Truck drives through crowd of protesters in Minneapolis, National Guard activates 5000 troops
Thousands of protesters marched in cities across the country for the sixth day on Sunday, with some demonstrations beginning on in the early morning hours
/NOVOSTIVL/ According to CNN, several fires were seen around Lafayette Park. Protestors focused just a few blocks away from the White House.
Fires were mostly near the historic St. John's Church, and at a public facilities building at the edge of the park, CNN reported.
A Washington Post reported said that the fire was in the basement of the church but was put out and there doesn't appear to be any significant damage.
Protesters in cities across the US took to the streets again on Sunday in the sixth straight day of unrest after George Floyd's death.
The demonstrations erupted in dozens of cities, including Minneapolis, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Seattle, Miami, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Louisville, and more.
Local authorities braced themselves for more destruction and chaos after Friday night's demonstrations resulted in violent clashes between police and rioters, vandalism, break-ins, looting, and burnt buildings.
In many cities, the clashes have grown more raucous and violent than in previous days.
On Sunday evening, a truck drove through a crowd of protesters on the I-35W highway in Minneapolis.
Video and photo from protesters on the ground shows a truck plowing through a crowd of protesters that blocked access on the highway in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety called the driver's actions "very disturbing". The department said that the driver has been placed under arrest, adding that it did not appear that any protesters were hit.
Riots and looting continued into the night in some Californian cities including La Mesa, where at least two banks have been set on fire, according to the Guardian.
Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County on Saturday evening.
The curfews are in place in the following cities:
- Beverly Hills, California
- Los Angeles, California
- San Francisco, California
- Denver, Colorado
- Miami, Florida
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Chicago, Illinois
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- St Paul, Minnesota
- Rochester, New York
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Columbus, Ohio
- Dayton, Ohio
- Toledo, Ohio
- Eugene, Oregon
- Portland, Oregon
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Charleson, South Carolina
- Columbia, South Carolina
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Seattle, Washington
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Washington, DC
The National Guard announced Sunday that approximately 5000 troops have been activated to respond to unrest in 15 different states and Washington, DC.
"The situation is fluid so those numbers can change rapidly," the statement said, adding that another 2000 troops are ready to act if needed.
National Guard forces are active in 15 different states and one district including California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Utah, Ohio, South Dakota, Washington, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C.