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(NEW YORK) -- The death of George Floyd, a black man seen in a video pinned down by a white police officer and who later died, has caused outrage in Minneapolis and across the United States. What started as mostly peaceful protests earlier in the week have turned into chaos.

City leaders have pleaded with communities to voice their outrage in a lawful manner, but the widespread escalation of protests continued Friday night into Saturday.

In the wake of Floyd's death, murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, one of four officers at the scene, all of whom have been fired. The Department of Justice said a full investigation of the incident is a "top priority."

Prosecutors said Chauvin, seen in the video pressing his knee against Floyd's neck, had his knee on Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, including for two minutes and 53 seconds when Floyd was unresponsive.

This story will be updated throughout the day. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern.

7:38 a.m.: Richmond police investigating shooting incident during protests

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened during the violent protests overnight.

At approximately 1:04 a.m. this morning, officers were notified that an adult male victim had arrived at a local hospital. He was taken there in a private vehicle.

The victim suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound when the vehicle he was riding in came in contact with a group of protesters at approximately 12:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of W. Grace Street.

Detectives have determined the gunshots came from behind the vehicle. There is no suspect description at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

6:35 a.m.: 345 people arrested in New York City on Saturday amid protests, 33 officers injured

345 people were arrested in New York City on Saturday night and into early Sunday morning after a second round of protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent.

There were also 33 police officers injured and 47 police vehicles were damaged or destroyed.

Daytime marches that blocked traffic but were mainly peaceful devolved at night into projectile throwing and the torching of police vehicles.

Multiple police vehicles were set on fire or defaced with graffiti.

The 33 officers were injured in demonstrations throughout parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan. None of the injuries are life threatening but some are serious.

Police faced criticism after video circulated on social media that appeared to show a police SUV pushing a metal barrier into a crowd of demonstrators. Mayor de Blasio, who briefs at 10a, said in a late night news conference the police were put in an impossible situation

“I wish the officers found a different approach,” the mayor said. “The protesters on that video did the wrong thing to surround that police car.”

6:05 a.m. Police have arrested at least 1,669 people in 22 U.S. cities in the past 3 days

George Floyd was accused by a convenience store clerk on May 25 of attempting to use a counterfeit $20 bill when Minneapolis Police Department officers arrived on scene. About 20 minutes later, Floyd was pronounced dead, and four days later, former officer Derek Chauvin, who is now in police custody, was charged with third-degree murder.

5:57 a.m.: At least one killed in Indianapolis in shooting amid protests

Police Chief Randal Taylor of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department held a press conference late last night confirming that at least one person has been shot and killed and at three more people had been shot throughout the day as protests engulfed the city.

Said Taylor: “Earlier this evening our officers worked to protect our residents’ right to peaceful protests. Most of those protesters cooperated and did a fine job. For that, we’re thankful. However, there was a small group of people that escalated to violent acts, including throwing projectiles at officers and breaking windows of government buildings. Since then, we have seen continued and escalating incidents of violence. This includes shots fired and loss of life. This is not acceptable in this community. This behavior will not be tolerated by IMPD. We’re asking that residents who do not live in the downtown area go home. Enough is enough. Indianapolis, we are better than this. Downtown is not safe at this time. Residents who do not live in the downtown area, we’re asking to please vacate the area.”

The IMPD did not give any further details on the circumstances around the death of the individual involved in the shooting and said that they had "lost count" of the number of reported shots being fired across the city.

4:32 a.m.: 28 arrested in Nashville; horses used to back crowd away from precinct

A total of 28 people have been arrested by the Metro Nashville Police Department after the 10 p.m. curfew took effect.

Earlier in the day, protesters marched down Broadway and 1st Avenue North arriving at 1 Public Square to continue protesting outside of the Metropolitan Nashville Courthouse.

Protesters could be seen shouting "no peace" and "don’t shoot’ as they gathered on the steps of Public Square Park.

Protesters reportedly broke out windows of Metro courthouse and spray-painted obscenities against law enforcement on the walls and sidewalk.

A group of people also managed to break into the Metro courthouse and set fire to the outside and inside of the building before authorities were able to disperse the crowd using fireworks and a smoke bomb. Protesters could also be seen outside the front of the courthouse burning an American flag.

3:39 a.m.: Target temporarily closes 175 stores in 13 states due to protests

Target released a new statement late Saturday night announcing that they will be temporarily closing 175 stores due to ongoing protests.

They have closed 71 stores in Minnesota; 49 stores in California; four stores in Colorado; two stores in Georgia; seven stores in Illinois; one store in Michigan; five stores in Missouri; 12 stores in New York; one store in Nebraska; eight stores in Oregon; four stores in Pennsylvania; nine stores in Texas; and two stores in Wisconsin.

Team members impacted by store closures will be paid for up to 14 days of scheduled hours during store closures, including COVID-19 premium pay.

2:43 a.m.: No civilian or officer injuries as 'dozens' arrested in Minneapolis

Minnesota’s commissioner of corrections says they’re still working to finalize the total arrest numbers from overnight but that, to his knowledge, dozens had been arrested by 10 p.m. local time.

Commissioner Paul Schnell said “rapid response teams” were working to break-up small groups still roaming the streets of Minneapolis overnight.

They reported no injuries among people in the streets as well as to responding officers.

Authorities shutdown major freeways in the city and closed off key routes between Minneapolis and St. Paul to prevent groups from moving between the two cities. A police line blocked the Ford Parkway Bridge.

It was a very different night compared to what happened on Friday in Minneapolis. Local authorities said Saturday’s law enforcement response would be noticeably different and it seems that the new tactics along with more manpower was working.

Authorities launched an aggressive operation to disperse the crowd of hundreds that gathered around the Precinct 5 police department. Thursday, protesters burned the Precinct 3 department to the ground. About 40 minutes after Saturday’s 8 p.m. curfew began, riot police seemed to appear from every direction, dozens coming off of city buses and deploying flashbangs and tear gas.

“I believe tonight went far better than expected,” Schnell said. He called Saturday night’s effort to clear the crowd of demonstrators a “decisive and strong action.”

The response certainly appeared more aggressive than nights before and seems to have been successful in helping authorities reclaiming the streets of the Twin Cities.

There were no major fires like the ones that burned in the days prior. The question now is what will Sunday bring to this city. Police believe they’ve “drawn a line” and made progress.

Said the commissioner: “We’re in this until this is addressed. We don’t feel that we’re out of this yet. We’re seeing this types of issues occurring across the nation.”

2:02 a.m.: Atlanta police arrest 70 people, majority of protesters have now dispersed

Atlanta Police have issued a statement saying that they are no longer working any major incidents and the vast majority of protesters have dispersed.

A total of 70 people have been arrested Saturday night into Sunday morning.

"As of 1:30 a.m., APD officers were not working any major incidents and it appeared that the vast majority of protesters had dispersed. Officers arrested 70 individuals Saturday night, into Sunday morning," the APD said in the statement.

1:42 a.m.: Denver authorities arrest 18 as protests ease from previous two nights

Denver officials say a curfew helped keep Saturday night’s protests around the state capitol much more peaceful than the previous two nights when businesses, city and state buildings took significant damage.

“We’re serious about this. This was not a game to be played. Lives were at stake. Very serious property damage was at stake. We weren’t going to stand for it again in this city,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told ABC News' Denver affiliate KMGH-TV. “We meant this curfew. We will continue to enforce it accordingly.”

The Denver Police Chief told KMGH-TV that the department arrested 18 people Saturday night, including one man allegedly carrying this handgun illegally.

Throughout the day and evening, several skirmishes broke out between police and protesters, who built makeshift roadblocks and set them on fire as police in riot gear advanced, firing teargas to clear the streets. One woman was reportedly shot at point blank range in the back by an officer firing a pepper ball round and several cars were also burned.

Things are mostly quiet now, with a few remaining protesters and police on the streets. Denver’s curfew is in effect until 5 a.m. local time and again on Sunday night.

1:34 a.m.: Houston mayor says George Floyd's body will return to Houston

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has said the body of Houston native George Floyd will return to the city.

Turner spoke to the community late Saturday afternoon and encourage residents to protest peacefully, after looting was reported on the first night.

"This is our house. This is the same city that George Floyd grew up," Turner said. "And his body will be returning to this city. To his city."

Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center in Rosharon, Texas, posted a flyer on Facebook with a picture of Floyd, stating funeral arrangements are forthcoming.

Floyd's family and attorneys have yet to confirm funeral arrangements for the 46-year-old.

"The focus needs to be on supporting and uplifting his family. And that's what I want to keep bringing this conversation to. George Floyd. It's not about these other individuals, who won't be a moment. It's about George Floyd, and justice for George Floyd," said Turner.

1:12 a.m.: Protests mount in Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson, Missouri, tonight has taken a violent turn as protesters have vandalized the police department.

Notably, Ferguson was the center of civil of unrest in 2014 after the fatal police shooting of Mike Brown by police officer Darrel Wilson.

Per the St. Louis County Police Department, all non-essential personnel have been evacuated at the Ferguson Police Department.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson declared a state of emergency late Saturday and activated the Missouri National Guard to stand ready to assist.

A total of two officers were injured and transported to the hospital while two others were treated on the scene for minor injuries.

Crowds have now dispersed and officers will continue patrol for the night.

12:53 a.m.: Miami-Dade Police arrest 38 people, suspends all transit services on Sunday

The Miami-Dade Police Department have announced that 38 people have been arrested so far after Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed a local state of emergency declaration, ordering a curfew that took place at 10 p.m. last night until 6 a.m. on Sunday after some protesters began to burn police cars at the Miami Police Station.

The Department of Transportation and Public Works also has suspended all Miami-Dade Transit services on Sunday, May 31, including Metrorail, Metromover and Metrobus. This decision was made in an abundance of caution, and to ensure the safety of all passengers and employees, according to a statement released by Miami-Dade County.

12:46 a.m.: Biden releases statement on protests, urges understanding but cautions against ‘needless destruction’

Former vice president Joe Biden released a paper statement just after midnight eastern on the ongoing unrest and protests currently gripping several major American cities, urging an understanding of the trauma many people of color in America are facing in the wake of George Floyd’s death, but also speaking out against the “needless destruction,” that is playing out as a result of the protests.

“These last few days have laid bare that we are a nation furious at injustice. Every person of conscience can understand the rawness of the trauma people of color experience in this country, from the daily indignities to the extreme violence, like the horrific killing of George Floyd,” Biden wrote.

“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not,” he added.

The presumptive Democratic nominee also added that the protests going on tonight should not overshadow the cause they are trying to advance.

“The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest. It should not drive people away from the just cause that protest is meant to advance,” Biden wrote.

Biden also acknowledged the widespread pain across the country, not only from the pain of Floyd’s death, but from coronavirus as well, relating to the feeling of grief, but implored the country to use the current anger to “compel our nation across this turbulent threshold into the next phase of progress, inclusion, and opportunity for our great democracy.”

“I know that there are people all across this country who are suffering tonight. Suffering the loss of a loved one to intolerable circumstances, like the Floyd family, or to the virus that is still gripping our nation. Suffering economic hardships, whether due to COVID-19 or entrenched inequalities in our system. And I know that a grief that dark and deep may at times feel too heavy to bear,” Biden said.

“I know.”

“And I also know that the only way to bear it is to turn all that anguish to purpose. So tonight, I ask all of America to join me -- not in denying our pain or covering it over-- but using it to compel our nation across this turbulent threshold into the next phase of progress, inclusion, and opportunity for our great democracy.”

“We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us,” the statement said.

Biden also pledged, if elected, to help lead a conversation on the issues that have caused the current unrest, and referenced again his recent conversation with George Floyd’s family and a promise he made to ensure his death will not just be a “hashtag.”

“As President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen. I will keep the commitment I made to George’s brother, Philonise, that George will not just be a hashtag. We must and will get to a place where everyone, regardless of race, believes that ‘to protect and serve’ means to protect and serve them,” Biden wrote.

“Please stay safe. Please take care of each other,” he added, ending his statement.

12:39 a.m.: Los Angeles issues mandatory curfew for the entire city

The Los Angeles Police Department has issued a mandatory curfew from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for the entire city. No one is allowed on the streets and people found in violation of this order are subject to arrest.

The LAPD initially issued the curfew for the downtown area of the city but have now expanded it to include the entire city.

ABC News' Aaron Katersky, Ahmad Hemingway, Alexandra Faul, Marcus Moore, Clayton Sandell, Bonnie McLean, Sarah Shales and John Verhovek contributed to this report.

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(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died, has caused outrage in the city of Minneapolis and across the United States. What started as mostly peaceful protests at the beginning of the week has turned into chaos.

City leaders have pleaded with communities to voice their outrage in a lawful manner, but the widespread escalation of protests continued Friday night into Saturday.

Murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, one of the four officers at the scene who were all fired. The Department of Justice has said a full investigation of the incident is a "top priority."

Prosecutors said Chauvin, who was the officer seen in video pressing his knee against Floyd's neck, had his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd was unresponsive for two minutes and 53 seconds of the encounter.

This story will be updated as protests continue throughout the country. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern.

6:12 p.m.: Sen. Kamala Harris attends protest in front of White House

Sen. Kamala Harris joined protesters in front of the White House Saturday afternoon.

Harris posted a video to her Twitter of herself in the crowd with people chanting, "Hands up. Don't shoot."

Harris, who is considered among presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s top choices for vice president, could be seen clapping during the chants.

"People are in pain. We must listen," Harris tweeted.

Her communications director, Sabrina Singh, also tweeted that Harris was in attendance. Singh wrote that Harris was "advocating for people to be heard."

6:06 p.m.: Columbus mayor implements curfew

A curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. has been implemented in Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Andrew Ginther said.

"We respect, value and welcome the right to protest," Ginther tweeted. "This curfew is not intended to stifle peaceful protest but to protect our people."

At least six governors -- in Minnesota, Ohio, Georgia, Colorado, Wisconsin and Kentucky -- have activated the National Guard as protests continue to spread.

Most cited keeping the public safe as their reason for doing so.

5:30 p.m.: Majority of people arrested for rioting were from Minnesota, jail records show

The majority of those jailed in Minnesota on charges of unlawful assembly, riot and/or damage to property charges were from the state, jail records show.

From May 29 to May 30, there were a total of 35 people jailed on those charges. Of those 35 people, only four were from out of state.

State and local leaders have stressed that many of the people causing destruction or inciting violence were from out of state.

The people arrested not from Minnesota were from Michigan, Missouri, Illinois and Alaska, according to jail records.

The jail records only show arrests for the Minneapolis Police Department and don't include arrests on charges, such as burglary, a charge police said people related to the protests were arrested on.

Other agencies, including the St. Paul Police Department, also made arrests. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said everyone arrested in his city last night was from out of town.

4:53 p.m.: Atlanta police prepared to make arrests during protests

The Atlanta Police Department is gearing up to make arrests for any criminal activity following destructive protest throughout the city.

The department announced in a press release that it will not tolerate the looting and damage to property that occurred on Friday night and Saturday morning that led to 71 arrests, damage to 20 police vehicles, including two that are total losses, multiple fires, vandalism and other criminal acts as well as a number of businesses that were looted, burglarized or damaged.

Atlanta officers, assisted by about 20 local, state and federal agencies, are prepared to monitor activity and protect vulnerable business districts and retail centers.

Police Chief Erika Shields said police were "patient" despite three officers suffering minor injuries and hours of getting objects thrown at them, including water bottles, bullets, eggs, rocks, fireworks and knives.

"But we will not allow these protests to devolve into the destruction of property or placing the safety or our officers in jeopardy. We will make additional arrests and we are grateful to the assistance we are receiving from our partner agencies," said Shields.

4:29 p.m.: Denver announces curfew this weekend

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced an 8 p.m. curfew for this weekend.

Hancock said the National Guard has been activated by Gov. Jared Polis to help enforce the rule.

Essential travel is exempt.

These measures come in the wake of two straight nights of intense, and sometimes violent, protests in the city regarding the death of George Floyd.

4:11 p.m.: 2 NY sisters arrested, 1 charged with attempted murder

Two sisters from the Catskills, New York, are charged with throwing a Molotov cocktail at a police vehicle with four NYPD officers inside near Brooklyn Museum Friday night.

Samantha Shader was charged with four counts of attempted murder, attempted arson, assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. Darian Shader was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration, both misdemeanors.

The Shader sisters are awaiting arraignment at Brooklyn Criminal Court on Saturday. If convicted, 27-year-old Samantha Shader faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.

Attorney information was not available.

3:52 p.m.: Minneapolis police's protest plans kept under wraps

After 27 arrests, 23 fires and 131 calls to police for shots fired, Minneapolis police have not announced any new plans on how they will handle the ongoing protests any differently.

"We are not going to let a group of people hijack this city," Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Saturday.

Arradondo made the promise to residents, but did not share any new tactics his officers will be using tonight to make sure that doesn't happen.

"Over the last 72 hours, so much has been occurring," said Arrandondo, adding, 'We were overwhelmed, quite frankly."

Since Thursday evening, there have been widespread violence, destruction and fires throughout the Twin Cities. Over 380 people called to report burglaries, business alarms and damage to property.

Arrandondo said they are working with legitimate community groups who are holding peaceful protests in order to help separate those designed to incite violence.

Arrandondo seems to be hoping the National Guard will secure areas that have been the site of much of the destruction so MPD officers can go back to answering other calls throughout the community.

3:00 p.m.: 533 arrests, 6 police officers injured in Los Angeles

Six police officers were injured and 533 people were arrested during protests throughout Los Angeles, California, Friday and early Saturday morning, police said.

The hundreds of arrested were charged with burglary, looting, probation violations, battery on a police officer, attempted murder and failure to disperse, police said. All but 18 of the arrested have been released on their own recognizance.

The officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries ranging from lacerations to impact wounds.

"While more protests are slated for various locations throughout the city today, we remain hopeful those demonstrations will be peaceful. The Department will be deploying additional resources to maintain order and ensure the safety and security of not only individuals exercising their first amendment rights but also the residents and businesses in our community," said Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore.

2:15 p.m.: Attorney General Barr comments on 'radical' protests

Attorney General William Barr warned protesters with ANTIFA and radical ties that they are committing a federal crime.

"Peaceful protests are being drowned out by violent radical elements," said Barr at a brief press conference on Saturday.

Barr noted that there are people with what he called, 'ANTIFA-like tactics,' who are traveling from outside of the area, to participate in protests coordinated as peaceful demonstrations.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that they are investigating whether outsiders, including white supremacists, are inciting riots.

"It is a federal crime to cross state lines to participate" in these violent crimes, said Barr.

1:56 p.m.: Public safety alert issued for Ohio

The Columbus Ohio Police Department issued an emergency alert on Saturday afternoon urging people to stay out of the downtown area for their "safety and the safety of others."

The alert comes a day after at least five people were arrested, five officers were injured and several businesses were destroyed during protests, WSYX-TV reported.

1:35 p.m.: Atlanta's mayor denounces protests that turned to 'destruction'

"What we saw overnight was not a protest, and it was not Atlanta ... We know our citizens are angry. We are angry and we want justice," said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a statement on Saturday.

Friday night's protest in Atlanta, Georgia, started out as "a peaceful demonstration, quickly turned into mayhem and unnecessary destruction, and ultimately an assault on businesses that are already struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic," said Lance Bottoms.

The protests were a result of the most recent police-involved killings of African Americans across the country as well as the murder of Ahmaud Arbery who was shot while jogging on Feb. 23 in Satilla Shores, Georgia.

The city's Department of Public Works have been cleaning up the streets, the Department of Transportation is removing graffiti and the National Guard has been contacted for assistance in order to "help our city recover," said Lance Bottoms.

"If we are to enact change in this nation, I implore everyone to channel their anger and sorrow into something more meaningful and effective through non-violent activism," said Lance Bottoms.

1:16 p.m.: A federal officer died, another injured in California

One Federal Protective Service officer has died, and another was wounded Friday night, the FBI said in a statement to ABC News.

As an arm of the Department of Homeland Security., FPS officers are responsible for protecting federal buildings across the country.

A car pulled up to the building and started firing, according to the FBI.

The agency doesn't say if the incident was related to protests in the city.

22 people were arrested during demonstrations in the Oakland Friday night, according to authorities.

The Department of Homeland Security has not responded to ABC News' request for comment

12:18 p.m.: A mayor in Mississippi faces backlash for 'breathe' comments

The mayor of Petal, Mississippi, is facing backlash and calls for him to resign after justifying former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for keeping his knee on George Floyd's neck.

"If you can say you can't breathe, you're breathing," Mayor Hal Marx wrote on his now deactivated Twitter account on May 26 -- the same day Chauvin was seen on a 10-minute video kneeling on Floyd.

Similar remarks were made after former NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was seen on video using an alleged unauthorized chokehold to allegedly kill Eric Garner in 2014. Garner's last words, "I can't breathe" became a national rallying cry against police violence.

Marx defended his remarks on Twitter, and his deactivated Facebook page as misinterpretations.

The Petal Board of Aldermen held a special meeting on Thursday, voting unanimously to ask for Marx's resignation, The Clarion Ledger reported.

Marx has refused to step aside.

10:58 a.m.: NYPD arrested over 200 during protests

Demonstrations throughout New York City Friday night resulted in the arrest of over 200, including one person in Brooklyn who had a loaded gun and a woman who was armed with a lit Molotov cocktail.

More than 3000 demonstrators gathered in Foley Square and outside Barclays Center, police said.

At the height of the protests, 37 patrol cars were vandalized with graffiti and broken windows, a police van was set on fire and a Molotov cocktail was thrown into an occupied police car -- the officers inside were not hurt.

There were more than a dozen officers injured, ranging from teeth knocked out to shoulder and head injuries.

10:47 a.m.: 1,000 more National Guard service members activated in Minnesota

Governor Tim Walz announced on Saturday morning that an additional thousand members of the National Guard will be deployed to "support civil authorities" during protests over the murder of George Floyd.

"Our communities of color, our business community were out front fighting hand in hand to save businesses it took a decade to build," said Walz during a press conference Saturday morning.

Protests turned violent with fires set across the city, objects were thrown at the police and dozens have been arrested, officials said. Over 700 soldiers and air service members' duty were activated overnight.

What's happening in the city is in "no way about the murder of George Floyd it's about attacking civil society and installing fear," said Walz.

"We cannot as members of the community tolerate that," said Minneapolis Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington at a press conference on Saturday.

Officials said only about 20% of the rioters are Minnesota residents.

Walz noted that practicing First Amendment rights should also involve practicing COVID-19 guidelines, but "the folks that are gathering out there ... the masks were worn to disguise, to cause confusion and take advantage of that situation."

"The Minnesota National Guard is prepared to protect life, protect property and restore order," according to a press release by the state's National Guard.

9:24 a.m.: FBI director calls George Floyd investigation "a top priority"

ABC News has obtained a message to FBI employees sent by FBI Director Chris Wray, on Friday. In it, Wray said the investigation into the circumstances surrounding George Floyd's death "is a top priority, and experienced prosecutors and FBI agents have been assigned to the matter." He said the investigation "will determine whether the actions by the former Minneapolis police officers involved in this incident violated federal law."

He also wrote about how damaging the failure to honor the rights of citizens, particularly those in custody, can be.

"Law enforcement officers have indispensable and often dangerous jobs, but that doesn't diminish the crucial, overarching role we play in society – to protect and serve all citizens no matter their race, creed, orientation, or station in life. This, of course, includes those citizens who are in law enforcement custody," Wray said.

"When we fail to honor their rights, we not only tarnish the badge we wear, we completely erode the trust so many of us in law enforcement work so hard to build, particularly within minority communities. The events this past week in Minneapolis clearly illustrate just how quickly that trust can be lost," the message stated."

8:41 a.m.: White House protesters would have been met with "most vicious dogs," "most ominous weapons," president tweets

President Trump fired off a series of tweets Saturday morning praising the Secret Service after protesters marched in front of the White House Friday night.

"They were not only totally professional, but very cool," he president tweeted. "They let the "protesters" scream & rant as much as they wanted..." he wrote.

The president also wrote that if protestors had become "too frisky" or "got out of line," "they would quickly come down on them," he wrote. He also tweeted that if protesters had breached the White House fence, they would have been "greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen."

He also took a jab at D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. "On the bad side, the D.C. Mayor, @MurielBowser, who is always looking for money & help, wouldn't let the D.C. Police get involved. "Not their job." Nice!," the president tweeted.

8:19 a.m.: FBI issues statement on Oakland shooting

The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a statement after one person was killed, and another injured in a shooting at that took place while protests were happening in Oakland, California. FBI San Francisco and Oakland police are investigating, but it is unknown yet if the shooting is connected to the protest.

"FBI San Francisco and the Oakland Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building at 1301 Clay Street in Oakland, California.," the statement read. "At approximately 9:45pm on Friday, May 29, 2020, a vehicle approached the building. An individual inside the vehicle began firing gunshots at contract security officers for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security. One officer was killed and another was injured," according to the statement.

"The FBI has deployed investigators and the Evidence Response Team to the crime scene. We will continue to work this investigation alongside the Oakland Police Department," the statement continued.

7:24 a.m.: Portland mayor declares State of Emergency

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Saturday morning that he's declaring a State of Emergency in the city following the destructive unrest in the wake of the death of Floyd.

