Police clash with protesters outside DNC

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U.S. Capitol Police officers worked to hold back approximately 150 protesters outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC) headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night.

The Capitol Police said in a statement posted to X, formerly Twitter, that its officers responded to “approximately 150 people who are illegally and violently protesting” near Canal Street and Ivy Street, SE, which is the location of the DNC’s Washington headquarters.

Capitol Police noted in a post on X that six officers were treated for injuries stemming from the protests, “ranging from minor cuts to being pepper sprayed to being punched.” One arrest was made for assault on an officer, the law enforcement agency added.

Capitol Police said members were evacuated from the area and advised people to avoid it. South Capitol Street between Canal and E Streets, SE, and Ivy Street between Canal Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE, are closed, the police added.

D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said in a statement to The Hill that its officers were assisting the Capitol Police.

Videos posted to social media suggest that the protesters were calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war. Additional videos show a large number of officers clashing with protesters in varying degrees of intensity. Some of the protesters appeared to have linked arms outside of the building. 

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said he was evacuated from the DNC on Wednesday night due to the protests.

“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. Thankful to the police officers who stopped them and for helping me and my colleagues get out safely,” he said on X.

This story was updated at 10:44pm EST.

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