklyn.

‘We had an individual, two officers in a marked car in Queens, a bullet hit that car. That’s clearly alarming to us. The looting. The looting turned very quickly in portions of the city, in Brooklyn, and primarily in Manhattan

‘There were hundreds and hundreds of arrests in a very short time in that area and some are still going on. It was a very challenging time for police officers,’ he said.   

An NYPD cop points his gun at a man who was driving erratically and crashing into cars in Soho on Sunday night

An NYPD cop points his gun at a man who was driving erratically and crashing into cars in Soho on Sunday night 

The man was pulled from the vehicle by an NYPD cop

The man was pulled from the vehicle by an NYPD cop

Dozens of people were arrested in Soho on Sunday night, including the driver of the car. Cops knelt on his back to subdue him

Dozens of people were arrested in Soho on Sunday night, including the driver of the car. Cops knelt on his back to subdue him 

A cop on Sunday night in Manhattan calling for back up as a dumpster fire rages behind him

A cop on Sunday night in Manhattan calling for back up as a dumpster fire rages behind him 

Looters take on an AT&T store in Manhattan on Sunday night

Looters take on an AT&T store in Manhattan on Sunday night

There were clashed between protesters and looters throughout the night. Most of the protesters were peaceful and were not involved in the looting

There were clashed between protesters and looters throughout the night. Most of the protesters were peaceful and were not involved in the looting

Looters smash the windows at Kate Spade on Sunday night to steal goods from the windows

Looters smash the windows at Kate Spade on Sunday night to steal goods from the windows

NYPD cops in helmets at the Kate Spade store once it had been ransacked

NYPD cops in helmets at the Kate Spade store once it had been ransacked 

Looters taking from a store in Soho on Sunday night before police arrived

Looters taking from a store in Soho on Sunday night before police arrived 

The looters not only took on luxury stores - they smashed windows of smaller independent retailers and smoke shops to seize goods that were in the windows

The looters not only took on luxury stores – they smashed windows of smaller independent retailers and smoke shops to seize goods that were in the windows 

It's unclear which store the looters were ransacking here. Some worse coronavirus masks and others did not

It’s unclear which store the looters were ransacking here. Some worse coronavirus masks and others did not 

A looter smashes the window at Dolce and Gabanna on Sunday night in New York's Soho

A looter smashes the window at Dolce and Gabanna on Sunday night in New York’s Soho 

Looters ransack Uno de 50, a jewelry store on Prince Street, on Sunday night

Looters ransack Uno de 50, a jewelry store on Prince Street, on Sunday night 

NYPD officers in Soho on Sunday night after the looters tore down plywood at Chanel

NYPD officers in Soho on Sunday night after the looters tore down plywood at Chanel 

Chanel on Sunday night after looters ransacked the store

Chanel on Sunday night after looters ransacked the store 

The aftermath of riots and looting inside Coach on Sunday night

The aftermath of riots and looting inside Coach on Sunday night 

Mercer Street in New York City on Sunday night

Mercer Street in New York City on Sunday night 

An NYPD car was set on fire outside Bloomingdales. Its torched shell remained there after the looters had passed through the area

An NYPD car was set on fire outside Bloomingdales. Its torched shell remained there after the looters had passed through the area 

Smashed windows at Lululemon on Sunday after the looters overran it

Smashed windows at Lululemon on Sunday after the looters overran it 

A looter inside a store in New York City's Soho on Sunday night

A looter inside a store in New York City’s Soho on Sunday night

The window at Lululemon in Soho on Sunday night after it was targeted

The window at Lululemon in Soho on Sunday night after it was targeted 

An NYPD spokesman told DailyMail.com on Monday morning it was unclear whether the looters had come from out of the city or if they were planned groups who had nothing to do with the Floyd protests but were merely taking advantage of the escalating chaos. 

The New York Post cites witnesses who say they had a system whereby one group would enter the store and grab the goods then flee on scooters and bikes.

‘The looters have been going systemically from store to store. They had people go in, grab the [items]. Then had people on Revel [scooters] take off. It was hundreds of people,’ they said.

This week hundreds of protests have unfolded in at least 145 cities across the country as people gather in outrage over the horrifying death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed while in the custody of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Memorial Day.

