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Videos: 8 officers injured, 4 people stabbed, 33 arrested during weekend protest clashes in DC

A Metropolitan Police Department vehicle. (Alex Smith/Flickr)
December 14, 2020

Violent conflicts involving Antifa, Black Lives Matter and the Proud Boys erupted in Washington, D.C., Saturday night, leading to at least eight injured officers, four stabbings, and 33 arrests.

Fox News reported that eight DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers suffered injuries while attempting to control the chaos, with at least two officers hospitalized as a result.

According to KNBC, Black Lives Matter (BLM) DC organizer April Goggans claimed the MPD “physically protected white supremacists” by allowing them to threaten individuals and burn BLM signs. BLM has demanded DC Mayor Muriel Bowser “protect” people from “Trump supporters and white supremacists,” and hold local police “accountable for enabling white supremacist violence.”

“We demand that Mayor Bowser and the D.C. Council protect the people of D.C. and promote the values of Black Lives Matter Plaza by taking immediate action to hold the police department accountable and to protect our civil and human rights,” BLM DC stated, according to KNBC.

Social media was filled with first-hand accounts as Saturday’s events unfolded. One Twitter user posted a video that showed a conflict between MPD officers and Antifa.

“[Antifa] clash with MPD as they push the police line back. after numerous objects are thrown at officers they advance towards protestors where things get intense,” the user tweeted.

In several other videos, fights break out between Antifa and the Proud Boys as police attempt to intervene.

Additional footage showed Proud Boys setting a BLM banner on fire and smashing Black lives Matter boards on the streets of D.C.

Another video showed “3 more protesters arrested and carried away by police.”

The intense clashes started after thousands of President Donald Trump supporters participated in the “March for Trump” in D.C. to support the president’s efforts in fighting voter fraud and suppression that allegedly took play during the 2020 presidential race.

“This isn’t over. This is just beginning,” Katrina Pierson, a former Trump campaign spokeswoman, told rally attendees, the New York Post reported. “We knew that both Republicans and Democrats were against we the people. We are the cavalry. No one’s coming for us.”