Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser called for peace Friday after some violent protests broke out in the nation’s capital following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
Bowser took to Twitter to say that while most protesters were peaceful, some were not. She called damage done to some local business “unacceptable” and urged “peaceful exercise of First Amendment rights in a safe environment.”
I have been in contact with @DCPoliceDept and our federal partners regarding today's protests #Inauguration #inaug2017— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@Mayor Muriel Bowser)1484942636.0
As I said earlier, our mission is to ensure a peaceful exercise of First Amendment rights in a safe environment. #Inauguration #Inaug2017— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@Mayor Muriel Bowser)1484942728.0
To those of you visiting Washington, D.C. we welcome you but we cannot allow you to destroy our neighborhoods. #Inauguration #Inaug2017— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@Mayor Muriel Bowser)1484942813.0
I support @DCPoliceDept and other law enforcement who have come to DC to support our officers as they have handled crowds and this event.— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@Mayor Muriel Bowser)1484942845.0
Again, I respect your right to peacefully protest but the damage that has occurred today is unacceptable and not welcome in DC. #Inaug2017— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@Mayor Muriel Bowser)1484942916.0
According to WRC-TV, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department arrested 95 protesters, and riot police were dispatched against hundreds of demonstrators who were downtown near 12th and K Streets, which is about six blocks from the inaugural parade route taken by Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
WRC also reported that three D.C. police officers were injured.
TheBlaze previously reported that some of the rioters broke windows and set fires. There were many peaceful protests in the city as well.
TheBlaze’s Leigh Munsil and Jon Street observed some of the protests:
Aftermath of protests on 13th and I https://t.co/CcO24AFwbN— Leigh Munsil (@Leigh Munsil)1484933527.0
McDonald's employees hang a tarp over damage at 13th and NY Ave. NW https://t.co/6MoPsB2m7Q— Leigh Munsil (@Leigh Munsil)1484933630.0
Protesters are blocking a checkpoint at 14th and F. Supporters pushing through like Red Rover #Inauguration https://t.co/9tp4l3I89R— Leigh Munsil (@Leigh Munsil)1484934696.0
Protesters blocking #TrumpInauguration entrance being removed by authorities https://t.co/DREH2F9aWD— Jon Street (@Jon Street)1484922827.0
#TrumpInauguration https://t.co/SKpookoztE— Jon Street (@Jon Street)1484922828.0