Police fire tear gas, use flash bang grenades as protests turn violent outside White House over George Floyd's death, several detained
Washington (USA) | Jagran News Desk: The death of African-American man George Floyd has sparked violence across the US, forcing the authorities to enforce curfew in several cities, including Washington DC. On Sunday, the authorities even fired tear gas outside the White House to control the violence.
Several protesters clashed with the officials in a small park next to the White House, forcing the police to use tear gas, pepper spray and flash bang grenades to disperse a crowd of 1,000 people.
The protesters piled up road signs and plastic barriers and lit a raging fire in the middle of H Street. According to reports, some of the protesters even pulled an American flag from a nearby building and threw it into the blaze.
Muna Abdi, a 31-year-old black woman who joined the protest, told AFP that she wants to make sure Floyd stays alive. “We have black sons, black brothers, black friends, we don't want them to die. We are tired of this happening, this generation is not having it, we are tired of oppression,” she told AFP.
“We're sick of it. The cops are out of control. They're wild. There's just been too many dead boys,” said another protester Olga Hall, as reported by AP.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police Department has said that there were break-ins at a Target and a shopping center that houses Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Men's Store, T.J. Maxx, a movie theater and specialty stores, adding that several individuals have been detained.
Looking at the worsening situation, the officials have deployed the National Guards to control the violence. US President Donald Trump commend the decision to deploy the national guards and said that the “police must be allowed to do their job!”
“Other Democrat run Cities and States should look at the total shutdown of Radical Left Anarchists in Minneapolis last night. The National Guard did a great job, and should be used in other States before it is too late!” he tweeted.
According to The New York Times, Trump was briefly taken to the underground bunker after hundreds of people surged towards the White House on Friday.
Large-scale violence has rocked many US cities in recent days, and looters ransacked stores in a neighborhood of Philadelphia on Sunday.
In the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica, looting was reported at stores in a popular beachside shopping center.
Officials in LA -- a city scarred by the 1992 riots over the police beating of Rodney King, an African-American man -- imposed a curfew from 4:00 pm Sunday until dawn.
"Please, use your discretion and go early, go home, stay home and help us make sure that those who want to change this conversation from being about racial justice to be about burning things and looting things, don't win the day," the city's mayor Eric Garcetti said on CNN.
The shocking videotaped death last Monday of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minneapolis ignited the nationwide wave of outrage over law enforcement's repeated use of lethal force against unarmed African Americans.
Floyd stopped breathing after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and is due to make his first appearance in court on Monday. Three other officers with him have been fired but for now face no charges.
(With AFP, PTI inputs)
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