The demonstrations have marked unparalleled civil unrest in the US that hasn’t been seen since the 1968 assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Trump spent Sunday berating his enemies on Twitter and demanding ‘law and order’ in Democratic-run cities, but did not appear in public and opted against making a televised address to calm tensions.

He has been abhorred for his early response to the riots. 

When tensions first flared in Minneapolis, he tweeted: ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts.’ Twitter censored his post. 

The National Guard has now been deployed in more than 20 states and there are growing fears that the protests and riots will continue.   

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters jump on a street sign near a burning barricade near the White House late on Sunday

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters jump on a street sign near a burning barricade near the White House late on Sunday

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: A protester is pinned down by a police officer as cops in riot gear including shields and helmets clash with protesters on Sunday night

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: A protester is pinned down by a police officer as cops in riot gear including shields and helmets clash with protesters on Sunday night 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: People flee for their lives as a tanker truck drives towards thousands of protesters on a highway yesterday. The truck did not appear to have struck anyone

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: People flee for their lives as a tanker truck drives towards thousands of protesters on a highway yesterday. The truck did not appear to have struck anyone 

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Smoke and debris at a looted hardware store in Philadelphia last night after it was targeted by looters during the George Floyd riots

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Smoke and debris at a looted hardware store in Philadelphia last night after it was targeted by looters during the George Floyd riots 

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA: An armed vigilante attempts to stop a bank robbery in Santa Monica during the widespread riots yesterday, as protesters turned on looters in some places

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA: An armed vigilante attempts to stop a bank robbery in Santa Monica during the widespread riots yesterday, as protesters turned on looters in some places 

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Protests continued to rage fury in Boston on Sunday evening where a police car was set ablaze

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Protests continued to rage fury in Boston on Sunday evening where a police car was set ablaze 

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: A woman is bundled into a vehicle by police officers as protests in downtown Charlotte turned violent on Sunday night

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: A woman is bundled into a vehicle by police officers as protests in downtown Charlotte turned violent on Sunday night

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA: Protester Kendrick Cutkelvin of Savannah uses a SWAT vehicle loudspeaker to disperse a small crowd of protesters after a peaceful protest in Georgia last night

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA: Protester Kendrick Cutkelvin of Savannah uses a SWAT vehicle loudspeaker to disperse a small crowd of protesters after a peaceful protest in Georgia last night 



Looters trash Soho: Smashed windows at Gucci, Chanel and Bloomingdales in NYC


Soho in New York City was ravaged by looters on Sunday night who smashed the windows of luxury stores like Gucci, Chanel and Bloomingdales to steal goods in a wild night of riots that saw more than 250 arrests, cops being injured and one man being shot. 

It remains unclear if those who smashed up the stores were part of protests against George Floyd’s death, or if they belonged to different groups and were merely taking advantage of the chaos unfolding across the country. 

Across New York City on Sunday night, more than 250 people were arrested. Six cops were injured, none seriously, and a man in his twenties was shot in the abdomen after an argument with a different group of young men. 

The man was shot at 12.30am at the corner of Crosby Street and Spring Street, a stone’s throw from the stores that were ransacked. He is in the hospital in a stable condition.  

NYPD cops in riot gear patrolled the streets and helicopters hovered above the neighborhood – known for its trendy restaurants, luxury clothing stores and expensive apartments – throughout the night. 

Similar scenes played out in cities across the country in a sixth night of riots and protests over Floyd’s death. The unarmed 46-year-old black man died on Monday in Minneapolis after cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. 

Chauvin has now been charged with his murder but three other cops involved are yet to face charges. 

His death has sparked a national conversation about racism and police brutality amid a backdrop of a country that had already been shaken by economic uncertainty and public health fears caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Chanel in Soho on Monday morning after looters smashed windows to ransack luxury stores in another night of chaos 

The looters pulled down plywood to get into the stores. They are not thought to have been part of the Floyd protests

The looters pulled down plywood to get into the stores. They are not thought to have been part of the Floyd protests

A young man on a Citibike on Monday morning after taking from Balmain, one of the many stores that was looted on Sunday night

A young man on a Citibike on Monday morning after taking from Balmain, one of the many stores that was looted on Sunday night

