Civil liberties advocates and progressive voices threw up immediate flags of alarm on Sunday afternoon after President Donald Trump threatened to officially designate "ANTIFA"-a moniker that stands for anti-fascist but is not, as informed people were forced to point out, an actual organization-as a "terrorist organization". Mayor Bill de Blasio said police conduct was being investigated, including widely shared videos showing a police sports utility vehicle in Brooklyn lurching into a crowd of protesters who were pelting it with debris.
"80% of the RIOTERS in Minneapolis last night were from OUT OF STATE. The National Guard did a great job, and should be used in other States before it is too late!", he said.
Trump provided no other details about declaring Antifa a terrorist organization, but it marks a significant step in limiting the actions and movement of the far-left group.
As demonstrators broke windows and set fires, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds in many cities. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said everyone arrested in his city last night was from out of state.
Protesters rallied peacefully in Englewood, Newark and elsewhere in New Jersey.
From Seattle to NY, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding tougher murder charges and more arrests over the death of Floyd, who stopped breathing after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. And there are some overseas groups that also use the name.
CNN reported that Minnesota officials "say numerous violent protesters who have caused widespread damage are from out of state. And we will enforce those laws".
On Saturday, Trump blamed ANTIFA for the protests on the heels of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz suggesting white supremacists had infiltrated Black Lives Matters demonstrations to cause chaos. Christopher Wray, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has raised concerns about the increase of white supremacist activity driving the domestic terror threat - in some cases surpassing that from foreign terrorist groups.
"The Lamestream Media is doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy".
While some are protesting demanding justice over Floyd's death, others are taking advantage of the situation by looting stores and rubbing businesses.
John Harrington, the head of Minnesota's Department of Public Safety, told a news conference on Sunday that about 20 percent of Saturday's arrest records were for people out-of-state, though he did not yet have the total number for Saturday night's arrests.
"We're asking you to take energy which has consumed our country, a nuclear energy. not to destroy our neighborhoods, but to destroy the historic culture, the systematic racism, the legal precedence, the police union contracts, the things that make it so hard to hold those accountable when a life like George Floyd's is so wrongfully taken", Carter said.