Protests, confrontations continue near White House

Source: Politico | May 31, 2020 | David Cohen

Numerous demonstrators in D.C. defied an 11 p.m. curfew.

Confrontations between protesters and police continued Sunday night in the streets around the White House.

The protests in Washington, D.C., which were launched after a black man, George Floyd, was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who now has been charged with third-degree murder, continued Sunday despite an 11 p.m. curfew initiated by Mayor Muriel Bowser that appears to have been widely disregarded. Fires were set, and objects were thrown at police, who fired tear gas at some of the protesters in an attempt to clear the streets.

A fire was seen burning 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. President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday urging police to be more forceful in dealing with those causing trouble.

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