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After a violent riot erupted outside the Democratic National Committee's headquarters, a House Democrat made an eyebrow-raising admission.
Late Wednesday, the Capitol Police confronted violent protesters who had surrounded the DNC's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Videos from the scene showed the anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian protesters clashing with Capitol Police officers, many of whom were dressed in riot gear. The violence forced officers to evacuate all members of Congress from the building, and multiple police officers were injured in the violence.
Afterward, a House Democrat who had to evacuate the building told Axios the incident "scared me more than Jan. 6."
"Someone sent out word for people to come [back] and police said it's not safe," the Democrat added. "Police were wearing gas masks ... this was not peaceful."
Unfortunately, Axios did not disclose the identity of that lawmaker.
The Capitol Police released a statement on Thursday confirming what video showed: the protesters were anything but "peaceful."
The USCP said:
We have handled hundreds of peaceful protests, but last night’s group was not peaceful. The crowd failed to obey our lawful orders to move back from the DNC, where Members of Congress were in the building. When the group moved dumpsters in front of the exits, pepper sprayed our officers and attempted to pick up the bike rack, our teams quickly introduced consequences – pulling people off the building, pushing them back, and clearing them from the area, so we could safely evacuate the Members and staff.
Ultimately, six officers were treated for injuries, the agency said, "from minor cuts to being pepper sprayed to being punched."
Only one protester was arrested, a 24-year-old man from New York. The Capitol Police allege that man, Ruben Camacho, slammed one officer into a garage door and punched a female officer in the face.
The groups that organized the protest — IfNotNow, the Democratic Socialists of America, and Jewish Voice for Peace Action — claimed the protesters acted nonviolently and alleged that police were the aggressors. They claim more than 90 protesters were injured in the clashes.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News