Protesters took to the streets — sometimes violently — in cities across the U.S. for a second night in a row as the 2020 presidential election inched closer to declaring a winner.
Tensions ran high into the night following a mostly peaceful start to the day, with reports of "widespread violence" leading to the National Guard being deployed in Portland, Oregon. Arrests have also been made in Minneapolis and New York City, with the NYPD confiscating weapons.
More than 100 events are planned nationwide between Wednesday and Saturday, organized by local partners of Protect the Results, a coalition of more than 165 grassroots organizations, advocacy groups and labor unions. The group, led by activist groups Indivisible and Stand Up America, has decided not to hold hundreds more events that were initially planned.
Organizers at ShutDownDC plan for more aggressive actions as the week goes on depending on the outcome – whether President Donald Trump wins or whether he tries to question the results.
"We knew this would happen," the advocacy group said in a tweet calling for a rally Wednesday with the hashtags #DeliverDemocracy and #CountEveryVote.
The Los Angeles Police Department announced for the second day in a row a citywide tactical alert "to ensure sufficient resources to address any incidents that may arise as a result of Election Day activities." Several demonstrators were detained,police said.
Some news outlets have called the critical battleground state for Joe Biden, but Trump’s campaign says it is still in play. According to the Edison Research for the National Election Pool, with 86 percent of the estimated vote tallied so far, Biden leads with 50.5 percent compared with Trump’s 48.1 percent.
Trump himself dismissed the election as a "fraud" after The Associated Press news agency and Fox News called Arizona for Biden, and claimed he wanted to stop the counting of votes and leave the results to the Supreme Court.
According to the New York Times, Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, had been on the phone all night with administration officials and campaign staff members, insisting there were still Republican votes to be counted in his state.
In Detroit, Trump supporters demonstrated outside the TCF Center shortly before The AP news agency declared Biden had won Michigan.
Video shot by local media showed angry people gathered outside the building and inside the lobby, with police officers lined up to keep them from entering the vote-counting area. They chanted, "Stop the count!" and "Stop the vote!"
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, insisted both parties and the public had been given access to the tallying, "using a robust system of checks and balances to ensure that all ballots are counted fairly and accurately."