House Minority Whip Katherine Clark's (D., Mass.) child Jared Dowell was arrested in Boston on Saturday for allegedly assaulting police.
Law enforcement apprehended Dowell after the 23-year-old allegedly graffitied "No Cop City" and "ACAB," which stands for "All Cops Are Bastards," on a bandstand in Boston Common. A group of 20 protesters circled the officers during the arrest, and an officer "was hit in the face and could be seen bleeding from the nose and mouth," according to a police report.
Dowell, who identifies as "nonbinary" and goes by the name "Riley," faces charges of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, destruction of personal property, and damage of property by graffiti.
Clark said in a tweet Sunday that "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," Clark added.
Clark, who this month ascended to the number-two leadership position in the Democratic caucus, has long voiced opposition to police. In August 2020, she said, "Until we take action against racism and police brutality, tragedies will continue." In a March 2021 tweet, Clark said that no "single policy" can "erase the decades of systemic racism."
"It's time for meaningful reforms," Clark added, with the hashtag "BLM."
Dowell's arrest came the same day anti-police Antifa activists rioted in downtown Atlanta, damaging businesses and setting a police vehicle on fire.