Protests erupted across the U.S. yesterday in the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision. Pro-abortion protesters took to the streets of major U.S. cities like Washington, New York City, and Los Angeles.
Protesters in Phoenix, Arizona were alleged to have breached the state’s Capitol building. The Arizona Senate was evacuated from the building due to the alleged “security breach” while a vote was being held on an education funding bill. Phoenix Police fired flash bangs and tear gas into the crowd of protesters to disperse the protesters.
Arizona Capitol pic.twitter.com/sf8UcFvByD
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Police in Montpelier said the Vermont Statehouse was vandalized overnight with damages in excess of $25,000.
Seven windows had been broken and a message painted across the main doors read, “If abortions aren’t safe you’re not either.”
Lt. Governor Molly Gray issued a statement following the discovery.
“I am alarmed by these attacks on our State House — my workplace — and condemn them in the strongest possible terms,” she said. “Vermonters are feeling deep anger and frustration in the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling. I share this frustration. However, threats of violence and destruction of property are absolutely unacceptable and never the solution.”
The LAPD declared an unlawful assembly in downtown Los Angeles as some protesters were getting out of hand. Some protesters in Los Angeles managed to get onto the 110 Freeway and block traffic, and others clashed with police on an onramp.
Witnesses said some demonstrators were hurling rocks and bottles at police and setting off fireworks near them.
A protest-involved-firework? pic.twitter.com/MBCGKVatwZ
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A number of protesters were arrested, but the Los Angeles Police Department has not released any figures or details at this time.
Two people were arrested in DC on Saturday for destruction of property after vandalizing the Supreme Court building, according to US Capitol Police.
Protests in Washington, D.C., were relatively calm compared to other areas of the country. However, many are attributing this to the early deployment of riot police.
Look at what’s happening in DC right now https://t.co/F0CsnGiZSW
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) June 24, 2022
Protests and potentially riots are expected to continue throughout the weekend, and the Department of Homeland Security has even warned some churches to be on the lookout for acts of domestic terrorism. For example, a Catholic Church in California was warned about a potential “Night of Rage“ in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling. DHS agent Jesse Rangel warned the California diocese of an extremist group’s manifesto that called for an attack on churches after the Supreme Court ruling.