WILD VIDEO: Police Clash with DC Protesters as They Try Toppling Presidential Statue

Just when we thought that we saw the last of the DC protests turning angsty, Monday rolls around to give us a reminder of just how volatile this situation truly is.

The nation’s capital has been rocked by protests over the course of the last month, stemming from the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police department.  Floyd’s death was caught on camera, as officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, with several of those minutes occurring long after Floyd was unresponsive.

The brutal and grim footage rocked the nation, and soon DC was the site of one of the large protests in American history.

Now, a month later, those incendiary instigators are at it again, this time attempting to set up an “autonomous zone” just blocks from the White House, and trying to topple a statue of a former President.

Protesters on Monday tried toppling a statue of Andrew Jackson near the White House, while sealing off an area in an act of defiance similar to events in Seattle by declaring off-limits an area dubbed the “Black House Autonomous Zone,” or “BHAZ.”

Police intervened as chants of “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Andrew Jackson’s got to go” were heard while a rope was put around the bust of the seventh president riding a horse, the Washington Post reported. Hundreds of protesters locked arms around the statue before police officers removed the crowd in a chaotic scene.

U.S. Park and D.C. police used a chemical irritant to disperse the crowd and officers were hit with objects. Jackson, who has faced ire in the present day for his severe treatment of Native Americans, was the latest historical figure targeted by protesters demanding monuments and memorials to those with racist pasts be taken down.

Fox News has confirmed that the U.S. Secret Service asked reporters to leave the White House grounds nearby. The specific reason wasn’t clear.

Video of the incidents were trending on Twitter late Monday night.

President Trump took to Twitter to implore that these demonstrators be arrested, threatening the lot with up to 10 years in prison.