Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department refused to comment on why protesters were allowed to harass Republican National Convention attendees outside of the White House Thursday night, according to a Daily Caller report.
“Protesters harassed Florida Rep. Brian Mast, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and his wife, RNC guests and police officers, multiple videos from the night show,” Daily Caller reported
Washington D.C.’s Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department Peter Newsham said in a press conference Monday that the department had to plan for the convention on “short notice.”
“When you throw bricks, and rocks and bottles and urine and you set fires, there is going to be a police reaction,” Newsham said at the press conference.
“So folks who want to suggest or paint the picture that this was somehow peaceful, and the police indiscriminately used munitions against them, they’re not being honest,” Newsham added.
One agitator threatened to beat up the DC police officers near the White House. pic.twitter.com/ksh7mSsppq
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MPD declined to comment on the orders given to officers Thursday night, or why officers seemed to be largely outnumbered by demonstrators, according to Daily Caller.
“The Metropolitan Police Department’s primary responsibility is to safeguard and protect the residents and visitors to the District of Columbia,” MPD told the DCNF. “Additionally, MPD does not discuss operational tactics.”
The police chief said a group of 200 to 300 protesters outside the White House began to throw projectiles at officers around 8:30 p.m.
Later, the violent protesters started hurling fireworks at officers and property was destroyed and small fires were set in trash cans and on the roads.
The police arrested eight adults, with charges including assault on a police officer and destruction of property. Four officers were injured.