Chaos ensued Friday as protesters turned violent at the CNN center in Atlanta.
Protesters race away from CNN's Atlanta headquarters after another glass was broken pic.twitter.com/cZIOgl9u79
— Fernando Alfonso III (@fernalfonso) May 29, 2020
DailyBeast reports CNN Center, the cable network’s Atlanta headquarters, came under furious attack Friday night during protests over police brutality sparked by the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.
A largely peaceful demonstration erupted first in vandalism, then in violence. Cops used pepper spray, and then some in the crowd were seen smashing windows and defacing the giant CNN sign with spray-paint. Down the street, a police car was set ablaze.
CNN correspondent Nick Valencia began reporting on the frightening scene from a stairway inside the building, behind a phalanx of SWAT officers in the lobby, with an angry mob standing on the other side of the broken and missing plate glass.
“I have a daughter and wife I want to get home to tonight,” Valencia told anchor Chris Cuomo.
Protesters lobbed objects at the windows and into the lobby, and at least one officer was struck. What appeared to be a flash-bang device landed in front of police and large gusts of smoke went up into the air.
One protester breached the building and was immediately arrested by cops as Valencia shouted questions at him, asking why he was there. “Change,” he replied.
As the violence flared and the situation in the lobby became more precarious, cops began firing tear gas and the crowd quickly began to thin out. Live footage showed over a dozen police officers holding the line with shields, barricades, and armored vehicles pushing protesters away from the building as objects continued to be hurled.
In a Friday evening press conference, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was visibly angry as she told protestors to “go home” after thousands marched from the Georgia capitol to the Centennial Olympic Park before gathering outside CNN.
“What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest, This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. This is chaos. A protest has a purpose,” Bottoms said, stating that the protests are “disgracing the life of George Floyd.”
Riots in Atlanta tonight:
Protestors destroy the front of CNN building, breaking windows, and yelling FUCK CNN pic.twitter.com/uLWSzQf0Ye
— Liberty Talks Podcast (@LibertyTalksPod) May 30, 2020
BREAKING: Cops being attacked in lobby of CNN HQ in Atlanta; CNN newsroom employees are locked down floors above riotpic.twitter.com/7nijxhWiSV
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 30, 2020
CNN HQ in Atlanta getting overrun by leftist protesters that they themselves whipped into a frenzy.
Many are defacing and vandalizing the giant CNN logo outside the building.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 29, 2020