USA erupts in violent protests on election night as votes slowly trickle in

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Protests have erupted across the US with armed forces taking to the streets amid reports of scuffles and a possible smoke bomb.

As votes trickle in across the country as people eagerly wait for the presidential election result, there have been reports of unrest in Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles.

Images and videos posted on Twitter show crowds of demonstrators caught in what seems to be a brawl at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington DC.

CBS reporter, Christina Ruffini, shared a video showing protestors surrounded in smoke.

She said: "Now people are just fighting. This is not tear gas. Some sort of smoke bomb. Likely not police."

Another video showed armed police in protective gear standing outside the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

Joseph Philipson tweeted: "Unlawful assembly announced at staples center, near the polling booths."

According to reports, two people have been arrested so far as protestors began to approach the White House.

Chaos ensued after a man said "white lives matter" and was shoved against a "non-scalable" fence at the protest which surrounds the White House, reports News.com.au.

It has also been reported demonstrators chanted "f*** the police" and "no justice no peace."

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As officers escorted two men out of the crowds, there were sightings of protestors kicking police bicycles, reports Sky News.

Speaking to the outlet, a protestor in Washington DC said: "Trump represents the worst in whiteness – and that's racism.

"It's important I show my son that we must vote against it and we show Trump that we're all against it."

Police departments across the country have prepared for potential civil unrest amid reports Trump may not stand down even if he does not achieve the required votes.

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The New York Police Department is prepared for weeks of protests and said there is a "strong likelihood that the winner of the presidential election may not be decided for several weeks," reports NBC News.

In Los Angeles, the police department said: "The department is committed to ensuring that adequate resources are available to ensure all Angelenos are able to safely vote without interference."

Throughout this week, the Daily Star Online will be bringing you all the big news, and some of the quirkiest, from 2020's US election. You can read more of our coverage here.

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