George Floyd protests spread nationwide


This post was updated May 30 at 7:41 p.m.

The governor also authorized assistance to Los Angeles, after receiving a request from the city and county to deploy members of the National Guard to help disperse protests.

The unrest over the death of black man George Flody spread across the USA on Saturday (May 30) with the protesters coming out on streets setting police cars ablaze, looting shops and clashing with police officers from Atlanta to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that a curfew will be in place from 8 p.m. Saturday until 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

The mayor imposed a curfew on the city after crowds torched police cars and burglarized stores.

Adjacent Beverly Hills and West Hollywood followed as demonstrations spread into those cities.

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The curfew will be in effect from 8:00 PM through 5:00 AM in downtown L.A. The areas affected are between the 110 Freeway on the west, the 10 Freeway on the south, the 101 Freeway on the north and Alameda on the east.

Garcetti said COVID-19 testing centers in LA were temporarily closed for safety reasons. Those traveling between work, for medical purposes, or those who are emergency responders are exempt from the curfew, Garcetti said.

A police line, shortly before a protestor threw a bottle at officers, who responded with tear gas. Aerial video showed that protesters had set fire to several police cruisers.

- In the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the site of a 1921 massacre of black people that left as many as 300 dead and the city's thriving black district in ruins, protesters blocked intersections and chanted the name of Terence Crutcher, a black man killed by a police officer in 2016.

The death of the 46-year-old Floyd, who was recorded on video pleading for air as a white Minneapolis officer pressed a knee on his neck, has shocked the country and produced violence in numerous citie s. Police chiefs and police unions have called it unjustifiable and excessive force.