The following article will be updated as necessary as we continue to receive reports and videos from around the country.
By Claude De Terre
The tragedy of Mike Brown’s body lying in the street in 2014 launched the Black Lives Matter movement, energetic protests against police brutality which mostly simmered into advocacy for police reform. Now, with the police murder of George Floyd, those reforms and ‘accountability’ measures have been exposed as a farce. Nothing has fundamentally changed when it comes to police terror in the US.
More and more, hands that had been raised imploring the police “Don’t Shoot!” are now reaching for objects to throw at the enemy, putting the chant “No Justice! No Peace” into action. The rebellions witnessed in cities like Ferguson and Baltimore years ago have now reached a national scale, with dozens of cities reporting violent confrontations between protesters and police, who have been kicked, punched, hit, stabbed and even shot at.
In a world of economic depression, the masses have responded to George Floyd’s murder by taking what’s rightfully theirs through the broken windows of stores and corporations and by targeting the symbols of power in the form of banks, police stations, and government buildings.
The monopoly press has pulled out all the stops to conceal this nationwide uprising, one that has clearly demarcated two Americas: one of private property defended by the police and one of misery where most have less and less to lose. News anchors insist ad nauseum that the majority of protesters are “peaceful,” opportunists are interviewed to shame anyone willing to fight back against an unjust system, and pictures and videos of police “taking knees” or hugging protesters are widely disseminated.
This media cover-up has made the magnitude of this past week’s rebellion less obvious, but the steps taken by the state to subdue the uprising are more telling. Dozens of cities have imposed curfews, several states have activated their national guards, and over 10,000 people have been arrested total.
This report is an effort to counter the liberal narratives of the ruling class by presenting the facts. It surely does not include everything that has happened, but the aim is to list highlights from various cities to illustrate the undeniable trend that the masses are rebelling in ways not seen before this century.
In Providence, Rhode Island, hundreds of protesters converged in front of Providence Mall to protest George Floyd’s death. When police arrived and fired tear gas, protesters fought back, injuring several officers and torching one police car. Protesters then broke into the mall to expropriate goods. As many as 65 were arrested.
In Manchester, New Hampshire, protesters shut down Interstate 293 and set off fireworks at police. Bottles and other projectiles were thrown. At least 10 were arrested.
In Portland, Maine, thousands clashed with police, where glass, rocks, and bottles were thrown at police and police vehicles were surrounded. Tear gas and rubber bullets were fired at the crowd. Major intersections were cut off, store windows were broken, and trash cans set on fire. The local police department made an official statement accusing the protesters that fought back of “[widening] the chasm between our police and communities during this critical time.”
In Brockton, Massachusetts (outside of Boston), several hundred protesters converged on the police station in solidarity with the people of Minneapolis. Rocks and fireworks were thrown at police, who dispersed the crowd with tear gas and made arrests.
In New York City, in the midst of ongoing day and night protests, dozens of police cars have been smashed and burned. Multiple police officers have been attacked, fires have been set around the city, and luxury stores have been accessed by those who previously would not have been welcome. Chants of “Fuck 12!” and “Fuck the Police!” were heard in multiple boroughs. The New York Police Department has demonstrated high levels of brutality over the past week, with a cyclist being viciously arrested, police vehicles driving into crowds, and one officer drawing his pistol and pointing it at protesters after his supervisor was hit with a brick.
In Buffalo, NY, after police rushed a protest, a car drove through the police line, injuring numerous officers. A video is also circulating online showing police shove an elderly man to the ground for essentially no reason.
In Albany, NY, a viral video of a young black couple being ripped out of their car and brutally arrested as they were trying to film another person at a protest being arrested led to combative protests this week. At least 9 were arrested after the marchers clashed with police.
In Philadelphia, hundreds took highways and bridges in protest, lines of police cars were smashed, and Molotov cocktails, fireworks, and bricks were hurled at the police. Graffiti was concentrated heavily around City Hall with slogans like “Black Lives Matter” and “RIP George Floyd.” National chains like Target, H&M, Banana Republic, Barbour, and Express were broken into and cleared out. The statue of Frank Rizzo, the racist former mayor and police commissioner, was removed by the city after protesters attempted to topple it themselves and covered it in graffiti like “FTP” (“Fuck the Police”)
In Pittsburgh, 9 officers were injured in a clash with protesters in East Liberty. Bank windows were smashed, other gentrifying businesses were damaged, and projectiles were thrown at police. Protesters blocked off traffic along several major highways before arriving outside PPG Paints Arena, a hockey stadium that was built through the gentrification of a historically-Black neighborhood. The protesters constructed barricades, destroyed police vehicles, and sprayed graffiti which included revolutionary slogans.
