QA po­lice, res­i­dents help keep the peace dur­ing in­au­gu­ra­tion events

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

WASH­ING­TON, D.C. — On Fri­day, Jan. 20, Don­ald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica. Hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple showed up through­out the city to at­tend the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony and ac­com­pa­ny­ing pa­rade. Peo­ple from all around the coun­try showed up to sup­port, as well as voice their op­po­si­tion to Trump’s elec­tion through protests, dur­ing the over­cast day.

To help mon­i­tor and keep the fes­tiv­i­ties se­cure and safe, mem­bers of the Queen Anne’s County SWAT Team pa­trolled the Po­tomac River on boat dur­ing the af­ter­noon and evening. Bro­ken into two shifts of 11 to­tal of­fi­cers, Sgt. Phillip English with the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said the group worked from 2 to 10 p.m. with the Mar­itime Tac­ti­cal Op­er­a­tion Group.

The group pro­vided mar­itime se­cu­rity and stopped, talked and screened any ves­sels trav­el­ing through the es­tab­lished se­cu­rity zone, English said. Though not many ves­sels at­tempted to pass through, he said, the group did es­cort a few boats through the zone.

Mary­land State Po­lice Cen­tre­ville Com­man­der Lt. Tim McDon­ald said three state troop­ers with the Mo­bile Field Force, which re­sponds to calls for spe­cial­ized func­tions like ri­ots, were called to work dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion. He said that, among other du­ties, some of the troop­ers worked se­cu­rity dur­ing the pa­rade.

An of­fi­cial with Mary­land State Po­lice said 83 troop­ers ser ved dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion.

For Justin Davis, a mem­ber of the Gra­sonville Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, this past week­end work­ing se­cu­rity de­tail at the in­au­gu­ra­tion wasn’t his first time. Hav­ing mul­ti­ple friends who have worked for the Se­cret Ser­vice, Davis has been of­fered op­por­tu­ni­ties to work in mul­ti­ple in­au­gu­ra­tionre­lated events.

On Thurs­day, Jan. 19, Davis and Steven John­son pro­vided se­cu­rity dur­ing a celebrity-filled event hosted by the Artists and Ath­letes Al­liance non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. The group “op­er­ates at the nexus be­tween the en­ter­tain­ment com­mu­nity and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.,” its web­site states.

While at the event, Davis was ap­proached and asked to work se­cu­rity for a cam­era crew with CNN dur­ing Fri­day’s in­au­gu­ra­tion. Davis said he was “in the thick of it, in the protest and all the flash bangs, (pro­tes­tors) light­ing cars on fire,” as the news crew got cover­age.

Though he had pre­vi­ously done per­sonal se­cu­rity, “this one was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent,” he said. Davis said he hadn’t much ex­pe­ri­ence with the flash bangs “and all the other stuff go­ing on, fights, burn­ing, loot­ing and ever ything else.”

Davis said when they first ar­rived on the protest scene, “they were throw­ing bricks and pieces of cin­derblock” that hit the back of the cam­era. “They would be talk­ing to peo­ple or film­ing and we would be watch­ing around and look­ing out at the sky and make sure noth­ing else was fly­ing at them,” Davis said.

If asked again, Davis said he would con­tinue to pro­vide se­cu­rity for in­au­gu­ra­tion events.

On Jan. 20, lo­cal bar­be­cue restau­rant Smoke, Rat­tle and Roll, lo­cated at 419 Thomp­son Creek Road, in Stevensville, posted on its Face­book page that law en­force­ment of­fi­cers work­ing dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion as well as of­fi­cers “help­ing to pro­tect our streets” could come by and re­ceive a free break­fast. Josh Shonts, owner and head chef, said he per­son­ally made hot bis­cuits, gravy, ba­con and hash browns to show sup­port to the force.

Shonts said mul­ti­ple po­lice of­fi­cers and their fam­i­lies stopped by for a warm break­fast.

The restau­rant, which started out as a food truck, held a Back the Badge event last year which served about 120 law en­force­ment fam­i­lies. With all the neg­a­tiv­ity sur­round­ing po­lice last year, Shonts said, he fig­ured th­ese types of events are some­thing lit­tle he could do to show his sup­port. The restau­rant plans to hold an­other Back the Badge event this year, he said.

Mem­bers of the Queen Anne’s County S.W.A.T. Team pro­vided se­cu­rity along the Po­tomac River on Jan. 20 dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

PHOTO COURTESY JUSTIN DAVIS

A CNN cam­era crew films some of the pro­tes­tors and van­dal­ism dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion Fri­day, Jan. 20, in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

PHOTO BY JUSTIN DAVIS

Korie and Wil­lie Robertson of the TV show “Duck Dy­nasty” get their pic­ture taken at the Artists and Ath­letes Al­liance event on Jan. 19. Justin Davis of Gra­sonville pro­vided se­cu­rity dur­ing the pre-in­au­gu­ra­tion event and got to meet a few of the celebri­ties.

PHOTO COURTESY JUSTIN DAVIS

Justin Davis stands by a door that was spray painted with the mes­sage: Rev­o­lu­tion or Death.

PHOTO COURTESY JUSTIN DAVIS

Van­dals broke store­front win­dows.

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