House Democratic Whip Katherine Clark’s daughter was arrested and charged with assault after an encounter with police during a protest in Boston on Saturday, according to a press release from the Boston Police Department.
Riley Dowell, 23, was found by police tagging the Parkman Bandstand monument “NO COP CITY” and “ACAB”. “ACAB” is commonly known as an acronym for the anti-police slogan “All Cops Are Bastards.”
While police tried to arrest Dowell, protesters surrounded officers and one was hit in the face and bleeding, according to the press release. The release referred to Dowell by her birth name.
Clark confirmed the release in a tweet Sunday.
“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,” Clark wrote. “This will be evaluated by the legal system, and I am confident in that process.”
Clark began serving as minority whip in the 118th session of Congress after House Democrats elevated her to the position.
Clark is only the second woman after former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve in one of the top two party leadership positions in Congress.
Previously, the congresswoman served in the leadership role of assistant speaker.
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