Even with large crowds and extreme heat, a peaceful 9th day of George Floyd protests in DC

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Demonstrators paint the words ‘defund the police’ as they protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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 Saturday, June 6, 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)

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Demonstrators march through the streets during a peaceful protest against police brutality and racism, on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. – Demonstrations are being held across the US following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, while being arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

A sign is displayed near Lafayette Park in D.C. on June 6, 2020.

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UNITED STATES - JUNE 6: Protesters march down Pennsylavania Avenue from the Capitol as George Floyd police brutality demonstrations and marches are held around Washington on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – JUNE 6: Protesters march down Pennsylavania Avenue from the Capitol as George Floyd police brutality demonstrations and marches are held around Washington on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 06: District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser (C) speaks to demonstrators gathered on the newly named Black Lives Plaza during a peaceful protest against police brutality and racism on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. This is the 12th day of protests with thousands of people descending on the city to peacefully demonstrate in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

An American flag is displayed during protests June 6, 2020 in D.C.

A sign is displayed in D.C. on June 6, 2020.

Protesters appear in front of the Lincoln Memorial on June 6, 2020.

A boy displays a “Black Lives Matter” sign during protests June 6, 2020.

A protester holds a sign in D.C. on June 6, 2020.

A protester displays a sign during downtown D.C. demonstrations June 6, 2020.

Protesters in D.C. on June 6, 2020.

Crowds gather at the newly-named Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C. on June 6, 2020.

A view of Scott Circle NW during protests in D.C. on June 6, 2020.

A June 6, 2020 demonstration on 16th Street and Black Lives Matter Plaza from Scott Circle to the White House.

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The statue of Martin Luther King Jr. looks out above a peaceful demonstration on June 6, 2020.

Demonstrators pack into Lafayette Park in D.C. during protests against the death of George Floyd on Saturday. (Ken Duffy/WTOP)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)

As a Drug Enforcement Agency police office and National Guard soldiers watch, demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
As a Drug Enforcement Agency police office and National Guard soldiers watch, demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)

A demonstrator hugs a National Guard soldier during a protest Saturday, June 6, 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
A demonstrator hugs a National Guard soldier during a protest Saturday, June 6, 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, as they walk away from the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, as they walk away from the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)

People kneel in silence, Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Washington, in remembrance of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People kneel in silence, Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Washington, in remembrance of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Demonstrators, including NarDre Thompson, 12, of Washington, protests Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators, including NarDre Thompson, 12, of Washington, protests Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)

A car is seen with a sign along a demonstration route on Saturday in D.C. (Melissa Howell/WTOP)

Demonstrators, including Morgan Hubbard, 13, center, of Washington, protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators, including Morgan Hubbard, 13, center, of Washington, protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)

Demonstrators, including Caden Hollingsworth, 8, of Washington, protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators, including Caden Hollingsworth, 8, of Washington, protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)

Demonstrators, including Rylie Rose, 7, of Washington, protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators, including Rylie Rose, 7, of Washington, protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)

Demonstrators take part in a “March for Justice” event getting underway on Capitol Hill and heading to the White House. (Ken Duffy/WTOP)

Demonstrators gather along 16th Street in D.C. during protests against George Floyd’s death. (John Domen/WTOP)

A large group of demonstrators gather at the Lincoln Memorial during protests on Saturday. (Melissa Howell/WTOP)

A large group of demonstrators gathered at the Lincoln Memorial during protests on Saturday. (Melissa Howell/WTOP)

Demonstrators gather at the Lincoln Memorial during protests on Saturday. (Melissa Howell/WTOP)

Demonstrators gather at the Lincoln Memorial during protests on Saturday. (Melissa Howell/WTOP)

“I’m tired. I’m tired of going to funerals…of not being able to say ‘see you later’ to my friends…I’m tired because I’m forced to stay woke,” reads a poet out loud at the Lincoln Memorial during the protests in D.C. (Melissa Howell/WTOP)

