Protesters Say Peaceful Rally Near White House Met With Tear Gas Before Curfew

Protesters were forcefully dispersed from outside the White House using tear gas and rubber bullets on June 1, reportedly to make way for US President Donald Trump to make an appearance at the nearby St. John’s Church.

The police action reportedly began before the 7 pm curfew came into place across Washington, DC.

This video shows protesters facing a cordon of police in riot gear outside St. John’s Church, which sits opposite the White House. Police can be seen charging at protesters while tear gas is fired into the crowd. Several people can be heard shouting “don’t shoot” during the melee.

The protests in the US capital took place a week after the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide demonstrations and rioting. Credit: Aaron Fenster via Storyful