Washington, D.C. authorities said Sunday they had arrested a man in connection with the stabbing of four people Saturday night when President Trump’s supporters and opponents clashed blocks from the White House.
The four were stabbed to death outside a bar on 11th Street and F Street Northwest around 9 p.m. The Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement on Saturday. Phillip Johnson, 29, from Washington, has been arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a police spokeswoman said. According to a police report, he used a knife.
The confrontation was one of several furious encounters in Washington and state capitals on Saturday as supporters of Mr. Trump were outraged by a Supreme Court ruling that further demolished the president’s hopes of dismissing the November election results Counter-protesters clashed.
These confrontations escalated to violence in a number of locations, including Olympia, Washington, where police rioted and one person was shot.
The Washington police incident report stabbing officers working on the demonstrations responded to reports of a fight outside Harry’s bar on F Street Northwest, where they found four people with stab wounds. The Washington Post reported that the bar was used on Saturday as a meeting place for the Proud Boys, a right-wing group known for inciting violence during protests.
A photographer who witnessed the confrontation while covering the protests for the New York Times said it happened after dozens of Mr. Trump’s supporters, many of whom appeared to be members of the Proud Boys, took to the streets gathered in front of Harry’s bar. Photographer Victor J. Blue said some of the Trump supporters yelled and pointed at a black man in dark clothes standing alone and against a wall.
At least three of Trump’s supporters offered to let the man go and pleaded with the others to let him go in peace. After about a minute, when the man hesitated, more protesters came up and started punching and kicking him, including Mr. Blue and Video recordings of the confrontation that was shared by the New York Post.
At this point, the man pulled out a knife and began cutting up as more demonstrators piled on him. The man detached himself twice, but was then grabbed and beaten again, the photographer said. Police intervened after the man was lying face down on the floor. Several protesters shouted that the man had a knife and had stabbed someone. Mr. Blue said the man’s face was puffy and bloody when the police picked him up.
The victims were conscious and breathing when they were taken to a hospital, a police spokeswoman said on Sunday. Douglas Buchanan, a spokesman for the fire and rescue division, said Sunday that her injuries were not life threatening.
Police identified the men who had been stabbed to be Franklin Todd Gregory of McMinnville, Tenn .; Corey Owen Nielsen of Robbinsdale, Minn .; Jeremy Bertino of Locust, N. C .; and Gregory Lyons, whose hometown was not released. Police said Mr. Gregory identified Mr. Johnson as the man who stabbed him.
Mr Johnson could not be reached on Sunday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he was still in custody or whether he had a lawyer.
Minutes before the knife wounds, supporters of Mr. Trump tore off a banner from Black Lives Matter and it burned in the streetTo show videos on social media. The flag was removed from outside the Asbury United Methodist Church, one of the oldest black churches in Washington, which has stood on the corner of 11th Street and K Street Northwest since 1836.
The Church’s senior pastor, Rev. Dr. Ianther M. Mills, said in a statement that the scene reminded him of a burning cross.
“We are a resilient people who have trusted in God through slavery and the subway, Jim Crow and the civil rights movement,” he said, “now that we are facing an obvious rise in white supremacy.”
Another video showed a sign with the slogan Black Lives Matter that was torn down by the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church near the corner of 15th Street and M Street Northwest. A police department spokeswoman said the authorities are aware of the incidents and are investigating them as possible hate crimes.
“DC’s faith-based organizations are at the heart of our community and give us hope in the face of darkness,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington said in a statement on Facebook. “They embody our DC values of love and inclusivity. An attack on them is an attack on all of us. “
The police department spokeswoman said eight officers were injured in the protests on Sunday. Two of these officers suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries and were also taken to hospitals, said Buchanan, the fire and rescue service spokesman.
All in all 33 people were arrested in Washington from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning in connection with the protests, mainly due to various types of assault, including assault on police officers, according to a police arrest database.
In videos of a clash in Olympia, Washington posted on social media, a Single shot can be heard as counter-protesters advance against members of a pro-Trump group on Saturday, including a person on a sidewalk waving a large Trump flag. After the shot, one of the counter-protesters can be seen falling to the ground while others call for help. In another VideoYou see a man running from the scene with a gun and putting on a red hat.
Authorities said Sunday they had arrested a 25-year-old man from Shoreline, Washington, for first degree assault, said Chris Loftis, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. Mr Loftis did not publish the man’s name on Sunday.
The Olympia shots came after Mr. Trump’s supporters and counter-protesters gathered near the State Capitol on Saturday afternoon and clashed ahead of the shooting.
Olympic police said there were four arrests and four officers were injured, the CBS subsidiary said KIRO.
Victor J. Blue, Mike Baker and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs Contribution to reporting.