Widespread Fires Engulf Washington, DC Amid Chaotic George Floyd Protests

Published: June 1, 2020  Updated: June 1, 2020 at 7:30 am EST

Chaotic scenes of violence and widespread fires engulfed Washington, D.C. on Sunday as protesters took to the streets for a third consecutive night following the death of George Floyd.

On Sunday evening, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Twitter that she was imposing a citywide curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday in an effort to stem the violent clashes and rioting. The mayor in her tweet also said she was activating the D.C. National Guard to support the Metropolitan Police Department.

However, just hours before the curfew was set to start, peaceful protests escalated into tense standoffs with police, with many flocking to Lafayette Square, just steps from the White House. Numerous photos and video footage circulating online show police firing rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray in an effort to disperse large crowds of protesters there and on surrounding streets.

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