Bowser: No curfew for DC Thursday; out-of-state troops should leave

Demonstrators protest Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

There will not be a curfew Thursday night in D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced.

The decision came after a sixth day of protests over George Floyd’s police-custody death were peaceful throughout the District.

D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham estimated there were around 5,000 demonstrators. He said there were zero arrests, no damage to police property and no officers were injured either.

“Moving forward over the next couple of days, we expect more of the same,” he said.

“We have a lot of public, open-source information to suggest that the event on this upcoming Saturday may be one of the largest that we’ve had in the city. We expect that Saturday’s demonstration will, like I said, be more of the same peaceful demonstrators coming to exercise their First Amendment right in Washington, D.C.,” Newsham said.

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Demonstrators protest Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Protesters Demonstrate In D.C. Against Death Of George Floyd By Police Officer In Minneapolis
Rain falls over a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd near Lafayette Park and the White House, on June 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Protesters Demonstrate In D.C. Against Death Of George Floyd By Police Officer In Minneapolis
Demonstrators protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd at the fence line of Lafayette Park and the White House, on June 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Demonstrators protest, Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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In pouring rain, demonstrators protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd near Lafayette Park and the White House, on June 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Demonstrators protest Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Demonstrators protest, Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Demonstrators protest, Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Demonstrators protest, Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Demonstrators protest, Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Demonstrators protest, Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Utah National Guard soldiers stand on a police line as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Protesters Demonstrate In D.C. Against Death Of George Floyd By Police Officer In Minneapolis
Demonstrators peacefully protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd at the Lincoln Memorial, on June 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A woman addresses a crowd gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on June 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images/Win McNamee)

Demonstrators protest Thursday, June 4, 2020, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Protestors gather near the Capitol building in D.C. (Shannon Finney)

Photographers pose near the Capitol building in D.C. during the seventh day of protests in the city. (Shannon Finney)

Black Lives Matter protests filled the D.C. streets Thursday, the seventh day of protesting after the death of George Floyd. (Shannon Finney)

A protestor in D.C. holds up a sign recognizing Breonna Taylor, who was killed in March by police in Louisville. (Shannon Finney)

A man holds up a sign recognizing the amount of time officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd, killing him in Minneapolis last week. (Shannon Finney)

A man holds up a sign while riding a bicycle near the Washington Monument on Day 7 of protests in D.C. (Shannon Finney)

Protests continued Thursday, with many people holding “Black Lives Matter” signs in the streets of D.C. (Shannon Finney)

A man walks his dog with a “Black Lives Matter” sign around its collar. (Shannon Finney)

“I can’t breath.” “Black Lives Matter.” Many signs bearing these phrases were held during Day 7 of protests in D.C. (Shannon Finney)

A man walks on a D.C. street holding a sign during Day 7 of protests. (Shannon Finney)

A large crowd assembles in D.C. on Day 7 of protests. (Shannon Finney)

A man carries an upside down American flag during Day 7 of protests in D.C. (Shannon Finney)

A military vehicle seen on the streets of D.C. during Day 7 of protests. (Shannon Finney)

More military presence near the National Museum of African American History and Culture. (Shannon Finney)

While making their way to their posts for the day, members of an airborne military unit tasked with crowd control move up 15th Street outside the U.S. Treasury Building June 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images/Win McNamee)

Demonstrators walk past the Washington Monument as they protest Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators walk as they protest Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators protest Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP/Alex Brandon)

DNC chair Tom Perez, right, joins demonstrators protesting Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP/Alex Brandon)

A worker cleans graffiti following several nights of protests Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

With the White House in the background, Hengameh Pourkarim, an ICU nurse, joins demonstrators as people gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Demonstrators protest Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Protesters gather in Friendship Heights near the border of Maryland and D.C. on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (WTOP/Colleen Kelleher)

Senate Democrats, including Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), take a knee as they participate in a moment of silence to honor George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol on June 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images/Sarah Silbiger)

