May 12, 2021 20:50

10 Arrests at D.C. Protests, Hawley Claims Vandalism

Washington, D.C. police made 10 arrests from Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday morning at demonstrations in support of President Donald Trump, the Washington Post reports. Two people were charged with carrying firearms without permits, including one man aboard a bus from North Carolina. Police stopped the bus and confiscated a rifle and handgun, along with a drum magazine that holds extra bullets. Police arrested a man who had a handgun tucked under a jacket. Other charges include carrying firearms without a license, crossing police lines, assault and assaulting police officers.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) claimed on Twitter Monday night that his family faced vandalism and threats of violence during a protest outside of their home, but video posted by activists and a police report don’t match his account, McClatchy reports. The protest took place ahead of his planned objection to President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral votes when Congress meets Wednesday to certify the presidential election. “Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in D.C. and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence,” Hawley said. While the demonstrators mostly stayed on the public street and sidewalk, four people walked onto Hawley’s property to place a copy of the Constitution on his front door. The video shows activists writing in chalk on the sidewalk, but it doesn’t show any damage to his Vienna, Va. home. Vienna officer Juan Vazquez said the activists left eight minutes later without incident or any arrests.

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