Update (2150ET): The daughter of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chiara de Blasio, was arrested at a Saturday night protest in Manhattan, according to the New York Post.
Chiara de Blasio, 25, was taken into custody around 10:30 p.m. after cops declared an unlawful assembly at 12th Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, the sources said.
“That was a real hotspot, police cars were getting burned there, people were throwing and yelling, fighting with cops. There were thousands of people in that area at that time,” the source said.
She gave 181 East End Avenue as her address, otherwise known as Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s Upper East Side residence. -New York Post
The very next day, de Blasio warned that "Change is coming in this city."
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: "Change is coming in this city." pic.twitter.com/SDfFEgtx5u— The Hill (@thehill) May 31, 2020
Meanwhile, a fire has broken out near the White House:
Breaking: A fire has been started outside of the White House pic.twitter.com/u5iJdjbXyJ— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) June 1, 2020
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Update (2100ET): Tensions continued to flare in Los Angeles, where a police SUV was filmed ramming through a blockade of protesters - nearly running over one in the process.
Omg. It’s happening. pic.twitter.com/ynNwkT7Crs— Sophia Lee 소현 (@SophiaLeeHyun) May 31, 2020
Elsewhere in Los Angeles:
Law enforcers blocking off the highway. pic.twitter.com/N8j9PiCmDJ— Sophia Lee 소현 (@SophiaLeeHyun) May 31, 2020
Businesses are boarding up their windows in preparation for another possibly chaotic night. pic.twitter.com/LJuctv1DBk— Sophia Lee 소현 (@SophiaLeeHyun) May 31, 2020
500 miles to the north in the East Bay, residents of upscale Walnut Creek have been advised to avoid Broadway Plaza.
Breaking into the Macy’s in Walnut Creek. pic.twitter.com/h7mvsQjmj1— Jose Carlos Fajardo (@jcfphotog) June 1, 2020
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Update (1950ET): The driver in the Minneapolis incident has been arrested.
DPS: Driver of truck that drove into mass of protest marchers on I-35W has been arrested, and received minor injuries. It doesn't appear any protesters were hit by the truck. | https://t.co/DagxLlPuA7 pic.twitter.com/xHcLuWZ3Vj— WCCO - CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) May 31, 2020
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Update (1911ET): A little over an hour has passed since Philadelphia's 6pmET curfew went into effect - because nothing says "deescalation" like a daytime curfew - Sunday night's "demonstrations" are already devolving into sickening violence on par with what we saw last night.
Around 1pm local time, looting broke out at a strip mall in Santa Monica and elsewhere across LA, while the situation in West Philadelphia worsened, with the rioters and looters spreading - while peaceful demonstrators continued their demonstrations in some cases offering a convenient cover for the criminality of looters - in LA, Philly and elsewhere.
The situation is getting so bad, Santa Monica just moved its curfew to 4pm - 30 minutes ago - because of the looting. LA County moved its curfew to 6pm local time. Tampa Florida announced a curfew starting at 7pmET (45 minutes ago).
One notable scene in Santa Monica showed looters attacking an Amazon van and running off with packages.
BREAKING: Amazon vans looted in California pic.twitter.com/rovyLznohK— Breaking News Global (@BreakingNAlerts) May 31, 2020
Why are the drivers even out after Amazon asked them to turn back? Could it have something to do with the company's plans to end COVID hazard pay?
A report from California officials claimed the situation in Santa Monica was "deteriorating rapidly", and that "police have been called in from other parts of California to assist."
More looting going on in West Philly with nobody coming in to stop them. Some exasperated locals wondered whether the elected Democrats in the city would use force to protect small businesses, as videos showed several big box stores, including a family dollar, being looted.
FAMILY DOLLAR LOOTED IN PHILLY— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) May 31, 2020
Protests broke out across New York City, with groups in Manhattan and Brooklyn. One notable scene that emerged on social media: vandals attacked St. Patrick's Cathedral in midtown, one of the most sacred Catholic Churches in the world.
If you're upset about this wait till you hear what the priests have been doing to children https://t.co/jV9DIQirQW— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) May 31, 2020
Though, notably, protests in brownstone brooklyn, home to mostly white yuppies and trust fund babies who live on hand outs from their parents (leaving them plenty of free time to protest), remained mostly peaceful, at least during the early hours, with only small pockets of vandalism and violence across the city.
