- Riley Dowell, 23, is the daughter of Katherine Clark, the House Democratic Whip, and was arrested on Saturday night during Antifa protests in Boston
- Dowell, who was born a male and transitioned, was arraigned on Monday on charges including assault on a police officer and vandalizing a monument
- Dowell was released on a $500 bail: her mother said it was ‘a difficult time’ and said she had faith in the justice system
By HARRIET ALEXANDER and VANESSA SERNA FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 19:44 EST, 23 January 2023 | UPDATED: 01:51 EST, 24 January 2023
The daughter of a top Democrat in Congress was charged on Monday with graffitiing a Boston monument with the slogan ‘all cops are b*****ds’, flailing around during her arrest and smashing a police officer in the nose, giving him a nosebleed.
Riley Dowell, 23, appeared before a judge in Boston accompanied by her father, Rodney S. Dowell, a well-known local attorney and legal consultant.
Her mother, Katherine Clark, is the House Minority Whip.
Dowell, who was born male and transitioned to female, was arraigned under their birth name, Jared.
She pleaded not guilty to charges including assault and battery on a police officer and vandalizing a historic marker or monument.
Riley Dowell, 23, appeared before a judge in Boston on Monday after being arrested amid Antifa protests on Saturday night
Dowell is seen with her father Rodney (right), an attorney and legal consultant
She was released on the $500 cash bail she had previously posted, with orders that she stay away from the Common while the case is pending.
Dowell was one of around 20 Antifa protesters who took to the streets of Boston on Saturday evening.
A police report filed in the case, cited by The Boston Globe, said officers were on ‘high alert’ on Saturday, expecting an anti-law-enforcement demonstration in solidarity with ‘Atlanta Forest Defenders’.
An environmental activist, who went by the name Tortuguita, was killed by police after officials said the 26-year-old shot a state trooper.
Dowell was released on a $500 cash bail she had already posted
Riley is pictured in between her father Rodney and mother Katherine, with brothers Addison and Nathaniel
Riley Dowell frequently shared photos on social media
Tortuguita died on Wednesday as authorities cleared a small group of protesters from the site of a planned Atlanta-area public safety training center that activists have dubbed ‘Cop City.’
Clark said in a statement that her daughter’s arrest was a ‘difficult time.’
‘Last night, my daughter was arrested in Boston, Massachusetts,’ Clark wrote on Twitter.
‘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.’
Police allegedly witnessed Jared ‘Riley’ Dowell spray painting ‘All Cops Are B****rds’ and ‘NO COP CITY’ on a Parkman Bandstand Monument on the eastern side of the Boston Common on Saturday around 9.30pm
Katherine Clark’s daughter Riley Dowell was arrested at an Antifa protests on Saturday night. Pictured: Clark and Dowell in 2016
Clark, who is the House Minority Whip, addressed the contention around Dowell’s arrest calling it a ‘difficult time’
Police said that the protesters surrounded them while Dowell was arrested, with some shouting profanity through megaphones.
‘During the arrest, the protest group of approximately 20 persons began to surround the [officers] while recording the incident on their cellphones,’ the report said.
‘Many protesters were moving very close to officers in what appeared to be an attempt to interfere with the officers’ lawful performance of their duties.’
The protest led to traffic coming to a complete stop as participants created a scene on the sidewalk, police said.
As one officer approached Dowell, she ‘attempted to flee by flailing [her] arms, striking the officer,’ police said.
After a brief struggle, additional officers placed Dowell in custody, the report said.
Dowell’s backpack was allegedly ‘found to contain the spray paint used in the incident,’ the report said.
The injured officer was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Dowell, 23, was charged with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Destruction or Injury of Personal Property and Damage of Property by Graffiti. Pictured: Clark and Dowell in 2018
The Parkman Bandstand Monument is a landmark bandstand on the eastern side of the Boston Common in Boston
Earlier this month, Clark spoke out about extremism in politics while pointing fingers at the GOP during the debate about whether to appoint Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House
Earlier this month, Clark spoke out about extremism in politics, while pointing fingers at the GOP during the debate about whether to appoint Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House.
Clark insisted the Republicans did not support the same values as Democrats, such as equal pay for women, according to Boston.com.
She claimed there was a disconnect between party leaders which was hindering Congress.
McCarthy failed to win enough votes to be elected as speaker for about two weeks.
‘Unable to organize, unable to govern, unable to lead,’ Clark said, according to the news outlet.
‘Years of blindly pursuing power, currying the favor of special interests, and bowing to election deniers has left the GOP in shambles.’
‘Let’s look at the extremists who have taken over,’ she continued.
Clark singled out Republican Representatives Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Matt Gaetz.
‘Let’s stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us, even having my favorite president call us and tell us ‘We need to knock this off.’
‘I think it actually needs to be reversed.’
Democrat Whip Katherine Clark’s Child Out on Bail After Allegedly Assaulting Police Officer
ASHLEY OLIVER – 24 Jan 2023Washington, DC – for Breitbart.news
Jared “Riley” Dowell, the 23-year-old child of House Minority Whip Katherine Clark (D-MA), appeared in Boston Municipal Court on Monday on charges of assaulting a police officer and vandalizing a monument.
Dowell pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released after previously posting $500 bail, according to the Boston Globe.
The court appearance comes after Dowell was arrested Saturday night at an anti-police protest. During the protest, police discovered Dowell spray-painting the historic Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common with the acronym “ACAB,” which stands for “all cops are bastards,” and “NO COP CITY,” according to the Boston Police Department.
Conservative radio host Howie Carr shared a copy of the full police report, which detailed the circumstances of the arrest and charges.
The report stated officers had been on “high alert” for an anti-police “Solidarity with Atlanta Forest Defenders” protest Saturday, the same day destructive rioters tore through Atlanta as part of a protest against the death of 26-year-old activist Manuel Teran. Police in Boston encountered a roughly 20-person group of protesters in the Common, according to the report.
Dowell, who was part of the group and dressed in a black ski mask, attempted to flee from an officer “by violently flailing his arms, striking the Officer,” the report stated, noting the officer was later seen bleeding from his nose and mouth and evaluated at a hospital.
During the arrest, the protesters also “began to surround” the officers as someone from the group was screaming “all cops are bitches” into a megaphone and blocking traffic, according to the report.
The report listed multiple charges against Dowell:
- Assault and battery on a police officer
- Vandalizing a historic monument/marker
- Tagging property
- Resisting arrest
Dowell has been ordered to stay away from the Common while the case is pending, per the Globe.
Clark, the number two Democrat in the House, confirmed in a statement Sunday night that her “daughter,” whom she called “Riley,” had been arrested. The court and police referred to Dowell, who is living as a transgender woman, by the name Jared.
“Last night, my daughter was arrested in Boston, Massachusetts. I love Riley, and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting,” Clark wrote. “This will be evaluated by the legal system, and I am confident in that process.”
The incident had first been brought to light by an anonymous social media account called AntifaWatch, which monitors the activity of the far-left and sometimes violent “antifascist” movement Antifa.
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