​US protests: What happened overnight ​

Wednesday - 03/06/2020 13:43
Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as demonstrators participate in a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Washington, DC.Source:AFP
Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as demonstrators participate in a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Washington, DC.Source:AFP
US protesters have ignored curfews overnight as they vented their anger over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of police.

US protesters have ignored curfews overnight as they vented their anger over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of police, but there was a marked drop in the violence.

Previous violence, including vandalism, arson and looting, had prompted President Donald Trump to threaten to deploy the military.

George Floyd died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25, reigniting the explosive issue of police brutality against African-Americans five months before the November presidential election.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of cities coast to coast for an eighth night as National Guard troops lined the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

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There was sporadic violence in Washington and Portland, Oregon, with protesters tossing fireworks and bottles answered by police flash grenades and tear gas.

Clashes between protesters and police and looting of some stores in New York gave way to relative quiet in the early hours of Wednesday.

Police told media they made 200 arrests, largely for curfew violations.

 

Members of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and other law enforcement block a street near the White House. Picture: Brendan Smialowski
Members of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and other law enforcement block a street near the White House.
Picture: Brendan SmialowskiSource:AFP
 

 

 
A crowd gather in Pioneer Square in downtown Portland as protests continued for a sixth night. Picture: Sean Meagher
CA crowd gather in Pioneer Square in downtown Portland as protests continued for a sixth night.
Picture: Sean MeagherSource:AP
 

In Los Angeles, many demonstrators who defied the curfew were arrested but by mid-evening, calm had been restored to the extent that television stations switched from wall-to-wall coverage back to regular programming.

Large marches and rallies also took place in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver and Seattle.

The officer who knelt on Floyd, Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third- degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Three other officers involved were fired but have not been charged.

Amid the violence on Monday night, five police officers were hit by gunfire in two cities.

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