WILLIAMSBURG BROOKLYN pic.twitter.com/8BfCkIeRKj— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) May 31, 2020
Video from Chicago showed looters packing cars with stolen goods.
LOOTERS PACK CARS WITH GOODS IN CHICAGO— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) May 31, 2020
One looter traveled all the way from Indiana to Santa Monica to join in the looting.
LOOTER TRAVELED FROM INDIANA TO SANTA MONICA TO STEALpic.twitter.com/rtHsDzfRiu— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) May 31, 2020
LOOTERS PACKING STOLEN GOODS INTO CAR IN SANTA MONICA pic.twitter.com/s6YLLeMoK7— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) May 31, 2020
Intermingled with familiar images of nonviolent demonstrators were clips of looting and unprovoked cruelty, like this gang of street hooligans setting a homeless man's belongings on fire in Austin, Texas.
Rioters burn a homeless person's belongings.— Orwell & Goode (@OrwellNGoode) May 31, 2020
Reportedly from Austin, Texas. pic.twitter.com/jgxm35XbSF
Twitter users flew into hysterics over this video of a tanker truck "plowing" into a crowd of protesters. Except nobody was seriously injured - at least not according to initial reports - and a closer examination merely shows the driver approaching a crowd, then stopping, before being mobbed by "peaceful demonstrators".
BREAKING: Tanker truck plows into crowd of demonstrators on Minneapolis highway. Protesters scrambled as truck battled toward them. pic.twitter.com/Q5cTF9AGB2— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 31, 2020
Minnesota had reportedly closed its highways an hour before the incident took place, but vehicles were still apparently trying to make their way through amid crowds of pedestrians - an extremely dangerous mix.
Here’s an eyewitness who says the man driving the tanker truck that drove into a crowd of people in Minneapolis bridge appeared agitated and appeared to be trying to drive on but was stormed by protesters who had been demonstrating peacefully.— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 31, 2020
Once again, violence erupted outside the White House, where tear gas was liberally shared.
VIOLENCE ERUPTED OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSEpic.twitter.com/JSPDnpiOP6— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) May 31, 2020
TEAR GAS LIBERALLY SHARED BY SECRET SERVICE OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSEpic.twitter.com/94srhrPP7N— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) May 31, 2020
Meanwhile, more market analysts are questioning whether the market can simply shrug off all of this carnage.
Agree, but the Fed is a helluva drug— Eric Balchunas (@EricBalchunas) May 31, 2020
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As America braces for a third night of "protests", governors and mayors across the country are calling in the national guard, imposing curfews and taking other more aggressive measures to stop a third night of chaos and destruction that's virtually guaranteed to rattle investors in the US - and possibly around the world - when markets open in a few hours.
Already, crowds have returned to downtown Philadelphia where the situation was already starting to spin out of control on Sunday afternoon. The city experienced the same type of mass violence - looting, rioting, skirmishes between black-clad anarchists and the police, and, of course, molotov cocktails - last night as the violence spread from Minneapolis to more cities across the country.
Ahead of what's shaping up to be a second night of violence in the city of brotherly love (soon to be renamed the city of brotherly muggings), police have released an update on the number of arrests made last night, as well as details of injuries sustained by police officers.
Arrest Update: From 1200PM, Sat, May 30th until 1200PM, Sunday, May 31st :— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) May 31, 2020
(138) curfews (11) CVNs
(4) Assault on police
(3) Firearm Violations
Fifteen police officers were injured last night, with one officer admitted to the hospital with a broken arm broken ribs after he was struck by an SUV.
Only a few hours have passed since several "peaceful" protests commenced down town, and already looters are tearing up Kensington Avenue.
And it's only getting worse.
Police have begun to respond to "select break in incidents" according to a reporter covering the unrest.
Day two. A large @PhillyPolice response along Kensington and Aramingo Avenues as they respond to select break-in and looting incidents. #protests2020 #Philly @CBSPhilly @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/UQ9EFEz9oD— manuelsmith (@manuelsmith) May 31, 2020
In parts of the city, the looting hasn't stopped, as looters returned in the morning and afternoon as battles with police escalated.
