About seventy Secret Service and Metropolitan Police officers were wounded during Saturday night’s unrest in the vicinity of the White House and other parts of central Washington DC, where 18 people were detained, both bodies reported Sunday.
The Secret Service, which is responsible for the security of the presidential mansion, confirmed in a statement that more than sixty of its agents suffered injuries in the vicinity of the White House due to the launching of “projectiles such as bricks, stones, bottles, firecrackers and other objects “against them.
“Staff were also physically assaulted by being beaten, punched, and exposed to bodily fluids,” says the note, adding that eleven members of the Secret Service were transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
During these events, the Secret Service arrested a person near 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
This body stressed that no one went through the White House gate and that none of its “proteges” were in danger.
For his part, the head of the Metropolitan Police of Washington DC, Peter Newsham, reported in a press conference that the agents detained seventeen people Saturday night during the protests in the town, while eleven of its troops suffered injuries. .
He said that none is in serious condition, although one of his agents is undergoing surgery this Sunday for the fractures he suffered in his leg after a stone thrower was thrown at him by protesters.
Newsham did not rule out that there may be new arrests because they are asking stores to hand over the recordings from their private security cameras and have asked neighbors to help them identify those who have damaged property or injured people.
He explained that at around 9:00 pm local time (01:00 GMT) on Saturday, the “rioters” launched “incendiary devices” against the police, which, he stressed, is “disturbing” because it is not usual to see these scenes in Washington DC.
Newsham said there was looting and destruction of public and private property.
Several monuments of the city woke up today with graffiti, with insults to the US president, Donald Trump, such as the Lincoln or World War II monument, located on the National Mall, very close to the White House.
Saturday was the second night of protests and riots in areas near the White House, as well as in other parts of the country.
USA It is the scene of a wave of protests against the death last Monday of George Floyd, a black man, who died at the hands of a white police officer, when he was detained in Minneapolis (Minnesota).