The No. 2 Democrat in Congress suggested earlier this month that Republicans were “extremists.” On Saturday night, her son Jared Dowell was charged with assaulting a Boston police officer amid a wave of Antifa violence.
The Boston Police Department noted that around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 21, officers responded to a scene of leftist disturbance at the Parkman Bandstand Monument in the Boston Common.
According to the BPD, officers found the son of House Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) vandalizing the monument, writing “NO COP CITY” and “ACAB,” the latter of which stands for “all cops are bastards.”
Jared Dowell, 23, was not alone, however. Other Antifa thugs were blocking traffic and making a scene.
When officers intervened to arrest the son of the Democratic whip and restore order, a group of 20 leftist violators began “screaming profanities through megaphones” and interfering with Dowell’s arrest.
An officer was brutally struck in the face and left “bleeding from the nose and mouth” during the leftists’ violent efforts to prevent the arrest, which Dowell is accused of partaking in.
Despite the efforts of the leftist mob, officers were ultimately able to arrest Dowell and charge him with assault by means of a dangerous weapon, destruction of personal property, and damage of property by graffiti/tagging. He is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.
AntifaWatch reported that Dowell appears to run a leftist mutual aid group and has posted about it on anarchist subreddits.
Dowell’s apparent antipathy for police may not be an anomaly in his family. After all, his BLM-supporting mother stressed in 2020 that it should be “easier to prosecute” officers.
Clark — the Democrat who reportedly failed to properly disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock trades in 2021 —confirmed that her son, whom she refers to as a “daughter” and calls “Riley,” was arrested in Boston, noting that “this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting.”
While apparently reluctant to denounce Antifa’s violent attacks on Boston police over the weekend, Clark has previously been quick to accuse her political rivals of fomenting unrest and to warn of violence when politically expedient.
The Democratic minority whip suggested to CNN earlier this month that congressional Republicans were “extremists” and that the fruitful debates concerning the House speakership “endangered our country’s national security.”
Axios reported that ahead of the midterm elections, Clark claimed that the answer to America’s political conflicts “cannot be through division, misinformation and appeals to hate speech and violence,” intimating that’s what the GOP had on offer.
Dowell’s mother tweeted on Nov. 2, “The tolerance of violence and bigotry in our political discourse must end. We are one nation, one community, and we can’t allow ourselves to be torn apart by the GOP’s campaign of lies, hate and misinformation.”
Clark noted in a follow-up tweet, “Violence begets violence. Hate begets hate. When brutality is campaign currency, it is legitimized.”
Christina Kulich, an instructor of political science and legal studies at Suffolk University, told Boston.com in December that Clark’s new role in Congress means she “will probably spend less time in her district than she was able to before.”
It is unclear if less time in her district might mean less time monitoring potential extremism at home or less time addressing family members’ “nightmares over concern around climate change.”
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