A crowd of hundreds of anti-police violence protesters marched in downtown Washington, D.C, late last week, harassing outdoor diners and joining in violent riots against police officers.
About 175 protesters gathered in Black Lives Matter (BLM) Plaza on Friday, April 16, to protest “recent police killings of Black people across the country,” including Daunte Wright, who was killed outside Minneapolis earlier this week, and Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old teen who was shot in Chicago. Protestors chanted the names of the victims.
Three adults were charged with assault on a police officer and possession of a destructive device, and the 15-year-old was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, local media reported.
The rioters even defaced a statue of Christopher Columbus just one block north of Capitol grounds, causing massive damage in the area.
Following-up on a 2nd night of demonstrations in DC. The protests were against police brutality last night. A @DCPoliceDept official tells me 4 arrests were made:1 juvenile & 3 adults.
Vandalism to the Christopher Columbus fountain at Union Station seen this AM. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/y65vGwVVWc
— Stephanie Ramirez (@RamirezReports) April 18, 2021
Further to the march, the rioters gathered up 14th Street, where they tried to confront people eating outdoors on patios right before U Street at about 10 p.m. The fight resulted in a brief skirmish with police, but there “did not appear to be any arrests or injuries and the incident lasted only a few minutes.”
The rioters assaulted the 3rd District police station at 17th and U Streets NW, resulting in another fight. During the conflict, police forced the crowd away from the station, triggering them to push back and then fire laser pointers at police and nearby diners.
Around 10:30 p.m., a more enraged and aggressive march took place, with rioters throwing flares and a scooter at police. The protesters then marched south, tossing fireworks. Around 11:20 p.m., the protesters scattered at 9th and U Streets.