The protests over the death of George Floyd quickly turned to riots around the country, including in Washington, D.C.
Protests to riots
Watching the evolution of what some media outlets are calling protests, it’s hard to believe many of the participants were not simply waiting for a reason to burn cities.
For most of the week, the protests and rioting were limited to Minnesota, but that has changed rather quickly over the last 48 hours.
Protests were organized throughout the country on Friday with more set for Saturday.
In D.C., the situation escalated very quickly, with protestors kicking down barricades and vandalizing government buildings…
— Ostap Yarysh (@OstapYarysh) May 29, 2020
NBC reporter Peter Alexander said he was inside the White House when the order was given.
NOW: Police in riot gear seen running past the West Wing. pic.twitter.com/BnnBJArHMt
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) May 30, 2020
In a statement, the Secret Service said that multiple officers were injured by protesters who were throwing rocks, bricks, fireworks, and other items.
Eventually, after order was restored, the lockdown was lifted, but hundreds of protesters returned Saturday night.
Protests continue Saturday
An SUV was set on fire two blocks from the White House and protesters again briefly broke through the barriers surrounding the White House.
As the night wore on, the situation escalated, according to reporters who were present. D.C. National Guard forces joined the police as the protest grew.
One of the last things I saw before retreating.
Riot police were blocking off the roads around Lafayette Square Park and funneling people back to that area.
— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) May 31, 2020
This is a developing story.