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Congresswoman Katherine Clark announced on Sunday that her daughter Riley Dowell had been arrested the previous night in Boston.
Clark, the House Minority Whip, issued a statementsaying, “I love Riley, and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting.”
The Democratic representative went on to say that the case will be evaluated by the judicial system, and she is “confident in this process”.
Boston police responded to a protest around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Parkman Bandstand Monument on Boston Common where a group of protesters had gathered. Officers saw a 23-year-old man from Melrose who allegedly defaced the monument with spray paint.
The police allege that Dowell has written “NO COP CITY” and “ACAB”.
As Dowell was arrested, police allege around 20 protesters began to surround officers while shouting profanity through megaphones in the street, causing traffic to stop. During the scuffle, an officer was shot in the face and was bleeding from his nose and mouth, police said.
Dowell was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, destruction or injury to personal property, and damage to property by graffiti/tagging.
About an hour later, at around 10:27 p.m., police say a second person was taken into custody at the monument.
Andrea Colletti, 27, from Brighton, reportedly tried to flee but was apprehended by officers. There was a brief struggle, police said, and Colletti was arrested and charged with property damage by graffiti/marking, destruction or injury to personal property and resisting arrest.
Both Dowell and Colletti are expected to face trial in Boston City Court at a later date. It was not immediately clear whether either had secured a lawyer who could speak to the charges they face.
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