Trump supporters marched from Freedom Plaza to the Supreme Court building across from the Capitol during the day. Their activities and those of the counter-demonstrators became increasingly tense and took a violent turn in the early evening. Videos posted to social media showed numerous incidents of shoving and punching as well as an explosion of fireworks and a man pushing and knocking a person before being pushed and punched unconscious by himself. ‘other.
A 26-year-old man from the District of Columbia has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon after firing the fireworks at several people, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a press release on Sunday.
Police said in another statement that four people, all but one confirmed to be residents of the district, had been arrested on various charges relating to a man being knocked out by one person and then assaulted by the others. Whether this incident was described in a video on social media was unclear.
Police also reported that a stabbed victim was treated at a hospital for non-fatal injuries. Four police officers were injured while responding to the unrest and eight guns were recovered, the department said.
Police said at least 10 of those arrested were from the District of Columbia while others were from neighboring Maryland and Virginia. Some of those arrested were from New York, New Jersey, South Carolina and Georgia, police said, and other suspects were wanted as authorities examined surveillance footage.
On Saturday, several other cities saw rallies of Trump supporters refusing to accept Democrat Joe Biden’s constituency and popular vote victory as legitimate, including Phoenix; Dallas; Las Vegas; Austin, Texas; Lansing, Michigan; and Salem, Oregon. Cries of “Stop the Steal” and “Count Every Vote” were common despite the lack of evidence of voter fraud or other issues that could reverse the outcome.