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Protesters Tear-Gassed, Arrested, Buzzed With Military Helicopters During Another Night of Protests in D.C.

Tonight's anti-police protests in the nation's capital saw fewer incidents of fires and vandalism, but also a heavy dose of aggressive police tactics.

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Another night of protests rocked Washington, D.C., this evening, with police tear-gassing some demonstrators, arresting others, and even buzzing crowds with helicopters in an apparent attempt to get them to disperse. Largely absent was the vandalism, arson, and violent confrontations between protesters and police that characterized the past several nights of demonstrations.

The evening started out tense enough: Mayor Muriel Bowser had declared a 7 p.m. curfew which made anyone out on city streets past that hour—save for media and essential workers—able to be arrested.

Businesses throughout the city's downtown were busy boarding up their windows in the late afternoon, all in anticipation of another night of looting. A few shops nevertheless sported hopeful "We're open!" and "Support small business" signs.

They'd been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns. Then came the protests.

Some of the most aggressive tactics by police came earlier in the night. As I approached the White House, I saw police fire some sort of crowd dispersal munition at protesters well before the city's curfew was in effect. Bowser later criticized that incident on Twitter, laying the blame on federal police who are not part of the city's Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Nearby, a group of protesters called attention to a package of what appeared to be fireworks placed in a garbage can. They loudly accused the cops of planting it, before being shooed away by police.

This was followed shortly thereafter by police firing tear gas and charging protesters near the North Lawn of the White House, reportedly in an attempt to clear the streets so that President Donald Trump could make a short speech at St. John's Episcopal Church (which had been set on fire during Sunday night's protests).

Police beat protesters—including members of the media—with clubs as they tried to back up.

"I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail," said Trump during his St. John's speech, according to The Daily Beast. "This includes antifa and others leading instigators of this. One law and order and that is what it is, one law, we have one beautiful law."

"I am outraged," said Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, according to The Washington Post in response to Trump's visit. "I don't want President Trump speaking for St. John's."

Elsewhere around the White House, interactions between police and protesters were largely peaceful, if tense, for the first few hours after the city's curfew went into effect.

Demonstrators would alternate between taking a knee and standing with their hands raised, chanting things like "Don't shoot" or "I can't breathe" (a reference to the last words of George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police set off a week of protests across the nation).

In one tense moment, a crowd of protesters marched right up to the police line as several protesters shouted directly in individual officers' faces.

"Don't give them a reason," said one woman, in an attempt to calm one particularly rowdy demonstrator down. "I want to give them a reason," he shouted back at her.

As darkness fell, police began to employ more aggressive tactics. They surrounded some demonstrators who had made their way from the White House up 14th Street and arrested them.

About 100 others on 14th Street managed to escape arrest after one person let them take refuge in his home, according to Washington Post reporter Derek Hawkins.

Closer to the White House, crowds were cleared away with flash-bang grenades.

One gaggle of protesters who made their way away from the White House toward Judiciary Square was buzzed by low-flying helicopters that kicked up dust and reportedly caused tree branches to fall off, almost hitting people.

The Teamsters union headquarters was reportedly heavily vandalized late in the evening. Aside from that, fears of another rash of arsons and attacks on businesses appear to have been overblown, yet tensions in the city remain high. Tomorrow brings another 7 p.m. curfew, as well as the chance that attempts to enforce it might spiral out of control.

Update: Park Police are denying that they used tear gas on protestors, contradicting reports from journalists at yesterday's demonstrations. 

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  1. Tonight’s anti-police protests in the nation’s capital saw fewer incidents of fires and vandalism, but also a heavy dose of aggressive police tactics.

    I wonder if the two are connected in any way?

    1. Joe Biden’s powerful and steady leadership during this time of crisis has likely caused hate to ebb in the psyche of the alt-right white terrorists who have rampaged through the multi-racial, multi-cultural cities of America.

