''We respect the rights of people to gather and to protest peacefully... but we will not tolerate violence and vandalism and the destruction of our neighborhoods,'' says Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser held a news conference on Friday (January 20) after violence and vandalism broke out on the streets while President Donald Trump was sworn in. "We respect the rights of people to gather and to protest peacefully... but we will not tolerate violence and vandalism and the destruction of our neighborhoods," Bowser said. Hundreds of protesters with varying agendas marched through downtown, and some groups clashed with police, throwing rocks and bottles, which police responded to with tear gas and concussion grenades. A helicopter hovered low overhead. At one flash point, a protester hurled an object through the passenger window of a police van, which sped away in reverse as demonstrators cheered. Earlier, activists wearing masks used chunks of pavement and baseball bats to shatter the windows of a Bank of America branch and a McDonald's outlet, all symbols of American capitalism. Multiple vehicles were set on fire, including a black limousine and a television truck. A knot of people dragged garbage cans into a street a few blocks from the White House and set them ablaze, later throwing a red cap bearing Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan into the flames. Police said at least 217 people were arrested and six officers were injured in scuffles with activists. The people arrested would be held overnight before making court appearances on Saturday, Peter Newsham, interim chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, told a news conference. Newsham added that police would continue to monitor security around the night's celebrations.