(TMU) – On Saturday, urban unrest exploded across the U.S. as massive rallies continued in the wake of the horrific killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police.
The killing of Floyd on the night of Monday, May 25, and subsequent viral spread of video footage of his grisly death – which has been viewed tens of millions of times – has highlighted long-held resentments over brutality and racism in cities of various sizes in the United States.
In a shockingly large number of cities, protesters have refused to comply with police orders to disperse and have instead engaged in pitched battles and violent confrontations with cops, even going so far as torching police squad cars. Widespread looting of business districts also took place.
By Saturday, many of the largest cities in the country imposed evening curfews in hopes to clear the streets and prevent further unrest. However, the movement against police brutality that has been rekindled in the name of George Floyd is unlikely to disappear due to curfews alone.
In Minneapolis, the flashpoint of national unrest, the city entered the second evening of curfew Saturday that began at 8 p.m.
Mayor Jacob Frey, who has been criticized for not using an iron-fisted approach in the first days of protest, sought to cast blame for the unrest on subversive elements. In a Twitter post, he wrote:
“By being out tonight & breaking the 8pm curfew, you are helping the people using crowds as cover to prey on Minneapolis & destroy community.”
Some 1,700 members of the Minnesota National Guard have been “fully mobilized” to control the protests.
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) May 31, 2020
Mayor Eric Garcetti has decreed a curfew for all of the city of Los Angeles, which began at 8 p.m. and will last until 5:30 a.m.
Throughout Saturday, an estimated 25,000 protesters took to LA streets to voice their demands for justice. Upwards of a dozen LAPD squad cars were heavily vandalized if not completely torched during the protests, which took place in Central Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills.
The National Guard has been deployed to the region and will arrive early Sunday morning.
On Friday and Saturday, Los Angeles witnessed the most violent acts of mass unrest since the L.A. Uprising of 1992.
A line of police cars are on fire in the Fairfax District of #LosAngeles. Some reports claim that crowds are surrounding the Grove, which is one of LA’s most upscale shopping centers. Crowds had earlier claimed that they would march on Beverly Hills. https://t.co/eOBqWuk74M
— Shahab (@SSMoghadam) May 31, 2020
Atlanta, too, joined the growing ranks of cities that went under curfew on Saturday evening following an executive order by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. The citywide decree began at 9 p.m. and will last until sunrise.
On Friday, demonstrators set a police car on fire, engaged in pitched battles with officers, and breached the headquarters of CNN.
After a day of massive protests that included property destruction and skirmishes with police in the Loop, the Windy City’s financial district, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that Chicago would be placed under a curfew from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. for an indefinite period of time.
Saturday’s huge rallies took place one day after some 100 protesters were arrested Friday night.
They’ve set fire again to the courthouse. Black smoke billowing out a window. They’re starting to smash it again pic.twitter.com/K9gHH2NgUb
— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) May 31, 2020
Salt Lake City
After protests rocked SLC, Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced a curfew from Saturday night until 6 a.m. Monday morning. People will be disallowed on the street except for certain exceptions.
The state’s National Guard has also been deployed to the city to prevent further mass protests from occurring.
Here is the video of the crossbow guy in downtown Salt Lake City who attempted to attack protesters. He was quickly overwhelmed & his car overturned. pic.twitter.com/E6sTpA9QBx
— 𝕬𝖓 801 𝕺𝖗𝖎𝖌𝖎𝖓𝖆𝖑 🥁 (@TheJazzyUte) May 31, 2020
Seattle joined the growing list of cities under curfew Saturday, with its curfew beginning at 5 p.m.
Mayor Jenny Durkan said “crowds need to disburse from downtown immediately.”
“While many individuals gathered peaceful, some individuals have started fires and are destroying buildings,” the mayor wrote on Twitter. “There are multiple fires downtown and it is an extremely dangerous situation.”
After protesters set fire to the Metro Courthouse in the Tennessee state capital, Mayor John Cooper declared a state of civil emergency.
A statue of Edward Carmack, a former lawmaker and newspaper editor infamous for his racist views, was also pulled down.
By Saturday evening, the police declared the protest unlawful and deployed less-lethal weapons such as teargas against assembled residents.
Cleveland and Columbus
The two Ohio cities announced curfews while Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the state National Guard to help suppress the spiraling unrest.
Cleveland’s curfew began at 8 p.m. and lasts until 8 a.m. Sunday morning, and will be in place from Sunday evening until Monday morning. The Columbus curfew began at 10 p.m. and lasts until 6 a.m. Sunday.
Mayor Jim Kenney announced he was placing Philadelphia under a curfew on Saturday.
The city’s curfew began at 8 p.m. and will last until 6 a.m. on Sunday.
On Saturday, multitudes of residents marched in Philadelphia during a protest that led to a number of fires. Several police cars were consumed in the flames.
Pittsburgh’s curfew started at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Following “rioting and looting” downtown that was reported by police , the city declared protests to be an “unlawful assembly.”
Following two days of raucous protests, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock enacted a curfew on Saturday “to help protect people and property.”
The curfew began at 8 p.m. on Saturday and lasts until 5 a.m. Sunday. The curfew will also be in place on Sunday.
Portland will go back under curfew on Saturday night after Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency early Saturday morning. The curfew began at 8:00 p.m. and will end Sunday at 6:00 a.m.
Eugene, Oregon also enacted a curfew for Saturday that begins at 9 p.m. and lasts until 6 a.m. Sunday.
Rochester, New York enacted a curfew on Saturday in the city between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday in anticipation of any “potential for widespread breach of peace,” according to Mayor Lovely Warren.
New York’s third-most populous city erupted in chaos Saturday after police attacked protesters with less-lethal rounds.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez announced a countywide curfew Saturday. The announcement comes after the city saw widespread demonstration, and dozens of protestors and police faced off outside a Miami police department.
The Cream City faces a curfew that will last form Saturday at 9 p.m. until Sunday at 7 a.m. after demonstrations took a violent turn earlier.
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.