WASHINGTON (AP) - Protesters took a knee in the middle of a downtown Washington street Monday night, chanting, “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now.”
They applauded as they rose to their feet and declared that the streets were theirs.
Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington D.C., during a protest over the death of George Floyd. (Photo by JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP via Getty Images)
The march Monday night was peaceful as nightfall approached. There was no apparent effort to get protesters off the streets even though a 7 p.m. curfew had passed.
Earlier, law enforcement officers on horseback and foot aggressively pushed the protesters away from Lafayette Park near the White House so President Donald Trump could visit a church that was damaged by fire during the protests Sunday night.
Bowser tweeted Monday evening that "a full 25 minutes before the curfew and w/o provocation, federal police used munitions on peaceful protesters in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of @DCPoliceDept officers more difficult. Shameful. DC residents -- Go home. Be safe."
FOX 5's Lindsay Watts reports more than 20 people were arrested for refusing to clear the streets amid Monday night's protests.
She was located at 15th and Swann in Northwest where she says protests were "very peaceful."
Meanwhile, FOX 5's Josh Rosenthal spoke with peaceful demonstrators a couple of blocks away from the White House.
One man who had been detained by police told him "if this is what it takes for his children's future, then he's okay with it."
FOX 5's Evan Lambert was at 14th and Clifton in Northwest near a charred D.C. police cruiser.
Earlier, he spotted Trump administration officials walking downtown as law enforcement authorities attempted to clear the streets in the nation's capital.