CNN is under attack for the second time today — George Floyd rioters have journeyed to the studio to make their presence very much known — setting a car on fire and claiming ownership of their massive CNN sign, Your Content has learned.
This marks the second attack on the network Friday, that started off with CNN journalist Omar Jimenez being arrested during a live broadcast at the site of the protests in Minneapolis, after clearly identifying himself to officers. He was later released.
For no apparent reason, protesters took to the network’s headquarters in Atlanta just after 8 p.m. Friday. It’s among many demonstrations across the nation, including one that prompted a brief lockdown at the White House.
This CNN footage in INSANE.— Pablo Escobarner (blue check) (@PabloEscobarner) May 30, 2020
Protestors and cops in a standoff. Protestors just threw a flash bang in on the cops.
The sun has set in Atlanta and it’s gonna be a lonnnnnnng night on the streets in that city. It’s about to go up. pic.twitter.com/PqFKVMBDbU
What’s more, armored vehicles are arriving to guard the fortified studio, as execs scramble to get out in the event a second fire breaks out.
“There’s a slew of Army Tanks in Atlanta heading towards protest, and a heck of a lot of big black vehicles,” said local Atlanta resident who goes by Barb.
“They still aren’t calling this a riot, well, they’re literally asking for people to talk to, we’re here now.” said one protester, who refused to name herself.
“They want to talk all this sh*t like we don’t know where they’re at. Well, their land is my land now.”
As Your Content readers know, a CNN reporter was simply providing an update when officers were ‘instructed’ to arrest them.
Initially, Minnesota State Patrol claimed they wanted to ensure the ‘suspicious individuals’ weren’t fake reporters.
“In the course of clearing the streets and restoring order at Lake Street and Snelling Avenue, four people were arrested by State Patrol troopers,” Minnesota State Patrol tweeted. “Including three members of a CNN crew. The three were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media.”
Despite the camera gear and CNN apparel, cops weren’t convinced the three were reporters. Following several phone calls, including one from the governor, authorities confirmed they were reporters.
“Y’all knew they were media when you cuffed them. Please don’t play with us today. We ain’t in the mood for it this morning!” said Sheletta Brundidge.
One protester who filmed the dramatic scene provided a great narration, filling viewers in on each detail.
“If y’all want to see it, that’s the aftermath, CNN Center … oh they bustin’ up all type of shit man,” Kito Abashi.
“They bustin’ every window at this place. They bustin’ the CNN Center out – somebody got a – God damn. I don’t know if he’s protesting or if he keepin’ it,” said Abashi, referring to a man walking off with a CNN souvenir.
“It’s a peaceful protest – well it’s kinda … DAMN! That boy threw the f*ck out that rock. God damn that n*gga is Pedro Montana!”
“See he’s kicking it, he ain’t got nothing to do with the protest. But he’s cool.”
Kito indicates windows from several surrounding buildings, including CNN and the Omni Hotel have been shattered.
“I don’t even know how they still bustin’ windows out!” he said. “All they wanna do is break glass!”
“The windows didn’t do nothing to nobody! They got a whole marching band out here? Oh they don’t know nothing about this.”
Then Kito hears a loud boom, followed by a second one immediately after:
“Damn that didn’t sound good … damn! Oh hell naw, yeah I’m gone,” said Kito, as he explored the flash-mob of protesters.
“They broke every window out that motha-f*cker,” Kito said, referring to CNN. That’s the Omni Hotel, it used to have windows!”
“They bustin’ all the windows out all the building but the thing is the buildings ain’t do nothing to nobody if we gonna do something … I can tell you what to do.”
This is a developing breaking news story. It will be updated momentarily. Stay with Your Content for the latest updates.
* CORRECTION NOTICE: This post was updated May 29, 2020 at 9:15 p.m. to correct Mr. George Floyd’s name after an error previously mistakenly naming him ‘George Lloyd.’ We apologize for the error.
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