It is hardly surprising to hear anti-police rhetoric emanating from far-left corners of American politics, but the child of one powerful Democrat is accused of translating those words into violent action.
According to police in Boston, Massachusetts, 23-year-old Jared Dowell was detained by officers after allegedly defacing the Parkman Bandstand Monument with anti-cop graffiti as part of a larger disturbance by apparently like-minded protesters.
Dowell is the child of U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), who is the second-most powerful Democrat in the House given her status as minority whip.
As police attempted to arrest Dowell, the group reportedly started “screaming profanities through megaphones” and otherwise prevented officers from performing their duties. During the melee, one officer reportedly sustained a forceful blow to the face that resulted in “bleeding from the nose and mouth.”
Cops were finally able to take Dowell and other suspects into custody and the suspect is facing multiple charges including assault with a dangerous weapon, destruction of property, and damaging property with graffiti.
The narrative became more complicated when Clark referenced the issue, referring to Dowell as “Riley,” her daughter. She went on to confirm the arrest and noted that “this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting.”
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.
This will be evaluated by the legal system, and I am confident in that process.
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) January 22, 2023
It seems clear that Dowell’s antipathy toward law enforcement is shared by Clark, who has been an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.
In June 2020, she tweeted: “We need to change the federal statute so that it is easier to prosecute and hold officers accountable for crimes committed. By failing to stop police brutality, lives, opportunities, and dreams have been lost. We cannot watch one more video or hear one more cry. We must act now.”
While no reasonable voice on either side of the aisle is advocating police brutality, it is telling that Clark has not been similarly outspoken in her denunciation of violence aimed at police officers — especially now that it has allegedly been perpetrated by her own child.
Even CNN could not ignore the troubling spike in attacks on law enforcement, reporting in October that more than a dozen officers were shot during a one-week period and more than 250 were shot — including 50 who later died — during the first nine months of the year.