WASHINGTON, D.C. — Protesters and police clashed in Washington, D.C. just hours after President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Violence flared on some streets as at least some members of a group dressed in all-black allegedly smashed the windows of cars and store windows.
At least 217 people were arrested and charged with rioting, the Metropolitan Police Department said. Six officers are nursing minor injuries.
The city's interim police chief, Peter Newsham, said in a Periscope video posted on Twitter that the problems were caused by one group, "and it's a very, very small percentage of the number of folks that came here to peacefully assemble in our city."
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Police said in a statement that an organized group marched through the northwest part of the city at around 10:30 a.m., and that "members of the group acting in a concerted effort engaged in acts of vandalism and several instances of destruction of property."
The police statement said the group damaged vehicles, destroyed the property of multiple businesses and ignited smaller isolated fires and that police vehicles were among those damaged.
Police said they responded using pepper spray and other control devices. Some people were being treated for exposure to tear gas and some people were vomiting.
Police blocked off streets and protesters were throwing bricks and concrete at police.
Two cars were set on fire by protesters just blocks away from the inaugural parade.
Police were in riot gear that includes helmets and body shields.
Verbal encounters also took place between supporters of the president and dissenters. One Bikers for Trump member chastised protesters, according to a report by the Associated Press.
"Get a job," said Rahm, a Bikers for Trump member from Philadelphia. "Stop crying, snowflakes, Trump won."
Information from ABC News and the Associated Press was used in this report.
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