The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.
Lights that usually illuminate exterior of the WH have been turned off. https://t.co/mHfUEhT4Xd— Mark Knoller (@Mark Knoller)1590980727.0
The move comes hours after police were kneeling along with protesters.
DC police take a knee during #protests2020 @wusa9 https://t.co/j4NNa8LYoh— Darren M. Haynes (@Darren M. Haynes)1590967969.0
It was reported earlier Sunday, that Trump faced enough "danger" that he was taken to the protective underground bunker in the "belly" of the White House by the Secret Service. The bunker hasn't been used since Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked the passenger planes that were headed to attack the U.S. Capitol.
Allies of Trump claim that the mayor is to blame for the violence in the city.
The DC Mayor is to blame for the chaos in DC!— Diamond and Silk® (@Diamond and Silk®)1590979268.0
You can see the videos of the violence in the videos and photos below:
What's happening right now in DC on this @FordFischer's broadcast. Car being destroyed. Can't believe anyone left t… https://t.co/f2IiLcmiSz— Todd Ruger (@Todd Ruger)1590980273.0
building where Twitter’s DC office is located is getting smashed up #DCProtests https://t.co/e8cWXxnWCk— Elizabeth Nolan Brown (@Elizabeth Nolan Brown)1590898177.0
Washington DC protest & riot compilation https://t.co/WeqTYYSbZ3— Lola Netty (@Lola Netty)1590980177.0
From earlier: American flag stolen from church and burned outside White House on H St #protests2020 #dcprotest https://t.co/yD5tFYixw0— Steven Nelson (@Steven Nelson)1590980020.0
Protests in DC tonight #DefendBlackLives #DefundPolice https://t.co/Dzb3HjDOQS— Rachel Bergman (@Rachel Bergman)1590980006.0
AFL CIO Building is on fire in Washington DC Protests / Riots continue #GeorgeFloyd #Protests https://t.co/r09bXoXTC0— Vantage Point (@Vantage Point)1590980003.0
⚠️⚠️⚠️ URGENT: Molotov cocktail tossed at cops at H St and Connecticut near White House #dcprotest #protests2020 https://t.co/zBDEmjQQ4r— ASB News / WORLD 🌍 (@ASB News / WORLD 🌍)1590979959.0
Fire department now on scene as several fires burn near White House. Protesters standing their ground, 10 minutes t… https://t.co/bluDQhAsIM— Kyle McFadden (@Kyle McFadden)1590979942.0
A LOT of sirens and police cars going down 13th and turning up H toward the White House. Many, many more came after… https://t.co/Xy6mifFUZD— Addy Baird (@Addy Baird)1590979656.0
A car on fire a block from the White House https://t.co/upOQ3mzsiy— Matthew Knott (@Matthew Knott)1590979077.0
North of White House a car burns #protests2020 #dcprotest https://t.co/dYikfybVCy— Steven Nelson (@Steven Nelson)1590979509.0