On Wednesday night, U.S. Capitol Police confronted around 150 protesters outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC) headquarters in Washington, D.C. The situation escalated as the police described the protest as “illegal and violent,” occurring near Canal Street and Ivy Street, SE, where the DNC’s headquarters are situated.
The Capitol Police reported injuries among six officers, varying from minor cuts to pepper spray effects and physical assault. In response to the unrest, one individual was arrested for assaulting an officer. Additionally, to ensure safety, members were evacuated from the area, and advisories were issued to avoid the vicinity. Key streets, including South Capitol Street and Ivy Street, were temporarily closed.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of D.C. also participated, aiding the Capitol Police during the incident.
Social media posts indicated the protesters’ demands for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas conflict. Videos showed intense interactions between the police and protesters, some of whom had linked arms outside the DNC building.
Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) was among those evacuated from the DNC. He reported on social media about being evacuated due to the violent nature of the pro-terrorist, anti-Israel protests, expressing gratitude towards the police for their intervention.