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***Live Updates*** George Floyd Protests Rage in Minnesota

***Live Updates*** George Floyd Protests Rage in Minnesota
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Violent protests continue to flare up in Minneapolis and St. Paul as the state responds to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck while handcuffed. 

Livewire highlights: 

► Protesters took over Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct. 

► Twitter censored President Donald Trump’s tweet about the Minneapolis riots. 

► St. Paul police responded earlier to alleged looters at a Target store, while rioters damaged police vehicles outside the store. Multiple businesses have been set ablaze. 

► Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called in the National Guard to help quell the violence. 

►  The Department of Justice said an investigation into George Floyd’s death is a “top priority.”

► Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman, who is investigating the involvement of police officers in Floyd’s death, said some evidence in the case doesn’t support criminal charges. 

► Protests have spread to New York City, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Louisville, Columbus, and Memphis. 

**Follow all of the events on the Breitbart News Live Wire below. All times Eastern.**

3:27 A.M. — In a first, Twitter has placed a warning notice on President Trump’s tweet about the Minneapolis riots, alleging it “violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence.”

The president’s tweet reads: “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”

NEW: Twitter places public interest notice on this new tweet from President Trump.

“violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today” pic.twitter.com/UQdBB6gFe1

— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 29, 2020

Axios reports: “The decision to label Trump’s tweet was made by teams within Twitter and CEO Jack Dorsey was informed of the plan before the tweet was labeled, Twitter told Axios.”

The move comes after Twitter slapped a fact check this week on the president’s tweets regarding the connection between vote-by-mail and voter fraud. On Thursday, the president signed an executive order aimed defending free speech on social media.

3:07 A.M. — Mayor Frey gives a non-answer when asked where police, firefighters and the National Guard were tonight to protect Minneapolis from the riots: “This is one of the most difficult situations that our city has been through. I’m not going to stand up here and tell you that there are easy answers to it because there are not.”

When pressed for an answer, Frey tells reporters they will have to ask the question to the city’s police chief. 

Reporter: “Where were the police, firefighters and National Guard?”

Mayor Frey: “This is one of the most difficult situations that our city has been through. I’m not going to stand up here and tell you that there are easy answers to it because there are not” pic.twitter.com/ifMZoLuPsM

— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 29, 2020

2:39 A.M. — Asked about President Trump’s tweets on the Minneapolis riots, Mayor Frey responds: “Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis.”

“You better be damn sure we are going to get through this,” he adds. 

“Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis. Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis.” — Mayor Frey reacts to the president’s tweets. pic.twitter.com/PVxfoH7yZw

— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 29, 2020

2:29 A.M. — Minneapolis Mayor ⁦Jacob Frey says in a press conference that it was his decision for police to abandon the 3rd Precinct headquarters. “The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life … brick and mortar is not as important as life,” he says. 

WATCH: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey explains his decision to evacuate the Third Precinct.

“The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life … brick and mortar is not as important as life.” pic.twitter.com/CsglzIJf7z

— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 29, 2020

1:40 A.M. — Statement via Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel:

Chief John Fruetel, Minneapolis Fire: We have tried to respond to all fires with an assessment of safety and having items thrown at us and fireworks shot at us. Number one priority is firefighter safety.

— Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) May 29, 2020

1:36 A.M. — More footage of Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct in flames. 

The Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct on fire Thursday night. ⁦@StarTribunepic.twitter.com/sZncnG4tAz

— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) May 29, 2020

1:22 A.M. — An Arby’s restaurant on Lake Street in Minneapolis is ablaze. 

The Arby’s on Lake Street is toast. pic.twitter.com/CtV3MicXqp

— Nick Woltman (@nickwoltman) May 29, 2020

1:15 A.M. — Oakland protesters are preparing for an organized demonstration Friday, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

1:12 A.M. — Andrea Jenkins, who serves as vice president of Minneapolis City Council, says George Floyd and fired police officer Derek Chauvin “were coworkers for a very long time.”

Andrea Jenkins, vice president of Minneapolis City Council, says George Floyd and Officer Chauvin worked at restaurant near Third Precinct.

“They were coworkers for a very long time.” pic.twitter.com/IrwJvmxchI

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 29, 2020

1:11 A.M. — Minneapolis police spokesman dispels claims that the 5th precinct has been abandoned. 

Everything is quiet at the MPD 5th Precinct headquarters, according to our @kare11 colleague @DannySpewak — batting down rumors it was abandoned or had fallen

— John Croman (@JohnCroman) May 29, 2020

1:10 A.M. — Louisville police push back protesters as tensions soar. 

NOW: Police moving back protestors in Louisville @WHAS11 pic.twitter.com/MPWfYJcwbe

— Tyler Emery (@TylerWHAS11) May 29, 2020

1:10 A.M. — Update out of Louisville.

Seven people shot, one person in critical condition during Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville. https://t.co/X3hPlZMmGB

— Ryland Barton (@RylandKY) May 29, 2020

1:05 A.M. — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tweets: 

We are working with @MinneapolisFire to deliver resources and respond for a beloved neighborhood in our city. We all need to work together to ensure the safety of our friends, family, and Minneapolis residents. And right now working together means clearing the area.

— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 29, 2020

1:04 A.M. —

Heavy police presence remains at the Target on University Ave. in St. Paul pic.twitter.com/7vrUrlY0x2

— Nick Ferraro (@NFerraroPiPress) May 29, 2020

1:04 A.M. — Protesters have breached the Ohio Statehouse as crowds gathered across Columbus. 

“Peaceful protests in Columbus turned violent when some involved began throwing objects at police officers. Police responded by using tear gas to push the crowd back. The crowd let up, but an hour later the protest escalated when demonstrators smashed windows at the Ohio Statehouse while some went inside the building,” reports NBC 4

WATCH: Columbus protesters targeting the Ohio Statehouse just a little bit ago. State troopers responded from inside & Columbus PD came over from the nearby street. pic.twitter.com/4P7kRNVMv5

— Tyler Buchanan (@Tylerjoelb) May 29, 2020

More of the damage left behind by tonight’s demonstrations downtown. Police are still out around downtown. Crowds also smaller but still around in places. @nbc4i pic.twitter.com/QO7U0pin4B

— Eric Halperin (@EricHalperinTV) May 29, 2020

12:57 A.M. — Looters steal couches from Furniture Barn in St. Paul. 

Looters filling furniture barn in #StPaul. Walking out with couches pic.twitter.com/J8Lsifx8iw

— A.J. Lagoe (@AJInvestigates) May 29, 2020

12:54 A.M. — An Enterprise has been set on fire in St. Paul. 

St. Paul Enterprise, University Ave pic.twitter.com/QcswE8ioYP

— Nick Ferraro (@NFerraroPiPress) May 29, 2020

12:53 A.M. — President Donald Trump threatens to send in National Guard into Minneapolis unless Mayor, Jacob Frey gets his city under control. “Spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way,” the president adds. 

….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020

12:41 A.M. — 

A protestor (at an overwhelmingly peaceful protest) in downtown Louisville has made off with the hand of the King Louis XVI statue pic.twitter.com/vnkq1xWvgQ

— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) May 29, 2020

12:39 A.M. — St. Paul police say over 170 businesses have been damaged or looted. 

As Thursday turns to Friday, our officers continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with local, state, federal and fire partners to protect St. Paul.

More than 170 businesses damaged or looted. Dozens of fires. Thankfully, no reports of serious injuries. Calm on the horizon.

— Saint Paul Police Department (@sppdmn) May 29, 2020

12:38 A.M. — An Aldi is being looted in St. Paul as an alarm rings out. 

St. Paul Aldi getting looted pic.twitter.com/r1JWN7ilU0

— Nick Ferraro (@NFerraroPiPress) May 29, 2020

12:34 A.M. — The Star Tribune’s Friday front page. 

‘A STATE OF AGONY’ leads the front page of Friday’s @StarTribune as Minneapolis’ 3rd precinct is on fire. pic.twitter.com/AE1ZfuTZgU

— Greg Mees (@mees_greg) May 29, 2020

12:32 A.M. — 

There’s still a massive crowd mulling around Minnehaha and Lake, about an hour and a half after Minneapolis police abandoned their third precinct headquarters to protesters. pic.twitter.com/eeDf0ZZGNp

— Nick Woltman (@nickwoltman) May 29, 2020

12:29 A.M. — Minneapolis police confirm that officers have abandoned the Third Precinct station. 

12:28 A.M. —

Fire works and cheers as Minneapolis Police 3rd precinct is set on fire. Now the fire is burning stronger #GeorgeLloyd pic.twitter.com/wYO2p6SQjO

— Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) May 29, 2020

12:26 A.M. — A dire warning to rioters from the City of Minneapolis. 

We’re hearing unconfirmed reports that gas lines to the Third Precinct have been cut and other explosive materials are in the building.

If you are near the building, for your safety, PLEASE RETREAT in the event the building explodes.

— City of Minneapolis (@CityMinneapolis) May 29, 2020

12:21 A.M. — Protests escalating quickly in Louisville. 

Protesters in downtown Louisville tried to flip a prison transport vehicle as the mostly peaceful protest that started Thursday evening turned more tense. pic.twitter.com/d2Q2SujB39

— WDRB News (@WDRBNews) May 29, 2020

12:18 A.M. — Protests have spread to downtown Louisville over the death of Breonna Taylor. LMPD appears to have fired tear gas canisters at protesters. 

As protesters face off with police officers in downtown Louisville, LMPD appears to fire tear gas canisters. pic.twitter.com/4597rg3rIF

— WDRB News (@WDRBNews) May 29, 2020

12:09 A.M. —

The situation has escalated at the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct pic.twitter.com/irdhgy4CLL

— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) May 29, 2020

12:03 A.M. — More video of a Lululemon store being looted on Grand Ave. in St Paul.

Rolling band of looters hitting businesses on Grand Ave. in St Paul. This is Lululemon. pic.twitter.com/eLkEWKCwTT

— A.J. Lagoe (@AJInvestigates) May 29, 2020

12:01 A.M. —

The Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct was set on fire on Thursday night. pic.twitter.com/J6vjZKoCeQ

— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) May 29, 2020

11:57 P.M. —

8 guys just ran out of Golden Treasures jewelry store in St. Paul

— A.J. Lagoe (@AJInvestigates) May 29, 2020

11:54 P.M. —

Lululemon on Grand Ave just got hit by looters. 5 cars rolling through city hitting stores in St Paul pic.twitter.com/Kc54MQCU7A

— A.J. Lagoe (@AJInvestigates) May 29, 2020

11:47 P.M. — Another view of Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct ablaze.

The fire at the MPD’s 3rd Precinct was only at one corner 5 minutes ago. It’s now spread across the entire building. With no firefighters on scene… that building will likely be destroyed tonight. pic.twitter.com/t6p3Yv1KYV

— Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) May 29, 2020

11:46 P.M. — Minnesota National Guard says it has activated over 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities.

We have activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities. Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate. A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls.

— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 29, 2020

We are here with the Minneapolis Fire Department ready to assist so they can safely do their mission. pic.twitter.com/FjsCJ5B8d0

— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 29, 2020

11:45 P.M. — More scenes from Phoenix. 

HAPPENING NOW: Hundreds march through downtown #Phoenix in solidarity with George Floyd protest: https://t.co/nNFzZKGQIp pic.twitter.com/ZlnNcTv3g6

— azfamily 3TV CBS 5 (@azfamily) May 29, 2020

“Hundreds protest in downtown Phoenix over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.” (via @azcentral) https://t.co/xNjkGgYobt pic.twitter.com/p2SqAYp0ne

— Dan Nowicki (@dannowicki) May 29, 2020

11:44 P.M. — More shocking footage of Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct in flames. 

Protestors light the Minneapolis 3rd precinct ablaze #minneapolisriots #Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/UAudy69W2T

— Zach Boyden-Holmes (@Boydenphoto) May 29, 2020

Firefighters are stationed nearby but aren’t coming into the protest zone. pic.twitter.com/aRDapYSy51

— Max Nesterak (@maxnesterak) May 29, 2020

11:43 P.M. — Protests have spread to downtown Phoenix, where people are chanting, “I can’t breathe” and “No justice, no peace.”

