Chaos has continued to unfold in cities across America where cops clashed with protesters in New York City, the historic St. John's Church near the White House was set ablaze and police were attacked in Philadelphia on the sixth night of demonstrations denouncing the police killing of black man George Floyd.
In Manhattan a line of cops armed with plastic shields and batons were seen storming into a crowd of protesters on Sunday evening amid growing agitation.
A circle of eight cops was seen gathering around one protester, flinging him to the ground and arresting him. Nearby also in Manhattan a car was sent up in flames Sunday evening, leaving demonstrators scrambling.
In Washington D.C. the historic St. John's Episcopal Church, which was opened in 1816, was set ablaze. It's not clear how the fire started.
This week hundreds of protests have unfolded in at least 75 cities across the country following the horrifying death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed while in the custody of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Memorial Day.
The demonstrations have marked unparalleled civil unrest in the US that hasn't been seen since the 1968 assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Sunday protests decrying the police killing of black Minneapolis man George Floyd continued. Using a fire extinguisher and their bodies, a group of protesters in New York stopped looters from entering a closed business
Peaceful protesters pictured making a chain with their arms to block looters from entering this closed Tory Burch store on Sunday evening amid growing civil unrest
Protesters pictured taking a knee and raising their hands in the middle of Canal Street amid a stand off with police over the death of George Floyd at a rally Sunday evening
New York City police officers block Canal Street as protesters demonstrate. Thousands of National Guard troops patrolled major US cities after five consecutive nights of protests over racism and police brutality that boiled over into arson and looting
A man in a Spiderman costume raises his fist in solidarity with protesters with the Freedom Tower shining in the back during protests in Brooklyn Sunday evening
Horrifying video footage has emerged of New York Police Department officers clashing with protesters on Sunday night, chasing them and flinging them to the ground on the sixth night of demonstrations denouncing the police killing of black man George Floyd
Demonstrators pictured in Manhattan during protests decrying police brutality as a line of armed police officers close in
At least 40 cities have imposed curfews in light of the riots and violence and National Guard members have been activated in 15 states and Washington, DC.
In Washington D.C.'s Lafayette Park, located just in front of the White House, a protester set a US flag on fire sending smoke into the air as protesters gathered to decry the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other victims of police brutality. The fire grew into a massive blaze in the middle of the park, where protesters gathered and raised their fists in solidarity.
Fury erupted even as it neared curfew in the country's capital and as police fired tear gas and pepper spray amid blazes in front of the capital building.
People were seen throwing branches and fireworks into the fires as police advanced forward in a line in a bid to push back the crowds to send people home as curfew is called for 11pm local time and will lift Monday morning at 6am, as designated by Mayor Muriel Bowser.
In New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter Chiara de Blaio was arrested Saturday night alongside protesters in Greenwich Village for unlawful assembly and was later released, police said.
The historic St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington DC was set ablaze in protests on Sunday. Police form a line in front of the church late Sunday
By Sunday night the church was engulfed in orange flames, but it's not clear how the blaze started
Giant orange flames and great plumes of smoke were sent into the night sky as St. John's Church burned during George Floyd protests Sunday evening
Protesters gathered around a fire ignited near the White House on Sunday evening
Protesters set an American flag on fire at Lafayette Park in front of the White House as they rallied against police brutality on Sunday evening
The fire grew into a massive blaze in the middle of the park, where protesters gathered and raised their fists in solidarity
Police armed with plastic shields, bulletproof vests, and weapons pictured at Lafayette Park as demonstrators gathered for the sixth night on Sunday evening
Police officers charge forward during a protest outside the White House on Sunday
In Los Angeles the county sheriff said people were out on the streets 'acting like terrorists' following a day that saw peaceful protests alongside widespread looting and store raids.
'The peaceful [protesters]... tend to remain peaceful but what's embedded within them are people that are right now, they're just acting like terrorists, trying to instill fear, damage property and loot,' Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said to press Sunday.
'There's no lawful protesters left anymore. Everybody who's here is just trying to do damage,' he added.
Demonstrators pictured flipping a car over and smashing its class windows during a protest near the White House on Sunday
Tear gas rises above as protesters face off with police during a demonstration outside the White House over the death of George Floyd late Sunday near the White House
Police and Secret Service pictured standing guard in front of the White House as protesters edge near
In Philadelphia officials closed off much of the city after peaceful day protests turned into utter destruction by night fall.
Store windows saw their glass windows smashed near City halls and their shelves raided with merchandise strewn out into the streets.
George Floyd died on May 25 after he was arrested by four Minneapolis police officers for allegedly using a fake $20 bill. He was brought to the ground and white cop Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, despite Floyd's desperate repeated pleas for help saying, 'I can't breathe'.
In Philadelphia officials closed off much of the city after peaceful day protests turned into utter destruction by night fall on Sunday. People pictured running away from a GameStop during civil unrest
Looters pictured leaving a hardware store with lamps and merchandise in their hands after the store was raided in Sunday protests
Police pictured arresting a man who was caught looting a hardware store during George Floyd protests on Sunday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Utter destruction: Glamorous stores were left completely destroyed in the store raised with racks swept clean, unwanted clothes thrown on the ground, and shelves empty of merchandise
Barely anything left: Shelves at this hardware store were practically cleared out and unwanted boxes and goods left on the ground in disarray in Philadelphia on Sunday
The horrific assault was caught on video and sent shockwaves across the nation.
In total Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds; two minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unresponsive.
After civil unrest and protests, Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and he along with the three other officers who arrested Floyd have been fired from the force following outrage over Floyd’s death.