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Police officers injured in protests

Three District police officers were injured during an anti-fascist, anti-capitalist protest along the K Street corridor, according to the D.C. fire department.

Fire department spokesman Dough Buchanan said that one officer fell from a bicycle and other was accidentally struck in the face by pepper spray fired by a another officer. Both of those incidents occurred at 13th and K streets NW. Buchanan said a third officer was struck by an object thrown by a protester at 13th and I Streets NW.

Buchanan said none of the injuries appeared serious. All three officers were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police had corralled at 12 Street NW about two dozen protesters from an antifascist, anti-capitalist group that had been smashing windows and spraying graffiti on nearby businesses.

Their feet crunching over shattered glass on the sidewalk, a group of protesters set out on a “rescue mission” to win the release of demonstrators cordoned off by police at 12th and L St. Followed by dozens of cops on bikes and motorcycles, protesters yelled, “Who do you protect, who do you serve?”

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