In downtown Phoenix, hundreds peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd after a white police officer knelt on the black man’s neck until he passed out in Minneapolis.

Floyd was pleading for his life.

People chanting “I can’t breathe.” “No justice, no peace.” #12News pic.twitter.com/evVvtJJTDf

— JOSH SANDERS (@JoshSandersTV) May 29, 2020

11:35 P.M. — More scenes from Denver. 

Cops pushed people back onto the Capitol yard. Some folks are throwing stuff at police cruisers. Officers are in riot gear. pic.twitter.com/ktYoUypmrV

— Esteban L. Hernandez (@EstebanHRZ) May 29, 2020

11:34 P.M. —

Fireworks shooting into the sky as the MPD Third Precinct burns. @kare11 pic.twitter.com/fDHOn70T3A

— Danny Spewak (@DannySpewak) May 29, 2020

11:33 P.M. — Protesters clash with LAPD on Grand Ave. next to Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art.

11:22 P.M. — Another purported view of Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct surrounded by flames.

This appears to be the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct, surrounded by flames. @kare11 pic.twitter.com/oQHBCROgg4

— Danny Spewak (@DannySpewak) May 29, 2020

11:21 P.M. — Photo of rioters in Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct. 

3 precinct #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/jhRGYpnCdd

— Chao Xiong (@ChaoStrib) May 29, 2020

11:20 P.M. — Black Lives Matter protesters are throwing water bottles at LAPD in downtown Los Angeles. 

Black Lives Matter protesters clash with CHP throwing water bottles and one protester sitting in the street blocking an oncoming CHP vehicle in downtown Los Angeles #GeorgeFloydprotest pic.twitter.com/RyGLKfO0cR

— Gina Ferazzi (@GinaFerazzi) May 29, 2020

11:18 P.M. — Rioters are now reportedly inside the Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct, which police appear to have fled. 

Protesters are now inside the third precinct in Minneapolis, which appears to have been abandoned by the police. Others in the crowd are encouraging them to burn it down. pic.twitter.com/dc23lR8HJw

— Nick Woltman (@nickwoltman) May 29, 2020

The protesters appear to have overrun the third precinct in Minneapolis. After the fence went down, officers loaded into squads and seemed to abandon the building. Protesters are now warning each other that the National Guard is on its way. pic.twitter.com/0yyR8P9FbO

— Nick Woltman (@nickwoltman) May 29, 2020

11:08 P.M. — NBC News correspondent Morgan Chesky reports rioters have gained access to Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct. 

BREAKING: Protestors have gained access to @MinneapolisPD 3rd precinct. Streaming inside. Expect it to burn. #NBCNews

— Morgan Chesky (@BreakingChesky) May 29, 2020

11:05 P.M. — A Denver police officer appears to have been hurt. 

A #Denver police officer was just helped away, appeared injured, under their own power. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/yiPlSbqDlA

— James Dougherty (@DoughertyKMGH) May 29, 2020

10:58 P.M. — St. Paul police reject claims that one of its officers was caught on video smashing windows in Minneapolis. “We’ve seen it. We’ve looked into it. And it’s false,” a police spokesperson says.

RUMOR CONTROL …

We are aware of the social media post that erroneously identifies one of our officers as the person caught on video breaking windows in Minneapolis.

We’ve seen it. We’ve looked into it. And it’s false.

— Saint Paul Police Department (@sppdmn) May 29, 2020

10:56 P.M. —

A plume of thick smoke is covering I-94 into St. Paul, where first responders are battling a series of fires throughout the capital city. Sirens are blaring from every direction. On University Ave, dozens of SPPD officers guard the intersection in riot gear. pic.twitter.com/9xqgOOJsAz

— Liz Sawyer (@ByLizSawyer) May 29, 2020

10:52 P.M. — An O’Reilly Auto Parts shop has been set on fire in St. Paul. 

