Washington, D.C., WA—On Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30, the U.S. Secret Service arrested 6 people during protests around the White House.
According to a statement by the Secret Service, the demonstrations took place on Pennsylvania Avenue and in – and around – Lafayette Park. Participants carried signs saying “No Justice No Peace” and “Black Lives Matter.”
Protestors purportedly tried pushing security barriers over several times. No one managed to cross over the White House Fence, and no “Secret Service protectees” were put in danger at any point.
However, some protestors were allegedly found “assaulting Secret Service Officers and Special Agents” with various projectiles. These included stones, bottles, bricks, and even fireworks. As a result, numerous officers and special agents were reportedly injured.
The Secret Service noted that the Metropolitan Police Department and U.S. Park Police were on the scene. Contradictorily, U.S. President Donald Trump posted a Tweet saying that “the D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser, who is always looking for money & help, wouldn’t let the D.C. Police get involved. [She said that it was] “Not their job.” Nice!”
The statement ended by mentioning that “the Secret Service respects the right to assemble, and we ask that individuals do so peacefully for the safety of all.”