‘Enough!’ Cops step up game, smash window to stop BLM van after Trump warns Bowser to clean up DC

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Police in Washington, D.C. sent a clear message to demonstrators not following orders in a tense moment caught on video.

Police in riot gear moved to disperse crowds lingering after an anti-police protest on Sunday and forcefully confronted people blocking a street in a van painted with Black Lives Matter signs. Several videos from the scene captured the moment in the so-called Black Lives Matter Plaza as police smashed in the window of the van and pulled out the driver and a passenger.

A van noted by some social media users as the “Riot Snack Van” that was reportedly seen in nightly riots in Portland was amid the crowds of protesters in D.C. Sunday. Metropolitan Police Department officers began pushing the crowds back after objects were reportedly thrown at them. The driver of the van appeared not to heed the orders to stop the vehicle.

An officer quickly approached the spray-painted van and smashed the window, ordering the driver to stop. Video showed the MPD officer ordering the driver to put the vehicle in park and get out. It was not clear if the driver, who was seen briefly on the ground, was arrested as he and a passenger in the van were removed.

Black Lives Matter protesters had gathered for the second straight night of demonstrations and, following the end of a march at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House, got into confrontations with police, the Washington Post reported.

Smoke filled the air soon afterward as police used flash grenades, rubber pellets and canisters to push the crowd back.

A police spokesperson told DCist that a group “intent on damaging property and injuring Metropolitan Police Department officers” were engaging in “riotous behavior” following the protests that occurred on the previous evening.

“These individuals ignited fireworks, intentionally set fires, as well as threw projectiles–including glass, bricks and smoke grenades, at officers in the area. Additionally, lasers were used to visually impair officers,” the MPD spokesperson said in an email.

Sunday’s demonstrations ended near St. John’s Episcopal Church around midnight before police began to push the crowd back.

President Trump called out Washington, D.C.’s Democrat mayor in a tweet on Sunday.

“Clean up D.C. or the Federal Government will do it for you,” Trump told the mayor. “Enough!!!”

Twitter users were glad to see some control being taken by law enforcement in the video involving the BLM van on Sunday.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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