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news updates on cbssf.com. captioning sponsored by cbs >> savard: tonight, frustration and fury sweeps across america, in dozens of states, outrage over the death of george floyd boils over on to the nation's streets. >> savard: peaceful demonstrations demanding justice by day, collapsed into chaos at night. leaders search for answers. >> we are asking for peace. we're not asking for patience. >> savard: the president's words adding to the frustration. >> my administration will stop mob violence, and will stop it cold. >> he speaks and he makes it worse. >> savard: plus, crises converge-- protests and a pandemic add to the tension. and, with america on edge, the world watches. >> this is the final straw. we're seeing more and more
murders. >> savard: also tonight, another first for spacex. >> it's great to get the united at to back in the cruise launch business. >> savard: and later, a squirrelly story, from a pandemic-inspired photo shoot. >> they went nuts, so to speak. this is the "cbs weekend news." weekend >> savard: good evening. i'm steve savard reporting from kmov in st. louis. anger and anguish with america on edge tonight. protests erupting in dozens of cities following monday's arrest and death of george floyd in police custody in minneapolis. most of the protests have been peaceful. then at night, turning to rage. this was ferguson, missouri, rguson, missouri,are still raw where the ll r the shooting death in 2014 of michael brown by a police officer. this morning, america's
newspapers told of the pain, aension and heartache, including minneapolis and st. paul, which saw its fifth night of violence. we begin there with cbs news chief justice and homeland security correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: this city may have turned a corner last night. law enforcement brought in reinforcements to help restore order. this is one of the flash points, though. you can see how they have put razor wire out here, trying to make sure that the demonstrators don't breach this barrier. >> clear this area, you will be arrested! >> reporter: police in the twin cities clashed with protestors bracing for a confrontation. once again, large crowds filled streets despite warnings from officials to stay home. demonstrators who defied the curfew were met with volleys of tear gas... ( gunfire ) ...and rubber bullets. ofhoseubllets s aiat a cbs news crew. >> ( bleep ). news crew.go. >> reporter: a sound man was hit, even though he had taken cover on the sidelines of the protest.
fortunately, he is okay. state officials had warned that their response to what they called urban warfare would get tougher. the police are lobbing tear gas into the crowd. people in the crowd are sending firecrackers, m-80s back. state officials say 20% of those arrested had out-of-town license plates, from places like iowa, illinois and arkansas. investigators believe some of the violence hijacking protestors is fueled by far right and left extremists. one example, the boogaloo boys, which are a loosely organized group that are anti-government can-ericans to spreadent. anti-law enforcement messaging on social media. in one case, a member of the group said about protests in pittsburgh, "come in peace, prepare for there to be violence." protests across the country are seeing agitators. in columbus, ohio, police are looking for a man they say was paying people to riot and
destroy public property. there has been sporadic violence and arson during protests in new york, where police arrested more than 100 people. white house national security advisor robert o'brien says the extremists pose a national security threat. al we're going to get to the bottom of this. militant radicals attacking our police. >> i cannot breathe. >> reporter: cell phone video surfaced last monday, the nation has been on edge. it shows officer derek chauvin with his knee pressed into george floyd's neck. chauvin was arrested on friday and remains in custody. this will be another critical week for the twin cities. derek chauvin will be arraigned and there will be tight security. the other issue is, there will be flare-ups that lead to more destruction like this if the other three officers aren't arrested. steve. >> savard: jeff, thank you. cities across the country are imposing curfews. others are calling in the imposing cure fews. national guard, as chaos overwhelms peaceful protest.
jothan vigliots in l angeles. >> reporter: the national guard arrived in los angeles this morning after peaceful protests gave way to rioting overnight. the city's iconic shopping districts, from the world famous rodeo drive to the historic grove market, looked like war zones, as thousands shattered windows and looted businesses. >> i'm so angry! like, it's my life. hefe, i put everything in here. >> i think it's just rubble rousing and rioting. >> reporter: buildings were set on fire, along with police cars. as weekend protests ignited across the country, california has become a lightning rod. in neighboring arizona, the phoenix police chief put it like this: >> to be clear, the level of criminal behavior we saw last nighllotlerated. >> reporter: what is less clear is how officials will ease hnsions. this weekend's protests against police brutality are also fueled by months-long isolation and financial ruin. >> it's placed the entire
society, the entire nation, on a collective edge. >> reporter: marc morial is president of the national urban edge. >> this incident in minneapolis was as though someone lit the powder keg of edge that we were thaling with. >> reporter: scenes like this in new york city, where a police officer drove into a crowd of protestors, aren't helping, along with mayor de blasio's initial defense of the video. sio's now calling for a full initial investigation. uhe cities that fared the best proved listening may be the strongest weapon against violence. in santa cruz, california, the police chief kneeled in solidarity with marchers, and in flint, michigan, the sheriff asked protestors if he and his deputies could protest together. and we're back here in los angeles, on melrose, where you can see some of the damage. this was actually a shoe store. it was looted then set on fire. nearly 400 people were arrested last night, the national guard deploying a thousand troops to help keep the peace.
