Thousands of people protesting over the death of George Floyd remained on the streets after sundown on Tuesday as law enforcement worked to enforce curfews in cities across the US.
In Atlanta, tensions flared between police and protesters just before a 9pm curfew went into effect as officers launching tear gas into crowds were met with an onslaught of water bottles and fireworks.
In New York City, officers attempting to wind down a day of peaceful demonstrations reportedly arrested at least 40 people for breaking a 7pm curfew as looting broke out at businesses around Manhattan.
Law enforcement in Washington, DC, were met with similar resistance as they attempted to clear the streets outside the White House.
Hours after the city-wide 7pm curfew hit, hundreds of people were still gathered in Lafayette Park and showed little intention of going home as they chanted against the curfew.
It came as the Pentagon confirmed that about 1,600 active duty troops had been moved to the DC area from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York to assist local authorities in containing the unrest.
Scenes in cities around the country have thus far been much calmer on Tuesday evening than they were on preceding nights, which saw thousands of people arrested and widespread destruction by rioters and looters.
Peaceful daytime protests kicked off for the eighth day across the country over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day.
In Washington, DC, Senator Elizabeth Warren joined demonstrators marching toward the White House amid a heavy presence of police and active duty Army personnel called in by President Donald Trump.
Video showed protesters cheering for Warren as one approached her and asked: ‘Why does Trump got the military out here?’
‘Because he’s wrong,’ the Democrat congresswoman replied emphatically. ‘He is imposing violence on our people. People are here to protest peacefully.’
Meanwhile in New York City, thousands gathered in Foley Square from 1pm after originally planning to meet near police headquarters further downtown.
Another group of protesters marched through Times Square, where they took a knee in solidarity with Floyd and other black Americans killed at the hands of police.
In Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed, hundreds of flowers were laid in tribute to the 46-year-old father of two young girls.
In Los Angeles, Baptist Ministers lead a peaceful clergy march to City Hall and demonstrators played basketball in Venice Beach.
In Richmond, Virginia, Mayor Levar Stoney apologized after police lobbed tear gas at a group of peaceful demonstrators during a protest over Floyd’s death the night before.
Demonstrations also gathered in Maryland, sitting on the ground with signs that read ‘Enough’, ‘I Can’t Breathe’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’, as well as in Houston, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; St Paul, Minnesota; and Long Island, New York.
WASHINGTON DC: Sen Elizabeth Warren, her husband Bruce Mann and their dog Bailey joined a protest over the death of George Floyd on Tuesday in the nation’s capital
WASHINGTON DC: Demonstrators gather outside the White House as protests continue over the death in police custody of George Floyd on Tuesday despite the peaceful protest being hit with tear gas on Monday night and a heavy police presence
NEW YORK: Protesters chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square Tuesday as head to the police station
MINNEAPOLIS: Hundreds of flowers were laid on Tuesday at the intersection where George Floyd died after his arrest
MARYLAND: Peaceful demonstrators hold signs as they protest the death of George Floyd hold up placards outside a Maryland Library on Tuesday. The protesters all sat on the ground holding signs
LOS ANGELES: Victoria Mazzeo and Stuart Reimurs play basketball with a hoop mounted on a school bus on Tuesday in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles during a protest over the death of George Floyd
VIRGINIA: Richmond Police Chief William Smith (left) is confronted by a protester as he attempts to address a large crowd
HOUSTON: A group joins together in prayer before a protest on Tuesday in Houston, George Floyd’s hometown
COLORADO: Demonstrators march from the State Capitol to Civic Center Park in Denver on Tuesday
ATLANTA: Starting with a softer approach, a Atlanta Police bicycle unit blocks the street in front of protesters outside the CNN Center at Olympic Park during a fifth day of protests over the death of George Floyd on Tuesday
OHIO: Hundreds of people knelt with raised fists at the Ohio Statehouse in solidarity with those demanding racial equality as demonstrations continued in downtown Columbus on Tuesday in the wake of the death of George Floyd
Tuesday’s demonstrations came after further looting in cities led President Donald Trump to threaten to call in the military unless state governors crack down, inflaming tensions further.
