A U.S. Marshal takes a knee, his head bleeding, after officers broke up demonstrators' blockade of an eviction on the 900 block of Maryland Avenue NE.
An Occupy DC protest turned violent this morning on Capitol Hill, as one U.S. Marshal was led away bleeding from the head after a scuffle with several dozen protestors trying to block an eviction. At least one protester was taken away in an ambulance.
There were no arrests, accordings to a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals.
Yelling chants of "Homes, not banks!" and later, "Animals!" directed at the marshals, the protesters — who have been attempting to prevent the eviction of the resident of a Capitol Hill row house for the past several months — formed a human barricade this morning at the front and back entrances of the home on the 900 block of Maryland Avenue NE.
Marshals pulled protesters away from the home by their feet, detaining several. They tore down a blockade made of plastic milk crates in order to remove the last two protesters, who were underneath.
Law enforcement officials then tore down the front door and began removing protesters from inside the home in the final chapter in the move to evict Dawn Butler, a renter who is being evicted after her landlord lost the house to foreclosure. Butler has been fighting the eviction by the bank that now owns the house, JP Morgan Chase, in court for the past three years.
Butler claims her eviction is a violation of D.C. law.
Correction: The original version of this story misstated the arrest figure after today's protest. No protesters were arrested, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals.
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