Anti-Trump protestors set fire to Fox News SUV
217 Arrested, Limo Torched Amid Inauguration Day Protests
Six police officers sustained minor injuries during the protests
January 21, 2017
Demonstrations turned violent in the nation’s capital as protesters clashed with police, damaged vehicles, destroyed property and set small fires in a chaotic confrontation blocks from Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. At least 217 people were arrested.
The majority of the day’s protests were peaceful, but police clad in riot gear faced off against hundreds of demonstrators downtown near 12th and K streets, about six blocks from where Trump would soon hold his inaugural parade, D.C. police said.
Police charged with batons, pepper spray and concussion grenades to disperse crowds. MPD Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham denied claims his agency used tear gas on demonstrators, telling NBC Washington, “We have not deployed tear gas.”
The 217 people arrested have been charged with rioting, Newsham said.
Later in the evening, a crowd surrounded a bonfire near 14th and K streets NW, burning newspapers and furniture. Some protesters sat in the middle of intersections to block traffic.
“We’re here to protest out of compassion and to be here and to show that, you know, we’re all in this together,” protester Savannah Ingall told News4.
Before nightfall, a limousine was set on fire a few blocks away from where Trump made his way down Constitution Avenue with a military escort. The fire sent a plume of black smoke into the sky and Fox News crew SUV parked behind the limo also caught fire, officials tell NBC News.