This is the powerful moment a woman convinces two police officers to kneel along with protesters.

But just minutes after hugging officers in New York, the same woman was led away in handcuffs, after allegedly becoming disgusted at other officers who refused to kneel and punched a car window.

Thousands of other protesters in the city ignored an 8pm curfew to march towards the Brooklyn Bridge as police helicopters whirred overheard.

The crowd halted at an entrance to the Manhattan Bridge roadway and chanted at riot police: ‘Walk with us! Walk with us.’

There have been flashpoints of civil unrest across the US as protests show no sign of stopping more than a week after George Floyd’s killing.

On Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, hundreds of people filled the street, marching past famous landmarks of the film centre.

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Others gathered outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown, in some cases hugging and shaking hands with a line of officers outside.

Although rallies on behalf of Floyd and other victims of police brutality have been largely peaceful during the day, after dark each night crowds have turned to rioting, vandalism, arson and looting.

On Monday night, five police officers were hit by gunfire in two cities.

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Outside the US Capitol building on Tuesday afternoon a throng of protesters took to one knee, chanting ‘silence is violence’ and ‘no justice, no peace,’ as officers faced them just before the government-imposed curfew.

The crowd remained after dark, despite the curfew and vows by President Donald Trump to crack down on what he has called lawlessness by ‘hoodlums’ and ‘thugs,’ using National Guard or even the US military if necessary.

Some protesters briefly pushed and rocked a fence, but were encouraged by other protesters to stop. Local news media reported that the crowds dwindled by midnight.

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