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Police fire tear gas at protesters near White House

Authorities used tear gas to disperse protesters near the White House as a curfew neared and U.S. officials vowed to “maximize federal law enforcement presence” in the nation’s capital.

The stepped up enforcement comes after days of violent demonstrations led to fires across Washington and left scores of businesses with broken windows and dozens of police officers injured.

In a call with governors, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr also encouraged more aggressive action against those who cause violence during protests across the country following the killing of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis policeman pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after Floyd stopped moving and pleading for air.

The demonstrations have turned violent in several cities, with fires ignited in Lafayette Park across from the White House.

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