St. Paul O’Reilly is set ablaze pic.twitter.com/5QTnncNW1L

— Nick Ferraro (@NFerraroPiPress) May 29, 2020

O’Reilly Auto Parts on fire and tcf bank atm smashed -near Lexington and University #StPaul pic.twitter.com/BhRfwxceUt

— Sarah Danik (@Sarah_Danik) May 29, 2020

10:51 P.M. — St. Paul‘s police chief Todd Axtell says the scale of looting was unlike anything he’s seen in his 32-year career. “We are going to hold offenders accountable, whether that’s today or down the road in the future,” he added.

10:50 P.M. —

Protesters shutting down interstate in Minneapolis southbound 35W KSTP

— Roger Riley (@rogerriley) May 29, 2020

10:45 P.M. — CNN reports the Minneapolis protest’s “intensity tonight that rivals or is more than what happened last night and even the night before that.”

“We are seeing an intensity tonight that rivals or is more than what happened last night and even the night before that.”@sarasidnerCNN is in Minneapolis as protests spread in the wake of the death of George Floyd. https://t.co/2gcsraSnvb pic.twitter.com/Rqbhtm5eoE

— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) May 29, 2020

10:44 P.M. —

Graphic language: Protesters chant out in front of Los Angeles police department with city hall in the background over the killing of a man in Minnesota. #police #lapd #Minneapolis #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/TSqSVbVdXJ

— Keith Birmingham (@photowkb) May 29, 2020

10:43 P.M. — More scenes from Denver. 

Scene at Colfax and Washington in Denver protest of police violence. Via @KDVR copter feed. pic.twitter.com/5ecTNIpkPC

— Alex Burness (@alex_burness) May 29, 2020

10:41 P.M. —

Denver Police are letting off a bunch more chemical rounds in the direction of protesters across Colfax, even as traffic moves through the intersection. An RTD bus driver paused, then drove right through. #9News pic.twitter.com/0JGNArnRgp

— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) May 29, 2020

10:32 P.M. — Two more businesses set on fire at University and Syndicate in St. Paul. 

2 businesses on fire at University and Syndicate in St. Paul… pic.twitter.com/0wC0tOAFck

— Beth McDonough (@bmcdonoughkstp) May 29, 2020

10:31 P.M. — Protests are escalating outside Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct. 

WATCH: @AliVelshi reports from Minneapolis, where protesters have breached the barrier of the police precinct at the center of George Floyd’s death.

“Somebody got into the police station and that’s when the police emerged on the roof. They have now moved to ground level.” pic.twitter.com/UiV6JhWOqM

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 29, 2020

10:30 P.M. —

Huge fire started again in Minneapolis near 3rd precinct #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/qEW2bmWwnV

— Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) May 29, 2020

10:29 P.M. — Target will temporarily close 20 stores following looting at their stores in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

What a move by @Target to temporary close 20 stores during a pandemic after one store was victim to the Minneapolis riot. pic.twitter.com/QEbUSCiZ0z

— Morgan Wolfe (@Morgan_Wolfe_) May 29, 2020

10:23 P.M. — Protests escalating in Los Angeles. 

Getting hell a hand as the protesters throw bottles and spray paint police as Protesters chant out in front of Los Angeles police department over the killing of a man in Minnesota. #police #lapd #Minneapolis #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/c1CinziZQp

— Keith Birmingham (@photowkb) May 29, 2020

10:21 P.M. —

Smoke can be seen for miles in #StPaul tonight as businesses on University Ave burn. Active looting going on in a number of spots. ⁦@kare11pic.twitter.com/D2UuzwRSnI

— A.J. Lagoe (@AJInvestigates) May 29, 2020

10:16 P.M. — More scenes from the Denver protests. 

Protesters circling the Capitol in Denver “no justice no peace,” and “I can’t breathe. #GeorgeFloyd @CPRNews @Denverite pic.twitter.com/Wl9Ai6ee0Z

— Hart W. Van Denburg (@hartoutwest) May 29, 2020

10:15 P.M. — 

The situation outside the Minneapolis police station has escalated. Protestors have torn down the fence. Police are firing flash grenades back @7NewsAustralia pic.twitter.com/MfiY75WZNT

— Ashlee Mullany (@AshleeMullany) May 29, 2020

10:14 P.M. — 

MINNEAPOLIS: Clouds of tear gas blowing near MPD’s 3rd precinct where at least 500 people have gathered. Flashbangs from police competing w/fireworks from the crowd. #NBCNews #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/H2e9wGEnKc

— Morgan Chesky (@BreakingChesky) May 29, 2020

10:09 P.M. — “Fuck the police” chants break out in front of the Los Angeles police department.

