George Floyd protests: National Guard mobilized in Atlanta; fatal shooting in Detroit
May 31 2020
"What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta", Lance Bottoms said at a news conference.
"This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.", Bottoms implored the protesters to no avail. "When Dr. King was assassinated, we didn't do this to our city", she said.
In response, Lance Bottoms, whose name has been floated as a possible vice presidential pick for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, referenced CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, who earlier Friday had been arrested - and then released about an hour later - while covering protests over Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
Griggs said the violence showed disrespect for the organizers of the peaceful demonstration who wanted not only to protest Floyd's death but also to call attention to the deaths of black men in Georgia at the hands of police officers.
"If you care about this city, then go home", Bottoms said.
Floyd died Memorial Day while in the custody of the Minneapolis police. This is not how we change America. I remember my mom protesting because they were doing this shit back since the 1960s. Minnesota has seen a week of civil arrest after a viral video emerged Monday of a white police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck moments before he died in police custody.
Earlier in the day, the CNN office was surrounded by scores of demonstrators, who vandalized the main entrance and set a police vehicle on fire. "You are disgracing this city".
A state of emergency was declared by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp while the National Guard was deployed to protect Atlanta.
T.I. shared a similar message, saying, "Atlanta has been here for us, this city don't deserve that".
Demonstrators in Los Angeles scuffled at times with police, with a few protesters detained and one officer receiving medical treatment, police said.
Some demonstrators smashed police cars and spray-painted the iconic logo sign at CNN headquarters.
San Jose, California, police said that Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies shot at a fleeing SUV that was shown on video striking protesters, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
"When you burn down this city, you're burning down our community!" the mayor continued.