Protesters are still demonstrating in Washington, DC, even after a heavy downpour that swept through the downtown earlier today.
There is no curfew in the city tonight, reflecting the more peaceful nature of the protests these past few nights, according to CNN Correspondent Alex Marquardt on the scene.
“There were no arrests last night, and the metropolitan police department said they were not going to enforce that curfew as long as people stayed peaceful,” Marquardt said.
Many of the protesters are now standing on the other side of a fence that had been put up earlier in the week following violent confrontations with law enforcement. On the other side of the fence, bright floodlights are being directed at the crowd.
“They have been lowered to eye height, so they’re pointing right into the faces of the protesters so you can’t see the forces behind the lights,” Marquardt said. “Those forces have become a huge point of contention.”
Some context: A huge influx of federal law enforcement has entered DC this week — members of the National Guard, FBI, ICE, TSA, and more — eliciting criticism from DC officials.