Recent riots in Washington have injured 114 law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Thursday.
“Between Saturday and today, 114 law enforcement officers were injured, 22 of whom were hospitalized,” he said at a press conference explaining why authorities have taken tough measures to restore calm in the capital.
Barr recalled that in the midst of the riots, even the U.S. Secret Service, which, among other things, is responsible for protecting the country’s president, was in immediate danger. The Prosecutor General said that many law enforcement officers suffered head injuries as hooligans threw cobblestones at them.
According to Barr, the situation in the city has been calm in recent days, and protests against the deaths of African-American police officers in Minneapolis are peaceful.
Opponents of U.S. President Donald Trump said he is demanding excessively harsh action against the rioters. The U.S. administration says it has nothing against peaceful protests, but at the same time, it intends to stop pogroms and attempts to clash with police officers.