CHRIS WHITE TECH REPORTER
Another night of violent chaos engulfed the country as historic St. John’s Episcopal Church was set ablaze Sunday night, one of several fires set near the White House.
Demonstrations across the country turned violent yet again as activists set cars ablaze in Washington, D.C. and looted businesses across the country in protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, according to video of the incident.
The historic St. John's Church across Lafayette Square from the #WhiteHouse has been set ablaze by rioters tonight#DCProtests #COVID19 #GeorgeFloydProtests #Protests2020 #Riots2020#BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd
— Gabriel Schray (@schrayguy) June 1, 2020
St. John’s church in Lafayette Square is burning right now. Every single president since James Madison has sat in that church. It’s a historic landmark and it’s on fire.
— Katrina Haydon (@katrinabhaydon) June 1, 2020
NEW: Fire was in basement of St. Johns, and is out, my @washingtonpost colleague @phscoop reports from DC fire department. Firefighters got there w/ a police escort and quickly put out the blaze. Did NOT appear to cause any significant damage, and it is unclear how it started.
— Michelle Boorstein (@mboorstein) June 1, 2020
Box Alarm 1525 H St NW. #DCsBravest had fire in basement of church. Fire extinguishing. Checking for extension.
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) June 1, 2020
The St. John’s fire was extinguished without major structural damage. The historic church found a better fate than many other buildings targeted in the nationwide riots.
Protesters in Minneapolis dragged a truck driver out of his vehicle after he drove into a throng of people clogging a highway. The driver did not appear to hit any of the protesters with his truck before he was pulled from the vehicle. He sustained injuries, media reports show.
I was just sent this on the ground view of the truck that drove into a crowd of protesters on 35W in Minneapolis: pic.twitter.com/I5Pl0NkSix
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) May 31, 2020
Some protesters were prepared to take on instigators who vandalized property and caused violence. Video out of DC showed protesters apprehending a man who is seen smashing up pavement. The protesters then handed him over to police, video shows.
Peaceful protesters in DC tackle an Antifa rioter and hand him over to the police for trying to turn things violent. He was smashing the pavement so people could have objects to throw at the police. pic.twitter.com/WoNIkH0GM8
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 1, 2020
Fire started at AFL-CIO building not far from WH. pic.twitter.com/tRpP1sc3UO
— Alex Leary (@learyreports) June 1, 2020
BuzzFeed reporter Brianna Sacks reported Sunday afternoon that one woman in Santa Monica, California pleaded with looters not to smash and grab private property, telling them: “We don’t want Trump re-elected, please don’t do this.” Sacks reported that most of the businesses on 4th street in Santa Monica were looted.
Most All of the businessss on 4th street in Santa Monica have been looted: REI, jewelry shops, Jamba Juice. Some police but it’s a total free for all. People walking and running in taking arm fulls of clothes pic.twitter.com/iLt4eY9dVX
— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) May 31, 2020
A black woman lashed out at a white woman dressed in black for marking a Starbucks Coffee with the Black Lives Mask symbol. “They’re going to blame black people for this, and black people didn’t do it,” she said to the white woman.
Dear non-black people, STOP DOING THIS! pic.twitter.com/x98ACcJfJv
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) May 31, 2020
This is a developing story that will continue to be updated.