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George Floyd protests: Curfews set in many cities, 13 officers injured in Philadelphia

Cities brace for increasing unrest as anger over George Floyd's death spreads across the country
Posted at 5:58 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 21:34:47-04

Tense protests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black men grew Saturday from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles.

Police cars were set ablaze in several cities, and officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to contain demonstrators as the country lurched toward another long night of unrest after months of coronavirus lockdowns.

In Philadelphia, NBC News and KYW-TV report said 13 police officers were injured during confrontations with demonstrators. Aerial video showed that protesters had set fire to several police cruisers.

Curfews are in effect or imminent in more than a dozen U.S. cities facing rising unrest following the death of George Floyd.

The start times Saturday evening range from 6 p.m. in parts of South Carolina to 10 p.m. around Ohio. People are being told to get off the streets beginning at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. in Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles and Seattle.

A curfew is in effect for a second night in and around Minneapolis

The protests began in Minneapolis following Monday’s death of George Floyd after a police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. They have since become a national phenomenon as protesters decry years of deaths at police hands.

The Associated Press reported that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent more than 1,500 state troopers to cities throughout Texas to help control protests.

Floyd is a Houston native, the AP reported.