On Sunday evening, confrontations between protesters and police grew round the White House in Washington, D.C. as fires were set, and objects were thrown at authorities, who retaliated by firing tear gas at residents in an attempt to clear the streets.
The increasing unrest which has taken over US for the past few days began after a black man, George Floyd, was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who now has been charged with third-degree murder.
According to Politico, despite an 11 p.m. curfew initiated by Mayor Muriel Bowser, protesters took to the streets, eventually starting fire in the AFL-CIO building on 16th Street NW. An additional structure in Lafayette Park near St. John’s Church was reportedly gutted by fire, and a blaze was set in the middle of H Street.
Much of the protesting on behalf of racial justice and an end to police brutalization of African Americans has been peaceful — police officers have even joined some of those solidarity protests.
But Washington and numerous other cities throughout the nation have experienced confrontational protests, with some of those present challenging the police and the community by setting fires, committing vandalism and looting businesses.
CNN reports that as protesters gathered outside the White House Friday night, President Donald Trump was briefly taken to the underground bunker for a period of time. He was reportedly there for a little under an hour before being brought upstairs.
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday urging police to be more forceful in dealing with those causing trouble nationwide.