Protests turned violent Friday morning in the nation’s capital amid inauguration festivities for Donald Trump, with tensions flaring again after a night of turbulent demonstrations that included police in riot gear and the use of pepper spray.
Just before the inauguration began, violence erupted in the city’s downtown at 10:30 a.m. ET, about five blocks from the parade route, the Metropolitan Police Department said. Officers deployed pepper spray and made several arrests in the incident.
Witnesses described the protesters, many wearing black and dressed in hoods and masks, throwing rocks at glass storefronts, including a Starbucks and banks, and clutching hammers, bricks and crowbars.
Protesters flung the bricks at police cars, although it was unclear what set off the situation, said Staff Sgt. Mark Stevenson of the D.C. Army National Guard. Police added that two officers suffered minor injuries “from coordinated attacks by members of the group that were attempting to avoid arrest.”
Via NBC News