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Protesters Outraged Over George Floyd's Death March on White House

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Thousands of people protested in front of the White House Friday night after the death of George Floyd sparked outrage across the nation.

Some protesters said President Donald Trump’s tweet calling Minneapolis protesters thugs fanned the flames. Protesters chanted "I can't breathe," "black lives matter" and "no justice, no peace."

“We are human beings that want justice for our people,” said Anzhane Laine.

The U.S. Secret Service ordered the White House locked down for about an hour because of protesters outside the gates, according to NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander.

The Secret Service took a woman into custody after she climbed over a barrier. Five additional arrests were made.

D.C. Fire and EMS confirmed multiple Secret Service officers were injured. No protesters had been transported.

The protesters gathered at 14th and U streets in Northwest D.C., shutting down the intersection for a time before the group marched to the White House.

The estimated 2,000 protesters moved along to the Trump International Hotel and demonstrated there.

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Minneapolis police were trying to put Floyd in a squad car on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill when he stiffened up and fell to the ground, saying he was claustrophobic. Officer Derek Chauvin and officer Tou Thoa arrived to help and tried several times to get Floyd into the car, but he struggled, the criminal complaint said.

At one point, Chauvin pulled Floyd out of the passenger side of the car, and Floyd, who was handcuffed, went to the ground face down. Officer J.K. Kueng held Floyd's back and officer Thomas Lane held his legs, while Chauvin put his knee on Floyd's head and neck area, the complaint said.

Lane asked, “Should we roll him on his side?” Chauvin said, “No, staying put is where we got him." Lane said he was “worried about excited delirium or whatever," and Chauvin said, “That's why we have him on his stomach," according to the complaint.

After Floyd apparently stopped breathing, Lane again said again that he wanted to roll Chauvin onto his side. Kueng checked for a wrist pulse and said he could not find one, the complaint said.

In all, Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, including nearly three minutes after Floyd stopped moving and talking, according to the complaint.

Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case, which sparked protests across the United States and fires and looting in Minneapolis. An attorney for Floyd’s family welcomed the arrest, but said he expected a more serious murder charge and wanted all the officers arrested.

Chauvin's attorney had no comment when reached by The Associated Press.

All four officers at the scene Monday were fired the next day.

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