House Democratic Whip Katherine Clark’s daughter, Riley Dowell, was taken into custody on Saturday evening for reportedly spray-painting a monument and attacking a police officer during a protest.
In response, 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 23-year-old Dowell was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, destruction or injury of personal property, and damage of property by graffiti.
The Boston Police Department identified the suspect as Jared Dowell. Previously, Clark has stated that one of her offspring is non-binary.
Officers were summoned to the Parkman Bandstand Monument in the Boston Common around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday evening with regards to a protest. When they arrived, they observed Dowell allegedly spray-painting “ACAB,” which stands for “All Cops Are Bad,” and “NO COP CITY,” an apparent reference to a police training facility in the suburbs of Atlanta that has sparked protests after officers shot and killed a protester who allegedly fired on them, wounding one, earlier this week.
As Dowell was being arrested, a group of twenty protesters began to surround the officers while screaming profanities through megaphones on the public street, consequently bringing vehicular traffic to a standstill. Moreover, an officer was hit in the face and could be seen bleeding from the nose and mouth.
Dowell will appear in court in Boston Municipal Court.
Clark, 59, was elected whip last month and is presently the second highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives.
In addition to Dowell, another protester, 27-year-old Andrea Colletti, was apprehended about one hour later for allegedly spray-painting the monument.
Protests have been sweeping across Atlanta this week due to a new police training facility after officers shot and killed 26-year-old environmental activist Manuel Esteban Paez Teran. It is reported that Teran initially shot and wounded a Georgia state trooper before police returned fire. On Saturday evening in Atlanta, protesters smashed windows, set a police vehicle on fire, launched fireworks, and threw rocks at the Atlanta Police Foundation, according to FOX 5 Atlanta.