Crime

Storefronts Destroyed During Trump Inauguration

| by Ray Brown

People allegedly participating in protests against President Donald Trump damaged storefronts in downtown Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day (video below.)

"Donald Trump is a racist!" a woman yelled as Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, according to CNBC. Meanwhile, several businesses, including a McDonald's, a Starbucks, and branches of Bank of America and Wells Fargo, were damaged.

“A riot is breaking out. They smashed Bank of America and Starbucks,” wrote Sputnik news reporter Cassandra Fairbanks.

New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor tweeted a picture of a limousine with shattered windows.

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“Cannot overstate contrast between the calm ceremony at the Capitol and the feeling in the streets,” she wrote.

Several arrests were made by Washington, D.C., police.

"At approximately 10:30 a.m., an organized group was observed marching south in Northwest Washington,” Metropolitan police said in a press release, according to WJLA. “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.”

Police said pepper spray and “other control devices” were used on people suspected of damaging property.

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“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,” police said.

Sources: WJLA, CNBC, Cassandra Fairbanks/Twitter, Jodi Kantor/Twitter/ Photo credit: Radio Free Europe/YouTube

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