(CNN)It’s been a week since 46-year-old George Floyd died after pleading he couldn’t breathe as a Minneapolis officer kneeled on his neck.
The nation watched the unarmed man’s last moments in anger and shock. The four officers involved were fired and Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee on the man’s neck, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
In the days since Floyd’s death, thousands poured onto the country’s streets to protest the killing and those who died before Floyd as a result of police brutality.
The demonstrations began in Minneapolis and spread like wildfire across the US — Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Miami, New York City and Chicago all saw crowds demonstrating.
Many protests were peaceful, with people sporting “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe” signs, chanting loudly and armed with face masks for protection against coronavirus.
But some groups turned violent over the weekend, torching buildings and police cars, smashing through windows of businesses, looting and clashing with police forces who multiplied as the crowds grew larger. Federal law enforcement officials said over the weekend groups including white supremacists and anarchists are causing some of the violence.
Authorities responded with forceful confrontations, shooting tear gas, mace and rubber bullets at the crowds and arresting hundreds throughout the countries. In New York City, a police vehicle was seen plowing through a crowd of protesters. In Atlanta, two officers were fired after their violent arrest of two college students was caught on video.
It’s still unclear what the coming days will look like.
- Chiara de Blasio, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter, was arrested Saturday night alongside other protesters, police sources say. She was arrested for unlawful assembly and was later released, the sources said.
- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced the Minnesota Attorney General’s office will be taking the lead on Chauvin’s case.
- Chauvin is expected in court Monday for an afternoon hearing.
- In New Jersey, the Atlantic City mayor said he was extending a nightly curfew through June 8. he said the city has had “its fair share of embarrassments, but this one today is at the very top.”
The crowds that stayed past nightfall
In Long Beach, California, some crowds defied the nightly curfew and began raiding and vandalizing stores Sunday night.
National Guard members were deployed to Long Beach to respond to the unrest and looting, which followed a day of peaceful protests across the state.
In the nation’s capital, a similar scene. Just before 8 p.m. Sunday night, officers in riot gear and protesters remained in a standoff in downtown Washingtonas crowds threw water bottles at police and authorities responded with flash bangs and pepper spray.
The entire DC National Guard — about 1,350 members — was called out Sunday night to assist police with protests in the city after several fires were set, including in a church just blocks from the White House.
In New York, a group of protesters remained in Manhattan as night fell, facing off with police after several fires were set and some stores were looted. The group was all that remained from the protests earlier in the day, where hundreds peacefully marched through the city’s streets.
“Black lives matter. That’s the message,” one protester told CNN affiliate WABC. “Peaceful. That’s all. Just hear us. Hear our cries.”
Officials in several cities have warned that those who are raiding stores and creating scenes of chaos are not there to protest Floyd’s death.
Federal law enforcement officials said they’re aware of outside groups causing some of the violence, using the cover of the legitimate protests in Minneapolis and elsewhere. Those include white supremacists, anarchists and far-left extremists, some of whom have overlapping affiliations, they said.
In Minnesota, law enforcement officials also said they believe there are white supremacists who are attending demonstrations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell said Sunday.
“They’re agitators,” he said, adding that authorities are trying to break up groups so “agitators” don’t gather and incite chaos.
He also added that there have been reports of Antifa attending the demonstrations.
Antifa, short for anti-fascists, describes a broad group of people whose political beliefs lean toward the left — often the far left — but do not conform with the Democratic Party platform.
In other parts of the US, officials say those wreaking havoc aren’t local.
In Miami, Police Chief Jorge Colina said “of the 57 people that were arrested, 13 of those 57 live in the city of Miami.”
Some of those who have been arrested are from Michigan, Georgia, New York and at least three are from Minnesota, he said. Others won’t say where they’re from.
In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said looters organized and possibly came from outside of the city.
“There clearly was coordination, they were clearly listening to our radio traffic,” she said. “The number of U-Haul trucks that magically showed up in front of stores, car caravans that dropped people off and broke windows and then were hustling the goods out into the backs of the cars — absolutely, it was organized.”
CNN’s Ganesh Setty, Alexandra Meeks, Greg Clary, Melissa Alonso, Laura Ly and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.