Democratic House whip’s daughter arraigned on assault charges in Boston

The daughter of state Rep. Katherine Clark pleaded not guilty on Monday morning in Boston Municipal Court to multiple charges including assaulting a police officer at a protest against police over the weekend.

Riley Dowell, 23 — referred to as Jared Dowell in court documents — is facing charges of assaulting a police officer, tagging property, vandalism of a historical marker and resisting arrest.

Dowell was ordered to stay away from the Boston Common and was released on $500 bail which was posted previous to Monday’s arraignment.

Dowell was seen spray painting the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common with messages including “NO COP CITY” and “ACAB” with a group of around 20 protestors Saturday night.

A fatal police shooting earlier this month in nearby Cambridge sparked protests over use of force. A 20-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Sayed Faisal, was shot and killed by Cambridge police. He had advanced on officers with what police described as a kukri, a type of sword, and a less-than-lethal “sponge round” had failed to stop him, police said.

On Saturday, a chaotic scene erupted when police tried to arrest Dowell. During the commotion, Dowell “flailed, striking an officer in the face,” prosecutors said at Monday’s arraignment.

The officer was seen “bleeding from his nose and mouth” after the altercation, according to Dowell’s arrest report, and was transported to the hospital.

Dowell was arrested Saturday with a second protestor, Andrea Colletti, 27, of Brighton. Colletti was also arraigned Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges of tagging property, vandalizing a historic marker and resisting arrest.

At the arraignment, Dowell’s attorney Chris Dearborn also asked that some personal information be redacted in light of “extremist” online commentary and “veiled threats.”

Dowell will return for a pre-trial hearing April 19.

Clark, the House Democratic whip, said in a tweet that her daughter, Riley Dowell, had been arrested. “I love Riley, and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting,” Clark wrote. “This will be evaluated by the legal system, and I am confident in that process.”

Clark has spoken publicly about the fears of her own nonbinary child amid bigotry targeting transgender people.

Clark is in her sixth term in the House and represents the state’s 5th Congressional District.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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