QA police, residents help keep the peace during inauguration events
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.
A CNN camera crew films some of the protestors and vandalism during the presidential inauguration Friday, Jan. 20, in Washington, D.C.
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.
Justin Davis stands by a door that was spray painted with the message: Revolution or Death.
Vandals broke storefront windows.