He also announced the city has a curfew in effect until 6 a.m. local time Saturday and will begin again at 8 p.m.

"Burning buildings with people inside, stealing from small and large businesses, threatening and harassing reporters. All in the middle of a pandemic where people have already lost everything," Wheeler said in a statement Saturday. "This isn't calling for meaningful change in our communities, this is disgusting."

Overnight the Portland Police Department declared the protest as a riot after "significant vandalism" was reported and a fire was set inside the city's Justice Center. Police said there was also a shooting connected to the protest.

Police said large sections of downtown were closed and that protesters should "disperse now or you will be subject to gas, projectiles, and other means necessary for dispersal."

5:43 a.m.: 1 dead in Detroit after person opens fire on protesters from vehicle

One person is dead in Detroit after a vehicle drove up on people protesting the death of Floyd and opened fire, according to authorities.

A gray Dodge Durango pulled up and fired into the crowd, hitting a 19-year-old man who later died at the hospital, a Detroit Police Department spokesperson told ABC affiliate WXYZ.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the violence and destruction overnight is not what the city of Detroit is about.

"This does not represent the vast major of Detroiters who came here to make a statement," Craig said during a press conference Friday night. "We support the message, but let's do it peacefully."

He said many of the people taunting police officers and trying to incite violence have come from outside the city to sow chaos.

"We know that the individuals from outside the city of Detroit who converged at the protest location don't represent this city. They are not from this city," Craig said. "Let's peacefully protest, but outside of that, we're not going to tolerate it. We're not going to tolerate criminal acts."

4:26 a.m.: 'Prudent' to have Army units ready to deploy to Minnesota, governor says

As fires raged and protests escalated even further throughout Minneapolis Saturday morning, local and state officials said getting the chaos under control will take a response never before seen in the state because "there's simply more of them than us."

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said at least 1,000 additional Minnesota National Guard troops would be activated Saturday, and even then, that might not be enough.

"You may have seen or heard that, this evening, the president directed the Pentagon to put units of United States Army on alert to possible operation in Minneapolis," Maj. General John Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, said during a press conference Saturday. "While we were not consulted with, as it relates to that, I do believe it's a prudent move to provide other options available for the governor, if the governor elects to use those resources."

Walz said it's more complicated than just saying yes and deploying them now because the move to have federal troops patrolling in Minneapolis would be something never before seen in the state.

"I spoke with President Trump the other night, I think it is prudent to have them ready for us to exhaust all resources that we need," Walz said Saturday.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Walz angrily took to the podium Saturday morning to ask those setting fires, attacking officers and looting businesses to stop.

"We as a city can be so much better than this," Frey said at the press conference Saturday. "There is no honor in burning down your city. There is no pride in looting local businesses that have become institutions of a neighborhood."

He said people, especially during a pandemic, are counting on grocery stores being open to get groceries, pharmacies to get needed medicine and banks to get money.

"If you care about your community, you got to put this to an end; it needs to stop," Frey said.

Walz said the tragedy of Floyd's death has morphed into "an unprecedented threat to our state," where those causing destruction have no regard to property or life.

Dozens of arrests were made on Friday, but an official total has not been released for the city. In one instance, shots were fired at law enforcement officers overnight.

1:48 a.m.: Shots fired at law enforecment officers in Minnesota

Shots were fired at law enforcement officers in Minneapolis early Saturday morning near the police department's Fifth Precinct, according to Minnesota State Police. No officers are believed to have been hit.

Following the shots, authorities warned residents to leave the area immediately or they would be arrested.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said there are 350 officers and troopers in the area and "officers have arrested several people who ignored multiple dispersal orders."

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz pleaded with protesters overnight to go home.

"Minnesotans, please go home. It’s time to restore peace on our streets and in our neighborhoods," Walz said in a statement. "The situation has become dangerous for Minnesotans and first responders."

Protesters took over the Minnesota Police Department's Third Precinct building late Thursday night and ignited several fires.

12:58 a.m.: LAPD asks residents to stay inside, businesses to close in downtown LA

The Los Angeles Police Department has asked downtown Los Angeles residents to stay inside and for all businesses to close due to the escalating protests in the city.

"We have declared an unlawful assembly throughout downtown LA," the department said in a statement Friday. The areas impacted are from the 10 Freeway to the 101 Highway and the 110 Freeway to Alameda.

"This is being made following repeated acts of violence & property damage," LAPD said. "Those on the street are to leave the area."

The department previously asked people to avoid downtown Los Angeles Friday, including nearby side streets and freeways.

12:27 a.m.: Georgia issues State of Emergency, activates National Guard

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday night that he has issued a State of Emergency for Fulton County, where protests have turned violent in downtown Atlanta. He also announced that he's activating 500 Georgia National Guard members.

"At the request of Mayor @KeishaBottoms & in consultation with public safety & emergency preparedness officials, I have issued a State of Emergency for Fulton County to activate as many as 500 @GeorgiaGuard troops to protect people & property in Atlanta," Kemp tweeted Friday.

He said the troops would deploy immediately to help local and state law enforcement officials get control of the "unlawful activity" and to "restore peace."

"We will continue to make all state resources available to local leaders during this emergency situation," he said.

10:21 p.m.: Protests grow violent in Brooklyn

Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis erupted Friday night in Brooklyn where there have been at least 150 arrests, police sources told ABC News.

The protest outside Barclays Center, the home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, began peacefully, but drew what police sources described as professional agitators and turned ugly.

There were more than 100 protesters detained outside the arena, mainly for throwing bottles and other disturbances.

Protesters moved toward two police precincts in northern Brooklyn, the 88th Precinct in Fort Green and the 79th Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Along the way, a police van was set on fire and several cruisers were defaced with graffiti and broken windows.

Some 500 demonstrators massed outside the 88 Precinct, where the van was set on fire. There were about 40 arrests there.

Some demonstrators made it inside the 79 Precinct but were immediately arrested

There have been about a dozen officers hurt so far in clashes with the protesters.

9:21 p.m.: Atlanta sees violence spark outside CNN

A protest in Atlanta grew violent this evening as a handful of protesters began smashing the doors to CNN Headquarters just after 8 p.m., according to Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB.

After defacing the outside of the news network's HQ and lighting a police car on fire, protesters began throwing objects at police who are inside the building’s lobby. Police were holding a line with shields.

"Above everything else, I am a mother. I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a press conference Friday night. "When i saw the murder of George Floyd I hurt like a mother would hurt. And yesterday when I heard about rumors of violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a mother would do, I called my son and said, 'Where are you?' I cannot protect you and black boys should not be out today."

"So you're not gonna out-concern me or out-care about where we are in America," she added. "I wear this each and every day and I pray over my children each and every day."

8:19 p.m.: Protest outside White House draws Secret Service

A protest this evening in Lafayette Park just north of the White House has drawn the assistance of the Secret Service.

Chants of "Let him breathe," and, "don't shoot," could be heard.

The U.S. Secret Service tweeted, "Secret Service personnel are currently assisting other law enforcement agencies during a demonstration in Lafayette Park. In the interest of public safety we encourage all to remain peaceful."

5:31 p.m.: Trump says he spoke to Floyd's family

Trump told reporters at a business roundtable event Friday afternoon that he had spoken to the family of George Floyd, four days after his death.

"I spoke to members of the family. Terrific people. And we’ll be reporting as time goes by. We think that we’ll also have to make the statement," Trump said. "It’s very important, I believe, to the family, to everybody that the memory of George Floyd be a perfect memory -- let it be a perfect memory."

The president also took the chance to emphasize peaceful protests, following controversial tweets earlier Friday in which he said "when the looting starts the shooting starts."

"It’s very important that we have peaceful protesters and support the rights for peaceful protesters. We can’t allow a situation like happened in Minneapolis to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos, and we understand that very well," the president said. "The looters should not be allowed to drown out the voices of so many peaceful protesters."

4:21 p.m.: Minneapolis, St. Paul enforce curfew

Gov. Tim Walz has said a curfew will be in place starting Friday night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday in the entire Twin Cities region.

No one will be allowed in the streets in public except for first responders and media. The curfew will also be in place Saturday night at 8 p.m. to Sunday 6 a.m.

"It's time to rebuild our community and that starts with safety in our streets," Walz said in a statement. "Thousands of Minnesotans have expressed their grief and frustration in a peaceful manner. But the unlawful and dangerous actions of others, under the cover of darkness, has caused irreversible pain and damage to our community. This behavior has compromised the safety of bystanders, businesses, lawful demonstrators, and first responders. Now, we come together to restore the peace."

Officers will arrest those who do not comply, Walz said.

Earlier, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey had already issued a curfew order for the city for the same times.

3:40 p.m.: Prosecutors reveal more details about charges on former officer

The Hennepin County Attorney released the full criminal complaint for former officer Derek Chauvin.

The 44-year-old officer who was filmed putting his knee on Floyd's neck faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for third-degree murder charges and a maximum of 10 years behind bars for manslaughter charges.

"Derek Michael Chauvin caused the death of George Floyd by his culpable negligence, creating an unreasonable risk and taking a chance of causing death or great bodily harm to George Floyd," the complaint read.

"The defendant had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non-responsive," according to the complaint.

3:07 p.m.: Floyd's family responds to former officer's arrest

While they said they were pleased with that he was apprehended, they said they expected first-degree murder charges.

"We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer," they said in a statement.

The family also asked for the remaining three officers to be arrested and charged.

2:28 p.m.: Trump tweets against looting

President Trump again doubled down on his earlier remarks about the ongoing protests.

He tweeted again that "looting leads to shooting" citing "what just happened with 7 people shot." In Minneapolis.

"I don't want this to happen, and that's what the expression put out last night means," he tweeted

2:26 p.m.: Bill Barr releases statement on Floyd death

Attorney General Bill Barr said the Department of Justice and FBI are conducting an independent investigation to determine whether any federal civil rights laws were violated in George Floyd's death.

"The video images of the incident that ended with death of Mr. Floyd, while in custody of Minneapolis police officers, were harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing," he said in a statement.

Barr said the state's charging decisions will be made first.


1:22 p.m.: Officer arrested in connection with Floyd’s death

Derek Chauvin, one of the four former officers fired for their involvement in George Floyd’s death, has been taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is scheduled to give a news conference on developments in the case at 2 p.m.

1:09 p.m.: Cops warn of anarchists infiltrating protests

ABC News obtained a police bulletin issued to the Philadelphia Police Department and the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center that warned that anarchists and other groups are calling on their supporters to commit acts of violence against police officers in light of the protests in Minneapolis.

The bulletin said there have been several social media posts calling for looting and civil disobedience as well as other acts of violence.

"Domestic extremists, including anarchist extremists and other anti-government extremists, are using the unrest in Minneapolis to amplify and justify their calls for dismantling law enforcement agencies and carrying out attacks on law enforcement, government, and capitalist targets,” the bulletin said.

The bulletin stressed that non-violent protests are legal and protected by the Constitution.

"Anarchist extremists may be attracted to this call to action and engage in direct action against law enforcement property, such as buildings and vehicles, in order to draw attention to their cause," it said.

12:56 p.m.: Obama offers statement on George Floyd of our darkest chapters'

Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on social media about Floyd's death and the subsequent protests in Minneapolis.

"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America," he wrote. "It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better."

Obama said it is up to Minnesota officials to ensure that Floyd's death is fully investigated and justice is ultimately done, however, he encouraged people "to work together to create a 'new normal' in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts."

12:40 p.m.: Governor calls on order to be restored after 'one of our darkest chapters'

Gov. Tim Walz called the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests that took place have been "one of our darkest chapters." However, he said he refused to let those who caused destruction to Minneapolis "take away the attention of the stain that we need to be working on" and pleaded with the community to help restore order.

Walz said that the "looting and recklessness" that occurred was not caused by those who wanted justice for Floyd.

"We have to restore order to our society before we can start addressing the issues," the governor said, later calling one of the issues "fundamental institutional racism."

He said that he would not "patronize" the black community as a white man, but asked the community to "help us use a humane way to get the streets back to a place where we can restore justice."

Walz started off his press conference by acknowledging generations of pain and anguish that communities of color in America have experienced. He said that those communities have not been truly heard, "much like we failed to hear George Floyd as he pleaded for his life, as the world watched, by the people sworn to protect him, his community, our state."

The commissioner for the state's Department of Public Safety called Floyd's death "murder."

"That's what it looked like to me," Commissioner John Harrington said. His comment marked the first time a member of law enforcement call Floyd's death murder publicly.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison began his remarks by quoting Martin Luther King Jr., saying "riot is the way that the unheart get heard."

He said King urged people not to dismiss non-peaceful protests or relegate it as criminality, but ask what was really going on there.

Ellison said that protesters should not react to the National Guard in the way that may react to the Minneapolis Police Department. He noted they are two different agencies and "their job is trying to bring peace and calm back again."

Ellison said that although people continue to ask when justice will be served, he believes authorities understand that "the wheels of justice must turn swiftly."

He also said that while the investigation and criminal procedure for this case is important, it by no means addresses the root of these problems in this country.

"I think we're gonna do some real change. … We're not just gonna fix the windows and sweep up the glass. We're gonna fix the broken, shattered society that leaves so many behind."

11:10 a.m.: City is handling situation in 'best way that we can,' city council VP says

Minneapolis' city council vice president said the government is still adjusting to the situation, but is handling it "in the best way that we can given all of the chaos, all of the unrest, all of the anger and pain in this community."

City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins told ABC News' Amy Robach on Friday that the city must take control of the situation and "restore some order back."

She also begged people not to gather in the streets, citing the pandemic and the damage that has been done in the last two nights. Jenkins said that the anger of the community has been expressed and she did not want further action to lead to injuries or loss of life.

"We can't allow this type of civic unrest to continue," she said.

Jenkins on Thursday called on city officials to declare racism a public health crisis.

"By declaring racism a public health emergency it provides us the opportunity to name the virus that has infected our American institutions for centuries but in addition, it gives us the opportunities to ... you can’t really begin to cure a disease until you know what that disease is," she said. "It’s an infectious disease just like the coronavirus and it’s not just Minneapolis."

11 a.m.: Trump says National Guard is in Minneapolis

President Donald Trump tweeted that the National Guard is now in Minneapolis.

"They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared," the president wrote. "George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!"


The National Guard has arrived on the scene. They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared. George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020


Photos showed members of the National Guard in the streets of Minneapolis. Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Thursday activating the Minnesota National Guard after Wednesday night's destructive protests.

10:50 pm.: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden said he was "furious" over President Donald Trump's tweet on the protests

"I will not lift the President’s tweet. I will not give him that amplification. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. I’m furious, and you should be too," Biden wrote.

Trump tweeted in the early morning hours of Friday that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," referring to the protests. He also called protesters "thugs."



— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 29, 2020


Biden said that he will be speaking more later today about the situation in Minneapolis. He also addressed a CNN crew being arrested.

"This is not abstract: a black reporter was arrested while doing his job this morning, while the white police officer who killed George Floyd remains free. I am glad swift action was taken, but this, to me, says everything," Biden said, with the swift action appearing to refer to their release.

10:20 a.m.: Melania Trump says there is 'no reason for violence'

First Lady Melania Trump said the nation needs to focus on healing and "there is no reason for violence."

"Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence," she tweeted. "I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now."

Trump also offered her "deepest condolences" to Floyd's family. "As a nation, let's focus on peace, prayers & healing," the first lady wrote.


Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence. I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now. My deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd. As a nation, let's focus on peace, prayers & healing.

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 29, 2020


10:09 a.m.: City is handling situation in 'best way that we can,' city council VP says

Minneapolis' city council vice president said the government is still adjusting to the situation, but is handling it "in the best way that we can given all of the chaos, all of the unrest, all of the anger and pain in this community."

City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins told ABC News' Amy Robach on Friday that the city must take control of the situation and "restore some order back."

She also begged people not to gather in the streets, citing the pandemic and the damage that has been done in the last two nights. Jenkins said that the anger of the community has been expressed and she did not want further action to lead to injuries or loss of life.

"We can't allow this type of civic unrest to continue," she said.

Jenkins on Thursday called on city officials to declare racism a public health crisis.

"By declaring racism a public health emergency it provides us the opportunity to name the virus that has infected our American institutions for centuries but in addition, it gives us the opportunities to ... you can’t really begin to cure a disease until you know what that disease is. ... It’s an infectious disease just like the coronavirus and it’s not just Minneapolis."

9:45 a.m.: Floyd family attorney calls CNN arrest 'hypocrisy'

Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd's family, said he was not surprised by the "hypocrisy" of police arresting a CNN crew, but not arresting "murderers from within its own ranks."

"These problems will require systematic change to start the healing process. It won't be easy, but it's essential," Crump wrote on Twitter.


If only I were surprised by this hypocrisy. Minneapolis PD arrests journalists but not murderers from within its own ranks. These problems will require systematic change to start the healing process. It won’t be easy, but it’s essential.

— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 29, 2020


6:59 a.m.: CNN reporter, crew arrested live on air

CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his production crew were arrested in Minneapolis live on air Friday morning while reporting on the Floyd protests.

The news outlet is reporting that police said they were arrested because they were told to move and didn't.

"A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves - a clear violation of their First Amendment rights," CNN said in a statement Friday morning. "The authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately."

Minnesota State Sen. Jeff Hayden phoned into CNN and said he just had a joint text with the governor and mayor and that they were just trying to get control of the area and weren't aware of the CNN reporter getting arrested.

"Hoping that we can figure it out," Hayden said.

6:44 a.m.: 70 arrested or summonsed in New York City during George Floyd protests

At least 70 people were arrested or summonsed during a series of protests that started in Union Square and spread through Lower Manhattan through Thursday night.

Most will be summonsed for obstruction of governmental administration and social distancing violations, but there will also be assault and weapon possession charges.

The protest began in Union Square after 3 p.m., Thursday but after that broke up, protests reemerged at Foley Square courthouses, City Hall and Zuccotti Park, the site of the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protest, and moved toward the West Side Highway.

Several police officers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, one with a possible concussion.

One person was arrested for assaulting a police officer for throwing a garbage can into a crowd and striking a police officer in the head.

Another person attempted to grab the service weapon from a Deputy Inspector’s holster. That person will be charged with robbery.

1:15 a.m.: Trump says military could assume control in city, 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts'

President Donald Trump weighed in on the destructive protests in Minneapolis early Friday morning, saying the military could "assume control" of the response.

"These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen," Trump tweeted early Friday morning. "Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Trump also attacked Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, saying the protests are a result of a lack of leadership.

"Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted.

Frey responded to Trump at an early-morning press conference Friday, saying it's weakness to point fingers during times of crisis.

"Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis," Frey said. "Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes. But you better be damn sure that we're gonna get through this."

12:48 a.m.: Minneapolis asks residents to 'retreat' over precinct explosion possibility

After people protesting George Floyd's death forcibly took over a Minneapolis precinct and began to ignite fires, city officials are now warning residents to leave the area in case the building explodes.

"We're hearing unconfirmed reports that gas lines to the Third Precinct have been cut and other explosive materials are in the building," the city tweeted. "If you are near the building, for your safety, PLEASE RETREAT in the event the building explodes."

Frey said residents must clear the area so the fire department can put out fires.

"We are working with @MinneapolisFire to deliver resources and respond for a beloved neighborhood in our city," Frey tweeted. "We all need to work together to ensure the safety of our friends, family, and Minneapolis residents. And right now working together means clearing the area."

The Minnesota National Guard has been activated for the area and said it's helping the fire department safely get to fires to help them battle the blazes.

Since the protests started, the Saint Paul Police Department said more than 170 businesses have been damaged or looted. Despite the destruction, with dozens of fires set, authorities said there are no reports of serious injuries. "Calm on the horizon," the department said late Thursday night.

12:32 a.m.: Governor 'shocked' after vehicle attempts to run over protester

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said he is "absolutely shocked" by video of a car attempting to run over a person protesting the death of Floyd in Denver on Thursday. What started as a peaceful protest turned chaotic with reports of vandalism and violence.

"Tonight is a very sad night for our state. While we are still uncovering all of the facts, a protest regarding the killing of George Floyd devolved into vandalism and violence, and I was absolutely shocked by video evidence of a motorist attempting to run over a protestor," Polis tweeted. "Coloradans are better than this. I share the immense anguish we all feel about the unjust murder of George Floyd. But let me be clear, senseless violence will never be healed by more violence."

Previously shots were fired across the street from Colorado's State Capitol in Denver.

11:51 p.m.: Protesters gain access to police precinct

People protesting the death of Floyd have reportedly taken over the Minneapolis Police Department's 3rd precinct and set it on fire, according to authorities.

Minneapolis Police spokesperson John Elder said staff was evacuated from the building around 10 p.m. local time and that protesters forcibly entered the building and ignited several fires.

Shortly after reports of the precinct takeover, the Minnesota National Guard said it was deploying more than 500 soldiers to the area.

"We have activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities," the National Guard said in a statement. "Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate. A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls."

9:20 p.m.: Colorado protest marred by gunshots

Protesters outside Colorado's State Capitol in Denver received a scare when someone apparently fired shots nearby, causing the assembled group to flee.

There were no injuries, authorities confirmed to ABC News.

"Officers on scene at W Colfax Ave and W 15 st on shots fired in the area of the Capital. This is an ongoing investigation and the motive is unknown," Denver police wrote on Twitter.

Leslie Herod, who is a state representative, tweeted about the incident as well. She added that someone was apprehended, though police have not confirmed any arrests.

The Capitol was put on lockdown, with Herod, who fled inside included. Herod told an ABC News producer she was not scared by the incident.

"No. This only makes me more resolved. We have more work to do," she said.

8:31 p.m.: 911 call released

The 911 call made by the store owner who accused Floyd of using fraudulent money was released by authorities Thursday evening.

According to the transcript of the call released by the state of Minnesota, the caller -- a store owner -- told the operator that Floyd entered the store drunk and tried to pay for something with "fake bills." He later left the shop and sat on his car. It was there where police found him when they arrived at the scene.

"Someone comes [to] our store and give us fake bills and we realize it before he left the store, and we ran back outside, they was [sic] sitting on their car," the caller said. "We tell them to give us their phone, put their... thing back and everything, and he was also drunk and everything and return to give us our cigarettes back and so he can, so he can go home but he doesn't want to do that, and he's sitting on his car cause he is awfully drunk and he's not in control of himself."

The operator then asked the caller for Floyd's race and sex.

"No, he’s a black guy," the caller replied. "Alright," the operator said, letting out a sigh according to the transcript, before the caller asked, "How is your day going?"

6:25 p.m.: Investigation is 'top priority' for DOJ

The Department of Justice has made the investigation into Floyd's death a "top priority," Erica MacDonald, attorney for state of Minnesota, said at a press conference.

MacDonald said President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are "directly and actively" monitoring the case.

"It is critical, it is essential, it is imperative that the investigation is done right and done right the first time," she said. "And that is what we are going to do."

No federal or state charges against the officers were announced at the press conference.

Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman asked for "patience."

"Give us the time to do this right and we will bring you justice -- I promise," Freeman said.

He said his office has been flooded with calls on the status of the investigation. The main question, he said, has been, "what're you gonna do about the murder of George Floyd?"

"We are going to investigate as thoroughly as justice demands," Freeman said.

He called the officer's action "excessive and wrong," but said he needs to determine if it was criminal.

Both MacDonald and Freeman called on the public to come forward with any information they may have.

There was a delay in starting the press conference, which MacDonald apologized for and said she was hoping to share a development but that it was not the right time.

5:35 p.m.: City releases complaint history of 4 officers

The police officer seen in a video with his knee on Floyd's neck was involved in 18 complaints prior to being fired, according to records released by the city.

Derek Chauvin, who was fired following Floyd's death, was only disciplined for two of those complaints, according to the city records.

The documents do not provide the details of the complaints or the disciplines.

Tou Thao, who was the officer seen standing up in the video, had six complaints, one of which remains open, according to the records. Thao, who was also fired, was not disciplined for the other five complaints.

The other two officers who were fired, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, have had no complaints.

5:15 p.m.: Governor signs executive order activating National Guard

Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order activating the Minnesota National Guard following Wednesday night's protests.

Walz said the purpose of the National Guard was "to protect people, to protect people safely demonstrating, and to protect small business owners."

"The anger and grief of this moment is unbearable. People deserve to be seen. People deserve to be heard. People deserve to be safe," he said in a statement. "While many Minnesotans are taking extensive safety precautions while exercising their right to protest, the demonstration last night became incredibly unsafe for all involved."

The National Guard Adjutant General will work with local government agencies to provide personnel, equipment, and facilities needed to respond to and recover from the protests, according to Walz's office.

There will also be about 200 members of the Minnesota State Patrol that will work with state, county, and local community and public safety partners. State Patrol helicopters and fixed wind aircraft on the ground will assist law enforcement officers, the governor's office said.

5:03 p.m.: Families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery issue joint statement

The families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery -- all of whom died after incidents with current and former law enforcement -- are demanding change and calling for government action to address this "national crisis."

"We're devastated about the senseless violence that has broken the hearts of our families," the families said in a joint statement. "While we are grateful for the outpouring of love and support, it's important that now – more than ever – we use our voices to enact change, demand accountability within our justice system and keep the legacies of Breonna, Ahmaud and George alive. This is a national crisis and our government needs to take immediate and widespread action to protect our black and brown communities."

The families have called for a congressional hearing and a national task force to create new bipartisan legislation that is aimed at ending racial violence and increasing police accountability.

They will also present a case to United Nation Human Rights Committee for sweeping changes to the nation's criminal justice system. A date for when they would be presenting their case was not provided.

Taylor, a black woman, was a front-line worker who died after a police-involved shooting. Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping inside their Springfield Drive apartment on March 13 when officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department attempted to execute a "no-knock" search warrant.

Three plainclothes officers opened Taylor's front door and "blindly" opened fire into their apartment, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in April by Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer. Taylor was shot at least eight times and died.

Arbery, a black man, was out for a jog when two white men saw him and set off to confront him, police said. The men, Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael, a former police officer, were armed.

A video shows Arbery and Travis McMichael tussling with the shotgun before three shots are fired. Arbery stumbled and fell to the ground, where he was pronounced dead.

City leaders react to protests

The mayor, police chief and city council vice president in Minneapolis emotionally addressed the violent protests that took place Wednesday night over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died.

Mayor Jacob Frey, who at one point became choked up and tearful, said that the protests were "the result of so much built up anger and sadness."

"Anger and sadness that has been engrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years," Frey said at a press conference. "If you're feeling that sadness and anger, it's not only understandable, it's right."

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said he knew that there was a "deficit of hope" in the community and that his department has contributed to that deficit.

He also said that the violence and destruction seen in Wednesday night's protest was mostly caused by a "core group of people" who were not from Minnesota. He said that most of the community members who have been protesting since Floyd's death Monday have been peaceful.

Arradondo said he wanted to ensure that people could safely protest, but he said he could not allow for criminal acts.

Wednesday night's protest caused destruction and chaos in Minneapolis, including a deadly shooting, looting and multiple fires.

The protests, which had been largely peaceful up until Wednesday night, were in wake of Floyd's death after he was apprehended by Minneapolis police Monday. Disturbing video emerged on social media showing a police officer with his knee on the man's neck as the man repeatedly yells out, "I can't breathe."

"I can't breathe, please, the knee in my neck," the man said in a video showing a police officer pinning him to the ground. "I can't move ... my neck ... I'm through, I'm through."

City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins sang "Amazing Grace" at Thursday's press conference before addressing the protests.

Jenkins said she wanted to offer "amazing grace" and her condolences to the Floyd family.

"We feel as if there was a knee on all of our collective necks, a knee that says black lives do not matter," Jenkins, who is black, said. "I am part of this system to help to take that knee off of our necks."

Jenkins, Frey and Arradondo said they would be working with the community leaders. A "healing space" will be created at the 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis for residents to express their concerns and anger in a safe and humane way, Jenkins said.

Overnight developments

Police said during the protests they responded to a call of a stabbing victim and found a man in grave condition near the protests. The man later died in the hospital and authorities learned he died from a gunshot wound, according to John Elder, the director of communication for Minneapolis police.

One person was in custody after the shooting, police said. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the owner of a pawn shop opened fire on a man he believed was burglarizing his business and fatally shot him.

Police said multiple businesses were looted during the protests and the city's fire department said there were 30 intentional fires during the protests, including at least 16 structure fires.

Massive flames were seen in the sky on videos that circulated throughout social media. As of Thursday afternoon, the fire department said crews were still extinguishing fires along East Lake Street.

People were also throwing rocks at fire department vehicles responding to the scene, according to the fire department, which noted there were no firefighter injuries. Elder had said people were throwing rocks at firefighters.

Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd's family, wrote on Twitter the family thanked the protesters and wanted peace in Minneapolis, but "knows that Black people want peace in their souls — and until we get #JusticeForFloyd there will be no peace."

"We cannot sink to the level of our oppressors and endanger each other as we respond to the necessary urge to raise our voices in unison and in outrage," Crump wrote Thursday morning. "Looting and violence distract from strength of our collective voice."

Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy.

The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight.

— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 28, 2020

The city requested assistance from the National Guard late Wednesday during the protests, according to ABC Saint Paul affiliate KSTP.

The National Guard did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

"Tonight was a different night of protesting. Last night we had 8,000 protestors all peaceful. Tonight we did not have that," Elder said.

Elder said that there were no serious injuries to officers. He was not sure about the number of people arrested.

The fire department said there were no civilian injuries from the fires.

Gov. Tim Walz urged people to leave the area as the situation escalated.

"The situation near Lake Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis has evolved into an extremely dangerous situation. For everyone's safety, please leave the area and allow firefighters and paramedics to get to the scene," Walz wrote on Twitter.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also asked people to evacuate the area.

"Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy," Frey wrote on Twitter.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Floyd's death. On Thursday, it was announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office were conducting a "robust" criminal investigation into his death.

"The federal investigation will determine whether the actions by the involved former Minneapolis Police Department officers violated federal law. It is a violation of federal law for an individual acting under color of law to willfully deprive another person of any right protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States," according to a joint statement from United States Attorney Erica MacDonald And FBI Special Agent In Charge Rainer Drolshagen.

The officers involved in the incident were identified by police as Officer Derek Chauvin, Officer Thomas Lane, Officer Tou Thao and Officer J Alexander Kueng.

All four officers were fired, according to Frey.

"This is the right call," the mayor said.

The Minneapolis Police Department said Monday that officers were initially called to the scene "on a report of a forgery in progress" in a statement on their website.

The statement added that officers were advised that the suspect "appeared to be under the influence" and that he "physically resisted officers."

He later "appeared to be suffering medical distress" and officers called an ambulance. He was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance, "where he died a short time later."

The police department said there were no weapons of any type used by anyone involved in the incident and no officers were injured.

ABC News' Catherine, Thorbecke and Will Gretsky contributed to this report.


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(NEW YORK) -- As restaurants begin to reopen across the country, owners and managers are faced with new challenges to keep staff and customers safe.

Restaurant owners agree that the concept of limited dining capacity is simply not sustainable. Their businesses rely on volume of customers and frequent turnover.

So cities have stepped in.

As diners eagerly await being seated at eateries in person once again -- even if it means sitting six feet apart -- cities have stepped up plans to support the hard-hit industry and are clearing a path for potential success.

In Europe, cities and countries such as Amsterdam and Germany have been proponents of opening up the streets and plazas to provide space for restaurants to expand seating and provide al-fresco dining experiences.

Across the U.S., many states have started to ease restrictions to allow restaurants to reopen and local municipalities have engineered new measures for expansive outdoor seating.

The thought is that shutting down streets and opening up other public areas to restaurants will help ensure that diners can enjoy a meal while remaining at a safe social distance in accordance with state, local and health officials' mandates, and that restaurants will be able to fill and turn more tables.

For a full look at your state's reopening plan, click here.

Here is what's being done to expand service to the streets in some U.S. cities.

San Diego

"America's Finest City," as many call it, has given the green light for restaurants to reopen, and Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced earlier this month that the city has worked diligently to approve modified on-site dining.

Matt Awbrey, the mayor's chief of civic and external affairs, shared news on Twitter, outlining the proposal for "temporary outdoor business operations" changes to the city's municipal code. The changes will allow for expansion of outdoor dining "within the public right of way, private parking lots and public space and parks," the memo read.

Sdewalk cafe permits, temporary street closures and constructed seating in pedestrian plazas are all part of the proposed measure, which would waive current permit requirements. The program will ensure that restaurants continue to follow social distancing guidelines.

“Let’s support local workers and restaurants not only by giving them our business but by following public health rules that keep all of us safe,” Mayor Faulconer said in a press release. “We’ve all worked so hard, so let’s enjoy our progress but not give up the gains we’ve made. Whether you’re on the sand or at a shop this weekend, stay classy out there San Diego.”

The temporary ordinance would go into effect during the current state of emergency, which was declared by the city on March 12.

San Francisco

The City by the Bay remains under strict plans for re-opening and although restaurants will not open for dining with modified outdoor service until June 15, the mayor and a local restaurant lobbying group have made strides to help get residents back to their favorite eateries.

Mayor London Breed introduced a Shared Spaces Program in an attempt to help restaurants rebound after they closed their doors in the densely populated 46.8 square-mile city.

She called the order "a creative solution that will give our businesses more space to operate safely, and shift some of our street and sidewalk space to protect the economic and physical health of our entire community."

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) has interceded with a petition to allow restaurants to apply for permits that would temporarily utilize "a portion of the public right-of-way" -- open spaces around businesses including sidewalks, parking spots and "full or partial streets."

Charleston, SC

At a high-traffic beach town 11 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina -- where COVID-19 restrictions have eased -- restaurants have room to breathe and started to seat crowds of customers at socially distanced outdoor tables.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order earlier this month that would allow South Carolina restaurants to offer outdoor seating.

Just in time for Memorial Day, Loggerhead's Beach Grill, a popular oceanfront bar and restaurant, reopened its patio seating and expanded even more dining setups in the parking lot.

"We have the biggest location as far as folks to sit outside, we've turned our outside parking lot area into outdoor seating as well to maximize our capacity," Mike Van Horn, the restaurant's manager told ABC News Charleston affiliate WCIV. "It's a good relief because obviously the restaurant industry was one of the biggest ones hit, especially with the number of people that were laid off industry wide."

He added now that restrictions have been lifted, "folks definitely came out here in droves -- and it hasn't slowed down."

New York City, NY

As the Big Apple prepares to reopen more businesses, City Council introduced legislation on Thursday to expand outdoor dining options for restaurants throughout the five boroughs.

"Expanding outdoor dining space will not only help these restaurants thrive financially but give our city a sense of normalcy. The restaurant industry is a huge part of New York City. No matter where you live, you love your local restaurants," Speaker Corey Johnson said in the press conference. "This legislation will help give all New Yorkers better access to enjoy and support their local restaurants."

If passed, there would be a new streamlined permit process for bars and restaurants located in an area zoned for sidewalk cafes to utilize the newly identified open spaces like sidewalks, streets and plazas to serve customers outside.

The temporary permit would come at not cos for restaurants and allow them to set up outdoor tables.

Additionally, the bill would ask the city’s Department of Health for new safety protocols to ensure that restaurants follow proper social distancing and cleanliness parameters outside.

While Mayor Bill de Blasio has backed the idea and gone so far as to identify bar-heavy spots where a plan like this could work, he has yet to issue any official guidance to act on the issue.

"It is not part of phase one, but it is something we'll have more to say on soon," de Blasio said, according to ABC New York station WABC.

Andrew Rigie, the executive director of NYC Hospitality Alliance, said "restaurants cannot wait any longer" and explained that they need clear criteria to move forward.

"They need money, they need customers, and you can tell New Yorkers are out and about. There's beautiful weather, so they're going to be out regardless," he explained on Thursday.

Local bar and restaurant owners like Linden Pride of Dante -- a popular spot that has switched to curbside takeaway in Greenwich Village -- told ABC News that he is a big proponent of the outdoor move.

Pride believes shutting down streets and opening up sidewalk space will allow for safer and more flexible dining options that help ensure more space without stifling capacity.

He also noted that while "space is limited," people want to be outside. "Now is the perfect time while the weather permits, before winter," he added. But even then, he said, if social distancing measures are still in place and outdoor dining is working, "there are heat-lamps and coverings, but who knows how long that could work."

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(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- SpaceX, NASA launch US astronauts into spaceThe SpaceX Demo-2 successfully launched with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, and is making its way to the International Space Station.

NASA and SpaceX made history Saturday as they successfully launched astronauts toward the International Space Station.

The Dragon is expected to dock at 10:29 a.m. ET Sunday after a 19-hour journey.

The SpaceX Demo-2 launch originally was scheduled for Wednesday, but it was called off less than 20 minutes before liftoff due to inclement weather.  

Here’s how the day unfolded before and immediately after the launch. All times Eastern.

4:15 p.m.: Dragon expected to dock at ISS Sunday morning

Dragon is expected to dock at the International Space Station at 10:29 a.m. ET Sunday, according to NASA.

3:48 p.m.: 'So proud': Jim Bridenstine reacts to launch

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, said he was "so proud" after the successful launch.

"For the first time in nine years, we have now launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil. I'm so proud of the @NASA and @SpaceX team for making this moment possible," Bridenstine tweeted.

For the first time in 9 years, we have now launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil. I'm so proud of the @NASA and @SpaceX team for making this moment possible. #LaunchAmerica

— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 30, 2020

3:46 p.m.: Falcon 9 has landed

The Falcon 9 booster has landed, making it the first Falcon 9 to carry humans to orbit, according to NASA.

The Dragon is now officially making its way to the International Space Station, NASA said.