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    2. The police were too busy harassing innocent protesters to do much rioting

    3. 4 cops shot, one on the head from behind. A truck driving into a police line in buffalo.

      But msnbc and others still claiming a peaceful protest.

      Hollywood .meltdown on twitter proving hollywood is full of the dumbest motherfuckers on the planet

      Acosta yelling about democracy apparently thinking democracy is value signaling and giving in to violent demands..

      Is the left completely unable to see how fucking dumb they look?

      1. Despite the urge some have to cling to simple absolutes, it is possible for many/most protestors to be peaceful, AND for there to be arsonists, looters, rioters who should be thrown in prison. Sadly, some police departments, and some pundits, seem unable to grasp that.

        Likewise, it’s possible for some police officers, and even some departments, to be rotten, without ALL police being rotten. Sadly, some on the left and some in the crowds seem unable to grasp that.

        1. Despite your strawman argument, the media is saying peaceful protests. I have never claimed they are all violent, but I readily admit there is violence among the protests. Can you?

          1. Yes. Can you admit that police use of force against peaceful protesters is not going to help reduce the violence?

            1. CNA you admit the police not using force will also not lead to peace? Because that is what they did for the first couple of nights. It is also what they did in Los Angeles in 1994. In fact most historiwns who have looked at the LA riots have come to the conclusion that the police pulling back actually helped perpetuate the violence.

              1. *LA riots were in 1992 not 1994.

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        2. I’m not sure how to quantify it though. If a crowd gathers to protest, and people in that crowd start smashing windows, attacking people, burning buildings etc., do we call the protest ‘peaceful’, even if only 15% of the crowd is engaging in the fracas? Here’s my thoughts… if I’m in a peaceful protest, and a small percentage of people in my crowd start “behaving badly”, I’m going to attempt to put a stop to it. If that percentage becomes critically high and I can no longer put a stop to it, I will abort my involvement in the protest.

      2. Apparently you missed the twitter video right above? There can be both looters and violent, rights-infringing police.

        1. And? Also, how do you know they are right wing? Did they hold up signs indicating that?

    4. “I wonder if the two are connected in any way?” Just what I was going to ask.

    5. It’s like they think, if you state the effect before the cause, you’ve proven cause and effect isn’t real.

      1. The only way it could’ve been better is if the window were above her.

    1. Hilarious

    2. OMG there oughtta be a gif or a meme.

      1. Neither would do justice to how long that went on.

      2. Thegeekzteam needs to poorly photoshop a ‘Trump 2020’ campaign poster into the window.

        I’d say they need to photoshop something in for Antifa Karen, but I think she’s enough of a caricature as she is.

    3. There is a while twitchy thread of black protestors asking white people to stop breaking shit during the marches.

    4. “Let me do it for you, Honey.”

    5. What is she hitting that window with, a pool noodle? It doesn’t look terribly rigid.

  2. Helicopter parked over a crowd at 5/E St Nw #WashingtonDCProtest trying to force ppl away with noise and wind

    The tyranny of a dictatorship, violent suppression with noise and wind.

    1. Should the police really be allowed to own and operate assault speakers?

      1. Less damaging than T Swift blaring from a car.

      2. Are you sure is wasn’t military?

    2. Remember… not allowing fires and wanton destruction means you’re an authoritarian.

    3. The tyranny of a dictatorship, violent suppression with noise and wind.

      Is it still collusion if it’s supposedly an otherwise slow news cycle and the brain trust is too dimwitted to report on anything other than shiny objects?

      I’m at a loss to explain the number of “I went to the protests and my glasses got knocked off!” non-stories I’ve read in the past couple days. It’s almost like a conspiracy to avoid covering any actual news while simultaneously making the protests seem about as violent as your average rock concert.

      1. YOu don’t need collusion if there is a shared narrative and groupthink.

        1. I believe the argument can be that a shared narrative and group think is a form of collusion.

  3. I’m in denver, duh. Not sure why the commies are trying to start fights with the DPD over something that happened in Minneapolis, but my thoughts and prayers are not with the “protesters”.
    This is a far left attack on a free people, and needs to met with the full force of law.

