Shopkeepers and property owners will be sizing up damage in the days ahead at downtown businesses targeted in Friday’s riots.
“We’re working the damage assessments now throughout the city, and I’m sure we’ll be doing that throughout the week,” said Chris Geldart, director of D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management, who offered praise for the actions of D.C. police.
“I think that the swift response of the Metropolitan Police Department kept this from being more of what it was,” Geldart said.
Newsham and Geldart said there will be after-action reviews of all the security procedures that were put in place, including the strategies and tactics employed by police. Geldart said some reviews are already underway at his agency.
Chief Newsham praised officers throughout the city for their efforts managing large crowds and the conflict on Friday, in addition to Saturday’s massive and peaceful Women’s March. And while the cleanup continues from a week of inaugural activities, the city is ready for the next big group.
“We have a right-to-life march coming up this Friday … this is another demonstration. It will be large but it will be peaceful,” Newsham said about Friday’s scheduled anti-abortion “March for Life,” marking the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
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