More than 50 Secret Service officers have been injured on Sunday evening so far, a senior official reportedly told Fox News.
A Fox News producer, Sean Langille, tweeted: “NEW: A Sr official tells @BretBaier more than 50 secret service officers have been injured tonight so far. Numbers going up.”
NEW: A Sr official tells @BretBaier more than 50 secret service officers have been injured tonight so far. Numbers going up
— Sean Langille (@SeanLangille) June 1, 2020
The night before, the U.S. Secret Service said more than 60 of their officers and special agents were injured from “projectiles such as bricks, rocks, bottles, fireworks and other items.”
“Secret Service personnel were also directly physically assaulted as they were kicked, punched, and exposed to bodily fluids,” it said. “A total of 11 injured employees were transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.”
Secret Service Statement: pic.twitter.com/IY6B6VBsne
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) May 31, 2020
Violence engulfed some parts of Washington, DC, this weekend after riots and looting began in Minneapolis and spread to other cities across the nation.
Secret Service officers charged with protecting the president and the White House have kept hundreds of protesters and rioters at bay over the weekend, using barriers and shields, but the rioters have become increasingly aggressive.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser called for an 11 p.m. curfew, but protesters were still in the streets as police officers deployed to clear them.