Protesters outside White House on Friday evening in Washington

Protests over the killing of an African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis reached Washington on Friday, with the White House put under lockdown.

According to reports, a massive group of demonstrators converged on the White House to protest the killing by a now dismissed policeman, Derek Chauvin.

Tension ran high between marchers and police, prompting the Secret Service to place the building on lockdown.

George Floyd, victim of police brutality on blacks and the protesters

The protesters briefly shut down traffic on a major thoroughfare before reaching the White House.

A heavy police presence of policemen, barricades and a huge crowd of demonstrators could be seen in videos shared online.

Watch the video shared by Fin Gomez:

Earlier, President Trump had sent a message of condolence to the family of George Floyd, according to a White House tweet.