Street cleaners on Monday morning in Soho. There were still boxes of goods strewn in the street from the stores

Street cleaners on Monday morning in Soho. Boxes of goods from the stores were also seen lying in the streets

The smashed window at G-Shock on West Broadway on Monday morning

The smashed window at G-Shock on West Broadway on Monday morning 

Happy Socks on West Broadway on Monday morning

Happy Socks on West Broadway on Monday morning 

NYPD officers on Monday morning outside Chanel in New York City. More than 250 people were arrested in NYC on Sunday night

NYPD officers on Monday morning outside Chanel in New York City. More than 250 people were arrested in NYC on Sunday night

Another jewelry store on West Broadway that had its windows smashed on Sunday night

Another jewelry store on West Broadway that had its windows smashed on Sunday night 

Jewelry store Aurate on Monday morning after being smashed up by the looters

Jewelry store Aurate on Monday morning after being smashed up by the looters 

A cop on Sunday night in Manhattan calling for back up as a dumpster fire rages behind him

A cop on Sunday night in Manhattan calling for back up as a dumpster fire rages behind him 

Looters take on an AT&T store in Manhattan on Sunday night

Looters take on an AT&T store in Manhattan on Sunday night

There were clashed between protesters and looters throughout the night. Most of the protesters were peaceful and were not involved in the looting

There were clashed between protesters and looters throughout the night. Most of the protesters were peaceful and were not involved in the looting

Looters smash the windows at Kate Spade on Sunday night to steal goods from the windows

Looters smash the windows at Kate Spade on Sunday night to steal goods from the windows

NYPD cops in helmets at the Kate Spade store once it had been ransacked

NYPD cops in helmets at the Kate Spade store once it had been ransacked 

Looters taking from a store in Soho on Sunday night before police arrived

Looters taking from a store in Soho on Sunday night before police arrived 

The looters not only took on luxury stores - they smashed windows of smaller independent retailers and smoke shops to seize goods that were in the windows

The looters not only took on luxury stores – they smashed windows of smaller independent retailers and smoke shops to seize goods that were in the windows 

It's unclear which store the looters were ransacking here. Some worse coronavirus masks and others did not

It’s unclear which store the looters were ransacking here. Some worse coronavirus masks and others did not 

A looter smashes the window at Dolce and Gabanna on Sunday night in New York's Soho

A looter smashes the window at Dolce and Gabanna on Sunday night in New York’s Soho 

Looters ransack Uno de 50, a jewelry store on Prince Street, on Sunday night

Looters ransack Uno de 50, a jewelry store on Prince Street, on Sunday night 

NYPD officers in Soho on Sunday night after the looters tore down plywood at Chanel

NYPD officers in Soho on Sunday night after the looters tore down plywood at Chanel 

Chanel on Sunday night after looters ransacked the store

Chanel on Sunday night after looters ransacked the store 

The aftermath of riots and looting inside Coach on Sunday night

The aftermath of riots and looting inside Coach on Sunday night 

Mercer Street in New York City on Sunday night

Mercer Street in New York City on Sunday night 

An NYPD car was set on fire outside Bloomingdales. Its torched shell remained there after the looters had passed through the area

An NYPD car was set on fire outside Bloomingdales. Its torched shell remained there after the looters had passed through the area 

The looting in Soho happened on Sunday night as; 

  • President Trump was whisked to a bunker while protesters descended on the White House, throwing Molotov cocktails and injuring 50 Secret Service agents 
  • A protester was reportedly shot dead in Louisville, Kentucky 
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter was arrested at a protest in New York City 
  • An armed vigilante in California pulled a gun on rioters who tried to hold up a bank 
  • Across the country, peaceful protesters tried to stop violent opportunists from ransacking stores 
  • In Louisville, protesters formed a human chain to protect one cop who became separated from his unit and outnumbered by crowds 
  • Other cops dropped to their knees in shows of solidarity with protesters and some abandoned riot gear to march with crowds peacefully 
  • In Minneapolis, a tanker plowed through crowds of protesters on a highway; he was then pulled from the rig and beaten by crowds 

On Sunday night, President Trump was whisked to a bunker as protesters descended on the White House. More than 50 Secret Service agents were injured in the clashes.

In New York City, the looters reportedly distributed goods to each other after smashing stores before police arrived. 