Standing near a statue of Frederick Douglass, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., left, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., center, and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., right, pause during a prayer Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2020, during an event to commemorate the life of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP/Susan Walsh)

Democratic Senators pause for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2020, to commemorate the life of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP/Susan Walsh)

Protesters gather in Friendship Heights near the border of Maryland and D.C. on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (WTOP/Colleen Kelleher)

Protesters gather in Friendship Heights near the border of Maryland and D.C. on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (WTOP/Colleen Kelleher)

Protesters gather in Friendship Heights near the border of Maryland and D.C. on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (WTOP/Colleen Kelleher)

Protesters gather in Friendship Heights near the border of Maryland and D.C. on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (WTOP/Colleen Kelleher)

Protesters gather in Friendship Heights near the border of Maryland and D.C. on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (WTOP/Colleen Kelleher)

Projected text reading “Respect existence or expect resistance” is seen on a facade of a building for the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last week after being pinned down by a white police officer in Minneapolis on June 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images/Anadolu Agency)

Projected text reading “Demilitarize the police” is seen on an army vehicle on June 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images/Anadolu Agency)

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During the briefing Thursday, Bowser also said she wants non-D.C. troops out of the city.

“The very first thing is we want troops from out of state out of Washington, D.C.,” she said.

Bowser took a hard line against what she sees as the militarization of the District, thanking Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who she said was going to raise those concerns.

“I want to thank the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, for reaching out to the District and also for the communications that she will make on not just our behalf, but on behalf of the American people about military assets in Washington, D.C.,” Bowser said.

Both Newsham and Bowser have pushed back against the expansion of federal officers onto District property, beyond Lafayette Square.

“Peter Newsham controls the Metropolitan Police Department. He works with federal partners and there are particular ones that he has requested to help us with traffic posts,” Bowser said. “And then there are other federal military assets that we did not request that we understand are under the direction of the Attorney General (William) Barr.”

She commented on members of Maryland’s National Guard being in D.C., ostensibly to guard monuments.

“I have not talked to Gov. Hogan,” Bowser said.

“He says you approved his mission,” a reporter said.

“I can’t approve his mission,” Bowser shot back. “Let me explain to you how this how this works. If I wanted troops from Maryland to come into the District, we are a member of a compact, which allows me to make that request specifically to any state National Guard to do that. I have not done that for any state.”

Hogan said Wednesday that Defense Secretary Mark Esper called him directly to request guard members, because he did not want to use active duty military during protests in the nation’s capital.

Hogan said Maryland’s guard members had nothing to do with the dispersal of protesters near the White House on Monday.

Newsham noted that D.C. has a “collaborative agreement” with various agencies.

“If the federal government expands their footprint, we’re obviously not going to get into a physical conflict over that,” he said. “I think that’s more of a legal battle that may have to play out, moving forward into the future, particularly, as the mayor mentioned, in the middle of a public safety concern for the city.”

“We were successful in getting them to move back, and I think we should all be very pleased about at least that,” he said.

Bowser has been “adamant” about making sure District residents don’t have their freedoms restricted, Newsham said.

The mayor repeated her call for D.C. statehood after a reporter said it was frustrating for media to try to figure who is “calling the shots” on policing in the District.

“I just hope that each take some of that frustration and channel it into your coverage of D.C. statehood, and why we need to be autonomous,” she said. “So, I’m looking forward to that.”

Demonstrators marched to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, demanding that laws be changed to prevent more deaths like Floyd’s.

As the District’s 11 p.m. curfew went into effect, groups of protesters that had been marching throughout the city converged once again in the area of Lafayette Square near the White House, where they had protested earlier.

Some of them sang Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” to cap the sixth day of protests, WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez reported.

DC coronavirus numbers

D.C. reported 104 new coronavirus cases Thursday. The total number of cases stands at 9,120.

The District also reported two additional deaths, bringing the total to 475.

More data can be found on D.C.’s coronavirus website.

Below are maps for cases by ward and neighborhood.


WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.

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