Protestors Turn on CNN As Network's Atlanta Headquarters is Attacked
News outlet's HQ becomes latest hit in riots
Rioters protesting the death of George Floyd descended on CNN's headquarters Friday night, defacing the offices with graffiti and breaking windows.
But as police directed the crowd away, a police cruiser was set on fire, and demonstrators returned to the network's offices.
Videos show activists spray painting the "CNN" sign in front of the headquarters and throwing objects at the main entrance.
Protesters also attempted to break into the building but were unsuccessful.
Demonstrators waved a Black Lives Matter flag from atop the sign, while an American flag was burned in the street in front of the building.
Several police vehicles were vandalized in front of the building as Footage from WSB-TV in Atlanta shows.
Protestors also threw objects at police officers in the midst of chaos.
CNN reporter Fernando Alfonso III tweeted that he left the scene "as chants of 'F**k CNN' from protestors grew from across the street from the CNN Center."
Phone died, biked home as chants of "Fuck CNN" from protesters grew from across the street from the CNN Center, its Atlanta headquarters. Here's the last video I took. pic.twitter.com/qQzG5QL4R7— Fernando Alfonso III (@fernalfonso) May 30, 2020
President Trump taunted the network by retweeting a supporter who noted what she called the “irony” of the violence.
Trump retweeted conservative supporter “Melissa A.,” who snarked that the network was “being attacked by the very riots they promoted as noble & just.”
In an ironic twist of fate, CNN HQ is being attacked by the very riots they promoted as noble & just.— Melissa A. (@TheRightMelissa) May 30, 2020
The news comes just a day after a crew of CNN reporters was arrested while covering the protests in Minnesota.
Trump campaign manager defended the network saying Omar Jimenez and his crew were "outrageously" arrested as they reported on the riots in the city.
Trump accused Mayor Jacob Frey of not doing enough to stop the riots.
"I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis," Trump tweeted.