Nearly 100 People Arrested In Violent Inauguration Day Protests
Hearts are heavy, tears are being shed and protestors are taking action.
During the swearing in of President Donald Trump, hundreds took to the streets of Washington, D.C., to protest — many peacefully, others violently.
Ninety-five protestors have already been taken into custody and charged with rioting after what the D.C. Police Department called “acting in a concerted effort engaged in acts of vandalism and several instances of destruction of property.”
Many arrested were involved in the smashing of windows of storefronts like Starbucks, and the damaging of cars and per officials, the ignition of “smaller isolated fires while armed with crowbars, hammers, and asps.”
The D.C. Police Department confirmed in a press release that members of a group “marching south in Northwest Washington” collectively “engaged in these criminal acts.”
The department also confirmed that “pepper spray and other control devices were used to control the criminal actors and protect persons and property. During the incident, police vehicles were damaged and two uniformed officers sustained minor injuries from coordinated attacks by members of the group that were attempting to avoid arrest.”
According to reports, the protests are not near the inauguration parade route and there’s a good chance Trump will not personally encounter the rioters.