D.C. mayor unveils 'black lives matter' painted on streets of capital

A view from above of a huge Black Lives Matter mural painted in bright yellow letters on a wide street

The official BlackLivesMatter DC chapter recently tweeted their disappointment in response to a mural stating "Black Lives Matter" painted on the street in front of the White House calling it "counter organizing" to their demands.

"The incompetent mayor, whose budget is totally out of control and is constantly coming back for handouts, is now fighting with the National Guard, who saved her from great embarrassment", the president wrote on Twitter.

Trump tweeted that if Mayor Bowser "doesn't treat these men and women well, then we'll bring in a different group of men and women", implying, some say, that he would send in the U.S. military to quell protests throughout the capital.

Mayor Bowser also renamed a plaza near the White House the "Black Lives Matter Plaza".

Earlier this week, law enforcement deployed tear gas and physical force to disperse a peaceful crowd of protestors before a Trump photo op at a church near the White House.

In a stern letter to President Donald Trump, Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser called on the military and extra federal law enforcement in place for the George Floyd protests to be withdrawn from the district's streets.

"Every active-duty troop that participates in this thing should resign, should leave the military", said Harry Wiggins, a retired Army major, who on Thursday was carrying a staff with an American flag flying upside down, an worldwide sign of distress, several blocks from the White House.

A street sign can be seen with a church building in the background
A street sign has been installed near St John's Church

"We know what's going on in our country".

"Our police and incident commands have cleared channels of communication and roles and it is important that these additional, unidentified units are operating outside of established chains of commands", she wrote in the letter. "There is a lot of distrust of police and the government", Ms Bowser said at a news conference.

Protesters had been "peaceful" on Wednesday night, with no arrests made, she added.

The protests became a bone of contention between DC's Democrat mayor and federal authorities after a barrier was erected across multiple city blocks to keep demonstrators from approaching the White House, following clashes with members of the Secret Service.

"We want to call attention today to making sure our nation is more fair and more just and that black lives and that black humanity matter in our nation", Bowser said.

Bowser tweeted an overhead video of the completed mural Friday morning.


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