Update: Bail set at $500.
Boston Police report one officer was injured and two people arrested during a protest Saturday night on Boston Common against over the death of a protester on the site of Atlanta's proposed 85-acre "Cop City" training facility.
Police say that around 9:30 p.m., Riley Dowell, 23, of Melrose, and the daughter of US Rep. Katherine Clark (D-5th), used spray paint to tag the Parkman Bandstand with graffiti that included "NO COP CITY" and "ACAB." When officers moved to arrest her, police say, they were surrounded by about 20 protesters "creaming profanities though megaphones on the public street causing traffic to come to a standstill."
Police say one officer was smashed in the face, causing a bloody nose and mouth. Court records at Boston Municipal Court, where Dowell will be arraigned Monday, show Dowell was charged with assault and battery on a police officer. Police say she was also charged with vandalism for the graffiti she allegedly sprayed.
About an hour later, police say, a second protester, Andrea Colletti, 27, of Brighton, was arrested after a brief foot chase and struggle on charges of vandalism by graffiti and resisting arrest.
In a tweet today, Clark said:
Last night, my daughter was arrested in Boston, Massachusetts. I love Riley, and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting.
This will be evaluated by the legal system, and I am confident in that process.