On Monday night, he finally emerged from the White House after keeping himself hidden away over the weekend to walk to a church for a photo-op with a bible.
In order for him to get there, police rained tear gas and rubber bullets on a crowd of peaceful protesters.
DC officials implemented a 7pm curfew to help diffuse tensions after dark – but many have ignored that rule.
Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and low-flying helicopters to disperse crowds on Monday night.
And on Tuesday night, hundreds of people remained out past the curfew as they waited to cast ballots in the city’s primary election while protests continued.
It is the eighth day that protest have swept the nation as calls for justice for George Floyd increase.
On Tuesday in Manhattan, organizers made a last minute change to the protests location, which has originally been scheduled to be held at 1 Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York City Police Department.
New York courts had warned their workers to stay at home because of the protest.
‘The entire area around the courthouse complex will be shut down,’ District Executive Edward Friedland wrote in the email, obtained by
NEW YORK: A large group of protesters taking part in a second march in Times Square as the main rally gathered downtown
NEW YORK: Demonstrators take a knee during a Black Lives Matter protest in Manhattan on Tuesday. Despite an earlier curfew being implemented in the city for the rest of the week, thousands of protesters are still taking to the streets
NEW YORK: Protesters in Foley Square on Tuesday. Organizers relocated the rally here after plans to meet at police HQ
NEW YORK: Following a night of often violent protests, demonstrations continue in Manhattan past the boarded up business fronts that have protected themselves against the threat of looters as protests enter their second week
NEW YORK: Protesters worked north through Manhattan on Tuesday after meeting at Foley Square at 1pm
NEW YORK: The rally took a pit stop at Washington Square Park in Manhattan where demonstrators took a knee again
NEW YORK: NYPD officers are reflected in a mirror held by a protester in Washington Square Park on Tuesday
NEW YORK: Al Sharpton, pictured center, and the mother of Eric Garner, Gwen Carr, pictured right speak at a rally against police violence in Manhattan on Tuesday. Garner’s death in police custody and words ‘I can’t breath’ were also filmed in 2014
NEW YORK: Protesters take a knee as a sign of unity and chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square
‘At the direction of the Chief Judge [Colleen McMahon], no SDNY staff are to come to the Foley Square courthouses tomorrow.’
Before they started out, protesters took a knee, raised a fist and chanted the names of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor while helicopters circled overhead.
As they walked north, they were saluted with medical workers holding signs that read ‘Nurses fought COVID. Now we’ll fight the police.’
Workers putting up plywood to protest businesses from further looting also showed their support banging on wood and holding ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs.
A smaller demonstration gathered on Times Square where they took a knee beside the police station.
Further demonstrations in the city are planned at the Stonewall Inn and 47th Street and Broadway, in Manhattan, 98 Fifth Ave. in Brooklyn, and Fort Totten and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station in Queens later in the day, according to organizers.
The protests are going ahead despite the earlier curfew on Tuesday night the 11pm cut off failed to deter looters on Monday night.
An 8pm curfew is now to be implemented across the city for the rest of the week.
‘We’re going to have a tough few days,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio warned, but added: ‘We´re going to beat it back.’
He said he would do that with the help of community leaders, urging them to step forward: ‘Create peace. … Stand up.’
WASHINGTON DC: Sen Elizabeth Warren briefly stopped to speak to the media as the protesters made their way to the White House on Tuesday
WASHINGTON DC: A large demonstration took place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial just before 7pm curfew on Tuesday
WASHINGTON DC: Military police stood guard over the demonstration at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial
WASHINGTON DC: Hundreds of demonstrators march down 16th St toward Lafayette Park and the White House on Tuesday
WASHINGTON DC: Protesters lie down in front of Lafayette Square (R) and St. John’s Episcopal Church (L) on Tuesday
MINNEAPOLIS: Protesters in prayer on Tuesday after clergy from the Minneapolis metro area marched silently down E. 38th Street to the intersection in Minneapolis where George Floyd died in police custody on Memorial Day
MINNEAPOLIS Clergy from the Minneapolis metro area march silently in protest for George Floyd
MINNEAPOLIS: Protesters rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Los Angeles on Tuesday
ST PAUL: Demonstrators engage in a peaceful protest outside of the state capitol building in St Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday
ST PAUL: A Black Lives Matter protest on Tuesday in St Paul, Minnesota, a city close to were Floyd died on Memorial Day
Clergy from the Minneapolis metro area marched silently down E. 38th Street to the intersection of Chicago Ave and E. 38th Street, the location of Cup Foods and the location where Floyd was arrested and died.
