President Donald Trump and thousands of his tuxedo- and gown-clad supporters celebrated his inauguration inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Friday night. Just outside, though, protests continued to rage. A small contingent of 100 to 200 activists marched streets surrounding the convention center where, after a day of tense clashes with sometimes-violent demonstrators, an aggressive and disproportionate police presence tried to quell any trouble-making.
As the crowd marched around the convention center, they traded jibes with ball attendees — some of the richest, most politically connected people in the U.S. — and were closely pursued by a Metro Police Department motorcycle unit, which at times came dangerously close to protesters and media.
A demonstrator, who gave his first name as Will and identified himself as a Washington resident, said in an interview that the protesters' intentions were nonviolent, and they merely wanted to take a stand against the president's discriminatory statements about racial minorities, LGBTQ people, women and Jews.
"I'll just let y'all know that we out here for a purpose, man," Will said. "[Trump] said all this stuff in his campaign about this and thinks we're going to support him? It's not happening, man. It's not. We're out here peacefully protesting, man. Keep the love."
Some shots of the protest:
Jack Smith IV contributed reporting to this article.