WASHINGTON DC – Protests that led to the arrest of more than 200 people on the day that Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president have become one of the takeaways of the inauguration.
Incidents of broken store front windows and attacks on police officers and emergency response vehicles led to the arrest of 217 people on Friday just a few blocks from the National Mall.
The destruction was mostly to store windows along 12th and 13th streets near K St.
That’s just a fraction of the thousands of people participating in protests, a majority of those people acting peacefully.
“We encourage those attending events tonight and throughout the weekend to remain civil, express themselves peaceably and allow others with dissenting opinions to express themselves peaceably as well,” said Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham.
Clashes between pro- and anti-Trump groups led to fist fights, fire in the streets and the destruction of a handful of vehicles.
Peaceful protesters countered that police used tactics like tear gas and rubber bullets prematurely and instigated a lot of the response that led to so many arrests.
A lawsuit has been drawn up and shared with the media that blames DC police, Park Police and the Chief for the high number of arrests.