Demonstrators are seen near the U.S. Capitol as protests in D.C. are underway on Saturday. (Ken Duffy/WTOP)

A demonstrator protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
A demonstrator protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)

Tiffany Rose joins with other demonstrators protesting Saturday, June 6, 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. In the background is St. Johns Church. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Tiffany Rose joins with other demonstrators protesting Saturday, June 6, 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. In the background is St. Johns Church. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Demonstrators carry signs as a crowd gathers outside of the White House. (John Domen/WTOP)

Children color in a poster during demonstrations in D.C. on Saturday. (John Domen/WTOP)

<p>Dozens gather for a moment of silence at 16th and H streets in D.C. They stayed for 8 minutes and 46 seconds &#8212; the length of time that a knee was pressed into George Floyd’s neck.</p>
(WTOP/John Domen)

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(AP/Patrick Semansky)

<p>A checkpoint blocks traffic on 16th Street Northwest as people gather near the White House, Saturday, June 6, 2020, in D.C., before scheduled protests over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers.</p>
(AP/Patrick Semansky)

<p>A man takes pictures of demonstrators gathering ahead of protests in D.C. on Saturday</p>
(WTOP/Melissa Howell)

<p>The scene outside of Some scenes outside of Lafayette Park at Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C. ahead of planned protests on Saturday.</p>
(WTOP/John Domen)

<p>A crowd begins to grow in D.C. ahead of scheduled demonstrations on Saturday.</p>
(WTOP/Melissa Howell)

<p>Demonstrators start to gather in D.C. ahead of planned protests on Saturday.</p>
(WTOP/Melissa Howell)

<p>The scene outside of Lafayette Square park at Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C. ahead of planned protests on Saturday.</p>
(WTOP/John Domen)

<p>Water is seen waiting for demonstrators outside of Lafayette Park at Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C.</p>
(WTOP/John Domen)

<p>Members of the National Guard are seen walking through Lafayette Park ahead of planned protests on Saturday.</p>
(WTOP/John Domen)

<p>People taking photos outside of Lafayette Park at Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C. ahead of demonstrations.</p>
(WTOP/John Domen)

<p>Bottled water and snacks are seen available in front of Saint Johns Church in D.C. for demonstrators.</p>
(WTOP/John Domen)

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Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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)
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UNITED STATES - JUNE 6: Protesters march down Pennsylavania Avenue from the Capitol as George Floyd police brutality demonstrations and marches are held around Washington on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
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Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
As a Drug Enforcement Agency police office and National Guard soldiers watch, demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
A demonstrator hugs a National Guard soldier during a protest Saturday, June 6, 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, as they walk away from the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
People kneel in silence, Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Washington, in remembrance of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Demonstrators, including NarDre Thompson, 12, of Washington, protests Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators, including Morgan Hubbard, 13, center, of Washington, protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators, including Caden Hollingsworth, 8, of Washington, protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Demonstrators, including Rylie Rose, 7, of Washington, protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
A demonstrator protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln 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 Photo/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 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/Jacquelyn Martin)
Tiffany Rose joins with other demonstrators protesting Saturday, June 6, 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. In the background is St. Johns Church. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
<p>Dozens gather for a moment of silence at 16th and H streets in D.C. They stayed for 8 minutes and 46 seconds &#8212; the length of time that a knee was pressed into George Floyd’s neck.</p>
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<p>A checkpoint blocks traffic on 16th Street Northwest as people gather near the White House, Saturday, June 6, 2020, in D.C., before scheduled protests over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers.</p>
<p>A man takes pictures of demonstrators gathering ahead of protests in D.C. on Saturday</p>
<p>The scene outside of Some scenes outside of Lafayette Park at Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C. ahead of planned protests on Saturday.</p>
<p>A crowd begins to grow in D.C. ahead of scheduled demonstrations on Saturday.</p>
<p>Demonstrators start to gather in D.C. ahead of planned protests on Saturday.</p>
<p>The scene outside of Lafayette Square park at Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C. ahead of planned protests on Saturday.</p>
<p>Water is seen waiting for demonstrators outside of Lafayette Park at Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C.</p>
<p>Members of the National Guard are seen walking through Lafayette Park ahead of planned protests on Saturday.</p>
<p>People taking photos outside of Lafayette Park at Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C. ahead of demonstrations.</p>
<p>Bottled water and snacks are seen available in front of Saint Johns Church in D.C. for demonstrators.</p>

