WASHINGTON — Tuesday's demonstrations around D.C. in protest of George Floyd's death remained mostly peaceful, with no reported assaults or property damage.
Crowds swelled on 16th and H Streets as the citywide curfew approached, and National Guard soldiers lined the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. When the clock hit 7 p.m, thousands remained prepared to hold their ground, but tear gas and pepper spray were not used to disperse crowds at Lafayette Square like it was on Monday in a show of force to clear the streets for President Trump's photo op at St. John's church.
Volunteers comprised of EMTs and church officials passed out safety supplies, water and snacks to the protesters. A group marched to the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry where tensions seemed to heighten as protesters linked arms while officers patrolling on bikes said it was time to go 十大玩彩信誉平台. But the standoff was cleared without incident.
The crowds around the District Tuesday were some of the largest seen since protests began Friday afternoon, including a surprise appearance by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who said the time had come to be on the frontline.
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Here's a look at what transpired on the city's fifth day of protests.
- 12:50 a.m. -- Reports of police shooting pepper spray into crowd at Lafayette Park
- 12:30 a.m. -- Most protesters appear to have cleared out of the major gathering spaces
- 11:30 p.m. -- Windows and doors on businesses all across the city have been boarded up.
- 11:15 p.m. -- Military vehicles are present near the White House but are not approaching protesters
- 10:05 p.m. -- Three hours after the DC curfew on 16th and H, there are still protesters outside. Some express concern police will block them in, similar to 15th and Swann yesterday, but no evidence of that so far.
- 9:10 p.m. -- Long lines continue at polling sites around the District, which closed at 8 p.m. One at Girard Street still has lines with attorneys who are helping others worried about curfew.
- 8:51 p.m. -- Tensions between protesters and police increase at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Protestors link arms as officials surround the Cathedral on three sides, with other officers patrolling on bikes.
- 8:32 p.m. -- A group of about a hundred or so protesters that started at Lafayette Park make their way toward the Free Mason building downtown.
- 8:01 p.m. -- Crowds begin to move away from Lafayette Park. Polls in both Maryland and DC are now closed with many still in line. Curfew is extended for those already at polling sites.
- 7:46 p.m. -- Mike Pence shares the support of US Park Police who have continued to draw closer towards the crowds near Lafayette.
- 7:32 pm -- A number of US Park Police have mobilized closer to the fence line near Lafayette, drawing heightened tensions with the crowd.
"I understand the curfew is in place and I am not for breaking the law," one NoVA resident tells reporter Eric Flack."But I am going to stay here and continue my right to protest which are my constitutional rights." She says the protests have been peaceful, adding that supplies and water bottles have been shared by many.
- 7:12 p.m.: A truck full of milk, water, googles, masks and snacks drives up to Lafayette Square. Organizers say the donations were a joint effort from EMTs , nurses and medics. They want people to be prepared.
- 7:00 p.m. -- D.C.'s curfew is now in effect. Thousands of protesters continue to gather near Lafayette Square with clapping and cheering heard for blocks. Many are gathered outside of St. John's Church.
- 6:40 p.m -- Senator Elizabeth Warren makes a surprise appearance with protesters on 16th Street. "Everyone should be out here and making their voice heard," she says.
- 6:31 p.m. -- With less than a half an hour until D.C.'s curfew begins, crowd sizes on 16th Street and near the Capitol only continue to grow. Protesters from the Capitol begin to head back toward the White House.
- 5:54 p.m. -- Protesters fill the area of 16th Street between H and I Streets with crowd sizes intensifying.
- 5:42 p.m. -- Over a thousand people begin to march towards the Capitol building, with groups converging from other protests near Lafayette Square.
- 5:30 p.m. -- Cheers break out near the fence line of the White House as at least one officer kneels in solidarity. Protestors begin chanting for other officers to do the same.
- 5:23 p.m. -- Protestors begin moving from Lafayette Park area towards the Capitol building.
- 5:21 p.m. -- National Guard presence picks up near China购彩信誉平台town with more armed vehicles parked.
- 5:15 p.m. - A large protest is lining the streets of the Leisure World neighborhood in Silver Spring, Maryland.
- 4:43 p.m. -- Large crowds gather at the fence line of Vermont and H street downtown, with more and more joining in. Loud chants can of 'We want peace' are ringing through the streets.
- 3:30 p.m. -- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam makes his first public appearance since the protests started, highlighting the commonwealth's efforts on reform. He asks for a statewide day of prayer and says he will be hosting virtual town halls on criminal justice reform.
