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Secret Service Statement on Pennsylvania Avenue Demonstrations

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U.S. Secret Service Media Relations
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Washington D.C. – On Friday, May 29, and into early Saturday, May 30, 2020, U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers made six arrests during demonstrations in and around Lafayette Park and along Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House.

Demonstrators repeatedly attempted to knock over security barriers on Pennsylvania Avenue. No individuals crossed the White House Fence and no Secret Service protectees were ever in any danger.

Some of the demonstrators were violent, assaulting Secret Service Officers and Special Agents with bricks, rocks, bottles, fireworks, and other items. Multiple Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers and Special Agents sustained injuries from this violence.

The Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Park Police were on the scene.

The Secret Service respects the right to assemble, and we ask that individuals do so peacefully for the safety of all.