(WASHINGTON) -- Violence flared on some streets of Washington, D.C, on Friday as members of a group dressed head to toe in black smashed the windows of cars and store windows shortly before President Donald Trump took the oath of office.
Police said they responded using pepper spray and other control devices. At least 95 people were arrested, the Metropolitan Police Department said Friday afternoon.
The city's interim police chief, Peter Newsham, said in a Periscope video posted on Twitter that the problems were caused by one group, "and it's a very, very small percentage of the number of folks that came here to peacefully assemble in our city."
Dramatic video published on social media, showed men and women using signs and sticks to shatter glass at a Starbucks and a bank. Chaos then swept the streets as police attempted to chase down the alleged vandals.
Police said in a statement an organized group marched through the northwest part of the city at around 10:30 a.m., and that "members of the group acting in a concerted effort engaged in acts of vandalism and several instances of destruction of property."
The police statement said the group damaged vehicles, destroyed the property of multiple businesses, and ignited smaller isolated fires and that police vehicles were among those damaged.
The #DisruptJ20 coalition, named after the date of the inauguration, which had promised that its participants would attempt to shut down the inauguration events, tangled with Bikers for Trump, a group clad in leather biker gear that backs the president.
Video on social media showed the two groups exchanging words and blows just prior to the start of inauguration festivities.
Following the inauguration, protesters started a fire on the street, burning what appeared to be garbage and a plastic newspaper stand.
A Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, responded to the protests on Twitter, calling them "un-American."
"Nothing is more unAmerican than protesters who are not peaceful. Disgusting," she wrote.
At the inauguration ceremony itself, protesters could be seen being removed from the premises.
Thousands of protesters fanned out across downtown Washington, D.C., in the morning, including some who tried to block security checkpoints to the inauguration festivities.
Protests also cropped up in other parts of the country Friday, including San Francisco, and outside of Trump Tower in New York City.
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