- 3:01 p.m. -- Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed 信誉彩 Committee, says he's working on legislation to prevent the use of military force against American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights. "The president is trying to turn the American military against American citizens who are peacefully protesting on domestic soil, which they have every right to do. I'm not going to stand for it," Kaine said.
- 2:41 p.m. -- Protest in Lafayette Square grows. Hundreds of people are there for a peaceful protest.
- 2:38 p.m. -- Attorney General William Barr releases statement on protests in D.C. saying, "There will be even greater law enforcement resources and support in the region tonight."
- 2:18 p.m. -- National Guard staging in the area of Lafayette Park. About 20+ humvees have moved into the area.
- 1:17 p.m. -- Hundreds of protesters gather peacefully near the White House, with signs supporting justice for George Floyd.
- 1:09 p.m. -- Black Lives Matter protest in Bethesda, outside Bethesda Library on Arlington Road, where a diverse group of supporters are wearing all black.
- 12:00 p.m. -- Secret Service Tweets: To ensure public safety, road closures are in place from 15th to 17th streets between Constitution Avenue, and H Street between 15th to 17th streets. Lafayette Park remains closed.
- 11:20 a.m. -- President Donald Trump visits the St. John Paul II National Shrine where protesters greet him.
- 11:10 a.m. -- D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and MPD Chief Peter Newsham say more than 300 arrests were made during Monday's protests.
- 10:01 a.m. -- Faith leaders gathered at St. John Episocal Church address D.C. protests and Trump's visit there, saying, "Hands that hold the Bible will never measure hearts that hold the Bible."
- 7:58 a.m. -- Secret Service announces road closures around the White House.
- 6:29 a.m. -- The Logan Circle resident who gave refuge to protesters says to them as they leave, "Make sure you take care of that mental health, strength, so we can continue to go out there to rise peacefully with intelligence and make a solid argument. I love you guys."
- 6:23 a.m. -- Popular D.C. Chef Jose Andres shows up at Lafayette Park to survey the aftermath of the president’s visit to the historic St. John's Church.
- 6:10 a.m. -- Dozens of protesters leave Logan Circle 十大玩彩信誉平台s after residents provided them refuge to avoid police arrest Monday night.
- 6:00 a.m. -- D.C. curfew lifted.
- 5:02 a.m. -- Federal police are blocking buses from running on 16th street in Lafayette Park. It is unknown who has jurisdiction at this time.
- 4:42 a.m. -- Protesters are still inside stuck inside a 十大玩彩信誉平台 in Logan Circle until the curfew is lifted in the District at 6 a.m.
- 3:49 a.m. -- WUSA9's Megan Rivers said that she spoke to a person in seeking refuge in another 十大玩彩信誉平台 in DC who has been in contact with protesters inside the Logan Circle 十大玩彩信誉平台. She said the person has suggested they not leave until 8 a.m.
- 2:00 a.m. -- Helicopters can be heard in Downtown D.C., as streets across the District become cleared by police and protesters flee from the area.
- 12:30 a.m. -- District residents near Logan Circle help protesters stuck in the streets during D.C. curfew by opening up their 十大玩彩信誉平台s. In one 十大玩彩信誉平台 on Swann Street, 40 protesters can be seen. D.C. Police are still in the area making arrests.
- 11:59 p.m. -- People tell WUSA9's Matt Gregory that protestors were funneled by police into Swann Street off 15th Street. Residents let them into their houses and police are waiting for them to come out. Then arresting.
- 11:50 p.m. -- FBI, Metropolitan Police and National Guard are in DC’s .
- 11:25 p.m. -- Protesters watch others demonstrating with the get arrested at 15th and Swann Streets, with a line of officer guarding police vans.
- 11 p.m. -- Dozens of protesters arrested at after being surrounded by law enforcement.
- 10:30 p.m. -- Several around Mount Vernon Square near Carnegie Library.
- 10:15 p.m. -- Damage is also being caused to the streets of D.C., in the U Street area of downtown. Vandalism and a large police presence have been seen.
- 10:03 p.m. -- A police car was captured in a picture , showing it burnt and ruined amid protests in the evening. The picture was taken near 14th and Clifton in Downtown DC.
- 9:10 p.m. -- Arlington County Police Department ordered to leave DC after helping U.S. Park Police. The order was given after an agreement between Arlington officials and federal officers was broken, .
