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Child of Democrat congresswoman arrested after assault on police

Child of Democrat congresswoman arrested after assault on police


Child of Democrat congresswoman arrested after assault on police

BOSTON — The son of Democrat congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts was arrested during a violent protest Saturday night on Boston Common and later charged with assault after a police officer was injured.

In a statement on its website, the Boston Police Department said the 23-year-old was expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court. Clark, the House Democratic whip, said in a tweet that her "daughter," "Riley" Dowell, had been arrested. Born a male, Jared Dowell, identifies as "nonbinary."

Police said officers responded to a report at the Parkman Bandstand Monument located within the Boston Common. They found a person, identified as Dowell, a resident of Melrose, defacing the monument with spray paint and anti-police phrases, according to police.

During the arrest, “a group of about 20 protesters began to surround officers while screaming profanities though megaphones on the public street causing traffic to come to a standstill,” police said, adding that “an officer was hit in the face and could be seen bleeding from the nose and mouth.”

Dowell was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon, destruction or injury of personal property, and damage of property by graffiti/tagging, police said.


Editor's note: Original content from AP identified Rep. Clark's child as a daughter. In fact, the child was born male.