The Trump White House has pledged to be a, “law and order administration” while stopping what it has characterized as a “dangerous anti-police atmosphere” in America.
The White House just released six issue statements on its website, including one titled “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community,”
“Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter,” the Trump administration says, while adding that “supporting law enforcement means supporting our citizens’ ability to protect themselves.”
Most of the 230 rioters arrested after violent protests erupted in Washington D.C. following Donald Trump‘s inauguration will be charged with felony rioting, federal prosecutors said on Saturday, The Daily Mail reports.
The charge carries a punishment of up to ten years in jail and a $25,000 fine.
Thousand of protesters launched a violent rampage just blocks away from the White House as anti-Trump demonstrators smashed store windows, set fire to cars and threw bricks at police.
More than 95 people have been arrested so far during the riots. Hundreds of protesters dressed in black marched through the streets of D.C. breaking windows and hurling projectiles
A Washington D.C. Metro Police Officer arrests an anti-Trump protester, after a confrontation that led to several dozen protesters being cornered and then arrested for vandalism
A young male rioter kicked in a car’s windshield as fellow protesters watched on
Heated clashes broke out in McPherson Square and along K Street as hundreds of riot police fired tear gas and drew their nightsticks to contain the masked mob.
As the rioting unfolded, Trump and his family were arriving at a review stand at the White House to see the end of the inaugural parade.
Militant anti-Trump protesters gave a foretaste of what could follow during the violent outbreaks, which has so far seen 217 people arrested and at least six police officers injured.
A nurse rinses pepper spray out of the eyes of a young anti-Trump protester who got sprayed during a clash with D.C. Metropolitan Police
A limo was set on fire after masked protesters wearing all black threw a flare into the vehicle. They had reportedly run up to the car and smashed its windows in D.C. following Trump’s inauguration
Riot police have arrested nearly a hundred people for the explosive protests in the streets of D.C. Washington police said numerous individuals were charged with rioting
Police have arrested nearly 100 anti-Trump protesters on Friday. Rioters hurled rocks and other debris at a Starbucks Cafe window as they ran through the streets on in protest of President Trump
Just before the parade started, clashes broke out between more than 400 stone-throwing protesters and riot police in McPherson Square – just blocks from the parade in honor of newly sworn-in president.
As Trump’s motorcade wound its way up Pennsylvania Avenue in the parade to the White House, protesters also descended on Franklin Square Park where they graffitied a stretch limo before setting the vehicle ablaze right outside the Washington Post building.
‘Groups of people started gathering around the limo. There was a sense of something going to happen. People were shouting ‘it’s going to blow’. We tried to move them back,’ DailyMail.com columnist Katie Hopkins, who witnessed the ordeal, said.
‘The inauguration parade for the president is just blocks away from where all this is happening.’
Hopkins said the anarchists set things ablaze and started throwing bricks, stones and rocks.
‘These people are here for this purpose – these guys are here for the fight,’ she said.
A protester burns one of Trump’s Make America Great t-shirt just hours after he was sworn in as president
SWAT team police in full riot gear moved in spraying pepper spray in a bid to disperse the rioters. Among those where hit were Hawk Newsome, leader of Black Lives Matter in New York.
City police chief Peter Newsham said at least 217 people were arrested and would be held overnight before appearing in front of a judge.
‘The charge is rioting,’ he told reporters. ‘Our intention going into this event was to make zero arrests, and unfortunately they forced our hand.’
Meanwhile, prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer was sucker-punched by a masked protester in the street while giving an interview to journalists.
Anti-Trump demonstrator set a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat on fire as masked, black-clad protesters carrying anarchist flags smashed windows and scuffled with riot police in D.C.
Most of the noisy protests – including an array of anti-racist, anti-war, feminist, LGBT, pro-immigration and marijuana legalization groups – were peaceful.
But some protesters had earlier dragged trash cans into the road before setting them on fire. Vendors selling Trump T-shirts suddenly started offering them as ‘fire fuel, and set them alight.
One police van retreated quickly, reversing a whole city block at high speed after a rock smashed through its window but within minutes reinforcements arrived as a SWAT team in full riot gear blocked K Street and threatened to pepper spray yelling demonstrators.
A rock also hit a Secret Service vehicle forcing it to beat a hasty retreat.
Thugs dressed head-to-toe in black with their faces completely hidden urged the mob to gather pieces of paving stone to use as missiles.
Vandals set the limo afire after totally trashing it smashing its windows and scrawling graffiti on its side, leaving its horn constantly blaring.
Broadcaster Larry King said that while he was in a studio, the windows of his SUV were smashed by protesters.
‘Protestors in DC smashed the windows of my hired SUV & many other cars. I was working in-studio & am ok, but my driver is a bit rattled,’ he tweeted.
Police in riot gear deployed pepper spray and made arrests after protesters smashed the windows of downtown D.C. businesses
A rioter wrapped in a rainbow flag walks very close to the police line as protests turned violent in Washington
An angry protester faces off with a line of riot police during a demonstration in D.C.
A TV truck was also smashed as the mob ignored calls to stop from one section of the crowd who said the new administration wanted them to riot.
‘Please stop. This is not ok,’ pleaded one young woman. ‘This is what they want. They will eat this up.’
The protesters shouted ‘F… Trump,’ calling his new administration ‘fascist’ and ‘illegitimate.’ They brandished placards variously denouncing the new president as racist, homophobic and anti-women.
Police blasted them with tear gas and stun grenades and several women claimed they had been maced as they struggled with tears seeping from their eyes.
Riot police chased the group, some openly promoting anarchy, down 10th and E streets, about a mile from the Mall.
More than 500 people, many wearing masks and handkerchiefs over their faces, marched through the center of DC.
They attacked cars and shop windows, smashing glass panes at a Bank of America branch, a McDonald’s outlet and a Starbucks shop.
Luis Villarroel from Virginia dropped passengers off near the corner of 13th and K Streets NW then parked in front of the Washington Post building.
He got out of his Lincoln MKT limo when he heard loud noises and ‘hundreds of masked men’ coming his way. He said the protesters ‘threw food at him’ and started beating his limo. They threw a flare inside the limo, which is still visible on the seat.
Activists leave the site of a limousine which was set ablaze during a protest against Trump. Someone wrote on the side of the burning limo: ‘We the People’
Unruly protesters were pursued by riot police who used flash bang grenades and pepper spray to subdue the crowd. Several windows were broken including a McDonald’s restaurant’s
Police managed to funnel the protesters away, but security was stepped up for this afternoon’s Presidential parade.
D.C. police reported that two uniformed officers sustained minor injuries and police vehicles were damaged in the riots.
President Trump began his reign at the White House today greeted by rain and vast empty spaces at his inauguration.
Unlike the inauguration ceremonies for former President Obama where crowds filled the Mall past the Washington Monument, Trump’s acceptance speech was greeted by far less spectators.
As he spoke areas at the back of the Mall were empty and the three second delay in his words reaching those at the back only added to the low key atmosphere.
There were muted cheers and very little chanting to greet the President among the spectators that stood with space to walk freely behind them.
A police officer falls to the ground as another shoots pepper spray at protesters demonstrating against U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the inauguration
Riot police used flash bang grenades and pepper spray to subdue the destructive crowd
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