Thousands of protesters came out despite oppressive heat Saturday to protest against police brutality in D.C. It was the largest day of demonstrations since the May 25 killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

Protests erupted in Minnesota shortly after Floyd’s death, and the unrest spread to cities across the country in the following days. Saturday marked the ninth consecutive day of protests in the District, and the day of Floyd’s memorial service in his home state of North Carolina, where long lines gathered to view his body.

After a string of violent clashes between police and protesters, protests have remained largely peaceful over the last few days, both in D.C. and across the country, during the week after Floyd’s death.

There were no arrests during demonstrations on Thursday and Friday in D.C., and Mayor Muriel Bowser canceled the curfew that had been in place since Monday.

There wasn’t a curfew Saturday.

District’s protests began early, went late

WTOP’s John Domen reported hundreds of people had descended on 16th, I and H streets near Lafayette Square park, which has become a common focal point of protests in the city, as early as 9:15 a.m.

Ten hours later, after a hot day with temperatures hovering near 90 degrees all afternoon, protesters had gathered at numerous key points throughout D.C.: the newly named Black Lives Matter Plaza, the U.S. Senate Side of Capitol Hill (along Constitution Ave N.E.), the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at the Tidal Basin, and stretching for blocks north of Lafayette Park along 16th Street NW.

WTOP’s news partner NBC 4 reported early Saturday night that there had been no arrests made, even with the large crowds in the District.

WTOP’s Dave Dildine reported that the crowds of peaceful protesters stretched multiple blocks toward Scott Circle, a distance of about a half mile.

WTOP’s Ken Duffy followed the protests throughout the afternoon and sent in this audio of those walking toward the White House from Scott Circle.

June 6, 2020 | (WTOP/Ken Duffy)

Duffy said unlike the intense protest atmosphere of recent days, Saturday was more about “showing up here, and just being here, in the moment.”

WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez began the day at Black Lives Matter Plaza, reporting that there was live music, supply stations and a memorial for Breonna Taylor, who would have turned 27 on Friday. 

Alvarez described Downtown D.C. at 2 p.m. as “one giant protest zone,” with a number of marches and gatherings happening in different areas of the city. Chants of “no justice, no peace,” and “prosecute the police,” rang out in Foggy Bottom.

However, by Saturday night, he compared the area around Lafayette Square, the scene of the scary scene on the evening of June 1 when U.S. Park Police and others broke up the protest just before the District’s 7 p.m. curfew, to the Coachella Music Festival with a “political twist.”

A Go-Go music truck was even on the scene as those rallying were enjoying each other’s company and dancing.

One note of dissent in all the positivity, however, as a group did use chalk to stencil “defund the police” next to the Black Lives Matter stencil Mayor Bowser authorized on Friday morning.

The message is in reference to an increase for traditional policing measures in the most recent D.C. budget proposal.

 

Midway through the afternoon, Alvarez reported that D.C. plow and salt trucks passed by the protest area close to Lafayette Square and honked their horns in a show of solidarity. Listen to the audio below.

June 6, 2020 | D.C. Plow and Salt Trucks Honking (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)

WTOP’s Capitol Hill correspondent Mitchell Miller and Duffy started their afternoons from Capitol Hill, where the University of the District of Columbia’s law school hosted a march to the White House. About 1,000 were gathered there around 2 p.m.

