Attorney General William Barr is reportedly directing the Federal Bureau of Prisons to deploy riot teams to Washington, D.C., and Miami as part of the Trump administration's response to protests that have escalated in the days after an unarmed African American man died in police custody.
A senior Justice Department official told USA Today and The Washington Post that the FBI also summoned its elite Hostage Rescue Unit to D.C. The official added that every FBI field office was setting up command posts and that they would work with local police to possibly bring charges against individuals who traveled from out of state to participate in rioting.
The FBI will review whether those in custody committed any federal crimes, the official noted.
The Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Prisons did not immediately return requests for comment from The Hill.
The moves from Barr and the FBI come just a day after mostly peaceful protests in D.C. and other cities erupted into violent clashes between some demonstrators and police that night.
Protests near the White House devolved into chaos ahead of the city's 11 p.m. curfew, with police deploying tear gas and flash bangs to disperse crowds. Several fires were reported, including at the AFL-CIO's national headquarters and the historic St. John's Church, a landmark where presidents have attended services since the 1800s.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced earlier Monday that the city was imposing a 7 p.m. curfew due to the escalating violence. She said that “significant damage” had been done to the downtown areas and implored residents to "be part of the solution, not part of the destruction.”