DC police make 41 arrests, form perimeter around protesters in Adams Morgan

Dozens of arrests were made by D.C. police as they surrounded protesters in the Adams Morgan neighborhood on Thursday night.

D.C. police say they made 41 arrests for felony rioting and assault on police officer offenses.

“We facilitate daily peaceful demonstrations in D.C. Overnight, intentional fires were set and property destroyed. When this occurs, our members have a responsibility to take action,” D.C. police said in a tweet.

D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted that two outside fires were put out. There were no structural fires.

Police lined the corner of Willard Street and 18th Street Northwest after protesters gathered in Adams Morgan to march through the neighborhood about 10 p.m.

Tom Lynch, a member of the assignments team for WTOP news partner NBC Washington, reported from the scene that protesters demonstrated outside of the Third District police station.

By 11 p.m., protesters were corralled by police in the 1900 block of 18th Street Northwest near the corner of Willard Street Northwest, Lynch said. Several nearby blocks were also lined with police, who surrounded the protesters.

Lynch said bystanders urged police to release protesters who had been corralled.

Shortly after midnight, protesters that police cornered were handcuffed and taken into police vans, according to Lynch. Officers at the scene said those arrested face felony rioting charges.

Lynch said D.C. Fire and EMS transported at least one person from the scene.

Josh Evans, a bystander at the scene, told WTOP that some protesters were pepper sprayed.

D.C. police tweeted Friday morning that “numerous arrests” were made and that they were, “only of those that were engaged in rioting behaviors.”

An official count on the number of people arrested has not yet been released.

It’s unclear what caused the scene to escalate.

WTOP’s Adisa Hargett-Robinson contributed to this report.

Scott Gelman

Scott Gelman is a digital editor and writer for WTOP. A South Florida native, Scott graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019. During his time in College Park, he worked for The Diamondback, the school’s student newspaper.

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