WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued a citywide curfew for the District starting at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday evenings, following "Justice for George Floyd" protests that have been ongoing in D.C. for three nights.
The curfew will begin again Monday at 7 p.m., Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham announced at a morning press conference. The curfew was previously in effect from 11 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.
"As the nation's capital, we are frequent hosts to First Amendment demonstrations and we applaud the American spirit of protest," Mayor Bowser said. "However, we will not allow the continued destruction of our 55彩票town by people who are coming here to protest, or by D.C. residents.
After multiple peaceful protests in the city Sunday afternoon, including one led by two students and a healing circle at the Lincoln Memorial, tensions escalated around 5:30 p.m. when police deployed pepper spray on the crowd outside the White House.
A bonfire was set in the middle of the street at Lafayette Square park, and there were also reports of buildings on fire.
"Every single American should be outraged by the murder of George Floyd," Bowser said. "However, smashed windows and looting are becoming a bigger story than the broken systems that got us here."
Protests erupted nationwide days after Floyd’s death calling for the arrests of all the officers involved after a Memorial Day viral video showed Floyd being pinned down by his neck by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Floyd, who is repeatedly heard in the video saying he can't breathe and asking for Chauvin to get off his neck, died that day.
The Minneapolis mayor on Tuesday fired all four officers involved in the incident. On Friday, Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death.
But the other three officers who were involved in the incident have not yet been arrested or charged, with prosecutors in Minnesota on Friday saying that charges are likely forthcoming.