- 8:58 p.m. -- Some clergy with St. John's Church express frustration that President Trump used the church to take photos and speak to the media after protesters were forced from the area with flash bang grenades and tear gas minutes before he visited.
- 8:15 p.m. -- Law enforcement in D.C. are making arrests as some protesters in the District continue to demonstrate amid the curfew that went into effect at 7 p.m. on Monday.
- 11:44 p.m. -- Looters are trying to break into Loeb's NY Deli on 17th St.
- 11:36 p.m. -- Flash-bangs continue at Connecticut and I streets and tear gas has been deployed where protesters remain.
- 11:22 p.m. -- The White House is dark as MPD increases the radius around the area. Many protesters have dispersed and the area is starting to get calmer.
- 11:10 p.m. -- D.C. fire officials report a fire in the basement of St. John's Church at 1525 H St NW.
- 11:08 p.m. -- National Guard advances down Connecticut Avenue after taking over H Street. Tear gas is being deployed.
- 11:05 p.m. -- Stand off between police and protesters continues. Flash-bangs are being launched by police and agitators are launching fireworks as police advance block by block.
- 11:00 p.m. -- Police can arrest anyone defying the curfew now. Protesters remain in the streets.
- 10:57 p.m. -- Authorities continue to advance towards protesters near St. John's Church, where an adjacent building is on fire.
- 10:50 p.m. -- The front windows of the AFL-CIO building were smashed and the lobby was set on fire.
- 10:42 p.m. -- Police advance toward protesters at Lafayette Square park.
- 10:36 p.m. -- At Vermont and I streets, near the White House, WUSA9's Tom Dempsey describes a very large crowd of protesters and group of police.
- 10:31 p.m. -- At Vermont and H streets, water bottles are being thrown at police police officers.
- 10:28 p.m. -- A building is on fire, flash-bangs are going off and a bonfire quickly grows at H and 16th streets near Lafayette Square.
- 10:19 p.m. -- Protesters burned the American flag at H Street near White House.
- 10:08 p.m. -- Small fire grows quickly near Lafayette Square as protesters chant "Hands up. Don't shoot."
- 9:48 p.m. -- Friendship Heights: Large group of people, most them seem to be young. WUSA9's Megan Rivers reports hearing "some very loud sounds and then saw the group run and scream."
- 9:22 p.m. -- "When it comes to race, I think everybody should be colorblind," another protester at Lafayette Square park said.
- 9:20 p.m. -- "As a black man, I feel like I can't be heard." A Lafayette Square park man says demonstrators asked police to take a knee in support, but they didn't." He said he wants to see "A United States, not just states."
- 9:09 p.m. -- Demonstrators chant "Hands up. Don't shoot," near the White House.
- 8:54 p.m. -- Someone plays a saxaphone during a peaceful protest downtown.
- 8:32 p.m. -- WUSA9's Sharla McBride reports that police are lined against the perimeter of Lafayette Square park, but expects the National Guard to advance as crowds grow and curfew nears.
- 8:23 p.m. -- WUSA9's Darren Haynes talks about his support for the protests, saying he was a victim of police brutality in 2014 and how it changed him. He says people can make a change by getting to the polls.
- 7:53 p.m. -- Protesters chant "(Expletive) the curfew" after getting alerts warning them of the curfew.
- 7:52 p.m. -- Several officers take a knee in solidarity with protesters, one officer told WUSA9's Darren Haynes he took a knee because he "respects what we are doing."
- 7:50 p.m. -- Protesters are heading back to the White House.
- 7:42 p.m. -- National Guard joins other authorities in front of the White House.
- 7:42 p.m. -- Police use flash-bangs at H and 14th streets to push crowds back.
- 7:39 p.m. -- While most of the protesters at H and 14th streets are peaceful some are throwing things at police who are pushing back with flash-bangs.
- 7:19 -- D.C. Mayor Bowser issues citywide curfew for 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- 7:03 p.m. -- Prayer vigil for George Floyd at Lincoln Memorial.
- 6:40 p.m. -- Protesters at Lafayette Square park retreat after being sprayed with tear gas by police.
- 6:34 p.m. -- Demonstrators at Lincoln Memorial started at the MLK Memorial during a peaceful march. People there are asking for common-sense police reform, and are voicing their frustrations. One protester asking for people to do something positive and "create."
- 6:19 p.m. -- "I think a lot of people's breaking point was (the death of) George Floyd," one protesters
- 6:08 p.m. -- Protesters at Lafayette Square park chant "We want change," "Take a knee," and "Hands up. Don't shoot."
