17 George Floyd protests shut down highway on two week anniversary of Trump church photo op
Hundreds marched from the White House to highway 395 Monday night to protest against police violence. The group began outside St. John's Church, where two weeks ago protesters had been forced away by police and military forces ahead of President Trump posing there with a bible.
The march was led by Sean Blackmon with the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and musician Kenny Sway.
"It was not curfew yet," said Blackmon in front of St. John's. "The police and all the agencies came down this street. And they were firing flash bang grenades."
"They were shooting tear gas, pepper spray, all sorts of things to disrupt the demonstration," he said. "And they broke us up."
Activists blocked the highway during rush-hour traffic to commemorate the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police. The officers involved in Floyd's death have been arrested and charged; officers who shot Taylor have not been charged.
Some drivers participated in the protest as their cars were blocked, but a few took issue. One woman exited her car to argue with protesters, while another tried to drive by and was blocked by a police cruiser.
After several minutes, the group marched back to the White House and dispersed peacefully.
"This is what I want to do next. I really want to cause a lot of ruckus in these neighborhoods," said Sway of future protests. "Even if we gotta go to each neighborhood for 30 minutes to wake their ass up. We gotta do it."
There were no injuries or arrests.