and the mayor extending the curfew again, beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. steve? >> savard: jonathan, thanks. president trump is blaming the violent protests on anarchists. he also wants those known as anti-fa, an umbrella term for far-left leaning groups that resist white supremacists be designated a terrorist organization. >> reporter: it's unclear how this designation as it happened could work since there are no domestic terrorism statutes under federal law. as protests intensified near the white house and across the country, president trump in a series of tweets sunday praised the national guard in minneapolis for shutting down radical left anarchists, and then declared "the united states of america will be designating anti-fa as a terroristntts to what t.b.ihas been doi to surveil, to disrupt, to take
down, to prosecute anti-fa, and if they haven't been doing that, we need a plan right away. >> reporter: in a statement, attorney general william barr tiga the violence instigated and carried out by anti-fa and other similar groups in connection with rioting is sticor will trd accordingly. federal law enforcement forces tell cbs news they are still investigating what role extremists may be playing, and won't characterize whether they are left-wing or right-wing. >> my administration will stop mob violence, and will stop it cold. >> reporter: but some of the president's tough talk and tweets are drawing bipartisan backlash. lawmakers criticized racially charged posts referencing the "most vicious dogs and most ominous weapons," and "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." >> those are not constructive tweets, without any question. >> there should be a unifying force in our country, and not to fuel the flame. >> reporter: cbs news has learned the white house has raised the idea of the president doing a national address. the mayor of atlanta advises he should be careful with his
words. >> we are well beyond the tipping point in america. and my grandmother used to say, if you don't have anything good to say, sometimes you just shouldn't say anything at all. >> reporter: a top advisor says therher the president speaks the president speaks from the oval office, a white house podium or on social media, he will continue to communicate with the american people. steve? >> savard: nikole, thank you. the protests are gathering attention well beyond the united states. today in several cities around the globe, there were words of solidarity and marches. senior cbs news foreign correspondent elizabeth palmer is in london. >> reporter: over the weekend, >> we'ers hit the streets to show solidarity with protestors in america. >> we're sick and tired and this is the final straw. we're seeing more and more murders. .> reporter: on sunday, a huge
crowd marched from trafalgar square to the american embassy. under the terms of london's lockdown, gatherings like this are strictly against the rules, but thousands of mostly young people decided today was the day to break them. and break them they did. the police largely stood back. the london march borrowed slogans and chants from the antiracist movements in america. in copenhagen, too... >> call it out. just say something. >> reporter: and in berlin, protestors rallied against racist violence. george floyd's death may have taken place far away from here, in america, but it has reverberated around the world. in canada, prime minister justin trudeau weighed in. >> many canadians of diverse backgrounds are watching, like all canadians are, the news out
of the united states, with shock and with horror. >> reporter: the current riots have swept through american cities, he said, but the cause, the clack racism, is real in canada too. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, london. >> savard: on a brighter note, e story was made again today when the corporate owned dragon endeavor dropped off two nasa astronauts at the international space station. their space craft launched yesterday, becoming the first time a private company has launched people into orbit. mark strassmann is at the kennedy space station. >> reporter: you are watching a rendezvous in space, 250 miles above western asia. the crew dragon capsule and its crew of two inches towards the international space station moving at 17,000 miles an hour. small thrusters coaxed the capsule into alignment. >> one mer to go. >> reporter: then, contact. >> docking sequence is complete.
>> truly was magnificent effort by the entire team. the spacex team, the nasa team, and the team across america who was able to pull this off and bring human space flight again to our team, thanks for everything, happy to be aboard. >> reporter: through two open hatches, astronaut bob becken floated into a space station welcome. then came astronaut doug hurley completing a flawless trip from florida into space history. >> well, everyone, welcome aboard dragon. >> reporter: on their 19-hour flight from earth, the astronauts shut off the spacex t ndea">> ihatoh y screen >> reporter: the capsule has to a flying iph been compared to a flying onone. >> it turns out we ended up with one stowaway. >> reporter: a toy dinosaur also made the trip-- both astronauts by this image.s. america's future in space is
represented by this image. two more astronaut as board the space station sent there by a country that is back in the space-launching business. hurley and behnken will spend the next six weeks in the space ation, and as long as four months. they can only hope the rest of their mission goes as well as the trip to their new home in space. steve? >> savard: a rousing success, mark, thank you. and we in st. louis, particularly proud of astronaut bob behnken, he's a st. louis native. we are proud of what he accomplished. still ahead, more of america on edge, as protests and a deadly pandemic converge. also, the presidential campaign: will it change how americans vote? and later, pandemic snapshots-- a photographer gets nutty with his backyard squirrels. kyard squirrels.
