A thunderstorm dispersed many demonstrators protesting against George Floyd’s killing and police brutality, for a seventh consecutive day, in Washington, D.C., on Thursday evening.
But some protesters chanted “We’re not leaving,” and even danced in front of the White House and the 7-foot metal face that surrounds its perimeter, despite heavy rains and lightning.
It was the first evening the District government did not impose a curfew. The Washington Post reports that happened in part because on Wednesday police forces made no arrests, and there were no reports of damage or vandalism from that sixth day of demonstrations.
Again on Thursday, there were no major reports of violence or police and protester confrontations.
Earlier in the day, hundreds knelt at the Lincoln Memorial, and held their fists in their air.
What a scene: hundreds of people, kneeling, with black power salutes, at the seat of the Lincoln Memorial, where the March on Washington happened 57 years ago this summer. Hard to not see the impact of Colin Kaepernick right before us, years after his NFL Exile #DCProtests pic.twitter.com/8ozL6njWhK
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) June 4, 2020
In days before, the memorial had a different look, as National Guard troops stood across the steps blocking access.