Saturday at the White House, protesters continued to escalate around the White House.
Some protesters pushed security barricades and could be seen standing on top of Secret Service vehicles.
USAToday reports tensions flared for a second day Saturday as protesters gathered outside the White House to protest the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody this week after a white officer pinned him to the ground under his knee.
Protests against police brutality and racial discrimination erupted across the country, with at least two deaths linked to demonstrations. Protesters set cars on fire, smashed windows and clashed with police officers dressed in riot gear in cities including Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, Calif.
As police and protesters clashed near the White House, President Donald Trump was in Florida for the historic SpaceX rocket launch. He used an address at the Kennedy Space Center to offer a stern warning to “rioters, looters and anarchists” against violence.
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“My administration will stop mob violence and we’ll stop it cold,” Trump said, blaming violence in several cities on “radical left-wing” groups. “I will not allow angry mobs to dominate…It is essential that we protect the crown jewel of democracy: The rule of law.”
DEVELOPING: Chaos near the White House as protesters clash with Secret Service.
Agents repeatedly warned the protesters of unlawful assembly before incident escalated. #dcprotest
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 30, 2020
There’s been another confrontation at the White House. Secret Service are trying to chase people out of a fortified Lafayette Square after they breached the barricades.
I’m at H and 16th where it’s obvious police have deployed some sort of irritant because my skin is burning. pic.twitter.com/oCpnddwWiA
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) May 30, 2020
Clashes between @SecretService and protesters continue to escalate at the White House.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 30, 2020
Protestors chant “f*ck Donald Trump” across from the White House
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) May 30, 2020
Protesters are moving closer to the White House, they have crossed the barricades of the west wing of the White House.
Protesters are moving closer to the White House, they have crossed the barricades of the west wing of the White House. pic.twitter.com/vD6qc4n22A
— Farhang F. Namdar (@FarhangNamdar) May 30, 2020