Protesters angry about the death of George Floyd alarmed the Secret Service so much that the White House went on temporary lockdown on Friday evening.
Videos from social media showed protesters chanting "George Floyd" and knocking down the barriers outside the White House.
Protest in front of the #WhiteHouse now. It’s getting tense. #GeorgeFloydprotest #GeorgeFloyd #WashingtonDC https://t.co/1oiGuODhkk— Ostap Yarysh (@Ostap Yarysh)1590795951.0
Security officials quickly moved in to re-establish the barriers in the video.
NOW: A woman just climbed over the barrier outside the White House. Secret service officers took her into custody.… https://t.co/4uN9IcPDIo— Shomari Stone (@Shomari Stone)1590796487.0
Some White House media correspondents tweeted from inside the media briefing room during the lockdown.
"The photo below is the door to the briefing room. (I'm stuck inside with many of the press corps finest) There is an intense protest across the street in Lafayette Park," said Tamara Keith of NPR.
The White House is on lockdown. The photo below is the door to the briefing room. (I’m stuck inside with many of th… https://t.co/jrN5eAZxEX— Tamara Keith (@Tamara Keith)1590794927.0
Another video showed hundreds of protesters outside the White House.
Live look of the George Floyd protest outside of the White House https://t.co/9SXx7EADVy— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko)1590795757.0
"Secret Service has closed the park and isn't letting anyone off the White House grounds at the moment. You can hear chants of, 'I can't breathe,'" said Kaitlan Collins of CNN.
A report from the Daily Mail claimed that the protesters were burning American flags, as well as vandalizing buildings with spray paint.
The lockdown was called off later when protesters dispersed and headed towards Trump International Hotel.
White House lockdown lifted. Heading out. https://t.co/7lO32ZOxx9— Peter Alexander (@Peter Alexander)1590798406.0
The protest then headed to in front of the White House. A protester was taken by the USSS in front of Pennsylvania… https://t.co/ZcgbxILhOU— Fin Gomez (@Fin Gomez)1590794694.0
Here's more from the protest outside the White House:
Protests Against Deadly Arrest Lock Down White House; Car Burned Outside CNN www.youtube.com
[Ed. Note: This article was updated with additional information.]