July 4, 2020

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CNN Center in Atlanta damaged during protests

A police car burns after protesters marched to the Georgia State Capitol and returned to the area around the Centennial Olympic Park and CNN center where some confronted police Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta. The protesters carried signs and chanted messages of outrage over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed back man who died Memorial Day in the custody of the Minneapolis police. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The protests had started as peaceful earlier in the afternoon when crowds gathered in the city’s famed Centennial Park. The protests were in response to the death of George Floyd, who was killed on May 25 in Minneapolis.
At around 6 p.m. ET, protesters began moving toward the front of the CNN Center, where police had gathered. Over the next few hours, the crowd swelled as SWAT was called in to help with crowd control.
By about 7 p.m. ET, protesters could be seen damaging CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, which is sandwiched between Philips Arena and Centennial Park.
Protesters were seen vandalizing CNN’s logo outside its offices, breaking the building’s glass and entering the center. Protesters were also heard chanting anti-media rhetoric.
What protesters say is fueling their anger
Around 7:40 p.m., protesters could be seen destroying Atlanta Police Department vehicles parked in front of CNN.
Protesters entered the CNN Center and destroyed the interior of the building at about 9 p.m. ET. One man was seen breaking glass inside the center with a skateboard.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, during a news conference Friday night, spoke directly to the protesters: “You have defaced the CNN building. Ted Turner started CNN in Atlanta, 40 years ago because he believed in who we are as a city.”
The protests in Atlanta capped off a complicated day for the network.
A CNN crew was arrested while giving a live report Friday morning in Minneapolis as they covered ongoing protests. The journalists were released roughly an hour later.
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