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.
Rioters in Atlanta’s 5th District. I’m almost certain the people destroying the CNN center aren’t residents of the area. No way they should be able to destroy this city and return back to their homes. This isn’t a protest, this is a crime! @GovKemp @KeishaBottoms #CNN #ATLANTA pic.twitter.com/I6UfgtnoMt— Angela Stanton King 🇺🇸 (@theangiestanton) May 30, 2020
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.
As an ER doctor for 2 decades I know that #GeorgeFloyd was killed. Believe what you saw in the video. He did not die because of heart disease or intoxicants, he died because Derek Chauvin killed pinned him to the ground on his chest with his knee in his neck. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/QXjV7KdYpj— Dr. Rob Davidson (@DrRobDavidson) May 30, 2020
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