Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s daughter is accused of assaulting a Boston police officer who was trying to arrest her after she allegedly defaced the Boston Common bandstand Saturday night, according to police.
Before the arrest, 23-year-old Jared “Riley” Dowell from Melrose had been seen defacing the Boston Common monument with spray paint, according to police. The tagging read “NO COP CITY” and “ACAB” (All Cops Are Ba******).
“Last night, my daughter was arrested in Boston, Massachusetts,” Clark tweeted. “I love Riley, and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting.
“This will be evaluated by the legal system, and I am confident in that process,” the Democratic Whip added.
Police identified Dowell as Jared, a name that Clark has previously used for her child. It’s not clear whether Dowell still uses that name.
When police officers tried to arrest Dowell, a group of about 20 protesters began to surround the officers while screaming profanities though megaphones on the street, causing traffic to come to a standstill.
Then during the chaotic scene, an officer was hit in the face and could be seen bleeding from the nose and mouth, police said.
Dowell was placed under arrest and charged with: assault by means of a dangerous weapon, destruction or injury of personal property, and damage of property by graffiti/tagging.
Dowell is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.
Last summer, Clark was among a group of Democratic lawmakers who were arrested outside the Supreme Court by Capitol Police after an abortion protest. The police force said the members and other protesters were blocking the street, and after three warnings to cut it out, Capitol Police arrested 35 people, the department said.
“That’s what we call good trouble,” Clark’s office tweeted in a reference to the famous quote from civil-rights icon and late U.S. Rep. John Lewis.
In addition to Dowell’s arrest on Saturday night, Boston police officers made a second arrest at the Parkman Bandstand Monument of Andrea Colletti, 27, of Brighton.
After attempting to flee on foot, she was apprehended. A brief struggle ensued, and Colletti was placed under arrest and charged with: damage of property by graffiti/tagging, destruction or injury of personal property, and resisting arrest. Colletti is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.
The protest in Boston came as a protest turned violent in downtown Atlanta on Saturday night in the wake of the death of an environmental activist who was killed by authorities this week after officials said the 26-year-old shot a state trooper trying to clear protesters from the site of a planned Atlanta-area public safety training center that activists have dubbed “Cop City.”
Masked activists dressed in all black threw rocks and lit fireworks in front of a skyscraper that houses the Atlanta Police Foundation, shattering large glass windows. They then lit a police cruiser on fire, smashed more windows and vandalized walls with anti-police graffiti as stunned tourists scattered.
Herald wire services were used in this report.