Once downtown, demonstrators lit a candle in memory of Floyd, who became unresponsive after officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck during an arrest. "They killed that man for no reason", said another.
"It was a spur of the moment decision, but we thought it was time for white people to raise their voices in this fight, " said Kelly Ward, organizer.
Americans began cleaning up charred and glass-strewn streets Sunday after another night of unrest fueled by rage over police mistreatment of African Americans destroyed businesses, damaged landmarks and raised tensions across a divided nation to the boiling point. They were gone before police heard about the protest and drove there to check on the event.
The Metropolitan police said they had made five arrests outside the U.S. Embassy, three for violations of the coronavirus lockdown guidelines and two for assault on police. Police said six people were arrested and an officer was injured after being struck in the head with a baseball bat.
Also in the day, several fires were set in a neighborhood in New York City with a group of people, on bicycles, mopeds and scooters, throwing trash to feed the fire, said a CNN report.
"The mistakes that are happening are not mistakes".
Protests on Saturday in downtown Cleveland against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis turned
The demonstration began peacefully outside the city's Museum of Art, before violence broke out in the city center and some protesters damaged property and clashed with police.
Over 4,100 citizen-soldiers and airmen have been deployed in Minnesota and 10,800 National Guard members are expected to join the crackdown on violent protestors, the MN National Guard announced in a tweet.
On Saturday evening, U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy directed the D.C. National Guard to be activated in response to the U.S. Park Police asking for assistance with the protest, Commanding General William Walker said in a statement. Some protesters also attacked a NY police van, spray painting it and breaking windows.
Police have arrested at least 1,669 people in 22 cities since Thursday, according to a tally by The Associated Press.
Both the National Guard and police had strict orders to enforce the city-wide national curfew.
This week's unrest recalled the riots in Los Angeles almost 30 years ago after the acquittal of the white police officers who beat Rodney King, a black motorist who had led them on a high-speed chase. "It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities".