Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday night that she was extending the district’s public emergency declaration for 15 days — a span that will end the day after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“Today, First Amendment protests turned violent,” Bowser said in a statement. “Many persons came to the District armed and for the purpose of engaging in violence and destruction and have engaged in violence and destruction. 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. Their motivation is ongoing.”
At least four protests were scheduled in Washington, D.C., for Wednesday, the day Congress was expected to count the votes of the Electoral College and certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Those protests descended into chaos as demonstrators breached the congressional building — smashing windows, breaking into offices and looting rooms. One woman was shot and killed