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CNN headquarters was damaged during Atlanta protests against death of George Floyd

Demonstrators vandalized the outside and inside of the building near Centennial Park, according to the network.

Demonstrators paint on the CNN logo during a protest in Atlanta, in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis. Mike Stewart / AP

The CNN Center in Atlanta was damaged Friday night by protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, the network reports

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Atlanta was one of many cities across the country that saw protests Friday night related to the May 25 death of Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading with officers that he could not breathe. Earlier Friday, the fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was captured by a bystander video kneeling on Floyd’s neck, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

According to CNN, a crowd had gathered in Atlanta’s Centennial Park to peacefully protest the May 25 death of Floyd earlier in the evening. 

Demonstrators moved toward the CNN Center around 6 p.m. and by 7 p.m. video captured protestors vandalizing the exterior of the media company’s headquarters. According to CNN, protesters entered the interior of the building around 9 p.m. and continued to cause damage. 

According to CNN, no staff members were injured during the protests.

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