WATCH protesters vandalize CNN office in Atlanta, set POLICE CAR on fire

Lawrence Kim
May 30, 2020

Protesters set a police vehicle on fire, struck officers with bottles, vandalized the headquarters of CNN, and broke into a restaurant in downtown Atlanta as a demonstration that started peacefully quickly changed tone Friday evening. We support the peaceful protests that honor his memory but unfortunately, they deteriorated into chaos and disorder.

"Among the graffiti were spray-painted messages reading "#LOVE", "Not one more", "F*ck Trump" and "ACAB", an initialism that stands for "All Cops Are Bastards". More cars were set on fire, a Starbucks was smashed up, the windows of the College Football Hall of Fame were broken, and the iconic Omni Hotel was vandalized. Protestors also threw objects at police officers, and one reporter on the scene told CNN's Anderson Cooper that he thought he smelled tear gas as the police clashed with the angry crowd.

The CNN Center, home to the major cable news network, was the site of a major standoff between police and protesters. Police had apparently taken into custody a woman who had a rifle and had tried to use it to incite the crowd. Floyd had allegedly given a counterfeit $20 bill to a diner cashier who notified the police. Former Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin is now in custody and has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death.

Before Floyd's death, unrest in Louisville, Kentucky, has been a common occurrence due to the death of Breonna Taylor, who died in March when police conducted a "no-knock" raid on her apartment. The key to an upgrade in charges revolves around a determination of Chauvin's intent and premeditation to cause Floyd's death.

At least three officers were hurt and there were multiple arrests, Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said in an emailed statement.

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