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DC Protesters Arrested in Chinatown; Columbus Statue Vandalized

NBC Washington D.C. logo NBC Washington D.C. 4/18/2021 NBC Washington Staff
a group of people performing on stage in front of a building: Video footage shows fireworks going off in close proximity to D.C. police officers in Chinatown on April 17, 2021. © Provided by NBC Washington D.C.

Video footage shows fireworks going off in close proximity to D.C. police officers in Chinatown on April 17, 2021.

Three adults and a 15-year-old were arrested in D.C.’s Chinatown late Saturday at a march over recent police shootings in the U.S.

Protesters clashed with police and vandalized the Christopher Columbus statue and fountain outside nearby Union Station. 

Dramatic video shows fireworks going off in close proximity to Metropolitan Police Department officers near the Chinatown arch. Officers can be seen ordering protesters to move back. Then someone off camera throws fireworks at them. No information was released on whether anyone was hurt.

The four people who were arrested were charged with assault on a police officer and possession of a destructive device. The 15-year-old also was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

Demonstrators told News4 they gathered in Cobb Park, a few blocks northwest of Union Station and then marched to the station. Members of the group spray painted the Columbus statue and fountain outside. 

“Justice 4 Karon,” “RIP MPD” and “He did what he was trained to do,” some of the graffiti said. 

Here's a look at some of the damage to the Christopher Columbus statue and fountain outside D.C.'s Union Station. © Provided by NBC Washington D.C. Here's a look at some of the damage to the Christopher Columbus statue and fountain outside D.C.'s Union Station.

The group then marched to Chinatown and blocked the intersection of Seventh and H streets NW for some time. Several people were arrested there. D.C. police did not immediately release information on how many people were arrested. 

These are the first unrest-related arrests in D.C. since before Inauguration Day. 

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story. 

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