- 5:45 p.m.: -- Crews board up windows at the historic Hay Adams Hotel at 16th Street NW, as demonstrations continue across the street in Lafayette Park.
- 5:40 p.m. -- Pepper spray prompts a short stampede in Lafayette Park. People moved back in once the stampede calmed down.
- 4:33 p.m. -- Virginia declares a State of Emergency until June 3 due to civil unrest. A curfew is in place for Richmond.
- 4:30 p.m. -- UMD professor Dr. Rayshawn Ray referenced a racially-charged incident in Central Park in NYC involving Amy Cooper, her dog and Christian Cooper, who is African-American -- "People are likely to believe a white woman over a black man." Ray explained this is why people are protesting.
- 3:30 p.m. -- Infectious disease specialist and WUSA9 contributor Dr. Linda Nabha said that the use of pepper spray on protesters could be one of many factors potentially causing an increase in COVID-19 cases in the next few weeks.
- 2:00 p.m. -- College students organized a peaceful march that starts at Howard University and march down Georgia Avenue to the White House.
- 12:30 p.m. -- Mayor Bowser and D.C. Police Chief Newsham share that 17 people were arrested amid protests in the District and that 11 police officers were injured during unrest over the killing of George Floyd.
- 8:52 a.m. -- Clean up crews are seen cleaning up the streets of City Center in Northwest, Georgetown, and near the White House.
- 8 a.m. -- The morning after the protests, the aftermath was seen across City Center as stores were broken into, mannequins tossed over, and items taken.
Photos: DC stores looted
Early Sunday Morning
- 3:04 a.m. -- Unrest continues throughout much of the District, with a smaller protest in support of Floyd raging in Prince William County, Virginia along Sudley Road.
- 2:34 a.m. -- As more stores are hit with property damage along Connecticut Avenue, police presence grows even larger. A liquor store is looted off of L Street in Northwest, with crowds of people running from street.
- 2:01 a.m. -- Hugo Boss is looted in CityCenter, with glass shattered along street. More police presence is brought to the area and at least two arrests have been made.
- 1:55 a.m. -- Windows smashed at Metropolitan Optical store, along H Street in Georgetown. Several other storefronts have been vandalized.
- 1:52 a.m. -- Police rush to remove someone breaking into CVS in CityCenter.
- 1:42 a.m. -- Looting begins in CityCenter.
- 1:26 a.m. -- Protesters begin moving toward CityCenter.
- 1:21 a.m. -- Protesters destroy businesses along M Street in Georgetown.
- 1:17 a.m. -- Doors to Michael Kors store in Georgetown destroyed, with demonstrators continuing to throw rocks and using force to break in.
- 1:09 a.m. -- Protesters damaging Georgetown businesses, breaking windows
- 12:42 a.m. -- Multiple stores in Georgetown see exterior damage after groups of people attempt to break in with windows smashed.
- 12:27 a.m. -- After being hit with tear gas, Matt Gregory and his crew says they are doing better after protesters put milk in his eyes.
- 12:23 a.m. -- As they move the protestors down H street, police fired a combination of tear gas and flashbangs. WUSA's Matt Gregory and his crew took a little bit of the gas. He said protesters stopped to help them breathe and clear their eyes out.
- 12:05 a.m. -- A fire breaks in the alleyway behind the Hay Adams Hotel with smoke and flames seen for blocks. DC Fire reports no injuries and extinguishes the flames.
- 12:00 a.m. -- WUSA9 Reporter Matt Gregory and Photographer James Hash were tear-gassed on Live TV while reporting at the scene of the protest.
DC Makes 17 Arrests
In the news conference on Sunday, Bowser said that 17 arrests were made, one of D.C. Police's officers suffered a broken leg and no curfew will be enforced on the District.
The officer who broke his leg went into surgery for a compound fracture, after a brick was thrown at him, according to D.C. Police Chief Newsham. He added that in all, 11 D.C. Police officers were injured in the clash with protesters.
Bowser says she hasn't called for a curfew in the District because she believes the people that are rioting would likely not follow the curfew anyway
Flash-bangs and tear gas were deployed as protesters and police clashed in Lafayette Square park near White House. Protesters then headed to Georgetown where several businesses were damaged after windows were smashed out.
Several "Justice for George Floyd" protests continued through the District Saturday, sparked in the aftermath of Floyd's killing by a Minneapolis police officer.
