Weekend protests shake U.S. after George Floyd's death in police custody

The killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, has triggered a wave of protests across the country.

National Guard troops patrol major U.S. cities as some peaceful demonstrations turned violent

Military Police face off with protesters across from the White House on Sunday in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Protests that began last week spilled into the weekend and grew in both size and intensity over police brutality and the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder.

While many protests remained peaceful, clashes broke out in some cities, prompting officials to impose curfews and call on the National Guard for help. Here's a look at how protests played out across the U.S. and spilled into Canada.

Washington, D.C.

The White House has been the scene of three days of demonstrations. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades into a crowd of more than 1,000 chanting protesters across the street in Lafayette Park on Sunday.

(Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Minneapolis, Minn.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz brought in thousands of National Guard soldiers on Saturday to help quell violence that had damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings in Minneapolis over days of protests. Here, protestors demonstrate outside of a burning fast-food restaurant early Friday evening. 

(John Minchillo/The Associated Press)

Tuscon, Ariz.

A protester speaks in front of a line of Tucson police officers in riot gear at Cushing Street and Church Avenue early on Saturday,  in Tucson, Ariz. Protesters marched through the streets of downtown Phoenix and Tucson Saturday after the cities' leaders implored them to refrain from violence.

(Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star/The Associated Press)

Ferguson, Mo.

Fireworks explode behind Ferguson police in Ferguson, Mo., on Sunday. Protests in Missouri's two largest metro areas over the death of Floyd and police treatment of black Americans devolved from peaceful demonstrations to spurts of chaos late Sunday and early Monday, with vehicles and buildings damaged, and officers firing tear gas after being pelted with rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails.

(Lawrence Bryant/Reuters)

Los Angeles, Calif.

Unidentified demonstrators perform a simulation of Floyd's death in Los Angeles on Friday. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti told The Associated Press he asked Gov. Gavin Newsom for 500 to 700 members of the National Guard to assist the 10,000 Los Angeles Police Department officers as a fourth day of violent protests Saturday saw demonstrators clash repeatedly with officers, torch police vehicles and pillage businesses.

(Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images)

Portland, Ore. 

Protesters lying on the ground chant "I can't breathe" — the words Floyd kept repeating while a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck — at a rally in Portland on Saturday. 

(Terray Sylvester/Reuters)

Coral Gables, Fla.

Police officers kneel in solidarity with protesters during a rally in Coral Gables, Fla., on Saturday.

(Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images)

Denver, Colo.

Authorities enforcing a Saturday night curfew fired tear gas and knocked down a makeshift barricade built by protesters next to the Colorado state capitol as largely peaceful daytime demonstrations deteriorated into violence for a third consecutive night.

 (Jason Connolly/AFP via Getty Images)

New Orleans, La.

A woman wears a mask bearing some of Floyd's final words — "I can't breathe" — at a rally in New Orleans on Saturday. 

(Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

Salt Lake City, Utah

An armed protester walks past a flipped over police vehicle on Saturday in Salt Lake City, where thousands converged to protest Floyd's death. Some demonstrators set fire to a police car, and threw eggs and wrote graffiti on a police station.

Atlanta, Ga.

People gather at CNN Center in Atlanta during a protest Friday. There was some damage to the interior and the exterior of the building, including to the CNN logo.

Boston, Mass.

A protester jumps out a store window with looted merchandise following a rally in Boston on Sunday.

(Brian Snyder/Reuters) 

Detroit, Mich.

Protesters march through the streets of Detroit on Saturday. Detroit was one of a number of U.S. cities where protests didn't see the levels of violence, damage or altercations with law enforcement that occurred elsewhere.

(Seth Herald/AFP/Getty Images)

Minneapolis, Minn.

A tanker truck drives into thousands of protesters marching on interstate highway 35W during a protest in Minneapolis on Sunday. It did not appear that any marchers were struck by the truck as it moved through the crowd on the westbound lanes of interstate, honking. The hghway was closed to traffic at the time.

(Eric Miller/Reuters)


Thousands of people took part in a rally in downtown Toronto on Saturday to protest racism around the world and to demand answers in the death of a 29-year-old black Toronto resident, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell to her death from the 24th floor of an apartment building last week while police were on the scene. Police estimated the crowd to be between 3,500 and 4,000 and said there was no violence.

 (Michael Charles Cole/CBC)


A Montreal anti-racism protest degenerated into clashes between police and some demonstrators on Sunday night. The Montreal rally was a solidarity gathering with American anti-racism activists, but organizers say it is also an opportunity to express their own anger at the treatment of marginalized people in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada.

(Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada)

With files from Reuters, The Associated Press and Getty Images