Transcript for New curfews set as protests continue across America
Good evening. It's great to have you with us on a Tuesday night. Another extraordinary scene unfolding in cities across the country. Protests under way. This is the eighth night of protests. Demonstrators demanding change in the country after the death of George Floyd. The protests peaceful, but there is concern with nightfall approaching. Thousands in the streets in new York City. One massive group, it's believed, heading to the mayor's residence. And the 8:00 P.M. Curfew in effect. It's believed tens of thousands are on the March in Los Angeles. In Washington, D.C., it's believed thousands are headed towards the Lincoln memorial. And a massive group in George Floyd's hometown. And in New York City last night, the famed Macy's department the curfew, as I mentioned, moved up. Six police officers shot last night. And tensions high in Washington, D.C., after park police cleared the peaceful protesters with flashbangs. One striking a cameraman from Australian TV, broadcasters there stunned. Minutes after that scene, the president walking through the park to St. John's church to hold up a bible. Asked if it was his, he said it's a bible. Tonight, the fallout from that moment. And the competing images. The peaceful protests across the country, and the concerns about what was seen after the sun went down. Here's Stephanie Ramos. Reporter: Today, the images of protest from across the country just hours before new curfews go into effect. From San Francisco, to Orlando, to New York City, thousands marching in protest with a message of peace. We are not looking to agitate, or to loot, or destroy anything. We are trying to make the community unified and by doing that, it's not unifying the community, it's breaking it apart. Reporter: The city now moving up its curfew to 8:00 P.M. Tonight after a fourth night of looting. Peaceful demonstration by day replaced with a vicious cycle of violence overnight. Windows smashed, stores ransacked, from the Macy's flagship store to Rockefeller center. The sun has gone down here in New York City and there are clearly different groups that are facing off with police, shattering windows on fifth avenue. The governor today blasting the mayor and police department. The police in New York City were not effective at doing their job last night. Period. They have to do a better job, but separate the protesters from the looting. Reporter: Hundreds of arrests, most after curfew. Police investigating this video showing a car slamming into an officer in a hit and run in the bronx. That officer in serious condition. It appears to be quite purposeful. That is unacceptable. Reporter: Overnight, officers shot during violent protests. Four in Las Vegas. One in grave condition. Another four officers were shot in Saint Louis. Thank god they're alive, they're alive. Can we make some sense out of this? Reporter: Across the country police tactics under scrutiny. L.a.'s police chief sparking outrage after suggesting looters were as responsible for George Floyd's death as those fired police officers. We didn't have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd. We had people capitalizing. His death is on their hands as much as it is those officers. Reporter: The chief later apologizing, calling his own words terribly offensive. Today L.A. Officers kneeling with protesters at a faith-based March. At times police torn between patrol and protest. This officer in D.C. Seen trying to kneel only to be repeatedly pulled to his feet by his fellow officers. In Detroit, 16-year-old organizer Stefan Perez has been urging his fellow demonstrators to abide by the city's curfew. They're home safe. They don't got rubber bullets. They don't got tear gas. They're not dead. Reporter: The mayor calling to thank him. I saw your leadership. I have tears in my eyes. You are everything that is special about the city of Detroit. That young protester telling others to go home. Stephanie, we see the large crowd behind you. We also know the curfew goes into effect a short time from now, 8:00 P.M. A lot of protesters said they're not concerned about that. Reporter: That's absolutely right. Thousands are marching across the streets of New York City. You can see them here. It will be very difficult to enforce the new curfew. This group, we've been following them for several blocks. They just got started a little while ago. Stephanie, thank you. Now to the fallout from the president's visit to St. John's church just after we were on the
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