WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A group of anti-Trump demonstrators took to the streets in Northwest this morning ahead of Trump's inauguration, smashing windows, starting fires and injuring two officers.
DC Police responded with force. They said in a statement that they used pepper spray "and other control devices" to regulate the crowd, not specifying what those devices were. Many have reported that police tear gassed the demonstrators, and have shared videos of this on social media.
The group smashed up a limousine on K Street, smashed the windows of a Starbucks, a Wells Fargo, and a few other businesses, and overturned and smashed newspaper boxes in front of the Associated Press headquarters. They also started "small, isolated" fires.
DC Police say they were armed with crowbars, hammers and asps. Police vehicles were damaged during this assault, in addition to the injuries sustained by two uniformed officers.