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White House has gone into lockdown as protests over George Floyd's death spread to the seat of government
The White House went into temporary lockdown as protesters tried to scale the walls, battled with Secret Service and burned American flags during protests over George Floyd's death.
Violence has erupted across the US for a fourth night Friday, with protesters gathering where Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, his hometown of Houston and the home of US democracy Washington DC.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed an emergency order to implement a curfew across the whole state, following three nights of carnage in Minneapolis that have seen one suspected looter shot dead, cops forced to flee a police precinct as it was stormed and set alight by rioters and the city left in tatters.
The protests have now reached the seat of the US government, with protesters marching to the White House, sending it into lockdown.
Secret Service officers have stopped anyone entering the White House grounds, where President Trump is currently in residence, after a demonstrator tried to scale the fence in Lafayette Park to get inside.
Washington DC: The protests have now reached the seat of the US government, with protesters marching to the White House, sending it into lockdown
Washington DC: The White House has gone into lockdown as one protester above tried to scale the walls (center)
Washington DC: Crowds followed law enforcement and the man to the jail and staged another protest outside - this one calling for a medic for the man after he was seen with blood pouring down his face, sparking renewed fears over police brutality and for the safety of a man held in custody