District of Columbia:
The nation’s capital has seen some of the most intense standoffs with law enforcement, with the Pentagon even alerting US military troops stationed in the area for possible deployment. The protests went up to the gates of the White House, where guardhouses were set ablaze and US flags burned. A military helicopter flew overhead at a few protests, and dozens of Secret Service were injured in clashes with protesters. Imperialist US President Donald Trump made headlines when he had police violently clear a protest so he could make a photo-op in front of a church.
In Richmond, police formed barricades around the police station, but were not able to stop its windows from being smashed as dumpsters were lit nearby. Statues of Robert E Lee and the Daughters of Confederacy were targeted by protesters with graffiti. The Governor of the state later announced that the Robert E Lee statue would be removed.
In Charlotte, North Carolina hundreds of protesters met with riot police where some threw fireworks, bottles, bricks and rocks at police cars and at the windows of the police headquarters, and an officer’s bicycle was taken. Cops who had infiltrated the crowd exited after the crowd chanted for them to “Get the Fuck Out!”
In Raleigh, North Carolina, protesters attempted to rush a department of public safety building and confronted a police squad who used tear gas on them. Chants of “Fuck 12” could be herd as protesters held their ground and threw projectiles at the police.
4 police officers were injured during clashes with protesters in Columbia, South Carolina. Later that night, police were fired on by an unknown gunman.
In Charleston, South Carolina, protesters took Interstate 26, defaced confederate statues with graffiti, and burned a MAGA hat stolen from a Trump-supporting counter-protester.
In Louisville, David McAtee, a local BBQ owner, was killed by police during a confrontation with protests. Before that, protests were already more tense in the city because people were honoring Breonna Taylor, an EMT medic who had been killed by police in March after they broke into her home, alongside George Floyd. The local police station was also vandalized.
In Nashville, city hall and a local courthouse were set on fire during solidarity protests, and much of the downtown area was damaged and covered in graffiti slogans like “I Can’t Breath” and “Fuck the Police.” A US flag was also burned.
In Atlanta, two college students driving home from the George Floyd protest were surrounded by police officers who slashed their tires and broke their windows before brutally taking them out of the car, tazing the man. During one protest, a senior Black woman with a walker was seen with a sign that said “Our Terrorists Wear Badges.” Protesters had a long standoff with police at the CNN Headquarters, were people smashed windows and tagged the exterior.
In Orlando, protesters gathered around the Windermere home of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd. Eggs were thrown at his house and “racist,” among other phrases, were pained across his front porch. A demonstration took the highway and “fuck 12” accompanied by a hammer and sickle was written outside of the city courthouse.
In Miami, one march shut down interstate highway I-95 as it headed toward the police station. Once the protest arrived, several police cruisers were set on fire, one exploding. Dozens were arrested after clashes with police, while some people went to the Bayside to expropriate retail products.
In Fort Lauderdale, protesters engaged in street battles with police, throwing various projectiles and fireworks.
In Tallahassee, a truck driver attempted to plow into a protest, and people retaliated. Protesters chanted “No Justice, No Peace!” outside the Governor’s mansion, and smashed downtown windows with rocks and bricks.
Read our coverage of the rebellion in Minneapolis here.
Local Chicago media highlighted that last weekend was the “most violent” of 2020 in the city in an attempt to distract from the political rebellion against the ruling class. Protesters surrounded and stomped out a few police officers who had been attempting to make arrests. 20 officers total were sent to the hospital and over 100 arrests were made out of the thousands of protesters.
In Kansas City, property damage by protesters took place mainly in wealthy neighborhoods, including Country Club Plaza. Storefronts were covered in graffiti against the police and in memory of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, as well as local people who have died at the hands of police: Donnie Sanders, Ryan Stokes, and Cameron Lamb. Protesters took over barricades to block roads and repeatedly contested areas with police by throwing projectiles. Over the past week nearly 200 people were arrested total, and dozens of police officers were injured in the melee.
In Ferguson, the city where Mike Brown was killed years ago, protesters confronted police with the same militancy in the name of George Floyd. Fireworks were shot at the local police station and protesters faced off multiple times with police.
In St. Louis, multiple officers were shot during a long night of confrontations with the people in the streets. Several downtown businesses were damaged.
In Lincoln, protesters set fire to a structure near the state’s “Hall of Justice” and Capitol building. Several were arrested when police charged protesters after being barraged with fireworks and other objects.