  4. Meanwhile the cops in St. Louis basically did nothing but stand around (after singing Kumbaya all day with the “protesters”) only to have looting and fires pop up, resulting in 4 cops being shot.

  5. Believe in the Bible, do you Trump?
    Well I can’t understand none of it. This one begat that one and that one begat this one, and lo and behold someone says some shit to someone else – just how retarded are you Trump?

    1. Ahh. When leftist anarchist dumbfucks pretend to be pastors. Never stop.

    2. While the left loves to point out Jesus and turn the other cheek, they seem to forget that Jesus also allowed self defense and even attacked the money changers in the Temple.

  6. “Another night of protests rocked Washington, D.C., this evening, with police tear-gassing some demonstrators, arresting others, and even buzzing crowds with helicopters in an apparent attempt to get them to disperse. Largely absent was the vandalism, arson, and violent confrontations between protesters and police that characterized the past several nights of demonstrations.”

    So you’re saying it worked. “Largely.”

  7. “Some of the most aggressive tactics by police came earlier in the night. As I approached the White House, I saw police fire some sort of crowd dispersal munition at protesters well before the city’s curfew was in effect.”

    Could we characterize the actions of the police as “largely/mostly peaceful”?

  8. I guess my question is if this looting and burning is over uncontrollable outrage, why is the outrage only at night? Shouldn’t it be their in the day too?

    1. Which is why the curfews should start at 7:00 and be strictly enforced. Arrest everyone on any street including press and bystanders.

  9. “Don’t give them a reason,” said one woman, in an attempt to calm one particularly rowdy demonstrator down. “I want to give them a reason,” he shouted back at her.

    A telling exchange. The bottom line here is that rioters and looters are criminals. They destroy property, steal, commit violence and mayhem. Their ideas are completely antithetical to the values and ideals of our Republic. There is no place – none – for rioters and looters. I have no qualms whatsoever about shooting them.

    As for the protestors who allow these people to subvert their peaceful protest, I have news for you: Watch the company you keep.

    1. “Watch the company you keep.”

      Great advice.

      Here’s some advice for right-wingers who have been appeasing stale-thinking conservative bigots and half-educated Republican authoritarians: Open wider, clingers.

      Get in your practice for January.

      1. Keep it up Reverend. We’ll come for you sooner or later.

  10. When you breathlessly report such measures as, buzzing with a helicopter. You really just make it super obvious you’re desperate to be oppressed. I know its been hard these past few years for those on the left, but at some point you’re just going to have to accept that no matter how much you fantasize, you aren’t actually living in Nazi Germany.

    1. Everything is so terrible and unfair.

  11. …we have one beautiful law.

    Love thy neighbor?

  12. “Another night of protests rocked Washington, D.C., this evening, with police tear-gassing some demonstrators, arresting others, and even buzzing crowds with helicopters in an apparent attempt to get them to disperse. Largely absent was the vandalism, arson, and violent confrontations between protesters and police that characterized the past several nights of demonstrations.”

    Cause and effect strikes again.

  13. “Tonight’s anti-police protests in the nation’s capital saw fewer incidents of fires and vandalism, but also a heavy dose of aggressive police tactics.”

    From the truth in headlines committee:

    “a heavy dose of aggressive police tactics saw fewer incidents of fires and vandalism”

  14. THE DOTARD ANGRY!

    1. If Drumpf watched MSNBC he’d know he should be angry with his own base. Joy Reid has explained that the violence is actually the fault of white nationalists, possibly acting on orders of Russia.

      #LibertariansForAntifa

    2. It’s really fucked up that you enjoy watching lives and livelihoods ruined because it might hurt Trump politically. A true hateful lefty.

      1. It’s equally fucked up that clingers don’t mind seeing police harass and kill innocent citizens so long as those citizens are black.