Graphic language: Protesters chant out in front of Los Angeles police department over the killing of a man in Minnesota. #police #lapd #Minneapolis #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/gIDUQp7pM6

— Keith Birmingham (@photowkb) May 29, 2020

10:08 P.M. — Rioters have reportedly destroyed the fence around Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct. Police are responding by firing pepper spray. 

Protesters trampled the fence around the Third Precinct, and police just fired back with pepper spray. I did not bring milk. #Minneapolis

— Molly Hennessy-Fiske (@mollyhf) May 29, 2020

10:07 P.M. — 

Someone in the crowd just broke this window at the Colorado Capitol. pic.twitter.com/5nrZ3mF5MR

— Matt Mauro (@mattmauronews) May 29, 2020

10:05 P.M. — 

More demonstrations happening around Memphis following the death of George Floyd while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. This is in Downtown Memphis. pic.twitter.com/eiCwN2vrll

— Kelly Roberts (@KellyRobNews) May 29, 2020

10:01 P.M. — 

Protesters chant out in front of Los Angeles police department over the killing of a man in Minnesota. #police #lapd #Minneapolis #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/araM7I0OYl

— Keith Birmingham (@photowkb) May 29, 2020

9:58 P.M. — 

St. Paul’s Midway mini mall by Target off University Ave pic.twitter.com/LJsQK3c1R9

— Nick Ferraro (@NFerraroPiPress) May 29, 2020

9:58 P.M. — Minneapolis police is seen randomly pepper-spraying bystanders.   

Well THAT was uncalled for. pic.twitter.com/Qdu4LyrZ9U

— Jennifer Brooks (@stribrooks) May 29, 2020

9:57 P.M. — Minneapolis releases the transcript of 911 call that led to George Floyd’s death. Read it here.

9:56 P.M. —  DENVER (AP) — Shots were fired and protesters blocked traffic during a demonstration in downtown Denver to protest the death of a handcuffed black man during a confrontation with a white police officer in Minnesota, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

9:55 P.M. — Fox 31 Denver shared purported eyewitness video from Denver of a black SUV ramming a protester who jumped on the vehicle’s hood. 

Video captured during the protests tonight in Denver.https://t.co/udzmW86G84

— FOX31 Denver KDVR (@KDVR) May 29, 2020

9:41 P.M. — NAPA Auto Parts in St. Paul is flaring up. 

NAPA fire flares up pic.twitter.com/5xZSmHtm5k

— Nick Ferraro (@NFerraroPiPress) May 29, 2020

9:40 P.M. — George Floyd and fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin both worked security at a club at the same time last year, says its former owner. 

ABC 5 reports:

George Floyd and now-former Officer Derek Chauvin both worked security at the El Nuevo Rodeo club on Lake Street, according to Maya Santamaria. Santamaria owned the building for nearly two decades, but sold the venue within the last few months.

“Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open,” Santamaria said. “They were working together at the same time, it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”

[…]

Although the two overlapped working security on popular music nights within the last year, Santamaria can not say for certain they knew each other because there were often a couple dozen security guards, including off-duty officers.

9:36 P.M. — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) tells MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that the George Floyd protests are about “400 years of institutionalized racism.” He made similar comments earlier Thursday. 

9:34 P.M. —

Same view, roughly 18 hours apart. This was a six-story affordable housing complex under construction at 29th Street and 26th Avenue in Minneapolis, about a block from the third precinct. At its peak, the fire was twice as tall as the building itself. pic.twitter.com/SS0fXdIvjQ

— Nick Woltman (@nickwoltman) May 29, 2020

9:30 P.M. —

Demonstrators held a moment of silence for #GeorgeFloyd outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.

Photo: Ellie Webb pic.twitter.com/MxGlN9jLdA

— CBS News Radio (@CBSNewsRadio) May 29, 2020

9:29 P.M. — At least 4 NYPD officers were reportedly taken to hospital amid violent protests in New York City over George Floyd’s death.

