Photography

Photos from 12 days of protests that continue to shake the nation

Thousands of people gathered in Washington on Saturday to call for racial justice and an end to police brutality. The protest was the culmination of 12 days of nationwide unrest as the country grappled with the death of yet another black man, George Floyd, while in police custody.

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Washington, D.C., June 6

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Saint Paul, June 6

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Washington, D.C., June 6

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Matt McClain/The Washington Post

Washington, D.C., June 6

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Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post

New York, June 6

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Holly Pickett/For The Washington Post

Washington, D.C., June 6

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Amanda Voisard/for The Washington Post

Floyd died on May 25 after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd was arrested on the suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes.

A video of the incident ignited protests, violent at first and peaceful thereafter, in Minneapolis and across the country, all the way to the White House’s perimeter.

We look back at the past 12 days.

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MAY 28

Fires raged through the night in Minneapolis after a group of demonstrators swarmed a police station, calling for the four police officers involved in George Floyd’s death to be arrested.

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Minneapolis, May 28

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Joshua Lott for The Washington Post

Minneapolis, May 28

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Joshua Lott/For The Washington Post

MAY 29

From New York to Los Angeles, the protests spread across the country.

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Minneapolis, May 29

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

New York, May 29

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Atlanta, May 29

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Alyssa Pointer/AP

Detroit, May 29

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Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

Los Angeles, May 29

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Jae C. Hong/AP

MAY 30

The police’s response to the protests is scrutinized as photos and videos start to emerge of violent repression against mostly peaceful demonstrators.

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New York, May 30

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

New York, May 30

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Los Angeles, May 30

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Mark J. Terrill/AP

Minneapolis, May 30

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Washington, D.C., May 30

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Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post

Philadelphia, May 30

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Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer/AP

MAY 31

Police arrested about 4,100 people in U.S. cities over the weekend, while, in Minneapolis, a demonstration could have taken a turn for the worse after a large truck, which illegally entered I-35W where thousands of people had gathered, drove into the crowd. There were no fatalities in what Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) called a “horrifying” incident.

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Salt Lake City, May 31

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Jeremy Harmon/AP

Minneapolis, May 31

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Minneapolis, May 31

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Minneapolis, May 31

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Joshua Lott/For The Washington Post

JUNE 1

President Trump makes a controversial visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church, which sits across from the White House, after authorities used tear gas to disperse peaceful protesters.

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New York, June 1

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Wong Maye-E/AP

Los Angeles, June 1

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Philip Cheung/For The Washington Post

Baltimore. Jun 1

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Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post

Washington, D.C., June 1

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Tom Brenner/Reuters

Washington, D.C., June 1

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Evan Vucci/AP

JUNE 2

“I want everybody to know that this is what those officers took,” said Roxie Washington, the mother of George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, at a news conference. “At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. I’m here for my baby, and I’m here for George because I want justice for him. I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good.”

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Minneapolis, June 2

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Houston, June 2

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Adrees Latif/Reuters

Washington, D.C., June 2.

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Matt McClain/The Washington Post

Minneapolis, June 2

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

JUNE 3

Quincy Mason Floyd mourns his father at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, where Floyd died. The visit took place as three of the former Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd’s death were criminally charged and a fourth, Chauvin, saw a murder charge upgraded from third-degree to second-degree.

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Minneapolis, June 3

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Los Angeles, June 3

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Philip Cheung/For The Washington Post

Minneapolis, June 3

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

JUNE 4

In Minneapolis, hundreds attend a memorial service for Floyd, led by Rev. Al Sharpton. “What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country — in education, in health services and in every area of American life,” Sharpton said. “It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say, ‘Get your knee off our necks.’”

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Minneapolis, June 4

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Minneapolis, June 4

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Minneapolis, June 4

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Minneapolis, June 4

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Minneapolis, June 4

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Joshua Lott/For The Washington Post

Minneapolis, June 4

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Washington, D.C., June 4

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Matt McClain/The Washington Post

Washington, D.C., June 4

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Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post

JUNE 5

The peaceful protests continue unabated across the country, and in Washington, Mayor Browser takes the fight to the outskirts of the White House when she approves the Black Lives Matter street mural — three powerful words painted on one of the roads leading directly to the White House.

Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post

Washington, D.C., June 5

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Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post

Washington, D.C., June 5

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Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post

Minneapolis, June 5

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

A day after thousands of people gathered in Washington and across the nation, the call for sweeping changes endures.

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Minneapolis, June 6

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post