        Prepare for the wrath of the wrong side of history, Republicans.

        1. Haha. You been waiting for that wrath for a long time eh, rev? I guess threatening people helps you deal with the disappointment of an ever elusive victory over those pesky clingers.

          Keep waiting, old man. Any year now! Haha.

        2. Hey, good for me: I’m not a clinger! Nor do I know any. Because I do mind seeing police harass and kill innocent citizens, regardless of race.

          But it’s always entertaining to watch racist progs project.

        3. Most conservatives I know were rightly upset and mad about the killing of Floyd. They wanted the cops head on a pike. They supported the protests originally. But once the violence, rioting and looting started they stopped supporting the protests but still want the cops locked up. See most people are not as simplistic as you and can have nuanced views.

  15. “Don’t give them a Reason,” said one woman, in an attempt to calm one particularly rowdy demonstrator down. “I want to give them a Reason,” he shouted back at her.

    Out of actual shit to fling, protesters turn to the next best thing.

  16. “Black Lives Matter is a joke. You are the racists,” said Nestride Yumga, an American citizen originally from Africa.

    “Go to Chicago. They don’t have schools, and they die every day. They don’t matter [to you] because you can’t get attention from that,” she told protesters.

    “Group of hypocrites! Go to Southeast D.C., Northeast D.C. Tell them black lives matter! If it matters, it should matter everywhere. You guys are hypocrites, attention seekers. Black lives should matter everywhere. It doesn’t take a white cop to kill a black person [for their life] to matter.

    When black people kill black people, they don’t come out and do this crap.

    “I’m proud of my country, and I don’t want my country to be portrayed like this,” Yumga said.

    1. Nobody cares what this “Yunga” guy says, moron.

      Cops are in a position of power. That is why there is an uproar whenever cops brutalize and murder black people, idiot. Blacks who kill blacks go to prison. Cops who kill blacks get let off the hook.

      1. You seem racist. That’s what we do right, you dismiss a voice and get called a racist.

        You also seem to excuse violence for political reasons.

        1. You will be cowering in a bunker come January, JesseAz. With all of the other all-talk bigots.

          1. Yeah, because the ones who actually own guns are the ones who need to be afraid… Idiot. Oh and all we really need to do is cut off your food supply, and your side would capitulate fairly quickly. All those “clingers” you ridicule are who feeds you, clothes you and makes your electricity. We can survive quite well without the blue urban areas for quite awhile, how long can the urban areas survive without the rural red areas?

          2. So he will be sharing a bunker with you?

          3. Why? What are you gonna do? Be specific. What does your “final solution” look like, rev?

            Ain’t nobody hiding from your old, dumb ass.

          4. I’m back in DC tonight. From where are you spewing?

    2. Amash is introducing a bill to end qualified immunity. Good for him.

      BTW, libertarians don’t support retaliatory tariffs, imbecile.

  17. We want you to stop rioters from burning down the city while being outnumbered 10 to 1. But don’t be aggressive. Try hugs instead.

    1. See JeremyR’s comment above. Apparently they tried that in St. Louis and 4 of them go shot.

    2. They can be as agressive as they want with actual rioters.

      Not so much when they attack news crews and people sitting on their own front porches.

      1. The news crews have been caught egging on the protestors and encouraging violence. Also, were the reporters targeted are just happened to get caught in the crossfire? The same question with those in their front yards.

  18. Trump is a fascist and may have broken international law by tear gassing innocent protesters. No true libertarian can support this piece of shit.

    1. Beats the alternative….

    2. Protecting people’s rights is the only libertarian function of government, and the government has a legitimate role in protecting our rights from rioters.

      There isn’t anything un-libertarian about calling for the president to use the National Guard to put down rioting just like there isn’t anything un-libertarian about calling the police when you’re being robbed at gunpoint.

