George Floyd protests: Photo captures powerful moment as demonstrators arrested in Los Angeles


After eight straight days of protests across the United States, the streets of Los Angeles were relatively calm on Tuesday.

Demonstrators still marched through the city overnight, shouting “I can’t breathe” and calling for justice for George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis under the knee of a white police officer.

But the rallies were largely peaceful compared to those earlier in the week, which devolved into looting and violence.

At one protest, a photographer captured the powerful moment dozens of demonstrators sat on the ground and put their hands behind their heads before being taken into custody for defying the city’s curfew.

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Demonstrators put their hands behind their heads before being taken into custody after the city's curfew went into effect following a protest in Los Angeles over the death of George Floyd. Picture: AP/Mark J Terrill
media_cameraDemonstrators put their hands behind their heads before being taken into custody after the city’s curfew went into effect following a protest in Los Angeles over the death of George Floyd. Picture: AP/Mark J Terrill

Here are some more extraordinary images from the protests across America:

Police block protesters from exiting the Manhattan Bridge in New York. Picture: AP/Seth Wenig
media_cameraPolice block protesters from exiting the Manhattan Bridge in New York. Picture: AP/Seth Wenig
A protester throws a smoke device at police during a protest in Atlanta. Picture: AP/John Bazemore
media_cameraA protester throws a smoke device at police during a protest in Atlanta. Picture: AP/John Bazemore
Demonstrators surround a police officer at the conclusion of a protest in Boston, Massachusetts. Picture: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP
media_cameraDemonstrators surround a police officer at the conclusion of a protest in Boston, Massachusetts. Picture: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP
A protest rally participant bumps fists with a National Guardsman on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Picture: AP/Chris Pizzello
media_cameraA protest rally participant bumps fists with a National Guardsman on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Picture: AP/Chris Pizzello
George Floyd’s daughter Gianna says her father “changed the world”. Picture: Instagram
media_cameraGeorge Floyd’s daughter Gianna says her father “changed the world”. Picture: Instagram
Her mother is devastated George won’t be there to witness Gianna’s milestones. Picture: Instagram
media_cameraHer mother is devastated George won’t be there to witness Gianna’s milestones. Picture: Instagram
Protesters kneel in Times Square in New York. Picture: AP/Seth Wenig
media_cameraProtesters kneel in Times Square in New York. Picture: AP/Seth Wenig
New York police block protesters and activists crossing the Manhattan Bridge from entering the borough. Picture: AP/Craig Ruttle
media_cameraNew York police block protesters and activists crossing the Manhattan Bridge from entering the borough. Picture: AP/Craig Ruttle
Police face off with activists during a protest march near the Manhattan Bridge in New York. Picture: AP/Kevin Hagen
media_cameraPolice face off with activists during a protest march near the Manhattan Bridge in New York. Picture: AP/Kevin Hagen
Demonstrators engage in a peaceful protest outside of the state capital building in St. Paul, Minnesota. Picture: Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP
media_cameraDemonstrators engage in a peaceful protest outside of the state capital building in St. Paul, Minnesota. Picture: Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP
Demonstrators greet members of the National Guard as they march along Hollywood Boulevard, Tuesday in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Picture: AP/Ringo HW Chiu
media_cameraDemonstrators greet members of the National Guard as they march along Hollywood Boulevard, Tuesday in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Picture: AP/Ringo HW Chiu
Atlanta police clash with a demonstrator during a protest in Atlanta. Picture: AP/John Bazemore
media_cameraAtlanta police clash with a demonstrator during a protest in Atlanta. Picture: AP/John Bazemore
Orlando police deploy tear gas during a demonstration outside Orlando City Hall in downtown Orlando. Picture: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP
media_cameraOrlando police deploy tear gas during a demonstration outside Orlando City Hall in downtown Orlando. Picture: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP
Los Angeles Commander Cory Palka (R) reaches out and offers a handshake to a Black Lives Matter protester outside Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti's house in Los Angeles. Picture: AP/Richard Vogel
media_cameraLos Angeles Commander Cory Palka (R) reaches out and offers a handshake to a Black Lives Matter protester outside Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s house in Los Angeles. Picture: AP/Richard Vogel

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