Riley Dowell: Rep. Katherine Clark’s Daughter Released After Boston Common Protest Arrest

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Riley Dowell is accused of hitting an officer while resisting arrest, according to the police report.

Katherine Clark’s Daughter Riley Dowell Released: After being arrested over the weekend, the daughter of Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark appeared in court on Monday morning to face charges including assault and property damage with graffiti.

Katherine Clark's Daughter accused of assaulting the cops
Katherine Clark’s Daughter was charged for assaulting the cops during Boston Protest, Image; Politico

Riley Dowell, 23, was released on $500 cash bail and was ordered not to return to Boston Common, where she was arrested on Saturday night. On her behalf, a not guilty plea was entered.

Dowell’s mother announced her arrest on Sunday. The arrest occurred after a group of protestors gathered at the Parkman Bandstand Monument in Boston Common, according to a news release from the city’s police department.

According to the police account of what happened, Dowell hit an officer while resisting arrest.

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Clark was not present in court for her daughter’s arraignment on Monday, but after issuing a statement about the arrest on Sunday, Clark answered a few questions about what happened on Monday.

“I have full turst in the legal system — this case is before it — and I am confident in a fair outcome,” she said.

Riley Dowell Protest at Boston Common

Around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Boston police officers were called to the reported protest.

Dowell is accused of spray painting “NO COP CITY” and “ACAB,” an anti-police acronym, on the monument. When officers were arresting Dowell, a group of about 20 protestors surrounded them, police said, “while screaming profanities through megaphones on the public street, causing traffic to come to a halt.”

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According to the Boston Police Department, one officer was hit in the face and was bleeding from the nose and mouth while arresting Dowell, but the agency did not initially specify who was accused of striking the officer.

However, according to a police report filed in court paperwork, the protesters gathered in solidarity with a person killed by law enforcement after allegedly shooting a state trooper in Atlanta.

According to the police report, Dowell was seen on surveillance cameras spray-painting the Parkman Bandstand before being spotted by officers searching for the group of protesters. When one of the officers told Dowell to stop at the intersection of Boylston and Tremont streets, she allegedly tried to flee by swinging her arms violently and striking the officer.

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After a brief struggle, a group of officers was able to arrest Dowell.

Dowell was charged with a variety of offenses, including assault with a dangerous weapon, destruction or injury to personal property, and property damage caused by graffiti/tagging.

According to the police report, the officer who was struck during the struggle was left bleeding from the nose and mouth. NBC10 Boston has inquired about the officer’s condition with Boston police.

The Second Arrest of Riley Dowell

Andrea Colletti, 27, of Brighton, was arrested at the monument around an hour later on Saturday night, according to Boston police. Colletti was charged with property damage by graffiti/tagging, destruction or injury to personal property, and resisting arrest.

Colletti appeared in Boston Municipal Court on Monday as well.

“I did not resist arrest,” Colletti said.

They denied resisting arrest and stated that the group’s protest was in response to the Atlanta shooting.

Congresswoman Katherine Clark Responds

On Sunday night, Clark, the House Minority Whip, issued a statement saying, “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 the process,” she continued in her tweet.

Clark mostly stuck to the statement she released at an event in Watertown on Monday afternoon, but she did offer more thoughts in response to reporters’ questions.

“I condemn violence against everyone, whether it’s against police or against community members as a result of any person or government entity,” Clark said when asked if she condemns violence against police.

She stated that she has always worked to ensure that “every single person in every single ZIP code has a reasonable expectation of safety in their communities,” and that “police are critical partners in that work.”