      1. Part of the problem is that there’s also a right to protest — freedom of association, freedom of speech, etc.

        The challenge facing police, that they’re clearly failing in some places given their actions towards journalists, towards people on their own property, towards bystanders, is finding the balance between defending life and property from the looters, arsonists, and rioters… and not randomly attacking innocent people.

        1. they aren’t failing. if you enter into a tumulutous area of rioting you shouldn’t expect to be safe. its common sense.

          1. And if you’re sitting at home on your porch?

            1. Because someone can’t be both opposed to police overreacting and opposed to the rioting? So, yes depending on what they were doing in their front yard, then yes it was abuse of power. If they were throwing rocks or something then no it wasn’t. But if it was peaceful then we should punish the cops who arrested people in their front yards. See how that works, it’s situational.

              1. And most people can maintain conflicting thoughts and reconcile them fairly easily. It doesn’t need to be one or the other. Only ideologues and simplistic people think only in either or.

      2. Gassing PEACEFUL protesters is wrong

    3. The people Vox/Media Matters sends over get dumber by the day.

      1. You’re a fucking moron, which explains your support for the dotard.

    4. I’m sure you have a cite to the ratified treaty that prohibits the use of tear gas by law enforcement. Neither the 1925 Geneva Protocol nor the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention prohibit the use of tear gas for law enforcement.

      1. Not what I said, moron.

      2. Never said tear gas in and of itself is illegal, retard.

  19. Useless and youthless tidbit from the punk daze – Swann Street in DC where some of the protesters were corralled last night is the title of a song by the (post?) harDCore band “Three” with Jeff Nelson (co-founder of Dischord Records and “Minor Threat”) on drums. — https://youtu.be/KCODlBd81Lw

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  21. “I am outraged,” said Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, according to The Washington Post in response to Trump’s visit. “I don’t want President Trump speaking for St. John’s.”

    1) Separation of Church and State?

    2) Whereupon Trump tweeted “Never mind, then. Burn the fucker down!”

    1. TDS impacts the clergy–who knew the clergy could be so elitist?

      The correct answer is everybody since before the year of our lord 1500 at least.

      We always make the joke about how TDS means that if opposing Trump on anything is wrong, they don’t want to be right, and this is an excellent example. If the only thing stopping people from burning down his church is President Trump’s good will, would he rather the church burn to the ground?

    2. Is separation of Church and State, like, social distancing?

      /chews bubble gum loudly blows bubble.

  22. Let us remember the protest were disbursed to give President Trump a chance to show he was not cowering in the WH but could with a heavy police presence walk across a street. Have we ever had a more heroic President?

    1. Most bigly tought POTUS ever! /s

      We used to have presidents who’d finish their speeches after someone tried to assassinate them.

      Now we have a president who throws a tantrum when people say mean things about him on the interwebs, and cowers in his basement when there are loud people across the street.

      1. We used to be able to go to work without worrying about catching a deadly virus or being shot by looters….whats your point

    2. He could always just lead from behind and whine. Like his predecessor

    3. And if he didn’t, you would be criticizing him for cowering in fear. Can’t win for losing in your mind. You will find fault no matter what he did, so we already can discount anything you say. If instead you ever actually gave any credit then your opinion would carry more weight.

  23. So I take it the editorial stance at Reason is to say ‘protests’ and not ‘riots’?

    Hoo-kay.

    Whatever.

    1. We need more of the same, whatever you want to call it. MAGA: Making America Governable Again!

      1. MAGA: Make Antifa Go Away!

        Preferably back to the 1920’s where they belong.

        1. Where shall we send our black brothers and sisters? 1820s?

          1. Why would you want to send them somewhere? What is wrong with you?

  24. There was more diversity of opinion in Stalin’s inner circle than there is at Reason. It’s amazing how close Reason’s writers hew to the narrative. How can anyone with an ounce of self-respect write this drivel? Is Christian Britschgi a fake name? Maybe all of Reason’s writers use pseudonyms so that can appear in public and not feel shame.

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