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George Floyd protesters ignore curfews in cities across the country

Thousands of people protesting over the death of George Floyd remained on the streets after sundown on Tuesday as law enforcement worked to enforce curfews in cities across the US.  

In Atlanta, tensions flared between police and protesters just before a 9pm curfew went into effect as officers launching tear gas into crowds were met with an onslaught of water bottles and fireworks.

In New York City, officers attempting to wind down a day of peaceful demonstrations reportedly arrested at least 40 people for breaking a 7pm curfew as looting broke out at businesses around Manhattan. 

And in Los Angeles, dozens of protesters staged a post-curfew sit-in outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's home. They held up their hands and chanted: 'Peaceful protest' while ignoring police orders to move.   

Law enforcement in Washington, DC, were met with similar resistance as they attempted to clear the streets outside the White House. 

Hours after the city-wide 7pm curfew hit, hundreds of people were still gathered in Lafayette Park and showed little intention of going home as they chanted against the curfew.  

It came as the Pentagon confirmed that about 1,600 active duty troops had been moved to the DC area from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York to assist local authorities in containing the unrest.   

Scenes in cities around the country were much calmer on Tuesday evening than they were on preceding nights, which saw thousands of people arrested and widespread destruction by rioters and looters.  

But law enforcement were once again heavy-handed with efforts to break up crowds for fear that chaos would ensue after dark.   

NEW YORK: Thousands of people protesting over the death of George Floyd remained on New York City streets after sundown on Tuesday, despite an 8pm curfew

NEW YORK: Looters are seen fleeing out of a shattered window of a shop in Manhattan on Tuesday night

ATLANTA: In the Georgia capital, tensions flared between police and protesters just before a 9pm curfew went into effect as officers launching tear gas into crowds

WASHINGTON DC: Law enforcement in the nation's capital were met with similar resistance as they attempted to clear the streets outside the White House

ORLANDO: Police deploy tear gas to disperse crowds outside Orlando City Hall on Tuesday night

BOSTON: Protesters set of fireworks following a rally honoring George Floyd on Tuesday night

DALLAS: A police officer stops and gets out of his car to talk and take photos with demonstrators gathered at Lake Cliff Park on Tuesday. Because of the city-imposed 7pm, the group moved from Dallas City Hall to outside the curfew zone in Oak Cliff

MINNEAPOLIS: Looters ransack a K Mart store on Tuesday night amid protests over the death of George Floyd

LOS ANGELES: Dozens of protesters staged a post-curfew sit-in outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's home on Tuesday night. They held up their hands and chanted: 'Peaceful protest' while ignoring police orders to move

LOS ANGELES: Police arrest protesters outside Mayor Garcetti's house hours after a city-wide curfew went into effect

The US has been rocked by seven straight nights of tumult since George Floyd, a black man, was killed in Minneapolis after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck last Monday. 

Floyd, who was in handcuffs at the time, died after the white officer ignored bystander shouts to get off him and Floyd's cries that he couldn't breathe. 

His death, captured on citizen video, has sparked days of protests in Minneapolis that quickly spread to cities across America. 

While many of the demonstrations around the country have been peaceful, others have descended into violence - despite curfews in many cities and the deployment of thousands of National Guard members over the past week.  

President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to threaten to call in the military unless state governors crack down, inflaming tensions further. 

The NYPD sent out a large number of officers to patrol the streets of the Big Apple as an 8pm curfew went into effect on Tuesday and thousands of demonstrators refused to comply.  

Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled down on the citywide curfew by moving it up from 11pm the night before, but rejected urging from President Donald Trump and an offer from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bring in the National Guard.

'Everyone, time to go home so we can keep people safe,' he said on WINS-AM radio shortly after 8pm.  

Police initially let some groups of protesters continue marching. 'I'm surprised,' said Risha Munoz, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where at points they were greeted with cheers and horns by onlookers in building windows. 

'I didn't think they were gonna let us go on, but we just kept on moving and we're not stopping.'

'Something has to break, and it's not going to be us,' said Evan Kutcher, one of hundreds of demonstrators who stood outside the Barclays Center chanting Floyd's name Tuesday evening.

'We're here because something needs to change. We hear Cuomo and de Blasio everyday saying what's happening is unacceptable but with no actionable plan from them.'

NEW YORK: A protesters attempts to flee from police after being arrested for breaking curfew in Manhattan on Tuesday night

NEW YORK: The NYPD sent out a large number of officers to patrol the streets of the Big Apple as an 8pm curfew went into effect on Tuesday and thousands of demonstrators refused to comply

NEW YORK: At least 40 people were reportedly arrested within hours of when New York City's curfew went into effect

NEW YORK: Police block protesters from exiting the Manhattan Bridge after curfew on Tuesday night

NEW YORK: NYPD officers face demonstrators after curfew during a protest on Tuesday night in Manhattan

NEW YORK: NYPD officers detain protesters for violating New York City's 8pm curfew on Tuesday night 

NEW YORK: A woman is walked to a police vehicle after officers placed her in zip ties 

NEW YORK: Several protesters sit inside a police vehicle after being arrested for breaking curfew

NEW YORK: Police guard the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge that heads towards Brooklyn as protesters try to cross over

But police began making arrests around 9pm and shut down parts of the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan, blocking it off to huge crowds of protesters. 

The police department announced it would not allow vehicle traffic south of 96th Street in Manhattan after curfew, though residents, essential workers, buses and truck deliveries were exempt.

'We're going to have a tough few days. We're going to beat it back,' de Blasio said in announcing that the 8pm to 5am curfew would remain through Sunday.

An officer-involved shooting happened in Crown Heights around 10pm Tuesday. A police spokesperson said no officers were injured and had no other immediate details. 

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters push up against a fence outside the White House while breaking curfew on Tuesday night

WASHINGTON DC: A man sits on the ground as he and hundreds of other protesters defy the Capitol's 7pm curfew

ATLANTA: Police prepare to enforce a 9pm curfew with tear gas as demonstrators chant

ATLANTA: Police and members of the Georgia National Guard toss tear gas at protesters violating Atlanta's curfew

The number of protesters who remained out after dark was far below that which was seen in demonstrations earlier in the day as massive crowds gathered in Foley Square, Washington Square Park and Times Square. 

In Washington, DC, Senator Elizabeth Warren joined demonstrators marching toward the White House amid a heavy presence of police and active duty Army personnel called in by President Donald Trump. 

Video showed protesters cheering for Warren as one approached her and asked: 'Why does Trump got the military out here?' 

'Because he's wrong,' the Democrat congresswoman replied emphatically. 'He is imposing violence on our people. People are here to protest peacefully.' 

After the 7pm curfew went into effect, hundreds of people remained on the street - some of them protesting and others waiting to cast ballots in the city's primary election. 

The protesters patiently waited for police to take stronger action to remove them with tear gas, rubber bullets and low-flying helicopters, as they'd done the night before.   

WASHINGTON DC: Demonstrators gather outside the White House as protests continue over the death in police custody of George Floyd on Tuesday despite the peaceful protest being hit with tear gas on Monday night and a heavy police presence 

WASHINGTON DC: Sen Elizabeth Warren, her husband Bruce Mann and their dog Bailey joined a protest over the death of George Floyd on Tuesday in the nation's capital

NEW YORK: Protesters chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square Tuesday as head to the police station

MINNEAPOLIS: Hundreds of flowers were laid on Tuesday at the intersection where George Floyd died  after his arrest

MARYLAND: Peaceful demonstrators hold signs as they protest the death of George Floyd hold up placards outside a Maryland Library on Tuesday. The protesters all sat on the ground holding signs

LOS ANGELES: Victoria Mazzeo and Stuart Reimurs play basketball with a hoop mounted on a school bus on Tuesday in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles during a protest over the death of George Floyd

VIRGINIA: Richmond Police Chief William Smith (left) is confronted by a protester as he attempts to address a large crowd

HOUSTON: A group joins together in prayer before a protest on Tuesday in Houston, George Floyd's hometown 

COLORADO: Demonstrators march from the State Capitol to Civic Center Park in Denver on Tuesday

ATLANTA: Starting with a softer approach, a Atlanta Police bicycle unit blocks the street in front of protesters outside the CNN Center at Olympic Park during a fifth day of protests over the death of George Floyd on Tuesday

OHIO: Hundreds of people knelt with raised fists at the Ohio Statehouse in solidarity with those demanding racial equality as demonstrations continued in downtown Columbus on Tuesday in the wake of the death of George Floyd

In Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed, hundreds of flowers were laid in tribute to the 46-year-old father of two young girls. 

Clergy from the Minneapolis metro area marched silently down E. 38th Street to the intersection of Chicago Ave and E. 38th Street, the location of Cup Foods and the location where Floyd was arrested and died. 

In Los Angeles, Baptist Ministers lead a peaceful clergy march to City Hall and demonstrators played basketball in Venice Beach.   

Mayor Eric Garcetti addressed the crowd alongside community faith leaders, before taking a knee in prayer during the protest.  

NEW YORK: A large group of protesters taking part in a second march in Times Square as the main rally gathered downtown

NEW YORK: Demonstrators take a knee during a Black Lives Matter protest in Manhattan on Tuesday. Despite an earlier curfew being implemented in the city for the rest of the week, thousands of protesters are still taking to the streets

NEW YORK: Protesters in Foley Square on Tuesday. Organizers relocated the rally here after plans to meet at police HQ

NEW YORK: Following a night of often violent protests, demonstrations continue in Manhattan past the boarded up business fronts that have protected themselves against the threat of looters as protests enter their second week

NEW YORK: Protesters worked north through Manhattan on Tuesday after meeting at Foley Square at 1pm

NEW YORK: The rally took a pit stop at Washington Square Park in Manhattan where demonstrators took a knee again

NEW YORK: NYPD officers are reflected in a mirror held by a protester in Washington Square Park on Tuesday

NEW YORK: Al Sharpton, pictured center, and the mother of Eric Garner, Gwen Carr, pictured right speak at a rally against police violence in Manhattan on Tuesday. Garner's death in police custody and words 'I can't breath' were also filmed in 2014

NEW YORK: Protesters take a knee as a sign of unity and chant during a solidarity march for George Floyd in Times Square

WASHINGTON DC: Sen Elizabeth Warren briefly stopped to speak to the media as the protesters made their way to the White House on Tuesday

WASHINGTON DC: A large demonstration took place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial just before 7pm curfew on Tuesday

WASHINGTON DC: Military police stood guard over the demonstration at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial

WASHINGTON DC: Hundreds of demonstrators march down 16th St toward Lafayette Park and the White House on Tuesday

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters lie down in front of Lafayette Square (R) and St. John's Episcopal Church (L) on Tuesday

In Richmond, Virginia, several hundred people gathered outside City Hall on Tuesday, shouting down Mayor Levar Stoney, who apologized for police lobbing tear gas at peaceful demonstrators the night before.

'Where were you last night when we were being tear-gassed?' a woman yelled.

'Where were you? Where were you? Where were you?' the crowd chanted.

Police Chief William Smith took a knee along with protesters as he attempted to address a large crowd in front of City Hall and said officers who used tear gas on a group of peaceful protesters would be disciplined.  

MINNEAPOLIS: Protesters in prayer on Tuesday after clergy from the Minneapolis metro area marched silently down E. 38th Street to the intersection in Minneapolis where George Floyd died in police custody on Memorial Day

MINNEAPOLIS Clergy from the Minneapolis metro area march silently in protest for George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS: Protesters rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Los Angeles on Tuesday

ST PAUL: Demonstrators engage in a peaceful protest outside of the state capitol building in St Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday

ST PAUL: A Black Lives Matter protest on Tuesday in St Paul, Minnesota, a city close to were Floyd died on Memorial Day

LOS ANGELES: Demonstrators play basketball with a hoop mounted on a school bus during a protest on Tuesday

LOS ANGELES: Daniel Long plays basketball in the Venice Beach area of LA during a protest over the death of George Floyd

LOS ANGELES: Joined by local faith leaders, Mayor Eric Garcetti takes a knee in prayer during a Black Lives Matter protest

VIRGINIA: Protesters surround Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, right holding megaphone, as he attempts to address a large crowd in front of City Hall on Tuesday. A peaceful protest in the city was teargassed on Monday night

VIRGINIA: Richmond Police Chief William Smith, center, takes a knee along with protesters as he attempts to address a crowd

VIRGINIA: Protesters surround Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney who apologized for police lobbing tear gas

Demonstrations also gathered in Bethesda, Maryland, sitting on the ground with signs that read 'Enough', 'I Can't Breathe' and 'Black Lives Matter'.   

Bethesda Magazine reported that some Bethesda Row merchants were boarding up their businesses but anticipated a peaceful protest.  

Montgomery County police Second District Commander Sean Gagen wrote to the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce on Monday that he contacted a student organizer to discuss the protest and assure organizers that they are free to protest peacefully. 

'Out of an overabundance of caution, businesses are taking it upon themselves to protect their property. We plan on having an increased presence with our police officers down in the CBD (central business district) in Friendship Heights area and throughout the commercial establishments in the district,' he said. 

'So people should see a larger number of police cars than they normally would. But that's us being proactive.' 

MARYLAND: Peaceful demonstrators hold signs as they protest the death of George Floyd outside the Bethesda Library

OHIO: Jason Williams kneels with his forehead to the ground with hundreds of protesters in Columbus on Tuesday 

Some 60,000 people turned out for a protest rally in Floyd's hometown of Houston, Texas, on Tuesday.

The 46-year-old's family spoke to the crowd to share what his death meant not just to them, but to the entire nation.  

Floyd's brother, Philonise, urged protesters around the US to remain peaceful in their efforts to shed light on what happened to him and what continues to happen to black communities.  

The family will hold a funeral for Floyd in Houston on June 9. Former boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr offered to foot the bill for the service.    

HOUSTON: Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, is surrounded by family members as he speaks at a protest rally Tuesday

HOUSTON: Some 60,000 people turned out for a protest rally in Floyd's hometown on Tuesday

HOUSTON: A mural of George Floyd is shown painted in the Third Ward, Houston, before a march in his honor

As cities around the US witnessed a seventh straight night of both peaceful demonstrations and bursts of theft, vandalism and attacks on police, the president amplified his hard-line calls of a day earlier, in which he threatened to send in the military to restore order if governors didn't do it.

Social media feeds went dark and quiet on Tuesday as tens of millions of people showed solidarity with the black community following the death of George Floyd in US police custody.

As part of an initiative called Blackout Tuesday, social media users shared black squares and paused posting on their profiles as they called for racial equality.

Statistics from Instagram alone showed posts with the hashtag #blackouttuesday had been used more than 22 million times by Tuesday evening – while related tags #blackoutday2020 and #theshowmustbepaused were also used hundreds of thousands of times.  

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