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Mob vandalizes CNN in Atlanta during protests

The CNN Center in Atlanta was vandalized on Friday during ongoing protests over the deaths of George Floyd and other black men and women at the hands of police.

The CNN sign outside the center was spray painted and protesters threw objects at the building, breaking windows, a CNN reporter on the scene said. Police ordered the protesters to disperse and created a blockade, but a standoff between demonstrators and police later moved into the lobby of the CNN Center. There is also a police precinct inside the center.

An organized protest started at about 3 p.m., according to a NBC News affiliate station, and went from the Centennial Olympic Park area to the Georgia State Capitol.

That protest was mostly peaceful but some of the demonstrators gathered around the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta and started throwing objects at police officers and setting fire to some objects.

The protests in Atlanta are just one of many happening across the U.S. in the wake of Floyd’s death. He died after a white officer in Minneapolis choked him with his knee for several minutes. That officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter earlier on Friday.

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-sarah.murphy@albertapressleader.ca

Sarah Murphy/Alberta Press Leader

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