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Police officer hit with object, taken to hospital

A police officer was struck by a thrown object on K Street and taken to a hospital, said Doug Buchanan, a D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman.

The officer is the fourth hospitalized Friday while dealing with a group of destructive anti-capitalist protesters on the streets around 13th and K NW. Another officer was hit with an object, one fell off his bicycle, and one was hit with pepper spray deployed by another officer.

Police have three times formed a line and used flash-bang grenades and pepper spray to push protesters away from the area. Ninety-five people have been arrested and charged with rioting. But Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham has said that “in the grand scheme of things, this is a small disturbance in a small part of the city. Literally, we have thousands of others who are peacefully demonstrating.”

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The U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony this week in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday during an inauguration that’s expected to draw between 700,000 and 900,000 people. Security officials said there are 63 demonstration groups, pro and con, also expected Friday. Follow our liveblog for updates through this afternoon’s inaugural parade.