The Washington Post reports:
D.C. police said they were putting special focus on houses of worship this week as supporters of President Trump who want to overturn his loss return to the city. They come weeks after another protest in which attendees vandalized four churches, including taking down and burning Black Lives Matter banners at two historical Black ones. One of those churches, Asbury Methodist, recently said a second banner was taken over Christmas week.
Highly concerned about the potential for further vandalism or worse, downtown congregations are now taking multiple tacks: asking downtown hotels and liquor stores to limit business during protest days, hiring private security, debating whether to counterprotest or stay out of the city, and in one case, litigating. Attorneys for one of the city’s oldest and most prominent Black churches, Metropolitan AME Church, on M Street NW, filed a lawsuit in Superior Court on Monday against the Proud Boys.
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