Demonstrations continue in DC area following huge turnout

Eileen Perry, of Washington, and her son Micah Coleman, 3, attend a protest, Sunday, June 7, 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. “Our ancestors marched for us to have equality,” says Perry, “this is history now as well and I wanted my kids to see that.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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  • Demonstrators made their way to downtown D.C. Sunday for 10th day of protests.
  • President Donald Trump said in a tweet he’s ordering the National Guard to start withdrawing from D.C.
  • Demonstrations are expected to continue into another week.

Demonstrators gathered for more protests Sunday throughout the D.C. region after huge crowds filled D.C. streets Saturday, with demonstrations expected to continue another week.

Protesters marched and chanted. “Black lives matter.” “What is his name? George Floyd. Say her name. Breonna Taylor.” “No justice, no peace. No racist police.”

Protesters chant while marching in D.C. on Sunday. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)

WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez reported from demonstrations near the White House that the number of people out Sunday did not appear to be waning.

But, “The mood at Lafayette (Park) is considerably more quiet than yesterday. It is a bit more reflective,” Alvarez said.

“Many of the same places you now see the food trucks parked, and the ice cream trucks, people sitting down, having a bite to eat, or having drum circles, or chatting with friends in this area were the same places where, only days ago, there was tear gas, or burning SUVs, or vandalism against storefronts,” he noted.

“The turn in atmosphere here from violence to more of a celebration of black life in America has been almost shocking. It’s happened almost overnight.”

As a group of protesters made their way through Chinatown, cars at one intersection stopped for the crowd. Drivers of the vehicles rolled down their windows, put their fists in the air and chanted along: “I can’t breathe. Off my neck.”

Saturday’s demonstrations were D.C.’s largest since the May 25 killing of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, but the protests remained peaceful.

Thousands turned out for Saturday’s protests, though a specific number was not immediately available. “MPD does not provide crowd estimates,” D.C. police said.

Massive crowds also gathered to protest racism in other major U.S. cities and around the world.

Saturday in the District, police told WTOP one arrest was made for property destruction.

“Overall, there were peaceful demonstrations throughout the District of Columbia,” D.C. police spokesperson Kristen Metzger said.

“No arrests were made and no personnel sustained injuries yesterday,” a U.S. Secret Service spokesperson said.

Women lie prone on the street with hundreds of others for 8 minutes and 46 seconds–the amount of time Minneapolis police restrained George Floyd–at a protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in Washington over the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after being restrained by police in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Trump orders National Guard to start withdrawal

After Saturday’s demonstrations in D.C. went off largely without incident, President Donald Trump said in a tweet Sunday morning he’s ordering the National Guard to start withdrawing from the District. Trump said fewer people showed up to demonstrations Saturday than expected, and everything is “under perfect control.”

While Trump downplayed Saturday’s crowds, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week” that it was his response to the unrest that led to the largest crowd in the city since Floyd’s death.

“What he actually did, as you saw for the remaining days, was turn out more people, and more people who were there for peaceful protest,” she said.

Bowser pointed specifically to the use of force against reportedly peaceful protesters Monday at Lafayette Square, saying that was a turning point that drove more people to come out and peacefully demonstrate.

“What Americans saw was federal police forces tear gassing peaceful Americans, and how they responded made clear to the president that Americans would exercise their First Amendment rights and they would do it peacefully,” she said.

Black Lives Matter DC continued its criticism of the mayor, whose actions have been otherwise widely celebrated, tweeting out a statement.

“We stand by our critique of the DC Mayor Muriel Bowser after the unveiling of the Black Lives Matter Mural and the renaming of Black Lives Matter Plaza,” the statement reads in part.

“Mayor Muriel Bowser must be held accountable for the lip service she pays in making such a statement while she continues to intentionally underfund and cut services and programs that meet the basic survival needs of Black people in DC.”

The statement is also available in document form.

What’s next?

Demonstrations are expected to continue into another week. There are questions about whether the scope of the protests can become something more durable.

Unlike the major D.C. protests of the past, Saturday’s events weren’t strongly organized. And in some cases, there were mini-marches that began in residential neighborhoods before converging on 16th Street.

Many protesters carried signs urging participants to vote with the passion they brought to the streets.

The Rev. Al Sharpton has said he is organizing a March on Washington for late August that would energize voters heading into the fall presidential campaign.

