Protesters Arrested and Charged After Hanging Banner from DC Crane

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An image showing the greepeace protesters' banner, that reads resist, hanging from a crane behind the white house.

Seven protesters were arrested Wednesday for unfurling a banner reading ‘Resist’ from a a 270-foot crane in downtown Washington D.C. The protesters, associated with Greenpeace, face charges of Second Degree Burglary, Unlawful Entry, and Destruction of Property according to a police statement.

The banner hung from the crane at a downtown construction site near the White House for much of the morning. The protesters remained atop the crane until a little after 10 p.m. The incident sparked road closures in the area most of the day.

“Due to the extreme danger of the situation, the Metropolitan Police Department monitored the situation until the protesters descended from the crane at 10:04 p.m. At that time, seven individuals were detained and taken into custody. These individuals are charged with second degree burglary, unlawful entry and destruction of property,” the police statement said.

An image of the official police statement from the DC Metropolitan Police regarding the Greenpeace protesters arrested for breaking into a crane site.

The protest occurred after President Donald Trump’s administration moved to delay implementation of new environmental rules and froze new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contracts and grant awards.

D.C. police said in their statement they “respect everyone’s right to protest.” However, they considered the banner-hanging as “dangerous behavior” and “unlawful.”

 


Authors note: At the time of writing this article, the police statement regarding these events was not yet uploaded to their website for the public. Inquir.io was therefore unable to provide a direct link to the statement as a primary source. This is why we have included a screenshot of the statement sent to us directly by the police. Inquir.io extends its thanks to the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s Office of Communication for its quick response to our request for the statement.

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