3:31 p.m.: Stage 2 propulsion 'still good'

The astronauts are now in Stage 2 of the launch and the propulsion was "still good," NASA said.

3:22: Successful liftoff for NASA astronauts aboard SpaceX Dragon


The SpaceX Demo-2 successfully launched NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, and is making its way to the International Space Station.

It's a nine-minute ride to reach orbit, and then a 19-hour ride after that, NASA said.

The good news comes after Wednesday's launch was scrubbed.

"It is absolutely our honor to be part of this huge effort to get the United States back in the launch business. We'll talk to you from orbit," Hurley said minutes before launch.

2:30 p.m.: Crew and weather 'go' for launch

Both the crew and weather are "go" for launch, according to NASA.

Fuel is now being loaded into the spacecraft with less than an hour to launch time.

NASA said that liquid oxygen and RP-1, typically referred to as rocket fuel, will fill the Falcon 9 until about two minutes before liftoff.

The news of a "go" for weather is a welcome development after the conditions were touch-and-go throughout the morning.

1:47 p.m.: Weather not cooperating

The launch has not been scrubbed, but there is a no-go because of weather right now.

NASA and Space X are waiting to see if conditions improve.

1:25 p.m.: Hatch closed, crew 'settled in'

The hatch is closed and astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are "settled in" ahead of the SpaceX Demo-2 liftoff, according to NASA.

SpaceX confirmed Saturday morning that its launch is going ahead as planned

"All systems go for Crew Dragon's test flight with @NASA astronauts @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug," the company tweet. "Teams are keeping an eye on weather."

SpaceX CEO Elon Must echoed the weather concern, tweeting "Proceeding with countdown today, weather cancellation risk ~50%."

If all goes well Saturday, it will be the first time Musk's private space firm, SpaceX, will launch a human crew. It will also mark the first time in nearly a decade the U.S. has launched American astronauts from U.S. soil, ending an expensive reliance on Russia for seats to space.

"We're at the dawn of a new age, and we're really leading the beginning of a space revolution," NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard said at a news conference Friday.

He said the aim for the launch is to "give hope for many people who need it right now, and also to unite our country and the world."

You can learn more about the NASA astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who are headed to the ISS, here.

'50-50 chance': Weather forecast includes possible thunderstorms, showers

The weather forecast for Cape Canaveral, Florida, at the time of the launch includes scattered showers and thunderstorms.

"It sounds like we got a 50-50 chance with the weather again," Bob Cabana, the director of the Kennedy Space Center, said in a news conference Friday.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine added that despite all the VIP's coming to watch the launch, including President Donald Trump, and the national hype they will feel "no pressure" and "we will launch when we are ready," emphasizing the safety of Behnken and Hurley as a top priority.

According to the Launch Mission Executive Forecast, there is a 50% probability of violating weather constraints. Meanwhile, there is a 40% of probability of violating weather constraints on the backup launch date of Sunday.

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(ST. LOUIS) -- Health officials in Missouri are alerting those who attended Memorial Day weekend parties at the Lake of the Ozarks that a partygoer there has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

"Camden County Health Department has been notified of a Boone County resident who has tested positive for COVID-19 after being in the Lake area on May 23 and 24," according to a statement issued on Friday.

Over the holiday weekend, photographs and videos were posted on social media that showed dozens of people in public pools and inside businesses not practicing social distancing or wearing masks or gloves.

The St. Louis County Department of Health issued an advisory on Tuesday urging anyone who did not practice COVID-19 safety guidelines to self-quarantine for 14 days or until they test negative for the virus.

The patient arrived the area on May 23 around 1 p.m. and went to Backwater Jacks twice and to Shady Gators and Lazy Gators Pool until 10 p.m., officials said. The following day, the patient started his day around 1 p.m., where he went to Buffalo Wild Wings for an hour then Shady Gators until 7 p.m., from which he took a taxi to a private residence.

"The public who may have been in these places is asked to please monitor for symptoms. ... If you develop symptoms, please contact your physician and isolate until test results are known," officials said.

As of Saturday, Missouri has recorded 12,795 confirmed case and at least 738 deaths, according to the state's health department.

No new coronavirus cases were reported among Camden County residents this week, officials said.

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(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- Weather again could throw a wrench in the planned launch for NASA's SpaceX mission to the International Space Station Saturday afternoon.

The forecast for NASA's SpaceX launch in Cape Canaveral Saturday, unfortunately, calls for scattered thunderstorms, including lightning. While the forecast is not looking as poor as this past Wednesday’s forecast, which forced NASA to scrub the launch, it isn’t looking significantly better either.

Wednesday's launch was called off less than 20 minutes before its scheduled liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida due to inclement weather.

The SpaceX Demo-2 launch will send NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the ISS on a Crew Dragon spacecraft propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket.

Saturday's launch is currently set for 3:22 p.m. ET.

In the Northeast Saturday, much of the region will see a very nice day ahead with temperatures warming into the 70s and some low 80s with dew points becoming increasingly lower through the day. Additionally, clouds will clear out of much of the region during the afternoon, so plenty of sunshine is in the forecast.

For much of the west, a storm moving into the region Saturday. The location of the low-pressure system, clearly visible on a satellite Saturday morning off the coast of California, is a little atypical for late May. It more resembles something we would see in the middle of the winter or early spring.

The storm will bring some rain into parts of northern California Saturday, which would be welcomed since much of the northern half of California and nearly all of Oregon are in some type of drought condition. Additionally, parts of this region also received a significant heatwave earlier this week. There could be a couple of pockets of flooding with the storm Saturday.

The storm will also kick up some winds and as it moves inland, where there looks to be a chance for dry, gusty winds over parts of the desert of Nevada and Utah. There is a fire danger in that region Saturday.

As the storm moves into the Northwest, it will likely bring a chance for a couple of severe storms in Oregon and Washington, with gusty, damaging winds the main threat.

The storm clears out on Sunday, with cooler weather dominating much of the region in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, a cluster of storms well east of the U.S. coastline and well north of the Caribbean is being monitored for tropical development. Right now, there is a 60% chance it will develop in the next five days. Monday is the first official day of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season and there have already had two named storms.

In the Pacific, a cluster of storms near Guatemala is being monitored for development, with a 70% chance of development in the next five days.

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(NEW YORK) -- At 12 years old, Erin Kulick looked on in wonder as she watched a cow receive surgery for a prolapsed uterus after giving birth to a calf. It was her first day volunteering at a mixed animal practice in Bedford, Virginia.

As she gazed at the gory scene, she smiled. In that moment, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian.

Dr. Kulick, now 36 years old, works at Long Island City Veterinary Center in Queens, New York, where she works in general practice and sees mostly small animals.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, veterinarians in New York City are only seeing essential cases. Kulick said that instead of having animals and clients in the lobby of the veterinary office, she is having clients meet staff at the front door so that they can bring their pet in. Despite the changes in their operations, they have been very busy.

“We're getting people that haven't come to the vet for a couple years, all of a sudden decide to come back because they're home and I think they're realizing they want to invest in that animal again,” she told ABC News.

Kulick said she has seen more visits for foreign bodies, which occur when pets consume items that cannot easily pass through their gastrointestinal tract.

“Accidents are still happening,” she said. “People are home more. They're seeing their animals and they're seeing problems.”

In the midst of this crisis, pet euthanasia procedures have presented a unique challenge for pet owners and veterinarians, who have had to figure out compassionate and safe ways to administer them.

“A lot of people do need a hug during that and it's really hard to watch someone from a distance after you've let their pet go and not being able to physically comfort them. But it's even harder, I think, for them if they can't have their entire family there during it,” she said.

On May 13, Kulick and her team performed a C-section on a French bulldog for a client who didn’t have the money for the operation. Kulick said she was thankful for the opportunity “to be able to just have life.”

“We worked with my boss, my manager, to give him as steep of a discount as we could and ... basically used that as a morale booster for all of us, because everybody loves coming in and taking care of puppies in a C-section,” she said.

The staff at the veterinary center have had a difficult few months. Some of them, including Kulick, contracted the coronavirus, which resulted in the center being short-staffed at times.

At the end of March, Kulick’s 1-year-old baby came down with a cough. The next day, Kulick had a cough and diarrhea. When Kulick started feeling sick, she was concerned about how it would affect the coworkers on her team.

“If someone on that team got sick, you're out for a week, at least,” she said. “I've got a cushion. But my techs, they live paycheck to paycheck, and because I'm sick they're not gonna get paid for at least a week. This sucks.”

That night, she developed a fever, and her concern for her own health grew.

“I did a remote doctor appointment the following day, and he said he diagnosed me with COVID, but he said to stay home, quarantine myself, only go in if I had shortness of breath,” she said. “The following day ... I had shortness of breath. I was trying to read an email to my husband and I couldn't get more than a couple of words out.”

Kulick went to urgent care, but when her oxygen saturation levels came back at an appropriate level, she went home and used an albuterol inhaler to help her breathe. When Kulick eventually took a COVID-19 antibody test after recovering, she tested positive.

“I would say COVID is like no other illness I've had because it does make you question your mortality,” she said.

While staying home to recover, Kulick spent time caring for her child. She said that, despite her previous doubts, she realized that she is in fact a good parent.

“I always felt myself an inferior parent before this because my husband is just so good with kids,” she said. “I'm very grateful for all that extra work of having a kid to help me through this one.”

One strange side effect she experienced was a lost sense of smell. As a veterinarian and mother of an infant, she notices some benefits -- like not being able to smell soiled diapers or the particularly foul smells that arise when treating her animal patients. A couple of weeks after she had been sick, she was drinking whiskey for communion for her “queer-accepting, everything-accepting church.” As she took a sip, she could smell the whiskey again for the first time in weeks.

In audio diaries she recorded, Kulick talks about how the coronavirus has directly impacted her and her community, and how she has continued to perform essential veterinary procedures in the midst of a pandemic. Her personal story can be heard in this week’s episode of the ABC News podcast “The Essentials: Inside the Curve.”

In addition to her work as a veterinarian, Kulick plays music in a queer orchestra in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan called the Queer Urban Orchestra. Her husband, a professional musician who she met in college through playing music together, encouraged her to join the orchestra when she moved to New York City 10 years ago.

“I joined as a straight member and ally and then found that I am queer as well,” she said. “Coming from a Southern Baptist upbringing in Virginia, that was kind of a revelation for me. That's part of why I love New York so much.”

Being a part of the orchestra, which Kulick describes as like family, has been a welcome release from her high stakes job. The last photo on her phone from before her life changed due to the coronavirus pandemic shows members of the orchestra and other friends at a bar in Manhattan, celebrating after one of their orchestra concerts.

As a trumpet player, Kulick became involved in a tradition of playing “Taps” -- a bugle call played at military funerals -- around the 7 p.m. cheers for essential workers each day. As featured on WNBC, the tradition began when her neighbor and former Marine Josh Landress began playing “Taps” from his balcony in memory of those who have died from COVID and Kulick offered to echo him.

“It means a lot to me to do, particularly because we've lost people,” she said.

Although her shifts end at 7 p.m., Kulick said that in order to honor those that have died, including the family members of her coworkers, she has sprinted home with her mask on in order to make it in time to play the solemn tribute.

“I have a close friend whose mom has been on a ventilator for over a month,” she said. “Following cases and seeing all the people I knew that went on ventilators, except for this friend's mom, died. So she's the only one left. She has to make it.”

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Ramsey County Sheriff’s OfficeBY: WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC NEWS

(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The wife of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, is now filing for divorce, according to her attorneys.

"This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin," the Sekula Law Office said in a statement Friday night. "While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time."

Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd on Friday. More arrests and charges are anticipated, according to Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman.

Video of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee pressed into Floyd's neck set off widespread protests across the U.S. this week since his death on Monday. Many of those protests have turned chaotic and violent in cities like Minneapolis, New York City, Atlanta and several others.

Prosecutors in Hennepin County, Minnesota, say evidence shows Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, including two minutes and 53 seconds of which Floyd was non-responsive.

Police were called after Floyd had allegedly used a fake $20 bill to make a purchase at a local Cup Foods, according to the complaint.

Prosecutors said Floyd "resisted being handcuffed," according to the complaint, but "became compliant" once they were on him.

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(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) -- Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with third-degree murder in connection with the death of George Floyd, had his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes -- including almost three minutes while Floyd was unresponsive -- according to court documents.

Video of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee pressed into Floyd's neck went viral earlier this week, sparking widespread protests across the country that have taken a violent turn in Minnesota as outrage mounts.

In the video, Floyd can be heard repeatedly saying, "I can't breathe."

On Friday, prosecutors in Hennepin County, Minnesota, released what they say are new details about the incident from analysis of police body camera footage and other evidence that paint a harrowing picture of the last few minutes of Floyd's life.

