The Washington Post—and Erik Wemple via cellphone(!)—are reporting that there was a major incident of vandalism this morning at 14th and P Streets NW. A band of a-holes spray painted cars parked along the Whole Foods. Two banks were also hit:
“An off-duty D.C. police officer working security at a drug store this morning spotted the six breaking windows of a Wachovia Bank branch and a PNC bank branch in the 1400 block of P St NW, Crane said. The officer arrested two of the suspects.”
The remaining four were arrested after attempting to escape the area, the Post reports.
The protesters obviously don’t have a clue as to what they are doing. A) Smashing banks has little to do with the IMF and, well, 14th and P Streets is one of the busiest sections of town on the weekends. There are tons of people sitting at the outdoor restaurants and cafes. Even if it was early in the morning, the protesters were still going to face the dog walkers and residents making coffee and bagel runs to Whole Foods. Just dumb.
The Post writes that the six “were charged with felony counts of destruction of property and rioting, a charge that police said they brought because the group was larger than five people.”
WTOP reports that a group of about 100 protesters attempted to march along a downtown street and were forced by police onto sidewalks.
*photo by Darrow Montgomery.