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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser Claims ‘Only One Night Of Rioting’ In City Last Summer

It seems that Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser has downplayed the instances of violence and rioting in the city over George Floyd’s death last summer, according to Fox News.

The Mayor had a hearing with Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin on Tuesday. Johnson pressed Bowser to provide a specific figure of property damage in D.C. last summer.

 

“I know that we had one night of rioting in the district in the summer,” Bowser said. She added that Washington had “dozens of people arrested over the last year.”

 

Johnson continued with his line of questioning in an attempt to draw a parallel between law enforcement’s response to last summer’s protests and the response to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. He asked Bowser if authorities under her jurisdiction used geolocation tools to find and arrest people who participated in violent behavior last summer.

In early June of last year, Bowser instituted a curfew that remained in place for several days in a bid to curb violence and property damage. More than 400 people were arrested in the first two weeks after the protests began last summer, mostly for curfew violations, looting or property damage, the Washington Post reported.

 

“We do not and will not allow the continued destruction of our hometown by people who are coming here to protest or by D.C. residents,” Bowser said when first announcing the curfew.

 

Despite all of this, there were still many instances of violence and crime over the summer.

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