White House goes on lockdown as protests escalate

The protests over the death of George Floyd quickly turned to riots around the country, including in Washington, D.C.

The White House itself was locked down for a period Friday night as protesters clashed with the Secret Service and D.C. police.

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…

NBC reporter Peter Alexander said he was inside the White House when the order was given.

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.

This is a developing story.

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