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Shortly after, police outside the building deployed what looked like some sort of "deterrent spray", according to CNN's Chris Cuomo, who was reporting live on air as the scene unfolded.More news: Governor Beshear calling in National Guard after Friday's protest
The police department said numerous officers were injured, including one who had a tooth knocked out.
The reporter is also heard saying: "Some people are laughing, some people are videotaping". "When you destroy our city, you are destroying our community. Are you OK, guys?"
"We have to be better than burning down our own homes". We're getting out of here. When you act in violence against each other, you are hurting all of us. Protests and riots have erupted across the country in recent days after a video of his arrest - which showed a white Minneapolis police officer putting his knee in Floyd's neck for seven minutes while he yelled out, "I can't breathe" - went viral.
The crowd continued to swell in size prompting officials to call in SWAT to help with crowd control.More news: Prof K Nageshwar: India not for Trump’s mediation
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted that up to 500 members of the Guard would deploy immediately "to protect people & property in Atlanta". In a press conference held by the city's mayor, police chief and several public figures, Mayor Keisha Lanced Bottoms denounced the protesters and urged people to stop.
"We are heartbroken to see the damage to our city and the Hall of Fame", College Football Hall of Fame CEO Kimberly Beaudin said in a statement.
After hours of peaceful protest in downtown Atlanta, some demonstrators suddenly turned violent, smashing police cars, setting one on fire, spray-painting the iconic logo sign at CNN headquarters, and breaking into a restaurant.
Before Floyd's death, unrest in Louisville, Kentucky, has been a common occurrence due to the death of Breonna Taylor, who died in March when police conducted a "no-knock" raid on her apartment.More news: Trump says United States terminating relationship with World Health Organisation