WASHINGTON (AP/WISH) – The District of Columbia police chief says 217 people have been arrested and charged with rioting and six officers suffered minor injuries during demonstrations against President Donald Trump.
Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham provided the update at a news conference Friday.
“We had a group it looked like they were intentionally destroying property. It looks like they came here with that purpose in mind. We were able to safely take those folks into custody and what you see now is officers protecting this intersection because we saw some fires, we got the fires out,” said Chief Newsham.
Police were out in full riot gear as protesters filled the streets. Some lit small fires in the streets, while others smashed windows to a nearby Starbucks and cars.
Protesters linked arms, facing off from the police line and chanting, “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA.”
Metropolitan police have deployed streams of pepper spray against demonstrators marching along the streets of the nation’s capital – a disgruntled parallel to the ongoing inaugural parade.