Freedom Fighters D.C. says they are coming together to honor victims of police brutality in solidarity with protesters across the nation.
“We want freedom,” the group could be hear chanting.
Fox News said, after pleas from individuals to “take a knee,” officers could be seen lowering to the ground as the crowd erupted in applause.
Armed law enforcement units lined up in the streets near Lafayette Park early Wednesday morning after a fifth night of mostly peaceful protests in the District.
A block away from the White House, thousands of demonstrators massed following a crackdown a day earlier when officers on foot and horseback aggressively drove peaceful protesters away from Lafayette Park, clearing the way for President Donald Trump to do a photo op at nearby St. John’s Church.
Tuesday’s protesters faced law enforcement personnel who stood behind a black chain-link fence put up overnight to block access to the park.
“Last night pushed me way over the edge,” said Jessica DeMaio, 40, of Washington, who attended a Floyd protest Tuesday for the first time. “Being here is better than being at home feeling helpless.”