The complaint claims that Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, including two minutes and 53 seconds of which Floyd was non-responsive.

Chauvin was not the first responding officer to the 911 call reporting that Floyd had allegedly used a fake $20 bill to make a purchase at a local Cup Foods, according to the complaint.

Officers Thomas Lane and J.A. Kueng arrived at the scene and were reported to Floyd's car, where they found him in the driver's seat with two adult passengers.

Officer Lane began speaking with Floyd and then pulled his gun out and pointed it at Floyd's open window, asking him to show his hands, according to the complaint. When Floyd put his hands on the steering wheel, Lane holstered his gun and then ordered him out of the car and pulled him out of the vehicle, the statement reads.

Floyd "resisted being handcuffed," according to the complaint, but once he was in cuffs he "became compliant" as Lane sat him on the ground and asked for his name, identification and told him why he was being arrested.

Lane and Keung then stood Floyd up and attempted to walk him to their squad car. At 8:14 p.m., however, the complaint says Floyd stiffened up, fell to the ground and told the officers he was claustrophobic.

Officers Chauvin and Tou Thao then arrived in a separate squad car.

The officers made several attempts to get Floyd in the backseat of the police car from the driver's side, according to the complaint, which says Floyd "did not voluntarily get in the car and struggled with the officers by intentionally falling down," and "refusing to stand still."

While standing outside the car, Floyd began saying that he could not breathe, the statement reads. The officers then attempted to get him into the car from the passenger side.

Next, Chauvin pulled Floyd out of the passenger side of the squad car and he landed face down and still handcuffed, according to the complaint. Two of the officers held his legs down and then Chauvin placed his left knee on the back of Floyd's neck.

As Floyd said "I can't breathe" and "Mama" and "please," the complaint states that the officers stayed in their positions. An officer told him, "You are talking fine."

Lane eventually asked, "Should we roll him on his side?" Chauvin responded, "No, staying put where we got him."

When Lane said he was "worried about excited delirium," Chauvin said, "That's why we have him on his stomach," the statement reads.

Floyd went face down on the ground with Chauvin's knee in his neck at 8:19:38 p.m., according to the complaint. At 8:24:24, Floyd stopped moving. Approximately a minute later, video "appears to show Mr. Floyd ceasing to breathe or speak."

Keung checked for a pulse on Floyd's right wrist, said he couldn't find one, the complaint states, and still none of the officers moved from their positions.

At 8:27:31 p.m., Chauvin removed his knee from Floyd's neck, according to the statement. An ambulance was called to the scene and Floyd was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center shortly after.

The autopsy revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.

Chauvin faces charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.

Prosecutors say the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests and charges are anticipated.

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Courtesy of Ben Crump LawBy IVAN PERREIRA, ABC NEWS

(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) -- George Floyd's life had its highs and lows, but his friends and family said he was "a gentle giant."

Floyd spent most of his life in Houston, Texas, and grew up in the Third Ward. While attending Yates High School, Floyd, who stood 6 feet, 6 inches tall, was a star tight end on the football team and played in the 1992 state championship.

Donnell Cooper, one of Floyd's former classmates told The Associated Press that Floyd impressed everyone with his presence on the field and humility off it.

"Quiet personality but a beautiful spirit," he told the AP.

Milton Carney, another longtime friend of Floyd, told ABC News affiliate KTRK was always gentle.

"Anybody who knows him will tell you he's not confrontational," he said.

Floyd was known by friends and family for his faith and dedication to his church community. Church leaders said he helped organize basketball charity events, bible study sessions and other related activities.

"You know, if he was here, he would say that he's a man of God. He would stand on that firmly," Courtney Ross, Floyd's fiancée, told KTRK.

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who grew up in Texas not too far from Floyd, called him his twin. Even when Jackson's athletic career soared, he said he kept in touch with Floyd.

"Every city, every team I played on, everywhere I was, we talked. He was excited. Everything I did," Jackson told ABC News. "He was excited because the first thing he said was, 'My twin is doing this. My twin is doing that.' He lived through me. He knew he had the talent, he had the same skills and everything I had. … I just had more opportunity."

In 2007, Floyd was charged with armed robbery and sentenced to five years in prison as part of a plea deal in 2009. Jackson said his friend moved to Minneapolis to start a new life and was working several jobs.

"He'd been through a lot of stuff in his life -- a lot of stuff -- and to make it out after you rehabilitate yourself and you're intelligent enough to know I can't go back to the same surroundings because it's going to bring me back to the same spot," he said.

Jovanni Thunstrom hired Floyd to work security at his Minneapolis restaurant Conga Latin Bistro and leased him a duplex apartment. Thunstrom told ABC News he was a friendly, hard worker who worked extra hours and was loved by the staff and regulars.

"This hurts. I loved him like a brother," told ABC News.

Floyd had a daughter back in Houston and was planning on bringing her to Minneapolis, according to Thunstrom. Floyd and the rest of the restaurant's staff were out of work since the coronavirus shut down the state's restaurants.

Thunstrom said he last saw Floyd a week ago to collect rent and to talk about the restaurant's reopening plans.

"It broke my heart," he said of Floyd's death.

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(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 361,000 people worldwide.

Over 5.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

The United States is the world's worst-affected country, with over 1.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 101,706  deaths.

Here's how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:

4:35 p.m.: Trump to resume in-person fundraising

President Donald Trump plans to resume in-person fundraising next month with two events -- June 11, at a private home in Dallas, and June 13 at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, multiple sources told ABC News.

News on the fundraisers first was reported by Politico.

Both fundraising sites "will be professionally cleaned and sanitized" ahead of time, a Republican National Committee official told ABC News. The White House Medical Unit and U.S. Secret Service will evaluate all attendees. They must pass a temperature screening, complete a wellness questionnaire and test negative for COVID-19 on the day of the event.

4:05 p.m.: At least 86 NYC homeless dead from virus

In New York City, at least 1,060 homeless individuals have tested positive for the coronavirus, including 86 who have died, according to the city's Department of Social Services.

The homeless are among the most vulnerable, and among the 1,060 who tested positive, 55 were considered unsheltered New Yorkers. The vast majority were considered sheltered.

HUD defines unsheltered as those whose primary nighttime location is not ordinarily used for sleeping, like the street or a park.

3:15 p.m.: Trump says US terminating relationship with WHO

In the face of a global pandemic and protests across the country, President Donald Trump announced at a Friday afternoon news conference that the U.S. is ending its partnership with the World Health Organization.

"We will be, today, terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to worldwide, and deserving, urgent global public health needs," he said.

Trump also said that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China.

"We will take action to revoke Hong Kong's preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China," the president continued. "The United States will also take necessary steps to sanction ERC and Hong Kong officials directly or indirectly involved in eroding Hong Kong's autonomy."

The president did not take questions or comment on the events in Minnesota.

2:35 p.m.: North Carolina asks RNC questions on convention safety

North Carolina sent a letter to the Republican National Committee on Friday, further pressing Republicans about their plans for the party's convention.

In a letter from Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state's Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina included a number of asks for GOP leaders to "further elaborate on its plans to protect convention participants and the people of Charlotte in accordance with the CDC guidance."

The letter included a list of questions: How many delegates, alternates, elected officials, guests and media are expected to attend and be inside the Spectrum Center? How will the RNC implement health screenings, social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene and other cleaning protocols at all RNC-sanctioned events? Is the RNC is still following Trump's desire to host a convention with "a crowd-like setting" without social distancing and face coverings? How will people be isolated if they do not pass thermal or health screenings?

While the letter acknowledges that a large-scale event can occur during the pandemic, state health officials urge the GOP to plan for "several scenarios."

"The state continues to support the hosting of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte if it can be done safely," Cohen wrote.

RNC officials replied to that letter though a statement Friday afternoon, saying they had hoped the governor's office would provide "concrete details on how to plan" for the convention.

"After all, if public schools can be opened early on August 17th we should know how to proceed with an event on August 24th," the RNC said. "Instead we do not have a commitment that provides clarity or guidance. Like the rest of the state, we will be ready and waiting for North Carolina leadership to offer clear guidance on how we should safely plan for the type of convention for which we originally contracted."

The RNC had initially sent a letter on Thursday to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper outlining some safety protocols, signaling the party's preference to keep the convention in Charlotte after President Donald Trump threatened to pull it.

The letter, signed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Marcia Lee Kelly, the president and chief executive officer of the Republican National Convention, comes as the national party and the Democratic governor found themselves in a stalemate, after Trump tweeted that he is considering moving the event outside of North Carolina.

Absent from the RNC's letter were mentions of social distancing and wearing masks.

2 p.m.: CDC: 115,000 US deaths by June 20

Deaths in the U.S. likely will exceed 115,000 by June 20, even as the rate of increase in cumulative deaths declines, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The rate of new deaths is expected to vary from state to state, the CDC said, adding that "in some states, cumulative deaths will increase at roughly the same rate as they have in recent weeks, while other states are likely to experience only a small number of additional deaths from COVID-19."

1:30 p.m.: NYC on track to begin reopening June 8

New York City is on track to begin its phase one of reopening on June 8, bringing back to work about 400,000 employees, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

"Remember that reopening does not mean we're going back ... we go forward," Cuomo stressed. "It is reopening to a new normal, a safer normal. People will be wearing masks, people will be socially distanced."

Meanwhile, in upstate New York, five regions -- North Country, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier -- are now entering phase two of reopening.

That means retail curbside pickup will be open, and hair salons and barber shops can open with strict guidelines, he said.

1 p.m.: CDC cites evidence of limited early spread in US in early 2020

While the first cases of non-travel-related COVID-19 in the U.S. were confirmed Feb. 26 and Feb. 28, four pieces of evidence suggest that community transition transmission of the virus in the U.S. likely started in mid to late January or early February, according to a weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC's findings included an RNA analysis that revealed a single lineage of the virus that was imported from China and began circulating in the U.S. between Jan. 18 and Feb. 9, followed by viruses of different lineages from Europe, and that three cases had been confirmed in California in early February.

That means "community transmission began before the first two non-travel-related U.S. cases, most likely from a single importation from China in late January or early February, followed by several importations from Europe in February and March," the CDC said.

11:50 a.m.: North Carolina asks RNC questions on convention safety

North Carolina responded to the Republican National Committee in a new letter Friday, further pressing Republicans about their plans for the party's convention.

In a letter from Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state's Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina included a number of asks for GOP leaders to "further elaborate on its plans to protect convention participants and the people of Charlotte in accordance with the CDC guidance."

The letter included a list of questions: How many delegates, alternates, elected officials, guests and media are expected to attend and be inside the Spectrum Center? How will the RNC implement health screenings, social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene and other cleaning protocols at all RNC-sanctioned events? Is the RNC is still following Trump's desire to host a convention with "a crowd-like setting" without social distancing and face coverings? How will people be isolated if they do not pass thermal or health screenings?

While the letter acknowledges that a large-scale event can occur during the pandemic, state health officials urge the GOP to plan for "several scenarios."

"The state continues to support the hosting of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte if it can be done safely," Cohen wrote.

The RNC sent a letter Thursday to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper outlining some safety protocols, signaling the party's preference to keep the convention in Charlotte after President Donald Trump threatened to pull it.

The letter, signed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Marcia Lee Kelly, the president and chief executive officer of the Republican National Convention, comes as the national party and the Democratic governor found themselves in a stalemate, after Trump tweeted that he is considering moving the event outside of North Carolina.

Absent from the RNC's letter were mentions of social distancing and wearing masks.

11:30 a.m.: First known cases of MIS-C in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has become the latest state to report cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, aka MIS-C, a dangerous coronavirus-related illness that's been reported in many states and countries.

The hospital Children's Wisconsin has identified an undisclosed number of cases and said most children have recovered, either in the hospital or at home, reported ABC Green Bay affiliate WBAY.

The suspected cases have been reported to Wisconsin's Department of Health Services, WBAY said.

MIS-C, which has been reported in at least 28 states and Washington, D.C., has features similar to those of Kawasaki disease and Toxic-Shock Syndrome. Common symptoms include persistent fever, irritability or sluggishness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, conjunctivitis, enlarged lymph node on one side of the neck, red cracked lips or red tongue, swollen hands and feet.

10:30 a.m.: NYC sees record-low number of residents testing positive

Hard-hit New York City has reached a record-low of number of residents testing positive -- of those tested across the city, just 5% were positive for the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.

New York City has 16,673 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and another 4,742 probable COVID-19 deaths.

The mayor on Friday promised more coronavirus testing for the city's non-profit workers, from those with the Department of Social Services to the Administration of Children's Services.

"We know that a lot of people who do this work" come from communities hit hardest by the coronavirus, de Blasio said. "They've been heroes throughout this crisis and we have to be there for them."