For nearly a week since Floyd’s death, largely peaceful protests by day have turned to chaos at night.
In Los Angeles, demonstrators played basketball alongside a school bus and Mayor Eric Garcetti addressed the crowd.
Joined by community faith leaders, Garcetti took a knee in prayer during the protest.
LOS ANGELES: Demonstrators play basketball with a hoop mounted on a school bus during a protest on Tuesday
LOS ANGELES: Daniel Long plays basketball in the Venice Beach area of LA during a protest over the death of George Floyd
LOS ANGELES: Joined by local faith leaders, Mayor Eric Garcetti takes a knee in prayer during a Black Lives Matter protest
In Richmond, Virginia, several hundred people gathered outside City Hall on Tuesday, shouting down Mayor Levar Stoney, who apologized for police lobbing tear gas at peaceful demonstrators.
‘Where were you last night when we were being tear-gassed?’ a woman yelled.
‘Where were you? Where were you? Where were you?’ the crowd chanted.
Police Chief William Smith took a knee along with protesters as he attempted to address a large crowd in front of City Hall and said officers who used tear gas on a group of peaceful protesters would be disciplined.
VIRGINIA: Protesters surround Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, right holding megaphone, as he attempts to address a large crowd in front of City Hall on Tuesday. A peaceful protest in the city was teargassed on Monday night
VIRGINIA: Richmond Police Chief William Smith, center, takes a knee along with protesters as he attempts to address a crowd
VIRGINIA: Protesters surround Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney who apologized for police lobbing tear gas
In Bethesda, Maryland, was among the latest places scheduled to hold a protest over the May 25 death of George Floyd on Tuesday.
Montgomery County police Second District Commander Sean Gagen wrote to the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce on Monday that he contacted a student organizer to discuss the protest and assure organizers that they are free to protest peacefully.
‘Out of an overabundance of caution, businesses are taking it upon themselves to protect their property. We plan on having an increased presence with our police officers down in the CBD (central business district) in Friendship Heights area and throughout the commercial establishments in the district,’ he said.
‘So people should see a larger number of police cars than they normally would. But that’s us being proactive.’
MARYLAND: Peaceful demonstrators hold signs as they protest the death of George Floyd outside the Bethesda Library
OHIO: Jason Williams kneels with his forehead to the ground with hundreds of protesters in Columbus on Tuesday
Some 60,000 people turned out for a protest rally in Floyd’s hometown of Houston, Texas, on Tuesday.
The 46-year-old’s family spoke to the crowd to share what his death meant not just to them, but to the entire nation.
Floyd’s brother, Philonise, urged protesters around the US to remain peaceful in their efforts to shed light on what happened to him and what continues to happen to black communities.
The family will hold a funeral for Floyd in Houston on June 9. Former boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr offered to foot the bill for the service.
HOUSTON: Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, is surrounded by family members as he speaks at a protest rally Tuesday
HOUSTON: Some 60,000 people turned out for a protest rally in Floyd’s hometown on Tuesday
HOUSTON: A mural of George Floyd is shown painted in the Third Ward, Houston, before a march in his honor
As cities around the US witnessed a seventh straight night of both peaceful demonstrations and bursts of theft, vandalism and attacks on police, the president amplified his hard-line calls of a day earlier, in which he threatened to send in the military to restore order if governors didn’t do it.
Social media feeds went dark and quiet on Tuesday as tens of millions of people showed solidarity with the black community following the death of George Floyd in US police custody.
As part of an initiative called Blackout Tuesday, social media users shared black squares and paused posting on their profiles as they called for racial equality.
Statistics from Instagram alone showed posts with the hashtag #blackouttuesday had been used more than 22 million times by Tuesday evening – while related tags #blackoutday2020 and #theshowmustbepaused were also used hundreds of thousands of times.