217 Arrested, 6 Officers Hurt in DC Protests

January 20, 2017 Updated: January 20, 2017

The District of Columbia police chief says 217 people have been arrested and charged with rioting and six officers suffered minor injuries during demonstrations against President Donald Trump.

Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham provided the update at a news conference Friday.

Meanwhile, protesters in downtown Washington linked arms, facing off from the police line.

Protesters burn trash cans during the demonstration downtown Washington on Jan. 20, 2017, during the inauguration of President Donald Trump. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Protesters burn trash cans during the demonstration downtown Washington on Jan. 20, 2017, during the inauguration of President Donald Trump. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Metropolitan police have deployed streams of pepper spray against demonstrators marching along the streets of the nation’s capital — a disgruntled parallel to the ongoing inaugural parade.