When asked if she is concerned about a spike in COVID-19 cases in the District, Bowser said, "Yes, we're very concerned about it. I had a quick call with the health director (for D.C.) this morning. We've been working hard to not have mass gatherings. As a nation, we have to be concerned about rebound."
- 11:30 p.m. -- Police are firing tear gas after protestors shattered glass in windows of a building.
- 11:26 p.m. -- Protestors are moving back from I Street to Lafayette Park.
- 11:11 p.m. -- Protesters gather at I Street
- 10:59 p.m. -- Some members of the D.C. National Guard were activated at the request of U.S. Park Police to help with crowd control, a spokesperson with Mayor's Bowser's office confirms.
- 10:57 p.m. -- A new group of protesters headed down I Street and experienced tense moments with law enforcement. Fireworks were lit off on H Street.
- 10:57 p.m. -- DC police were outside of Premium Shoe Store in Georgetown following vandalism. There was noticeable police presence in the 3100 block of M Street.
- 10:54 p.m. -- Protestors pushed back with the police and were chanting-angry- yet peacefully. Some unruly protestors were throwing water bottles at officers. Police responded with a pepper spray shot.
- 10:51 p.m. -- Someone lit off a firework in a trash can near the White House. Protestors immediately put it out. A woman with a bull horn scolded whoever did it saying “this isn’t what we are about!” She’s asking for peaceful yet powerful protests
- 10:49 p.m. -- Stores in Georgetown, D.C. are now boarding up out of precaution due to protests in the city and at least one break-in on M Street.
- 10:45 p.m. -- Residents are asked to avoid the Sudley Road Corridor from I-66 to the Manassas Mall. Law Enforcement Activity is in the area of Sudley Road (VA-234) at Sudley Manor Drive. Residents who live in the area are asked to shelter in place indoors until further notice.
- 10:23 p.m. -- Trees are being lit on fire and other protesters are putting them out, and fireworks are also being set off outside the White House.
- 10:18 p.m. -- Protesters are shouting at police and trying to pull fences down. Police shoot tear gas powder into the crowd. Our Matt Gregory says it's making it hard to breathe.
- 10:13 p.m. -- HSEMA Field Ops reports a new group of demonstrators at Wisconsin Avenue and M Street NW. Please use alternate.
- 10:13 p.m. -- Chants of "No justice. No peace" are being heard from protesters.
- 10:08 a.m. -- The crowd gets bigger outside the White House with more chants, and more tense moments with law enforcement.
- 10:04 p.m. -- Police again blocked off Lafayette Park.
- 9:22 p.m. -- Protesters scream "Tear gas. Tear gas." A cloud of smoke could be seen in the background while in near the White House at Lafayette Park.
- 9:20 p.m. -- Crowds swell to the hundreds in front of the White House.
- 9:17 p.m. -- Fire hose being used on protesters at the intersection of 17th and K streets in NW D.C. D.C. fire officials said none of their units were involved. It's unclear if police were involved.
- 6:43 p.m. -- Connecticut at 17th streets are packed with protesters.
- 6:43 p.m. -- Police squad cars were smashed near the White House as tensions heated up between protesters and police.
- 5:20 p.m. -- Many cars were leaving the Black Lives Matters protest and many cars were still in the parking lot for a caravan in NE D.C.
- 4:56 p.m. -- Protesters gather at the White House. The Secret Service closes Lafayette Park, puts on riots gear.
- 4:32 p.m. -- Black Lives Matter caravan protest -- The D.C. chapter of Black Lives Matter organized a car caravan protest to honor George Floyd, while still socially distancing.
- 3:27 p.m. -- Before they ended, speakers asked people to put their fists in the air standing in solidarity with each other. Then, they suggested they join the 4 p.m. Black Lives Matter car caravan protest.
- 2 p.m. -- Secret Service officials released a statement saying they arrested six people during Friday night's protest in front of the White House.
- 1:11 p.m. -- D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and MPD Police Chief Peter Newsham hold a news conference to address protests in the District Friday. Bowser also addresses her comments via Twitter in response to Trump.
Conscious of social distancing during a still very active COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement held a protest via caravan. But that wasn't the case as hundreds of protesters gathered near the White House and in Lafayette Park, chanting "Black lives matter," "Hands up. Don't shoot," and "No justice. No peace."
Protests erupted nationwide days after his death calling for the arrests of all the officers involved after a Memorial Day viral video showed Floyd being pinned down by his neck by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Floyd, who is repeatedly heard in the video saying he can't breathe and asking for Chauvin to get off his neck, died that day.