/LIVE: Protests rage across US amid tensions between protesters, police – Business Insider
LIVE: Protests rage across US amid tensions between protesters, police - Business Insider

LIVE: Protests rage across US amid tensions between protesters, police – Business Insider


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency for Fulton County and activated as many as 500 troops from the Georgia National Guard
Demonstrators protest in Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, on May 29, 2020.
In a tweet, Kemp said he would activate state National Guard troops “to protect people & property in Atlanta.”

—Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 30, 2020

Atlanta’s Chief of Police, Erika Shields, went out into the crowds Friday and talked to individual protesters to hear out their concerns.

—Lilly – BLACK LIVES MATTER (@joonhopekook) May 29, 2020

The CNN Center in Atlanta was circled by protesters.
CNN correspondent Nick Valencia reported from the building’s lobby with a line of police with riot shields in the background.
Debris littered the entrance as people outside threw rocks, bottles, smoke grenades, and in one instance, a lit firework which detonated inside the lobby.

—Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 30, 2020

—Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 30, 2020

CNN’s Fernando Alfonso III reported that SWAT cars approached the CNN Center as protesters climbed the CNN sign and held up “Black Lives Matter” flags.

—Fernando Alfonso III (@fernalfonso) May 29, 2020

The CNN logo was defaced and graffitied, and flags were burned. Bottles were thrown and the glass on the building was shattered, and protesters chanted “no more police.”
Protesters also began destroying police cars after dispersing away from the center.

—Fernando Alfonso III (@fernalfonso) May 29, 2020

Elsewhere, protesters ran in fear of possible tear gas being deployed, according to CNN.
Demonstrators also clashed with police, WAGA-TV reported. The protesters were headed towards Atlanta Police Headquarters but rerouted due to blocked streets.
Protesters chanted “Justice now,” “Police the police,” and “black lives matter.”
Pepper spray was reportedly used to break up some of the protesters.

—WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 29, 2020

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta urged residents to avoid violence.
“When lives and the conscience of this nation are at peril, we as people are expected to exercise our constitutional rights to peacefully assemble and have our voices heard,” she tweeted. “Atlanta embodies these values, and I encourage all who exercise these rights to remember Atlanta’s legacy of peaceful protest leading to progress.”
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