WTOP’s John Domen, Ken Duffy, Dave Dildine, Alejandro Alvarez, Melissa Howell, Valerie Bonk, Thomas Robertson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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People gather to protest against racism and police brutality in front of the White House in Washington, DC on June 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. - On May 25, 2020, Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, died in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
People gather to protest against racism and police brutality in front of the White House in Washington, DC on June 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. – On May 25, 2020, Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, died in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

Demonstrators raise their fists as they protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, across from the White House on June 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. - On May 25, 2020, Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, died in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
Demonstrators raise their fists as they protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, across from the White House on June 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. – On May 25, 2020, Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, died in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

A view of the addendum to the Black Lives Matter stencil added to 16th Street NW on Friday. It now also says “Defund the Police” after Saturday’s protest. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Ryann Davis, left, of Bowie, Md., comforts Diamond Fayne, of Norfolk, Va., after Fayne burst into tears while attending a protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after being restrained by police in Minneapolis. “I was reading the posters,” said Fayne, “and I saw ‘I Can’t Breathe’ and just that statement alone, people don’t know how powerful that is. That this could happen to any of us.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Jay Howard, of York, Pa., wears a U.S. flag bandana and an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt as he attends a protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in Washington over the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after being restrained by police in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Alonni Wilson, 10, right, of Pasadena, Md, and her sister Kiara Veney, 20, left, march with demonstrators during a protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in Washington over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A woman lies prone on the street with hundreds of others for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time Minneapolis police restrained George Floyd, at a protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of Floyd, a black man who was in police custody. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

A woman wears a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, reading “black lives matter,” to a protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Women lie prone on the street with hundreds of others for 8 minutes and 46 seconds--the amount of time Minneapolis police restrained George Floyd--at a protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in Washington over the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after being restrained by police in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Women lie prone on the street with hundreds of others for 8 minutes and 46 seconds–the amount of time Minneapolis police restrained George Floyd–at a protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in Washington over the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after being restrained by police in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Eileen Perry, of Washington, and her son Micah Coleman, 3, attend a protest, Sunday, June 7, 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. "Our ancestors marched for us to have equality," says Perry, "this is history now as well and I wanted my kids to see that." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Eileen Perry, of Washington, and her son Micah Coleman, 3, attend a protest, Sunday, June 7, 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. “Our ancestors marched for us to have equality,” says Perry, “this is history now as well and I wanted my kids to see that.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Msafiri, 5, of Baltimore, stands among signs along the fence constructed at Lafayette Park including drawings of Breonna Taylor, Emmett Till, and Trayvon Martin, as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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. “Of course he’s a young boy and this has been going on for a long time,” said his father, “hopefully it will change in his generation.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Members of the U.S. Park Police stand on the Lincoln Memorial steps as sunrise nears, Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Washington, the morning after massive protests over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A city worker touches up a star on the District of Columbia flag that is painted on 16th Street on Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

A mural covers a boarded-up window as a man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walks by, Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Washington, the morning after massive protests over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Most drivers decorated their cars with statements of protest ahead of the driving protest at FedEx Field. (WTOP/Andrea Cambron)

Some of the slogans on cars read “Justice for Floyd” and “No Justice, No Peace.” (WTOP/Andrea Cambron)

The protest at FedEx Field, inspired by the killing of George Floyd in late May, was organized by D.C. Teen Action. (WTOP/Andrea Cambron)

Demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in D.C., 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

People walk on the words Black Lives Matter that was painted in bright yellow letters on 16th Street as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
People walk on the words Black Lives Matter that were painted in bright yellow letters on 16th Street as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in D.C., 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

A cross with Trayvon Martin's name is tied to a fence near the White House as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
A cross with Trayvon Martin’s name is tied to a fence near the White House as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in D.C., 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in D.C., 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Crosses are strung in a fence near the White House as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Crosses are strung in a fence near the White House as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, in D.C., 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

An American flag is seen upside down in a fence near the White House as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
An American flag is seen upside down in a fence near the White House as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, in D.C., 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

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People gather to protest against racism and police brutality in front of the White House in Washington, DC on June 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. - On May 25, 2020, Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, died in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
Demonstrators raise their fists as they protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, across from the White House on June 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. - On May 25, 2020, Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, died in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
Women lie prone on the street with hundreds of others for 8 minutes and 46 seconds--the amount of time Minneapolis police restrained George Floyd--at a protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in Washington over the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after being restrained by police in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Eileen Perry, of Washington, and her son Micah Coleman, 3, attend a protest, Sunday, June 7, 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. "Our ancestors marched for us to have equality," says Perry, "this is history now as well and I wanted my kids to see that." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
People walk on the words Black Lives Matter that was painted in bright yellow letters on 16th Street as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
A cross with Trayvon Martin's name is tied to a fence near the White House as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Crosses are strung in a fence near the White House as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
An American flag is seen upside down in a fence near the White House as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 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 on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

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