WASHINGTON D.C. – Exactly one week after radicals stormed the U.S. Capitol, Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with police outside the newly installed fences meant to keep the members of Congress safe.
On Wednesday, January 13th, the group that is well known for causing destruction and violence in order to get what they want, allegedly attempted to tie a banner to the fence with the slogan “EXPEL ALL FASCISTS”.
However, the protesters who were chanting “Black Lives Matter” were met with strong resistance from the police, who ordered them to leave Capitol Hill because they were protesting without a permit.
As expected, the protesters did not follow police directives, and instead stood their ground and shouted at the police line. Capitol Hill police, as well as a contingent of the National Guard, pushed the group off the Hill before dispersing them.
The protest began when members of the group ShutDownDC invited protesters to write the names of congressional Republicans who had backed President Trump’s attempts to challenge the election on January 6th. The group singled out Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the Republicans who most urgently needed to be “expelled” from the Senate, The Washington Examiner reported.
ShutDownDC organizers told reporters:
“It’s not enough to impeach the president of the United States,”
“We need to expel the members of Congress who aided and abetted and facilitated the political conditions to allow a fascist mob to overtake the Capitol and have five people die.”
ShutDownDC claimed in a recent press release that it would “calmly reclaim the space” that was raided at the Capitol on January 6th following President Trump’s speech.
This is not the first time the group has organized a protest, as they previously organized a protest outside Hawley’s house when President Trump announced that he would be challenging the election results to prove voter fraud.
Police were not going to allow a repeat of the January 6th riots however, so they gathered in large numbers to force the group to leave the premises.
In the video posted to Twitter, a man can be heard screaming at police, and blaming them for allowing the protesters into the Capitol building one week prior.
A captain responded by telling the group that they were holding a non-permitted riot, and:
“If you do not leave, you will be subject to arrest,”
A protester screams at Capitol Police after officers told a group they would be subject to arrest if they refused to leave.pic.twitter.com/RAm9POUgzu
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 13, 2021
When protesters would not leave, more police arrived with zip ties and began pulling them into the shape of handcuffs. The National Guard began forming a second line behind Capitol Hill police, The Washington Examiner reported.
BLM Protesters Clash with Police at Capitol
Protesters clashed with Capitol Hill police on Wednesday outside the fence that was put up last week to keep lawmakers… Read more…https://t.co/HEUuWRvCii
— Rafael Brom (@cosmotone) January 15, 2021
The line of officers were able to force the protesters away from the fence. As more police joined the line, protesters began chanting at them and accusing them of being fascists.
The group accused the officers of only “protecting” those who support President Trump, and began shouting:
“No cops! No KKK! No fascist USA!”
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US Capitol Police deal with second death of one of their own in four days – here’s what we know
January 10, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC- The U.S. Capitol Police suffered yet another loss only days after losing an officer subsequent to the protests that took place last Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol building.
The agency is reporting that Officer Howard Liebengood, 51, who worked with the US Senate died Saturday of an apparent suicide, several sources reported, according to Business Insider as reported by MSN.
— Punchbowl News (@PunchbowlNews) January 10, 2021
“The United States Capitol Police is deeply saddened by the off-duty death of Officer Howard Liebengood, age 51. He was assigned to the Senate Division and has been with the department since April 2015.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues. We ask that his family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time,” the agency wrote in a statement.
Several sources reported the apparent suicide. It is unknown if the death is related to the peaceful protests turned violent by apparent outside agitators, which led to the death of the second officer earlier this week.
The union chair for the Capitol Police union, Gus Papathanasiou released a statement in which he praised Officer Liebengood’s service to the department.
“We mourn the death of a friend and colleague who worked alongside us to protect the lives of the Members of Congress, their staff and all who serve at the US Capitol,” he wrote. “He was among the officers who responded to the rioting at the US Capitol on January 6. We pay tribute to his service and we grieve for the loss of a fellow officer.”
Continuing, he wrote, “Every Capitol Police officer puts the security of others before their own safety and Officer Liebengood was an example of the selfless service that is the hallmark of USCP. This is a tragic day.”
The Daily Mail reported that Liebengood was the son of a former top Senate Aid Howard S. Liebengood, who served as Sergeant of Arms at the Capitol from 1981 to 1983. He died from a heart attack at age 62 in 2005.
There is no suggestion that his suicide was related to the protests last week at the Capitol.
Last week, Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away from injuries he sustained during the protests at the Capitol the day before.
Hundreds of thousands of supporters of President Trump showed up in Washington, DC as Congress deliberated the certification of electors inside the Capitol.
While an overwhelming majority of those in attendance, estimated by some at over half-a-million, were peaceful, a small minority of them stormed the Capitol and breached security, causing damage and forcing Congress to shelter.
During the siege, one of the Trump supporters were shot and killed by an unidentified police officer, while three others died of medical causes, plus Officer Sicknick, who sources say may have been struck in the head with a fire extinguisher.
He reportedly went back to the police station, and then transported to the hospital where he passed away from his injuries. That incident remains under investigation.
On behalf of Law Enforcement Today, our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and colleagues of both Officer Liebengood, as well as Officer Sicknick. Until Valhalla, brothers.
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