The law enforcement and security people responsible for maintaining order in D.C. weren't ready, weren't properly organized and weren't impartial.
Those involved used chains and pulleys to topple the statues, spray-painting the base and spattering the monuments in red paint.
President Trump came close to turning the bluest of blue states red in 2016, and thought his message would play well in the protest-torn state this year. It didn't.
On report said the police's use of less-lethal munitions "served no clear law enforcement purpose: they did not prevent property damage, effectively disperse the crowd, or allow peaceful demonstrators their right to protest."
The NYPD said she was wanted for damaging police cameras, but some on Twitter took issue with the way the police framed the situation.
The first step towards reconciliation is for America to stop lying to itself about racism. South Africa and Germany reckoned with their pasts; now America must.
Law enforcement must not be managed by policies and procedures that are compromises between agencies and unions.
The man convulsed on the ground and lost "a great amount of blood" after being struck by the monument, according to a witness.
The group was reported to have assured local police it would remain in the area of the owner's private property.
"I am personally committed to continuing the conversation on police reform with the community," said Richmond, Virginia Police Chief William Smith on Monday.
Prosecutions of police officers are notoriously difficult to win. The accused officers' likely defense strategies are beginning to come into focus. "Cause of death" will be one important issue. A likely focus for the two most junior officers will be "chain of command."
"Our office has a moral imperative to enact public policies which assure all New Yorkers that in our justice system and our society, black lives matter and police violence is a crime," the D.A.'s Office said Friday.
"At no time did we intend or certainly would be able to affect evicting any guardsmen from any hotel," Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday.
The command structure may make no sense, but it's aimed at satisfying the demands of the Trump White House, a senior military official says.
The Minneapolis Police Department has a long, troubled history of bigotry. A Capital & Main special report.
Washington, always one step behind reality, couldn't hear what its own commander on the ground was saying: We don't need to federalize the National Guard.
Forces and bases in the Washington D.C. area were moved to "Force Protection Condition Charlie," a threat condition that indicates "likely" targeting of military forces and or terrorist action and the second-highest alert level available.
"A wild card now is POTUS, what he will order," a senior military officer told Newsweek. Federal troops are being readied in response to White House requests.
Firefighters have responded to fires at several CVS pharmacies as well as a labor union building near the White House.
In the iconic image taken after the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident, one lone protester faced down a column of tanks as they advanced on him.
Thousands had gathered to demand an overhaul of the commission that supervises elections.
Trump threatened to cut funds for the university's flagship Berkeley campus in a Twitter posting accusing the institution of failing to support free speech and practicing violence against innocent people.
Protests get more violent as the day wears one, more than 200 arrested.
Tens of thousands are expected to take to the streets in Washington, D.C. for inauguration. But who are they? And what do they want?
Protesters burned a "Make America Great Again" hat and threw eggs at a Trump supporter Thursday night.
The anti-capitalist protesters are expected to gather in more than 600 cities worldwide.