Renee Hutchins, a dean and professor at the law school, told the assembled crowd: “We cannot stop today. What is the legacy going to be of this right now? Every single one of you has to commit to take the energy of today’s march and transform it to tomorrow’s action.”

By about 3:15 p.m., Duffy walked over a mile in the stifling heat to the west from the Capitol Building to what’s now become known as Black Lives Matter Plaza, just north of Lafayette Square. He said his group merged with thousands of people already there. “To the east, west and north,” he said, “it is just filled with people, and it continues to grow.”

As the afternoon progressed, Duffy reported “people being jammed” into the newly-named area.

Meanwhile, in the same area, Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen trucks were offering free salads to those downtown, as Alvarez reported.

Protesters near Lafayette Square carry a long banner that reads “Black Lives Matter.” (WTOP/Ken Duffy)

As day turned to night, the residential neighborhood close to Meridian Hill Park in Northwest, already an oasis of green that brought out walkers, joggers and others seeking fresh air during the District’s coronavirus-mandated lockdown became a hub of activity. Alvarez provided video of gatherings toward the northern end of 16th Street NW closer to the park.

The neighborhood close to Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcolm X Park, had been the scene of “kettling” by D.C. Police earlier in the week, prompting many cornered protesters to take refuge in the homes between 14th and 15th Streets NW.

Alvarez, who had returned to Black Lives Matter Plaza by 7 p.m., called the atmosphere an “all day party,” marked by food, music and dancing.

The day, however, started with a more spiritual tone at the Lincoln Memorial.

WTOP’s Melissa Howell reported that those who gathered before noon held a worship service.

June 6, 2020 | Singing at Lincoln Memorial on June 6, 2020 (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Once the protest began, about 700 had gathered at the memorial to listen to black leaders perform spoken word.

 

Across the Potomac in Virginia, Arlington Fire Department said in a tweet it will provide multiple Emergency Medical Service teams to support the peaceful marches and demonstrations in Arlington. The department warned of rolling road closures and traffic delays. Social media reports indicate at least 1,000 took part in a march from the Arlington Courthouse to Downtown D.C.

Marches and protests are planned throughout the day in the District and in Maryland and Northern Virginia. There’s even a Black Joy Party schedule for 9 p.m. in Lafayette Square.

Officials prepared for huge crowds

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters Friday that local officials were projecting between 100,000 and 200,000 protesters in D.C. on Saturday.

“We’re hopeful that the demonstrations that we see today are similar to the demonstrations that we have seen the last couple of nights where they are largely peaceful. And that’s what we anticipate,” D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham said in an interview with WTOP Saturday morning.

DC police Chief Peter Newsham talks with WTOP's John Aaron ahead of Saturday's protests in the District.

But Newsham said high temperatures and thick humidity are another concern as numbers continue to swell Saturday.

Newsham said the city has set up cooling centers for people to get relief from the heat, as temperatures top 90 degrees in the District.

Four cooling centers are available for protesters or anyone who needs shelter from the heat Saturday:

  • John Wesley AMEZ Church, 1615 14th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St NW, Washington, DC
  • New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir NW, Washington, DC

D.C. police announced Friday that a large swath of roads would be closed to make room for protesters. See a full list of road closures here.


The latest

The demonstrations come as authorities have sought to reduce tensions by having National Guard troops not carry weapons.

Businesses open their lobbies, bathrooms for protesters

Several businesses in the D.C.-area, such as the 9:30 Club, promised to open their premises to protesters who needed to rest, get water, use the bathroom or charge their phones.

The map below shows spots in the District that will open their doors to protesters.

Many had said they would only allow a maximum of 10 people inside at a time in order to keep up social distancing measures recommended by the city for slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP for the latest. 

WTOP’s John Domen, Melissa Howell, Ken Duffy, Alejandro Alvarez, Scott Gelman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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