01/20/17 2:06pm

pink smoke
12th and L St, NW by Lisa

As of 2pm:

Lisa writes: “Lots More flash bangs at 12th and L streets”

“there is a now seemingly endless deployment of flash bangs. I’ve never heard anything like it. It’s constant.”

“most protestors have left 12th and L intersection now.”

Rebecca writes: “McPherson Sq is a flash point 3 newly launched sound grenades [flash bangs] & spray police running to corral ppl off AGAIN we had to run. make that at least half a dozen sound grenades people getting spray and cops cornering ppl this WAS peaceful up NY Ave”

Caitlin writes: “There are a lot of loud bangs on K street near 10th”

01/20/17 1:32pm

peaceful march
Photo by PoPville flickr user Miki J.

Just throwing this out there because I’m getting a few crazy messages from some after today’s earlier vandalism at 12th and L St, NW. That group is not representative of the hundreds of thousands of peaceful folks planning on Marching tomorrow in the spirit of love, hope and equality. For those who were planning to march tomorrow, I hope you are not in any way dissuaded from doing so because of the actions of this small, unrepresentative group.

01/20/17 1:05pm

12th and L

Thanks to Lisa for the updated photo above sent just before 1pm.

From MPD:

“At approximately 10:30 a.m., an organized group was observed marching south in Northwest Washington. On their way, members of the group acting in a concerted effort engaged in acts of vandalism and several instances of destruction of property. More specifically, the group damaged vehicles, destroyed the property of multiple businesses, and ignited smaller isolated fires while armed with crowbars, hammers, and asps. Preliminary information indicates the group collectively engaged in these criminal acts. MPD members were alerted to the criminal activity, and responded swiftly to contain and detain the involved individuals in the area of 12th and L Streets, NW. At this time, numerous arrests have been made and those individuals have been charged with rioting. Investigation into the incident remains ongoing. 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 .”

01/20/17 11:55am

Photo by Jan at 11:47am

Interesting statistic from WMATA:

“Metro Ridership: As of 11am, 193k trips taken so far today. (11am 1/20/13 = 317k, 11am 1/20/09 = 513k, 11am 1/20/05 = 197k) #wmata”

Update from Jan at 12pm: “There is no one here. Trump oath starting.”