the virus is still spreading in several states. the u.s. death toll now topping 104,000, the most in any country by far. cbs's meg oliver has more. >> reporter: from brooklyn and atlanta to los angeles and dozens of other cities, protestors beat the pavement all weekend in huge groups. no social distancing. minnesota mayor jacob frey. >> we're in the middle of a ofndemic right now. we have two crises that are sandwiched on top of one another. >> george floyd! >> reporter: as protests over the death of george floyd in police custody continue, they warn this only fuels the virus spread. >> if you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a covid test this week. >> reporter: the virus hit minorities especially hard. in chicago, 70% of the deaths were african americans. as andrew cuomo delivered promising news on the declining number of covid deaths today, he
pleaded for the violence to stop. >> burning down your own struggling businesses, people who are trying to bring back the community, never makes sense. >> reporter: efforts to combat covid-19 have lead to the worst economic crisis since the great depression, with 40 million people out of work. one more match in a fire storm over racial inequality, dire health concerns and economic despair for so many. new york city was planning to begin reopening next week. it's unclear now after days of violence and hundreds of arrests if that plan is in jeopardy. steve? >> savard: meg, thank you. still ahead on the "cbs weekend news," how the presidential candidates are testing the limits of virtual campaigning. ng
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>> reporter: there are no campaign rallies, and the rope lines are now virtual. >> so what's up? irll me about your situation. >> reporter: former vice president joe biden ventured out in public this past week for the firs time since mid-march. president trump continues to make quick, official visits. but, stay-at-home restrictions tre making large campaign events implausible, so the race for the white house has moved online. >> back by popular demand! >> reporter: it may look and sound like a tv talk show-- there are, after all, four women lthered together to discuss hot topics. but they are not comedians or former movie stars. they are trump campaign surrogates, trying to pump up support for the president. though the president hasn't made an appearance himself, well- known republican figures have stopped by. and the hosts even sell campaign merchandise. >> i feel like qvc. >> reporter: biden's online events are less elaborate, but he is appearing across different platforms. he has held virtual rallies in florida and wisconsin.
>> hello! >> reporter: and hosted conversations with democratic governors to stay hard-hit by the pandemic. >> my political hero role model is teddy roosevelt. >> reporter: the former vice president is also hosting a podcast with former democratic primary rivals. he has appeared on the video- sharing app tik-tok, and also launching a show on the video app snapchat. the biden and trump campaigns insist these new virtual formats are helping them reach millions of voters they might not otherwise be able to talk to this year. and a recent cbs news poll found more than eight in ten voters say the fact that neither candidate can hold big in-person events won't be a factor with who they vote for this november. steve? >> savard: ed, thank you. next on the "cbs weekend news," there's no social distancing at this grocery store, and the customers are going nuts. ing nupts.
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portraits, creating setting and giving his subjects more to do than just smile. but with his usual portraits impossible because of the pandemic, he found some new subjects, happy to pose right in his own backyard. >> we were sitting back and going wow, there is a lot of squirrels back there. >> reporter: so just as he does for humans, he created a stage set in miniature. >> the first set we did was a country market. and so we did everything that had peanuts and nuts and walnuts, and shopping carts in there. and then, they went nuts, so to speak. >> reporter: it's true, it seems-- "if you build, it they will come." >> and so they come and go wow, look at this. and of course, their eyes are just bugging, you can see it, like, look at all these nuts. >> reporter: the squirrels proved to be such enthusiastic subjects, granger built another set, this time a peanut butter factory. and the squirrels knew exactly what was expected. >> pretty soon they are going to
have agents. >> reporter: granger showed us into his workshop where he was just finishing a squirrel-size vault. >> they are breaking in, this is dynamite, so that they have a plunger. so, this is the right height so when they put their paws up. >> reporter: and they did, apparently with devastating effects. >> it's nuts, it really is nuts. i mean, there is no way around this. >> reporter: online, granger's photos are providing some much needed pandemic relief. >> it's not all about the bad news. there is a lot of good out there, and some humor. >> reporter: and sometimes, you can get that good humor for peanuts. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. >> savard: nothing nutty about doing what you love and making people chuckle, especially now. that is the "cbs weekend news" for this sunday. "60 minutes" is coming up next. i'm steve savard reporting from kmov in st. louis.
good night. captioning sponsored by cbs now at 6:00, from a massive march through san francisco, to a car caravan across oakland, to a new curfew just announced in san jose. >> we're following another round of protests and the plan to keep the peace once the sun sets. we begin in san francisco. chopper5 live overhead, where about a thousand protesters are marching through the streets for a second day in a row. right now there appear to be multiple groups moving in a number of different directions. >> this all started at civic center plaza, then some marchers headed down market street. others went to the hall of
justice, where they were met by a wall of officers. police also blocked attempts to the freeway entrances. all of this as a city wide curfew was set to take effect two hours from now. live in south of market, joe. >> reporter: juliette, you can see, these are the front steps of the hall of justice here on bryant and 7th. those police officers formed a wall earlier and in fact encountered one splinter of a larger group of demonstrators who now have been walking back and forth through san francisco streets for about three hours now. they started at city hall. we went to south of market. one splinter that protest stood in front of police officers, they started chanting. they're protesting the death of