Speaking of criminal behavior, protesters left strongly worded placards and votive candles at Josh Hawley’s house, which he called vandalism and an attack on his wife and child by “antifa scumbags”.
….Master Police Officer Juan Vazquez, a spokesman for the Town of Vienna Police Department.
The demonstrators said they went to Hawley’s home because he said he would object when Congress convenes Wednesday to affirm Joe Biden’s election victory.Vazquez said the protesters had been violating several laws, including a Virginia code about picketing in front of a house, a town ordinance about making noise in front of a home and a littering code. But he said the officers explained the violations and “everyone just left.”“There were no issues, no arrests,” he said. “We didn’t think it was that big of a deal.”Patrick Young, a ShutDownDC organizer, told the Washington Post, “This is people engaging in democracy and engaging in civil discourse. … This was a pretty tame and peaceful visit to his house.”
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