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.

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Demonstrators protest in Centennial Olympic Park, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Atlanta.

AP Photo/Mike Stewart


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency in Fulton County Friday night amid the protests. He also said he would be activating as many as 500 Georgia National Guard troops “to protect people & property in Atlanta.”

Atlanta Chief of Police went out into the crowds Friday and individually talked to protesters to hear out their concerns, saying she too wants to see change and is disgusted by the circumstances surrounding Floyd’s death.

CNN correspondent Nick Valencia reported from the lobby of the CNN Center with line of police with riot shields formed in the background. Debris littered the entrance as people outside throw rocks, bottles, smoke grenades, and in one instance, a lit firework which detonated inside the lobby.

 

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.

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. 

 

Earlier in the protests, armored vehicles could be spotted in Atlanta, as thousands protested. 

Protesters ran in fear of possible tear gas, CNN reported. According to WAGA-TV, Demonstrators clashed with police. They were headed towards Atlanta Police Headquarters but rerouted due to blocked streets. 

WSB-TV reported that there was a “scuffle” between a protester and an officer before police formed a barricade to keep protesters from going any further down the street.

Protesters chanted “Justice … now,” “Police the police,” and “black lives matter.”

Pepper spray was reportedly used to break up some of the protesters.

 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms 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. Atlanta embodies these values, and I encourage all who exercise these rights to remember Atlanta’s legacy of peaceful protest leading to progress,” she wrote in a tweet.

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