A spokesperson from @FDNY tells me at least 4 police officers have been injured and transported to the hospital in violent protests throughout NYC in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

— Vandana Rambaran (@vandanarambaran) May 29, 2020

9:25 P.M. — More looting at a pawn shop in St. Paul. 

University Avenue pawn shop, St. Paul pic.twitter.com/wjLQh0Ne2y

— Nick Ferraro (@NFerraroPiPress) May 29, 2020

9:21 P.M. — CNN political analyst Van Jones says he hasn’t seen black Americans “this upset in 20 years, maybe longer” over George Floyd’s death. 

“If you are white and are you watching this, look in your own life,” Jones tells CNN. “How are you choking off black dignitary? Choking off black opportunity? Choking off black people from asking an opportunity to thrive? Because it’s not just that officer. This is a much deeper problem. How are all of us complicit in this? And how are all of us allowing this to happen?”

“I don’t have an answer to that,” he added. “I have not seen black people this upset in 20 years, maybe longer. And I’m looking forward to hearing this press conference. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

9:19 P.M. —

Here’s a look at the parking lot across the street from the Third Precinct in Minneapolis. At least one street has flooded with water. @kare11 pic.twitter.com/ept4qXZYfQ

— Danny Spewak (@DannySpewak) May 29, 2020

9:17 P.M. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo weighs in on the protests in Minnesota: “It is a rebellion or a riot depending on whom you ask.”

“It is a rebellion or a riot depending on whom you ask,” says @ChrisCuomo of the demonstrations in Minnesota

“Either way, don’t miss the symptoms for the sickness. What you are seeing in Minneapolis started for a reason. The video of [George] Floyd’s death. And it is disturbing” pic.twitter.com/130EPYeaA8

— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) May 29, 2020

9:02 P.M. — George Floyd protests have spread to Denver, Colorado, as demonstrators begin blocking the 1-25. 

Protestors are starting to block I-25 now in #Denver. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/uASpMRJz7d

— James Dougherty (@DoughertyKMGH) May 29, 2020

8:59 P.M. — Tear gas and flash bangs are going off on University Ave. “Things are starting to get a little tenser,” reports KARE 11’s A.J. Lagoe. 

StPaul – teargas and flash bangs going off on University ⁦@kare11pic.twitter.com/K6LNbo4RkZ

— A.J. Lagoe (@AJInvestigates) May 29, 2020

8:39 P.M. — Protesters continue to make their way through downtown Minneapolis. 

Peaceful protest downtown #Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/K5RSSXqEBR

— Molly Hennessy-Fiske (@mollyhf) May 29, 2020

8:38 P.M. — Protests in downtown Minneapolis continue to grow in size.

This demonstration has swelled in size. There are tens of thousands of people here now. pic.twitter.com/nnuEcYOPrB

— Max Nesterak (@maxnesterak) May 29, 2020

8:35 P.M. —

PROTEST: Thousands of #Minneapolis residents are protesting police in the streets of downtown after #GeorgeFloyd was killed by an officer #BlackLivesMatter #minneapolisriots pic.twitter.com/GSoiURUgzj

— Jacqueline Devine (@JackieIsDevine) May 29, 2020

8:30 P.M. — Smoke billows along University Ave. in St. Paul. 

Smoke along University Ave in St Paul pic.twitter.com/ELAyICwEKF

— Sarah Danik (@Sarah_Danik) May 29, 2020

8:20 P.M. — At least one business is on fire near Griggs and University in St. Paul. 

Scene at Griggs and University in St Paul. At least one business on fire. Heavy police presence. Crowd gathering. Police have fired pepper balls at crowd pic.twitter.com/0bX70vPnUN

— Miguel Marquez (@miguelmarquez) May 29, 2020

8:17 P.M. — NAPA Auto Parts in St. Paul can barely be seen due to all the smoke. 

#StPaul smoke so thick from burning store you can barely see. Napa store fully engulfed pic.twitter.com/oybrswWy8J

— A.J. Lagoe (@AJInvestigates) May 29, 2020

8:11 P.M. — A car was set ablaze at the Target store near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct.

