WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) said it was working to maintain a protest near the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Headquarters.
USCP said officers were working to keep around 150 people back from illegally and violently protesting in the area of Canal and Ivy Streets in Southeast D.C. at around 9:00 p.m.
Police closed down South Capitol Street between Canal and E Streets along with Ivy Street between Canal Street and New Jersey Avenue for the duration of the incident.
The Associated Press reported that videos on social media showed protesters shoving police officers and trying to grab hold of metal barricades as officers attempted to make arrests. Many protesters wore black shirts reading “Cease Fire Now.”
People are being evacuated from the area and officers are making arrests. USCP is asking others to stay away from the area.
Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) posted the following on the X platform “Was just evacuated from the #DNC after pro-terrorist, anti-#Israel protestors grew violent, pepper spraying police officers and attempting to break into the building.”
Senator Marco Rubio posted a screenshot of an alert detailing that all house buildings were locked down during the demonstration activity.
USCP said the large group of protesters near Canal and Ivy streets had cleared out at around 10:38 p.m.
Six officers were reportedly treated for injuries, ranging from minor cuts to being pepper sprayed and punched.
One person was arrested for assault on an officer.
Police remained in the area out of caution.