The protests over George Floyd’s death hit the nation’s capital Friday night, leading to a lockdown at the White House, spokesman Judd Deere confirmed to USA TODAY.
Floyd, a black man, died in Minneapolis police custody this week after a white officer pinned him to the ground under his knee. His death has sparked demonstrations against police brutality and racial discrimination in cities across the United States. © NICHOLAS KAMM, AFP via Getty Images Protesters hold signs as they gather outside the White House in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2020 in a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes. –
On Friday, President Trump spoke with Floyd’s family, saying he understood their pain. That call came several hours after his tweet about about rioters in Minneapolis sparked outrage and drew a warning label from Twitter.
Fired officer Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with murder in Floyd’s death.
Outside the White House on Friday, Secret Service could be seen taking at least one person into custody.