Beginning June 1, voluntary, weekly testing will be available for nearly 31,000 non-profit workers. Officials will be able to conduct 4,000 tests per day, he said.

De Blasio also highlighted that the city is sending 100,000 internet-enabled tablets to isolated seniors at 100 different public housing sites.

The tablets not only give seniors access to telemedicine, but also helps them fight isolation and stay in touch with loved ones.

9:50 a.m.: San Francisco unveils reopening plan

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday unveiled a multi-step reopening plan for the Northern California city.

Before June 15, residents can use curbside retail and go to real estate appoints if they social distance and wear face coverings. Professional sports can practice if they have approved plan and residents can use fenced dog parks and outdoor museums.

Beginning June 15, outdoor fitness can resume, like yoga, but with social distancing.

Outdoor dining -- including restaurants and bars with food -- can resume, as well as religious services and professional sports games without spectators.

Further steps will include reopening indoor dining, hair salons and barber shops. The current target date for that is July 13.

The target date is mid-August to reopen gyms and bars without food.

At least 2,437 people in San Francisco have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. At least 30 people have died.

7:25 a.m.: RNC sends letter to North Carolina outlining safety protocols for convention

The Republican National Committee sent a letter Thursday to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper outlining some safety protocols to move forward with the Republican convention during the coronavirus pandemic -- signaling the party's preference to keep the convention in Charlotte after President Donald Trump threatened to pull it.

The letter, signed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Marcia Lee Kelly, the president and CEO of the Republican National Convention, comes as the national party and the Democratic governor found themselves in a stalemate, after Trump tweeted that he is considering moving the event outside of North Carolina.

In response to the RNC’s letter, a spokesperson for Gov. Roy Cooper said the governor’s office will share a response to the letter on Friday, after review from state health officials.

“We are still waiting for a plan from the RNC, but our office will work with state health officials to review the letter and share a response tomorrow,” Sadie Weiner, a spokesperson for Cooper, said in a statement to ABC News.

The RNC did not intend for the letter to be the plan, with a convention spokesperson telling ABC News the safety measures included in the letter are “a few suggested elements under consideration.”

Absent from the RNC's letter were mentions of social distancing and wearing masks.

5:33 a.m.: California sheriff says officers won't enforce coronavirus public health orders

Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick penned a letter to residents saying he is directing his department to not enforce the public health order, saying the blanket order is crushing the community.

In this letter, Essick said the many residents and business owners have told him that the county's health orders are far more strict than neighboring communities and California Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide orders. He also said that the county's coronavirus cases continue to decline.

"Over the last 10 weeks we have learned a lot and made significant progress. The curve has been flattened; hospitals were not overrun with patients; we have dramatically increased testing which verified the infection rate in Sonoma County is under control and decreasing. Yet we continue to see successive Public Health Orders that contain inconsistent restrictions on business and personal activities without explanation," Essick wrote. "Based on what we have learned, now is the time to move to a risk-based system and move beyond blanket orders that are crushing our community."

He says he's asked, and not heard from, public health officials about why the restrictive measures remain despite the community having favorable COVID-19 numbers. To continue to enforce these measures, he said, would be a disservice to the county's residents.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, he said, will stop enforcing local coronavirus regulations as of June 1.

"As your elected Sheriff, I can no longer in good conscience continue to enforce Sonoma County Public Health Orders, without explanation, that criminalize otherwise lawful business and personal behavior," Essick's letter said.

California has more than 103,000 diagnosed cases and at least 3,993 deaths.

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(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Images of armed Minnesota National Guardsmen on the streets of Minneapolis and President Trump's controversial tweet suggesting a further military role have raised questions about what Guardsmen can do to control the violence in Minneapolis and whether the active duty military has any role at all.

On Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz activated 500 Minnesota National Guardsmen to provide support to local law enforcement in Minneapolis.

While the Guardsmen are armed and equipped in camouflage uniforms, they are only in a support role to local law enforcement. At a Friday news conference, Walz repeatedly emphasized that the National Guard "is not a police force."

Gen. Jon Jensen, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, said at the same news conference that his Guardsmen were armed because of intelligence from the FBI that indicated "a credible threat" to his force.

Jensen said Walz authorized his recommendation that the Guardsmen be armed as they deployed Thursday night. He declined to disclose what rules of engagement the Guardsmen were operating under, but noted that they retained the right of self-defense.

He also said that the Guardsmen do not have the authority to carry out arrests; they are accompanied by law enforcement personnel who can carry out that arrest.

Law enforcement uniforms can be hard to tell apart. Not everyone you see in camouflage is part of the @MNNationalGuard. Our Guardsmen have @USArmy and @usairforce patches and wear U.S. flags on their sleeves to identify them. We live in your communities and we are here to help.

— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 29, 2020

Jensen said his Guardsmen had four missions: to protect the state capitol building, to provide security at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center, to provide security at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and to escort fire department personnel into “unsecure” and “dangerous” areas.

In a statement provided to ABC News, the Minnesota National Guard said they are also "forming lines between protestors and sites that are at risk of being harmed."

"We're not authorized to disclose any specifics about our tactics or use of force," said the statement. "The Guardsmen are activated to protect life, preserve property and to ensure the right of people to peacefully demonstrate in Minneapolis and its surrounding communities."

Jensen said the security missions at the buildings freed up local law enforcement to be available to respond to any potential disturbances.

Overnight, President Trump's tweets added to the confusion about the military's role. "Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts," Trump said in tweets that Twitter later flagged as violating the social media platform's rules about glorifying violence.

Each state and territory in the United States has a National Guard that is under the direct control of a state’s governor. They can be federalized for national missions, but that is not the same as the president's taking over a state’s guard.

Active duty military refers to professional military service members who perform their job as a full-time job. National Guardsmen are part of the military but are civilians who after their initial professional training continue to regularly train in uniform several times a month.

Under the post-Civil War law known as Posse Comitatus, the U.S. active duty military is forbidden from carrying out law enforcement duties. That ban can only be waived if a President declares a national emergency.

State National Guards can carry out a variety of duties in response to natural disasters and times of crisis, and that can include crowd control. They can also be armed for specific missions but can use their weapons in self-defense, just like all military personnel.

National Guardsmen are trained in crowd control techniques and use visored helmets, shields, batons -- techniques designed to minimize any escalations in violence.

The 1970 Kent State University shootings, when four students were killed and nine others were wounded from fire by the Ohio National Guard, continues to haunt the national consciousness.

That shooting highlighted how Guard commanders employed combat techniques for a civilian crowd control event. The deadly shootings spurred reforms that led to the development of less lethal crowd control tactics and training designed to de-escalate tensions by law enforcement agencies.

That training continues, but local law enforcement has also moved toward employing paramilitary gear and equipment in preparation for violent protests, particularly by SWAT tactical teams that sometimes wear camouflage uniforms and use armored vehicles that can be used in different scenarios.

Reinforcing that was a Tweet on Friday from the Minnesota National Guard that pointed out that not everyone on the streets of Minneapolis who is wearing a camouflage uniform is a National Guardsman.

“Law enforcement uniforms can be hard to tell apart. Not everyone you see in camouflage is part of the @MNNationalGuardm," said the tweet. "Our Guardsmen have @USArmy and @usairforce patches and wear U.S. flags on their sleeves to identify them. We live in your communities and we are here to help.”

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alexsl/iStockBy ERIN CALABRESE, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- There’s a lot that's been written about disinformation and misinformation recently -- the dark new reality of our increasingly connected and technologically advanced world that makes trusting what you see harder than ever. They’re both forms of actual "fake news," a term that once meant fake stories but has been co-opted by some right-wing leaders and activists to describe media organizations that they don't like.

Much disinformation (intentionally misleading) and misinformation (unintentionally misleading) is spread via social media, so how do you spot these fake stories when they appear in your Facebook feed, Twitter timeline or YouTube playlist?

The best piece of advice to follow is to pause before you retweet or share, particularly if you have an emotional reaction and immediately think, “Oh, I must share this." If you’d like to take a deeper dive into best verification practices, First Draft News, a non-profit that helps journalists and others navigate the increasingly complicated digital sphere, has an hour-long class to help you become a debugging pro. Below, we have a quick guide for determining whether or not you are looking at a piece of mis/disinformation.

Remember that the creators of disinformation purposely make content that is designed to trigger an emotional response, so if you find yourself having those reactions, please pause and consider the following questions:

  • Is this the original account, article, or piece of content?
  • Who shared this or created it?
  • When was this created?
  • What account is sharing this? When was the account created? Do they share things from all over the world at all times during the day and night? Could this be a bot?
  • Why was this shared?

If you use these questions and do some simple digging before sharing, you too can help prevent disinformation fires on social media, here’s how:

  • Search online for the information or claim. Sometimes, you’ll be able to find fact-checkers online who have worked to debunk them. If the claim hasn’t been reported widely by the press, there’s a good chance this is because journalists couldn’t confirm it.
  • Look at who posted this content. Inspect the poster's profile, how long their account has been active, and post history to see if they demonstrate bot-like behavior. For example if an account posts at all hours of the day, from different parts of the world, and includes highly polarizing political content and content retweeted from other accounts, those posts were likely made by a machine.
  • Check the profile picture of the account. Do a reverse image search of the photo. If it’s a stock image or an image of a celebrity, then that’s a less reliable source because it’s anonymous.
  • Search for other social media accounts for this person. See what you can find out about that person, do they have political or religious affiliations that might give them a reason for spreading a particular point of view?
  • Inspect the content the account posted. Does it look too good to be true? If it does, then it usually isn’t real. Try a reverse image search. Using a tool like RevEye, you can search for any previous instances of any image that appears online. Much disinformation uses old images out of context to push a narrative. Using reverse image search you can find if the image is from a different story. If you know the location of the image or video use ‘Street View’ mapping services (Google, Bing and others provide the service) to see if what you’re looking at matches what appears on the map. You can also reverse image search the profile picture to see if it or similar photos are being used on other accounts, a common practice used to create so-called "sockpuppet" accounts, fake personas created online that allow people to act as trolls while protecting their identity.

There are many more sophisticated fact-checking tools that are available online for free. Bellingcat, a non-profit that carries out online visual investigations outlines many of them here.

However, the truth is that the vast majority of disinformation can be dismissed without using any of this technology. In many cases, by just asking the question, “Is this real?” and taking a couple of minutes to investigate, you will be able to verify or debunk the story. The problem is that in a social media age, many of us instinctively hit that share button, before we even think to ask that question.

We saw how disinformation was used in the 2016 election, and more recently in the U.K. election, so it’s likely to be used even more extensively in 2020.

The social media platforms have taken steps to stem the flow of disinformation but ultimately the only way to stop it spreading is for consumers to stop sharing it.

So maybe before you hit that share button, next time just stop and think, Is this real?

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(KEY WEST, Fla.) -- A group of Florida high school seniors held their graduation ceremony in a classic Floridian way, on jet skis.

The pomp and circumstance for the graduating seniors of Somerset Island Prep in Key West included water and the sound of the jet skis' motors.

The nearly one dozen now-graduates of the public charter school each drove a jet ski to an anchored boat, where the school's principal handed them their diploma. The principal handed the students their diplomas with a grabber though in order to ensure social distancing protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic were followed.

The unique graduation took place on May 26. The seniors wore their graduation caps and gowns over life jackets and face masks.

“The idea to have a Jet Ski graduation is a perfect example of the innovative mindset that permeates Somerset Island Prep," Todd German, Somerset Academy’s governing board chair, said in a statement, according to Storyful. "I could not be prouder of the students and staff during these trying times."

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(NEW YORK) -- There were seven reports of tornadoes in Illinois Thursday along with widespread scattered severe storms that produced damaging winds and large hail from Texas to the Carolinas as well.

In the last seven days, 6 to 8 inches of rain fell in Kansas City, and Thursday's downpour produced flash flooding in the city, where dozens of water rescues were performed.

Part of the same storm system and a cold front will move into the Northeast Friday, producing severe weather. Damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado are possible from Virginia to Vermont.

Meanwhile in the Southwest, parts of the region are sizzling and setting heat records. The temperature reached 120 degrees Thursday in Death Valley, which is the hottest temperature in the country so far this year.

A record high was broken in Hanford, California, where temperatures reached 106 degrees. In Phoenix, the city reached its warmest temperature of the year at 109 degrees.

Sacramento, California, reached 102 degrees Thursday, which was the fourth day in a row at 100 degrees or higher. This has never happened in the month of May in Sacramento.

Major cooling is occurring Friday in northern California, but the heat remains in the southern part of the state and into Nevada and Arizona where heat warnings continue. The hottest day of the year is expected in Phoenix Friday, with a temperature forecast of 111 degrees.

Some of that cooling from northern California will eventually spill into the Southwest and temperatures there will be slightly cooler this weekend.

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