Chaos has continued to unfold in cities across America with more than 50
Secret Service agents injured in clashes with protesters in Washington
DC, police charging into demonstrators in New York City and lootings
continuing to unfold in major cities like California, Philadelphia and
Demonstrations from Washington DC to Los Angeles swelled from peaceful
protests – sparked by the death of a black man, George Floyd, in
Minneapolis police custody last Monday into scenes of violence that drew
National Guard troops in at least 15 states and Washington.
The threat of heavy officer presence didn’t deter protesters from
lighting fires just mere feet from the White House, crowds raiding
high-end stores like Gucci and Chanel in New York and San Francisco or
hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at police in Philadelphia.
Police fired tear gas and stun grenades outside the White House late
Sunday as fires were set in the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church and
Lafayette Park in front of the White House.
In some cities, thieves smashed their way into stores and ran off with
as much as they could carry, leaving shop owners, many of them just
ramping up their business again after coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, to
clean up their shattered storefronts.
Protests have unfolded in at least 145 cities across the country over
the past week as people gather in outrage over the horrifying death of
George Floyd, a black man who was killed while in the custody of a white
police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Memorial Day.
The demonstrations have marked unparalleled civil unrest in the US that
hasn’t been seen since the 1968 assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther