Protests sparked by the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd while in police custody have turned ugly this week, and on Friday night, rioters escalated attacks across the nation.
Rioters attempted to attack the White House on Friday night, forcing Secret Service agents to fire tear gas into the crowd to prevent rioters from breaching the barrier.
Protests get violent
A large crowd of protesters gathered outside the White House, ostensibly to protest the horrific death of George Floyd, causing the White House to go under a brief lockdown on Friday afternoon. Protesters returned later in the evening, escalating attacks on agents holding the line.
Breitbart reports that “Shouting protesters rocked and ripped away temporary barricades from Pennsylvania Avenue as Secret Service tugged them back,” as numerous social media videos show.
Sight at the White House is getting ugly, SS is getting pelted and attacked pretty heavily pic.twitter.com/PqXde8iPHY
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) May 30, 2020
Some secret service agents were wearing riot gear and attempting to create a human barrier between the protestors and the fence surrounding the White House. Protestors reportedly threw firecrackers at officers and partially broke down the barriers, though no protesters fully breached the wall.
OAN journalist Emily Miller tweeted “Secret service agent was just injured on his head at White House. He’s being held by colleagues. Why can’t they arrest anyone?” Later tweeting, “Finally @SecretService able to use tear gas or similar to push back violent protesters outside White House, per @LelandVittert”
Trump tweeted on Friday night, “Great job last night at the White House by the U.S. @SecretService. They were not only totally professional, but very cool.”
“The professionally managed so-called “protesters” at the White House had little to do with the memory of George Floyd. They were just there to cause trouble,” Trump continued.
After violent protests and looting broke out over the nation, Trump slammed the chaotic rioting, calling it a disgrace to Floyd’s memory. “THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd,” he said on Thursday. “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
Protests across America have resulted in countless acts of vandalism, the injury of dozens, and the deaths of at least two.
CNN reported on Saturday morning that “two Federal Protective Service officers suffered gunshot wounds amid protests Friday night in Oakland, California, police said. One of the officers died from his injury.”
Protests have gotten so out of control that several Governors and mayors across the nation have activated the national guard in an attempt to quell the proliferating violence. National Guard troops are on standby in Washington D.C.; Georgia; Minnesota; and Portland, OR.