Protests over George Floyd's death at hands of police hit Washington DC overnight, with demonstrators arriving on Pennsylvania Avenue twice on Friday, thus forcing the Secret Service and police to partially seal off the White House grounds.
Multiple protesters were involved in scuffles with police and threw various objects at them, including water bottles, when trying to breach the barricades that surround the White House.
Rioters outside the White House are stealing barricades from secret service.— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) May 30, 2020
How is this helping you get justice for George Floyd??????? pic.twitter.com/BprKj46pWt
Right now at the White House protesters are ripping away the barricades that surround the building.pic.twitter.com/LS2YLtSRnJ— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) May 30, 2020
Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that he'd spoken to the family of George Floyd and expressed his hope that legitimate public protests could be prevented from descending into anarchy.
Several cities across the US have witnessed massive protests, which started in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after an African-American resident, George Floyd, died on Monday after being tackled by police and pinned to the ground.
Floyd was pronounced dead in hospital on Monday, having lost consciousness after a police officer had knelt on his neck for more than seven minutes despite Floyd saying he could not breathe. The four officers who were involved in Floyd's arrest were fired the next day. One of the officers, identified as Dereck Chavin, was charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death earlier on Friday.