Violent protests, dozens of arrests rock DC; mayor calls for peace

Violent protests, dozens of arrests rock DC; mayor calls for peace
Police deploy smoke and pepper grenades during clashes with protesters in northwest Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

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.”

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: