After a weekend of clashes between protesters and police, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city will not tolerate any more violence and called for prosecutions “to the fullest extent of the law.”
The Democrat mayor, who has often clashed with President Trump over protests, sent a letter to the U.S. attorney in D.C. that called for “prosecutions of those responsible for assaulting police officers, destroying property and undermining the safety” of other demonstrators.
Police reported that they made 14 arrests between Sunday afternoon and early Monday following a weekend of unrest that seemed to be set off last week on the final night of the Republican National Convention. In an open letter Monday to U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin, Bowser said that “it is critical that when these violent offenders are taken into custody, their cases are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
She also noted that in “41 of the 42 rioting arrests” that were made in the district in August, the office declined to prosecute, as well as declining 28 of 63 affidavits “in support of arrest and search warrants” connected to the protests, adding that she was “dismayed” at the outcome. more