Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a public emergency Wednesday and extended it to last until the day after President-elect Joe Biden is due to be sworn into office.
“Many persons came to the District armed and for the purpose of engaging in violence and destruction and have engaged in violence and destruction,” a statement from the mayor’s office read.
“They have fired chemical irritants, bricks, bottles, and guns. They have breached the security of the Capitol and their destructive and riotous behavior has the potential to spread beyond the Capitol.”
I have issued Mayor’s Order 2021-003, extending the public emergency declared earlier today for a total of 15 days, until and unless provided for by further Mayoral Order.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 7, 2021
The mayor ordered a 6 p.m. curfew