In Grand Rapids, windows were smashed at a local courthouse, multiple cars downtown were ignited, and one protester shoved a mannequin on fire into a police car.
In Toledo, the police department published a statement over the weekend stating that officers had had “rocks, bricks, gas cans, incendiary devices, m80s, fireworks, eggs, and more” thrown at them. Protesters damaged several police cars and blocked off major intersections.
In Cleveland, a confrontation between police and thousands of protesters in front of the city’s downtown Justice Center culminated in skirmishes that resulted in nearly 100 arrests over the weekend. Prisoners watching from the nearby county jail pounded on their windows in solidarity.
Read our coverage of the rebellion in Austin here.
Dallas has had one of the highest rate of arrests in the country due to the energetic solidarity protests and uprising there. The Dallas police chief said at a Saturday News Conference, “We’re not talking about protesters. We’re talking about criminals.” Protesters have defied the curfews set by the city to continue their resistance against the police and rebel against private property. At one point over the weekend, when protesters were smashing police vehicles, someone in the crowd started yelling at them to stop, but was confronted by another man who said, “If you don’t like that, get on! Get on homeboy!”
In Houston, police chief Art Acevedo spoke to protesters, blaming violence on “little white guys with skateboards,” and committed to not using rubber bullets or tear gas unless as a “last resort.” Police used tear gas anyway, over 350 protesters were arrested (mostly for blocking highways), and one woman was trampled by a police horse. Protesters saw through Acevedo’s phony promises and took control of the streets and fought back against police. Four officers were hospitalized and 16 police vehicles were damaged.
In San Antonio, protesters drove out members of the reactionary Texas Freedom Fighters who had been “guarding” a monument near the Alamo which had been spray-painted. The people then proceeded to shut down East Houston street and combatted police.
In Birmingham, protesters rocked the downtown area, breaking into stores, setting fires in the streets, and descending on a Confederate monument which was covered in graffiti and damaged. The City later decided to remove the monument.
Over 3,000 have been arrested in the mass uprising in LA County, with thousands taking the streets throughout the week. Some of the most inspiring images of the people confronting the police were seen in southern California, and wealthy neighborhoods were specifically targeted by protesters. Videos have revealed police driving vehicles into protesters, beating them with clubs, and firing rubber bullets at them.
In Oakland, thousands of protesters converged at the city hall before storming a Mercedes-Benz dealership, tagging multiple cars with anti-police graffiti and setting at least one on fire. The march took the I-880 freeway and shut down the Bay bridge for some time.
At La Mesa (outside of San Diego), the police station was barraged by projectiles, leaving windows smashed, and graffiti was written on the walls. Two banks were burned down and the goods of retail stores were seized by the masses.
In San Jose, police were forced to call an emergency alert for all officers to report to respond to protesters who pelted them with “rocks, frozen water bottles, pieces of wood, chunks of asphalt and metal rebar.” The march would eventually take Highway 101.
In Oxnard, a march was held with the participation of family members of those murdered by Oxnard police, Meagan Hockaday and Alfonso Limon Jr. As protesters blocked traffic outside the police station, some shot off fireworks while others pounded on the station’s windows. As police arrested a teenager for allegedly tagging the police station, protesters hurled rocks at the officers, breaking a window of a police vehicle.
In Portland, over 100 were arrested as protesters tore at the fence surrounding a local police station and jail, pulled barricades into the streets to stop traffic, and set fire to the local Justice Center.
In the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, protesters threw rocks, bottles, and fireworks at officers, several of which were injured. Dozens were arrested after the people caused estimated millions of dollars in property damage.
In Salt Lake City, graffiti covered government buildings and a police car was flipped and burned. Dozens of protesters were arrested after clashes with police.
In Las Vegas, Black Lives Matter slogan were spray-painted on a local courthouse and fireworks were fired at police.
In Reno, damages to the city hall were estimated at $100,000. Cars were set on fire and protesters clashed with police downtown.
The Tribune supports the people’s rebellion, and we encourage our readers to submit reports, pictures, and video of uprisings in your area.
*Note on “Outside Agitators” media conspiracy: The term “Outside Agitator” is a tool the ruling class has used historically to discredit movements and use as a scare tactic. One famous example in the US is the Ku Klux Klan using it against the Black community in Alabama to prevent them from attending Communist meetings. In Tsarist Russia, the government called the Bolsheviks “German spies,” “Saboteurs,” and “Outside Agitators” in the hopes that the masses of people would not join their ranks. Today, the term is used to dismiss the righteous anger of the masses who face Police violence across the US.