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Violence Erupts During SCOTUS Protests In Multiple Cities

Washington, DC – Protests erupted in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and in countless other cities on Friday following calls from Democratic lawmakers to take to the streets after the justices’ decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was announced.

The ruling announced by the nation’s highest court on June 24 was expected to result in abortion bans in roughly half of the 50 states, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

The court voted 6-to-3 to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks, Bloomberg reported.

The justices also voted 5-to-4 to explicitly overturn Roe v. Wade and the rights it established almost 50 years ago.

They also overturned Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 decision that reaffirmed Roe v. Wade, Bloomberg reported.

U.S. Capitol Police in riot gear were seen lining up to help secure the nation’s highest court as well as beefing up security around the U.S. Capitol complex as the crowd continued to grow in size throughout the day on Friday.

Demonstrators also took to the streets in hundred of cities across the United States, and in several places, things turned violent.

In Phoenix, state lawmakers who were trying to finish up their 2022 session were forced to hide in the basement of the Arizona Capitol as violent protesters tried to break into the government building.

Videos of the chaotic scene showed police outside deployed tear gas to disperse the angry mob.

Protesters in Seattle took to the streets and used emergency car window breaking devices to smash windows in buildings along their route.

The Post Millennial reported that a pro-life woman and her male friend in Seattle were assaulted by a group of men “marching for ‘women’s rights.’”

Protests also turned violent in Los Angeles when a rioter lit an aerosol can’s spray on fire to create a flamethrower near police headquarters.

Rioters also threw large mortar fireworks at officers and at least one suspect was taken into custody.

In downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a pickup truck plowed through a group of activists who were blocking the roadway.

Video showed protesters jumping in front of the moving vehicle and getting run over when the driver failed to stop.

At least one person was transported to the hospital with injuries.

More protests are expected nationwide in the coming days, and law enforcement agencies in many major cities have cancelled days off and activated their civil disturbance units.

U.S. Representatives Maxie Waters (D-California) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) joined protesters in front of the Supreme Court building on Friday afternoon and urged them to fight back and “fill the streets.”

“The hell with the Supreme Court. We will defy them,” Waters vowed. “Women will be in control of their bodies.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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