And Then the White House Went Dark: Another Night of Protests Rattles D.C.

WASHINGTON – The nationwide wave of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota crashed into downtown Washington, D.C., on Sunday, with confrontations between protesters and the police often turning into street fights.

The mayor of Washington placed the entire city under a strict curfew starting at 11 P.M., an unprecedented step that did not deter groups of protesters from heading to the streets and continue to clash with the police well after midnight.

On Sunday afternoon, things looked very different in the area around the White House. The previous night, the streets surrounding the presidential compound were the epicenter of a violent outburst of looting and vandalism, but none of that could be seen in the late afternoon hours, when more than a thousand people gathered in Lafayette Square, across the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.