(FreedomJournal.org)- Protest and counter-protests turned violent in the nation’s capital Saturday night, with four people being stabbed and 24 people arrested. The Hill reported that the four people who were stabbed were listed in critical condition.
In total, eight people were transferred to a hospital, two of whom were police officers. According to The Hill report, the injuries to the officers weren’t considered to be life threatening.
The clashes occurred between President Donald Trump’s supporters and people who were protesting against them. The protests were originally being held as part of the “Stop the Steal” protests.
Speakers during the rally were talking against Democrat Joe Biden, the Supreme Court and Fox News, according to sources for the Washington Post. When the demonstrations proceeded to a nearby bar is when it turned ugly and violent.
The Proud Boys were gathering at the bar as a rallying point for their members. It’s there where counter-protesters encountered the Proud Boys, and where the stabbings occurred. Other confrontations occurred at Franklin Square, Black Lives Matter Plaza and other areas of the city.
Those who were arrested were charged with riotous acts, possessing a Taser, crossing a police line, assault on police officers and simple assault.
There are conflicting reports as to how many people were arrested on Saturday night. Some media outlets have said that as many as 33 people were arrested in Downtown Washington Saturday night.
If that were true, it would mark the most arrested related to protests in one day since August 13. Those protests were regarding the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis in the spring.
At a press conference on Monday, Peter Newsham, the police chief of D.C., said the department was investigated the incidents as potential hate crimes.
The chief said the conflict involved “mutual combatants” and that there were “large numbers of folks who self-identified as Proud Boys” as well as “smaller numbers, in my estimation, of folks who I would describe as anti-Trump groups.”
Reverend Ianther Mills, who is the senior pastor at the Asbury United Method Church, wrote in a statement that:
“Last night demonstrators who were part of the MAGA gatherings tore down our Black Lives Matter sign and literally burned it in the street.”
The “Stop the Steal” rally was taken place a day after the Supreme Court rejected the state of Texas’ efforts to overturn the alleged election win by Biden. Justices gave an unsigned order Friday that was the last real blow to Trump’s chances to overturn the election results.
Joining Texas in that suit was 18 state attorneys general who are Republicans as well as 126 Republicans from the House of Representatives. They were suing the states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan, hoping to overturn the election results there.
The Supreme Court, however, said Texas didn’t have any legal standing to bring the case in the first place. One state has no right to question how another state conducts its elections, the court ruled.