Weekend protests turn violent in Washington D.C. and other major cities

Posted at 8:52 AM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 08:52:12-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday morning ended a violent weekend of protests and riots in Washington, D.C. This comes after a black Minnesota man died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis.

A curfew, which was set from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m., was ignored.

Videos from throughout the weekend continue to circulate on social media. During the day, marches and protests remained relatively peaceful.

Protestors filled Lafayette Square, in front of the White House. Some even crossed barricades and were forced back behind the barricades by police. Many chants were directed at police saying "take a knee." Some officers listened and kneeled with protestors.

However, after the sun went down, protests turned into riots. Cars, businesses and even historic monuments in D.C. were vandalized. Officials said a fire was started in the basement of St. John's Church, a historic landmark that opened in 1816.

Looting continued throughout the night as several businesses were broken into.

Officials say President Donald Trump was taken to an underground bunker on Friday and wasn't seen much throughout the weekend. However, he was still very active on social media and posted a tweet about the riots and the involvement of the National Guard.

Similar behaviors have been going on in major cities like Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis and Baltimore.

More protests are planned in Baltimore for Monday.