December 4, 2023

Capitol Police Say Anti-Israel Protest at DNC ‘Not Peaceful’

A riot erupted at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday evening.

Pro-Palestinian protesters gathered in entrance of the constructing, demanding a cease-fire within the battle between Israel and Hamas. The protest turned violent as individuals from the gang charged the door, and police obtained concerned to interrupt up the violence.

Several distinguished Democratic Party legislators had been contained in the constructing, together with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. However, ABC News reported that Jeffries had left the constructing by the point the violence broke out.

The U.S. Capitol Police put out a press release on the protest and ensuing chaos. They stated that about 200 individuals had been at the protest and that it wasn’t peaceable.

“We have handled hundreds of peaceful protests, but last night’s group was not peaceful,” the assertion reads. “The crowd failed to obey our lawful orders to move back from the DNC, where Members of Congress were in the building.”

The assertion continued:

When the group moved dumpsters in entrance of the exits, pepper sprayed our officers and tried to choose up the bike rack, our groups rapidly launched penalties – pulling individuals off the constructing, pushing them again, and clearing them from the realm, so we might safely evacuate the Members and employees.

According to the assertion, six officers had been handled for accidents sustained within the riot.

The Capitol Police additionally arrested 24-year-old Ruben Arthur Camacho after “an officer witnessed Camacho slam another officer into a garage door and then punch the female officer in the face.”

One House Democrat reportedly told Axios that the riot “scared me more than January 6.”

Several movies of the incident have been revealed on social media.

Journalist Andy Ngo posted a video of a melee in entrance of the DNC constructing.

Human Events editor Jack Posobiec posted a video of the protesters surrounding the front of the building.

Activists at the scene additionally put movies on X, previously referred to as Twitter.

This is just not the primary pro-Palestinian protest the place Capitol Police needed to intervene. In mid-October, officers arrested hundreds of protesters who had been calling for a cease-fire in Gaza as a result of they had been occupying a congressional workplace constructing and wouldn’t depart.

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