Washington, DC-More than 50 Secret Service Uniformed Division officers and special agents were injured near the White House and authorities were searching for car bombs late Sunday as protests over the death of George Floyd continued to roil the capital just two days after President Trump had to be taken to a bunker for his safety.
A senior official in the direct chain of command for defending Washington D.C. reported the injuries to Secret Service officers and agents. The officers and agents were injured when protesters threw “projectiles such as bricks, rocks, bottles, fireworks and other items,” according to a statement made by the Secret Service. “Personnel were also directly physically assaulted as they were kicked, punched and exposed to bodily fluids.” U.S. Marshals and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents were deployed to the streets of D.C. alongside local police and Homeland Security agents, including the Secret Service.
Additionally, the entire Washington, D.C. National Guard was being called in to help with the response to protests outside the White House and elsewhere in the nation’s capital.
An hour before the 11 p.m. curfew in D.C., police fired tear gas stun grenades into the crowd of more than 1,000 people, largely clearing Lafayette Park across the street from the White House and scattering protesters into the street.
Lights that illuminate the exterior of the White House were disabled early Monday morning, so that the Secret Service could use night-vision equipment to monitor protesters.