- The D.C. Police Department is fully activating in response to protests at SCOTUS.
- The Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday spurred massive demonstrations.
- The MPD said it will "be fully activated to support expected First Amendment demonstrations."
The Washington, D.C. Police Department is fully activating after protests broke out over the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday.
A heavy law enforcement presence gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Friday ahead of the court releasing its decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health, which invalidated the federal protections to abortion access in the nearly 50-year-old Roe decision.
The Metropolitan Police Department said in a bulletin obtained by Fox 5 DC that it would "be fully activated to support expected First Amendment demonstrations," adding, "all members should be prepared to work extended tours as necessary" through Tuesday, June 28.
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In addition to the protests and demonstrations at the Court itself, a man was seen on video scaling the Fredrick Douglass Memorial Bridge in southeast Washington holding a flag that read "don't tread on my uterus" and releasing what appeared to be green powder.
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Law enforcement officers later came to the court with riot shields and also closed off major roads including the inbound lanes of the South Capitol Bridge that go into Washington, according to reports.
The US Capitol Police, which protests the Capitol building across from the Supreme Court, said they were "working closely with our law enforcement partners in order to prepare for demonstrations related to the Supreme Court," according to Politico.
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