Protestors chanted "I can't breathe", "Black Lives Matter", and "No Justice, No Peace", among others, for a second night in row. "Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests".
"We can not and must not allow a small group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities", the president said. The protests marked the fourth straight day of activity, and there is little to indicate that passions and violence will cool over the next few days.
Protestors who stormed the streets of Minneapolis for the fifth consecutive night following Floyd's death, met with a more aggressive response from the cities' law enforcement authorities, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Fire and smoke were caught on video near Philadelphia City Hall and at least 14 arrests have been made so far in the city.
Three other police officers, who were involved in Floyd's death, whose last words were: "I can't breathe", were fired along with Chauvin but have not been charged.
Over 4,100 citizen-soldiers and airmen have been deployed in Minnesota and 10,800 National Guard members are expected to join the crackdown on violent protestors, the MN National Guard announced in a tweet.
A man who was tear gassed pours milk in his eyes next to the Colorado State Capitol as protests against the death of George Floyd continue for a third night on May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Several police vehicles were spray painted and vandalised, and police officials were attacked in Chicago, as per reports.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at a press conference Saturday evening that she has been "watching a tragedy unfold in our city".
Besides those that turned violent, there were peaceful protests. "This curfew is in place to protect their safety - and the safety of all who live and work in our city", Garcetti said in a statement.
Floyd's plea before his death evoked African Americans' painful memories and sparked a nationwide cry for justice.
Floyd's death has strong parallels to that of Eric Garner, who died during a fatal 2014 arrest in NY, repeatedly pleading with officers, "I can't breathe". Since then, the plea has become a rallying cry at demonstrations against police misconduct across the country.