Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) activated the state's National Guard after rioters in Salt Lake City were seen flipping police cars.
We condemn violence and looting. I have activated the National Guard to help control the escalating situation in downtown Salt Lake City. I once again call on all who are protesting to do so peacefully.— Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) May 30, 2020
The Salt Lake Police Department is also asking as many people as possible to stay out of the area.
Due to civil unrest in downtown Salt Lake City, we ask that you please stay out of the metro area at this time if you're able. Thank you. https://t.co/X6gj9EJUuO— SLC Police Dept. (@slcpd) May 30, 2020
Rioters took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, an African American man that was killed earlier this week in Minneapolis, Minnesota when a police officer held his knee down on Floyd's neck.
Rioters flip police car in Salt Lake City. pic.twitter.com/Effvd5eW3x— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 30, 2020
Police cruiser on fire pic.twitter.com/tCtSi4lm1c— mike sadowski (@sadowski_mike) May 30, 2020
Other photos of the so-called protest show graffiti that say things like "f**k the police."
More photos from black lives matter protest in downtown Salt Lake City pic.twitter.com/SblmsNTMgZ— runni’n news (@rlikness) May 30, 2020
Throughout the day, various officials have called for those wanting to protest to remain peaceful. Attorney General William Barr slammed groups like Antifa for taking over once-peaceful protests. President Trump also threatened to bring in the United States military if unrest continues.