A Sunday in America: An hour-by-hour look inside the protests that unfolded in major cities across the US from noon to midnight

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Protesters rally at the White House in Washington DC on May 31, 2020, with both tear gas and smoke hanging in the air. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters


Noon: Protests in Los Angeles, California, turned violent on Saturday night. By Sunday, thousands of National Guardsmen patrolled the area. Almost 1,200 people were arrested by Sunday night.

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Members of California National Guard patrol, Sunday, May 31 in Los Angeles. Ringo HW Chiu/AP Images

Source: Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times


1 p.m.: San Francisco’s Sunday protests began peacefully. By nighttime, a dusk-to-dawn curfew was instituted. The city’s fire chief said violence escalated — 140 emergency medical calls were made and firefighters put out 20 fires.

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A sign is held up during a demonstration at City Hall in San Francisco, California on May 31. Chris Tuite/ImageSPACE/MediaPunch/IPX via AP Images

Source: SF Chronicle


2 p.m.: According to the Detroit Free Press, hundreds have peacefully marched and protested in Detroit in the days prior. Sunday saw the largest crowd at the city’s police headquarters.

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Protesters chant in front of police officers by the Police station in Detroit, Michigan on May 31. Seth Herald/Getty Images

Source: Detroit Free Press


3 p.m.: Hundreds gathered to eventually march toward Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington. The protests lasted long past the city’s 5 p.m. curfew and later turned violent.

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People chant and hold up their hands as they kneel on the street during a protest in Seattle, Washington on May 31. Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

Source: Seattle Times


4 p.m.: Protesters in Miami, Florida, blocked passage through a major road downtown. They were asked to leave by 6 p.m. and most cleared out ahead of the deadline.

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Protesters ride in their cars as they demonstrate against the death of George Floyd on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Miami. Wilfredo Lee/AP Images

Source: Miami Herald


Nearby, in Fort Lauderdale, however, tear gas was deployed. The Miami Herald reported that this was in response to protesters throwing plastic water bottles at officers.

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Protesters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 31. Maurice Ross/The Photo Access /MediaPunch/IPX via AP Images

Source: Miami Herald


5 p.m.: Stores in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were broken into before nightfall on Sunday. Police were said to have used pepper spray to disperse crowds of looters. There was also a demonstration outside the city’s art museum on Sunday that remained peaceful.

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People look on as the gates of a store are opened George Floyd protests continue on Sunday, May 31, in Philadelphia. Matt Rourke/AP Images

Source: New York Times


6 p.m.: Protesters in Portland, Oregon marched downtown.

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Protesters in Portland, Oregon on May 31. Reuters

Source: The Oregonian


Many chose to lay down in the street and chant “I can’t breathe,” referencing George Floyd’s words shortly before his death in police custody.

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Protesters in Portland, Oregon on May 31. Terray Sylvester/Reuters

Source: The Oregonian


7 p.m.: A truck drove through a crowd of protesters who were blocking a highway in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Witnesses said the semi struck several people. Minneapolis Police said the driver was arrested.

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A semi-truck rammed into a group of protesters on the I-35W highway in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday evening. Nora Stephens

Source: Business Insider


8 p.m.: Tear gas was deployed by police officers in an attempt to disperse crowds in Louisville, Kentucky, before the city’s 9 p.m. curfew. 40 people were arrested. The National Guard was present.

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Army National Guard Soldiers stand with Louisville Metro Police officers during a protest against the deaths of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police and George Floyd by Minneapolis police, in Louisville, Kentucky on May 31. Bryan Woolston/Reuters

Source: WLKY


9 p.m.: Police in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, fired tear gas after protesters began throwing objects at officers approaching the city’s 10 p.m. curfew.

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Protesters check on each other after being exposed to tear gas in Oklahoma City on May 31. Nick Oxford/Reuters

Source: CNN


10 p.m.: Peaceful protests escalated around 10 p.m. on Sunday in Downtown Atlanta. A standoff between protesters and police resulted in fireworks and police firing tear gas.

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A protester borrows a police officer’s megaphone in Atlanta on May 31 to de-escalate a standoff. Dustin Chambers/Reuters

Source: Reuters


11 p.m.: Protesters remained outside the White House past Washington DC’s 11 p.m. curfew. They faced pepper bullets and tear gas.

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Protesters rally at the White House in Washington DC on May 31, 2020. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Source: Washington Post


The basement of St. John’s, the historic church that has hosted every president since James Madison, was set on fire. The church’s American flag was apparently tossed into a bonfire, according to the Washington Post.

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A flag burns over the murder of George Floyd on May 31 near the White House in Washington, DC. Evelyn Hockstein/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Source: Washington Post


Midnight: By midnight, stores in New York City were being looted, specifically in the wealthy SoHo neighbourhood.

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People outside a Foot Locker in Manhattan on May 31. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Source: New York Times


On Monday, the New York City Police Department said over 250 people were arrested as a result of Sunday’s protests, and six officers were injured.

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A dumpster fire near a store that was looted in Manhattan on May 31. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Source: New York Times