Car on fire in Target parking lot. pic.twitter.com/R65pcaQfaj

— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) May 29, 2020

8:08 P.M. —

Police firing tear gas at crowds around university and hamline, crowds running back and forth. A handful of people throwing objects at police pic.twitter.com/REV7RGnAxx

— Peter Cox (@peterncox) May 29, 2020

8:06 P.M. —

Apocalyptic view on university avenue in St Paul as a Napa auto parts store burns amid looting in the area. pic.twitter.com/aXJyp2x1DH

— Jake Carpenter (@jakeacarpenter) May 29, 2020

8:03 P.M. —

Goodwill emptied by looters of anything small enough to carry. #StPaul@kare11pic.twitter.com/fRkB3TCE57

— A.J. Lagoe (@AJInvestigates) May 29, 2020

8:00 P.M. — Some north Minneapolis businesses are boarding up their windows in anticipation of more riots. 

Businesses in north Minneapolis are boarding up their windows. Minneapolis police are guarding the Walgreens here at 827 W Broadway. pic.twitter.com/9Oy8fM14xa

— Ricardo Lopez (@rljourno) May 29, 2020

7:58 P.M. —

Thousands chanting “all four” at a peaceful protest in downtown Minneapolis #Minneapolis #GeorgeFloydprotest pic.twitter.com/hlC9SHiNI7

— Zach Boyden-Holmes (@Boydenphoto) May 28, 2020

7:57 P.M. —

The scene the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct on Thursday evening. pic.twitter.com/pE1WoRshV1

— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) May 28, 2020

7:55 P.M. —

Bullets just wizzed by on the state capital, police yelled for us to get down, then took off towards the west lawn.

This was maybe 15 minutes after the majority of protesters took off.

Maybe 6-7 shots. People are pretty shaken up. @KKTV11News pic.twitter.com/Jyb5VVJmpk

— Spencer Wilson (@Spencer_WNews) May 28, 2020

7:54 P.M. — More looting of businesses on University in St. Paul. 

We are back in the Midway area where businesses in this mall on University are completely ransacked #StPaul pic.twitter.com/Mp8FKyqjCP

— Sarah Danik (@Sarah_Danik) May 28, 2020

7:33 P.M. —

Appears to be tear gas being used by police to push people away from the fire at Napa and to clear out folks from the north side of the target lot pic.twitter.com/7MIhZ1Xzbj

— Peter Cox (@peterncox) May 28, 2020

7:19 P.M. — More scenes from the NAPA Auto Part fire. 

University Ave in St Paul, smoke so thick you can see just yards. NAPA store burning. ⁦@kare11pic.twitter.com/4BByr2XGo0

— A.J. Lagoe (@AJInvestigates) May 28, 2020

St Paul Napa store burning pic.twitter.com/ih67vCz5eX

— A.J. Lagoe (@AJInvestigates) May 28, 2020

7:19 P.M. — An NAPA Auto Parts has been set on fire. 

Fire has now started in St. Paul. The NAPA Auto Parts is on Fire. #wcco pic.twitter.com/W8Ld3983Ri

— Susan-Elizabeth (@susanelizabethL) May 28, 2020

Smoke billowing out of NAPA auto parts on university off of hamline. St. Paul fire on scene pic.twitter.com/KydGA12w79

— Peter Cox (@peterncox) May 28, 2020

7:17 P.M. — A crowd of protesters are marching through downtown Minneapolis near Nicollet Mall. 

The crowd at the Government Center is now marching through downtown Minneapolis. They are moving along Nicollet Mall. Just marching and chanting. No violence. #GeorgeFloyd #WCCO pic.twitter.com/nDurKqyR6o

— Marielle Mohs (@MarielleMohs) May 28, 2020

7:11 P.M. — Protesters continue to crowd around Target’s Midway store. A police vehicle has been vandalized with spray paint.  

Crowd outside midway Target in St. Paul pic.twitter.com/N6QC91i5r3

— Peter Cox (@peterncox) May 28, 2020

5:30 P.M. — Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard to restore order amid the protests. 

The AP contributed to this report. 

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