 When it got dark it got ugly and it got ugly quick

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea 

Dozens were arrested on Sunday night and more were still being taken into custody on Monday morning.  

Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Today that the entire weekend was ‘incredibly challenging’ for cops. 

‘Ninety percent of yesterday went very well. Five or six thousand protesters throughout New York City, less violence as the days before. The majority of the protesters were peaceful making their point.

‘When it got dark it got ugly and it got ugly quick. We had some violence, we had another incident of an individual with a Molotov cocktail in Brooklyn.

‘We had an individual, two officers in a marked car in Queens, a bullet hit that car. That’s clearly alarming to us. The looting. The looting turned very quickly in portions of the city, in Brooklyn, and primarily in Manhattan

‘There were hundreds and hundreds of arrests in a very short time in that area and some are still going on.

‘It was a very challenging time for police officers,’ he said.   

Smashed windows at Lululemon on Sunday after the looters overran it

Smashed windows at Lululemon on Sunday after the looters overran it 

A looter inside a store in New York City's Soho on Sunday night

A looter inside a store in New York City’s Soho on Sunday night

The window at Lululemon in Soho on Sunday night after it was targeted

The window at Lululemon in Soho on Sunday night after it was targeted 

An NYPD spokesman told DailyMail.com on Monday morning it was unclear whether the looters had come from out of the city or if they were planned groups who had nothing to do with the Floyd protests but were merely taking advantage of the escalating chaos. 

The New York Post cites witnesses who say they had a system whereby one group would enter the store and grab the goods then flee on scooters and bikes.

‘The looters have been going systemically from store to store. They had people go in, grab the [items]. Then had people on Revel [scooters] take off. It was hundreds of people,’ they said.

This week hundreds of protests have unfolded in at least 145 cities across the country as people gather in outrage over the horrifying death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed while in the custody of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Memorial Day.

The demonstrations have marked unparalleled civil unrest in the US that hasn’t been seen since the 1968 assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Trump spent Sunday berating his enemies on Twitter and demanding ‘law and order’ in Democratic-run cities, but did not appear in public and opted against making a televised address to calm tensions.

He has been abhorred for his early response to the riots. 

When tensions first flared in Minneapolis, he tweeted: ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts.’ Twitter censored his post. 

The National Guard has now been deployed in more than 20 states and there are growing fears that the protests and riots will continue.   

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters jump on a street sign near a burning barricade near the White House late on Sunday

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters jump on a street sign near a burning barricade near the White House late on Sunday

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: A protester is pinned down by a police officer as cops in riot gear including shields and helmets clash with protesters on Sunday night

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: A protester is pinned down by a police officer as cops in riot gear including shields and helmets clash with protesters on Sunday night 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: People flee for their lives as a tanker truck drives towards thousands of protesters on a highway yesterday. The truck did not appear to have struck anyone

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: People flee for their lives as a tanker truck drives towards thousands of protesters on a highway yesterday. The truck did not appear to have struck anyone 

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Smoke and debris at a looted hardware store in Philadelphia last night after it was targeted by looters during the George Floyd riots

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Smoke and debris at a looted hardware store in Philadelphia last night after it was targeted by looters during the George Floyd riots 

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA: An armed vigilante attempts to stop a bank robbery in Santa Monica during the widespread riots yesterday, as protesters turned on looters in some places

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA: An armed vigilante attempts to stop a bank robbery in Santa Monica during the widespread riots yesterday, as protesters turned on looters in some places 

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Protests continued to rage fury in Boston on Sunday evening where a police car was set ablaze

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Protests continued to rage fury in Boston on Sunday evening where a police car was set ablaze 

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: A woman is bundled into a vehicle by police officers as protests in downtown Charlotte turned violent on Sunday night

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: A woman is bundled into a vehicle by police officers as protests in downtown Charlotte turned violent on Sunday night

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA: Protester Kendrick Cutkelvin of Savannah uses a SWAT vehicle loudspeaker to disperse a small crowd of protesters after a peaceful protest in Georgia last night

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA: Protester Kendrick Cutkelvin of Savannah uses a SWAT vehicle loudspeaker to disperse a small crowd of protesters after a peaceful protest in Georgia last night