President Trump’s America was born Friday in a loud, angry, spasm that left storefronts shattered, a black stretch limo ablaze and public property destroyed in a several block area in the middle of the U.S. Capital. Cops and protestors clashed, with riot police engaging the crowd with flash bang grenades, tear gas and pepper spray. Agitators in the crowd threw rocks and bricks back at the police line.
In all, the fracas lasted less than two hours and was only a small part of the day’s story but it took away from several, mostly peaceful demonstrations throughout the day. Indeed, it seems difficult to think about the other actions in the face of the violence that erupted shortly after police began arresting dozens of protestors.
Title image © 2017 Joe Newman. The contributors in this post are part of a group of DC photographers who are documenting the inaugural events and Women’s March on Washington for UnPresidented: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the People’s Response.