The president does not appear too nervous, tweeting moments ago that he has activated the National Guard in Minneapolis "to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn't do. Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage & Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined."
The National Guard has been released in Minneapolis to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn't do. Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage & Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined. Great job by the National Guard. No games!
L.A. EXTENDS CURFEW TO ENTIRE CITY FROM 8 P.M. TO 5:30 A.M.
And here's why:
PROTESTERS BREACH BARRICADE ON RODEO DRIVE BEVERLY HILLS, ATTEMPTING TO BREAK INTO THE GUCCI STORE - CBSLA
THE NORDSTROM STORE IN THE GROVE SHOPPING MALL IN LA BEING LOOTED - CBSLA
NOW LOOTING THE APPLE STORE IN THE GROVE SHOPPING MALL
RIOTERS SET BEVERLY HILLS PD VEHICLE ON FIRE - CBSLA
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Update (21:53 ET): A police officer in Jacksonville has been stabbed during a protest. According to WTSP, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said a protester stabbed one of his deputies in the neck and "many people have been arrested" in protests downtown Saturday. Authorities are warning the public to stay away from the downtown area as a protest continues against police brutality.
Earlier, police officers - seemingly terrified to fight back - were attacked and dragged through the streets of Chicago.
Tense moments from right near #UnionSquare - as there was a face off before creating a line. An @NYPDnews officer shoved me while telling me to get back and shoved another independent photographer with a baton.
Update (20:19 ET): Absolutely stunning video emerges from Seattle this evening of a protester commandeering an AR-15 from a police car. Judging by the clip, the weapon had a loaded magazine and holographic sights.
Then, an unidentified man with an AR-15 comes up to the rifle-wielding protester and quickly snatches it out of his hand.
Update (18:18 ET): It's Saturday evening, and social unrest unfolds across America as the country quickly descends into chaos. Many of today's protests started peacefully but have suddenly turned violent.
Let's start in Philadelphia, where multiple cars are on fire.
None of this is surprising considering the country has just experienced an economic collapse with 40 million people unemployed. Social unrest will likely get worse before it gets better. Riots could continue into next week. It's only a matter of time before National Guard troops are called up around the country.
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Update (13:35ET):Daily Mail reports the Pentagon has told active-duty military police to be ready to deploy to Minneapolis, a move that would hopefully squash the continued social unrest. The last time the military was sent into a US metro area to disperse large crowds was during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
"As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty US military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.
"Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have 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 have been told to be ready within 24 hours.
"The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations." - Daily Mail
Fox News reported that protests could be seen in more than 50 cities on Saturday evening.
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Update (12:50ET): Several videos surfaced online of protesters (on Friday night) in Oakland stealing cars from dealerships.
Protests or social unrest was seen in these major metros on Friday night:
Houston & Fort Worth, TX
Fort Wayne, IN
Kansas City, MO
Des Moines, IA
San Jose, CA
Starting in Minneapolis, where unrest continued into the fourth night following the death of George Floyd, a man who was killed by Minneapolis Police on Monday, had Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Jon Jensen and Governor Tim Walz announce the request for 1,000 more soldiers from the National Guard as widespread rioting and looting continued.
"This is the largest civilian deployment in Minnesota history that we have out there today, and quite candidly right now, we do not have the numbers," Walz said Saturday morning." We cannot arrest people when we are trying to hold ground because of the sheer size, the dynamics, and wanton violence."
Jensen expects by Saturday evening, up to 1,700 soldiers will be "ready to go." On Friday night, assault rifle-wielding soldiers were spotted on the streets within the ranks of local police.
A fleet of armored Humvees lined the street "on Chicago Ave in between Lake St. and 31st as firefighters battle raging fires 8 blocks from where George Floyd was killed," tweeted Unicorn Riot.
Protesters appeared to have torched a Wells Fargo bank.
Property throughout the downtown Phoenix area has been vandalized as some demonstrators engage in criminal behavior, breaking windows and doors to municipal and private business and destroy cars parked along the street.
Two arrests have been made related to this evenings riot. Another arrest was made around 3:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon related to the demonstration near the Justice Center. Details will be provided in a press release when more information becomes available.
Several years ago, US Northern Command "rehearsed non-lethal riot control tactics" at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona. Perhaps preparation for widespread social unrest across the country. The government has known this day was coming...
President Trump signed an executive order in late March that allows the Pentagon to mobilize up to a million troops to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the country. The order could now be directed at social unrest. It's only a matter of time before more state governors activate National Guard troops like Minnesota did early this week.
A perfect storm develops: 40 million unemployed, economy crashed, record polarization and wealth inequality at extremes, the country is quickly descending into chaos into the summer months. So what happens when the government stops unleashing helicopter money for people who recently lost their jobs?