LOOTING CONTINUES: Looting continued this morning in Center City Philadelphia and has now moved into the city’s Kensington and Port Richmond neighborhoods.— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) May 31, 2020
MORE: https://t.co/5yfQFokxpW https://t.co/jAEDiA3RX6
With eagle eyes of @PhillyPolice helicopter, officers arrive as Modell’s Aramingo Avenue being looted. Large crowd runs out back of store after police arrive in both front and at back of store. @ppddavebonk @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/YPYAzJ0Ra3— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) May 31, 2020
As a peaceful demonstration moved toward city hall, a tense exchanged erupted as locals confronted two "professional" protesters who were urging the crowd to "take it further" - ie escalate violence against the police - in retribution for George Floyd.
During the peaceful protest 2 protestors on the side are calling for people to “take it further”— Miguel Martinez-Valle (@MiguelMValle) May 31, 2020
In a tense exchange the crowd shut them down “this is not your protest” “you’re not from philly”
Worth noting a qpoc stepped in to keep things from escalating @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/Hgbu7FSOj7
To be sure, not all of the demonstrations in the Greater Philly area were violent: Some marches on Sunday afternoon remained largely peaceful, like in Atlantic City...
More from the Boardwalk in Atlantic City pic.twitter.com/xzhC2glR1K— Amy S. Rosenberg (@amysrosenberg) May 31, 2020
...where police shut down traffic, preventing outsiders, who reportedly cause most of the trouble, from entering.
Police have shut down traffic into Atlantic City. pic.twitter.com/lDkN8botV6— Amy S. Rosenberg (@amysrosenberg) May 31, 2020
Protestors will gathered at 1 pm on Sunday in front of City Hall for a peace rally advocating for justice and a change to policies that provoke police brutality. A march from the Ben Franklin Bridge to the Liberty Bell at 5th and Markets Street also started around noon, according to local media reports.
But by mid-afternoon the situation had already turned violent. In response to the riots and violence, Mayor Kenney and Commissioner Outlaw addressed citizens Sunday afternoon, announcing a mandatory, city-wide curfew set to resume at 8pm Sunday, and last until 6am.
"The peaceful protests earlier were touching showings of our collective grief. The anger being displayed now cannot continue. Please have respect and dignity for each other and return home," Kenney stated.
However, as the looting and violence intensified in the afternoon (in Philadelphia at least, it never really stopped) the city moved the curfew up to 6pm.
In addition, all retail stores have been ordered to close immediately. Many that haven't even reopened from COVID yet started to board up windows "as a precaution".
We saw Cuba Libre and other 2nd St businesses in Old City are boarding up windows and doors as a precaution tonight. Keep in mind some of these places plan to reopen next week after the #Covid hiatus. @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/2eqWqscJev— Brandon Hudson (@BHudTV) May 31, 2020
As the violence begins not just in Philly but in Pittsburg and in other cities around PA and the rest of the country, the state police said they were calling troopers from the surrounding area to converge on the cities.
For instance, neighboring Troops around Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg are sending a sufficient amount of troopers to assist in those specific municipalities.— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) May 31, 2020
PA Gov. Tom Wolf signed a disaster emergency declaration Saturday authorizing the adjutant general of the state National Guard and the Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner to activate personnel to help cities.
Philly police have already released their first arrest update.
Arrest Updates beginning today, 5/31 12:01PM: (2) CVN, (6) Looting/Burglary— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) May 31, 2020
During Sunday's briefing, Kenney and other city officials praised the volunteers who came out Sunday morning to help clean up the damage. "I hope that the story of May 30-31 isn't about what happened last night but about what happened this morning," Managing Director Brian Abernathy said.
To try and prevent a repeat of Saturday's violence, Outlaw said much of Center City "from South (street) to Vine (street), from river to river’ — from the Schuylkill River to the Delaware River, and including the Ben Franklin Bridge — would be blocked off, affecting roads, bridges and expressway entrances and exits as well as the city’s transit agency, according to the AP.
While local officials in the US have blamed foreign influence for instigating the violence, it looks like the protests are spreading around the world, to the US embassies in London and Berlin, and beyond.
In Chicago, national Guard troops have been deployed to help the police try and restore order to the chaotic scene, as the city's progressive mayor Lori Lightfoot pleaded with "protesters" for calm.
Though many of the rioters, looters and protesters have worn masks, as the country braces for another night of chaos, it should be interesting to see how the infection/hospitalization numbers out of some states change in the coming days and weeks, especially considering that LA County reported some record numbers on Sunday.