January 31, 2023

Son of Democratic House Minority Whip Arrested After Assaulting Police

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

During a recent anti-police riot in Boston, a group of rioters attacked local police officers and were arrested. It has been revealed that one of those arrested is Jared Dowell, the Democratic House Minority Whip’s child. 

The Background: 

Riley Dowell, formally and legally known as Jared, the son of Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, now identifies as nonbinary/female (varies by source), was one of around 20 rioters arrested while vandalizing buildings and moments in historic downtown Boston. 

Police responded to reports of rioters tagging historical monuments with graffiti  spelling out vulgar anti-police slogans. When they arrived they found “No Cop City” and “ACAB” --an acronym for All Cops Are Bastards – sprayed onto the Parkman Bandstand located in the Boston Commons. 

When approached by police, Dowel began flailing his arms, striking a police officer in the face, causing bleeding from nose and mouth.  The Boston Police Department issued a statement saying: “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.”

Dowell, 23, was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a police officer, destruction or injury of personal property, and damage of property by graffiti.

Notable Quotes: 

"I love Riley, and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting. This will be evaluated by the legal system, and I am confident in that process." – Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA)



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