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Protesters Returning to 12th and L St, NW + MPD Statement on Acts of Vandalism Earlier Today

by Prince Of Petworth January 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm 14 Comments

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 .”

  • Smilla

    “asps”? They brought snakes?

    (Google tells me that they probably mean an expandable baton. I have never heard that them called that before.)

    • kallie

      ha, i thought the same thing! what an ancient move.

    • textdoc

      I was about to google for the non-snake meaning of “asp” — thanks for saving me the trouble. :)

      • bruno

        Do they know asps have only existed for, say, ten years?

  • alurin

    Any confirmation from a non-police source?

    • HaileUnlikely

      Seriously? There were videos sent in to PoP by readers. The videos do not include incident in which the officers were injured, but you can see plenty of independent video evidence of idiots breaking stuff, spray painting an anarchy sign on the hood of a car, throwing newspaper boxes into the road, etc.

      • V

        They were throwing things at the police last night in front of the Deploraball (although I think it was mostly garbage, non-lethal, materials, although technically assault and battery on law enforcement).

  • elmopancakes

    “Love trumps hate”, eh? Looks like a lot of hate to me.

    • Neighbor

      And god knows there’s only one anti trump person out there, so it must be the same person who said love trumps hate and rioted.

    • No – it looks like a small group of idiots who fancy themselves noble when in fact they are simply having tantrums and pissing in their own porridge.

  • John

    Does anyone know exactly where the protestors started damaging vehicles? I heard they started in Logan circle and my car was parked on 13th street :(

    • Arouet

      I’m at Vermont/N St. and they didn’t get my car on Vermont, but couldn’t say about 13th.

  • V

    There needs to be a harder crack down and full prosecution.

  • aley

    Please. Let us get back to the main issue here. Emotions are high with fear and anger, but DESTRUCTION IS THE ANTITHESIS OF CONSTRUCTION. We have to work together for the greater good, which means acting with respect, being peaceful and organized.

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