Violence flared on some streets of Washington, D.C., today amid Donald Trump’s inauguration — with people smashing car and store windows, clashing with police and even torching a limo, leading to more than 200 arrests.
The capital’s interim police chief, Peter Newsham, said in a Periscope video posted on Twitter earlier today that the problems were caused by one group, “and it’s a very, very small percentage of the number of folks that came here to peacefully assemble in our city.”
Police said they responded using pepper spray and other control devices.
At least 217 people have been arrested and charged with rioting from this morning’s incident, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
Six Metropolitan Police Department officers suffered minor non-life-threatening-injuries, Newsham said at a news conference early this evening. He added that three of the six injured officers suffered head injuries from flying objects.
Thousands of protesters fanned out across downtown Washington in the morning, including some who tried to block security checkpoints to the inauguration festivities.
Protests also cropped up in other parts of the country today, including San Francisco and outside Trump Tower in New York City.
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Dramatic video published on social media showed men and women using signs and sticks to shatter glass at a Starbucks and a bank. Police then attempted to chase down the suspected vandals.
Police said in a statement that an organized group marched through the northwestern part of the city around 10:30 a.m. and that “members of the group acting in a concerted effort engaged in acts of vandalism and several instances of destruction of property.”
The statement said that the group damaged vehicles, destroyed the property of […]
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