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Tensions are mounting in Washington as police arrest protesters

Tensions flared overnight in Washington DC after police arrested protesters and pushed them into vans during a nighttime anti-police march.

Footage from the scene shows protesters trying to stop a police van escorting detainees by blocking a road in northwestern DC.

Clarence Williams, a reporter at the scene, tweeted a clip with the caption, “ A crowd shouted and tried to block a DC police van and agents moved a group of protesters from 18th Street NW. A woman was taken into custody during the collision. ‘

Police declined to answer why people were arrested to reporters on the spot, the Washington Post reported, adding that early morning phone calls and emails to the department went unanswered.

Tensions flared overnight after police arrested protesters and tried to prevent the police vans from leaving the scene. (Pictured)

Tensions flared overnight after police arrested protesters and tried to prevent the police vans from leaving the scene. (Pictured)

Tensions flared overnight after police arrested protesters and tried to prevent the police vans from leaving the scene. (Pictured)

Tensions flared overnight after police arrested protesters and tried to prevent the police vans from leaving the scene. (Pictured)

Tensions flared overnight after police arrested protesters and tried to prevent the police vans from leaving the scene. (Pictured)

Tensions flared overnight after police arrested protesters and tried to prevent the police vans from leaving the scene. (Pictured)

Tensions flared overnight after police arrested protesters and tried to prevent the police vans from leaving the scene. (Pictured)

Tensions flared overnight after police arrested protesters and tried to prevent the police vans from leaving the scene. (Pictured)

Earlier on Thursday night, police allegedly contained a group of protesters on a sidewalk as they marched through northwestern DC, the Washington Post reported.

Some individuals who were outside the police-set boundary claim that the police used clubs and pepper spray to drive them in.

Tysean Hoffman of Alexandria said the protesters were mostly peaceful, but there were some cases of fireworks, trash cans being overturned and one being set on fire.

Hoffman said he took his seven-year-old son so his son “could see a police officer and not be afraid,” the Washington Post reported.

Marchers told the newspaper that there were about 20 protesters surrounded by police.

One woman, who preferred to remain anonymous, told the newspaper that she was nearly arrested while using ice and water to calm the pepper spray aimed at her.

An officer, she said, pushed her with a stick and a friend jumped in between her and the officer.

Tensions flared overnight after police arrested protesters and tried to prevent the police vans from leaving the scene. (Pictured)

Tensions flared overnight after police arrested protesters and tried to prevent the police vans from leaving the scene. (Pictured)

Tensions flared overnight after police arrested protesters and tried to prevent the police vans from leaving the scene. (Pictured)

The friend was jumped by several other police officers who were holding him. She said an officer used pepper spray on her while he was arresting him.

“Suddenly the police became aggressive towards us,” the woman said.

DC protests have been relatively quiet in recent weeks, but last month several dozen anti-police protesters chanted ‘Fascist out’ as they gathered outside the home of Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf in Virginia for the removal of federal agents from Portland, Oregon and other cities.

Protesters chanted slogans like “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” and demanded the police defunding when they met Sunday morning in the suburb of Alexandria, Virginia.

The rally comes as Wolf on Sunday accused Democrats of “ sanctioning riots ” and violence against law enforcement.

This morning’s protests also come days after Myron Berryman, 51, was shot in the chest when he allegedly charged an officer outside the president’s residence who claimed to have a gun.

Secret Service said Berryman shouted, “I’m going to kill you. I’m gonna shoot you at cops before he got shot.

Despite the alleged threats, no weapon was removed from the scene, sources told The Washington Post. .

At the time, President Trump was in the White House Briefing Room to hold a press conference that was broadcast across the country.

A Secret Service agent informed the commander in chief of the shooting and Trump left the room for security reasons. He came back five minutes later.

In a statement released Monday evening, the Secret Service stated: “ The suspect … ran aggressively towards the officer and pulled an object from his clothing with a drawing motion. He then crouched in the position of a gunman as if about to fire a weapon. ‘

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