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DPS identifies six arrested during anti-Trump protests at Capitol on Sunday

The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the 6 people arrested during an anti-Trump rally at the Capitol on Sunday night. Top row: Jarred Roark, 34 (Left); Taylor Tomas Chase, 21 (Center); Joseph Wayne George, 36 (Right); Bottom row: Samuel Benjamin Lauber, 21 (Left); Jason Peterson, 24 (Center); Jade Tabitha Shackelford, 19 (Right). (Photo: DPS)

Protests against President-elect Donald Trump continued both nationwide and locally Sunday night.

About 150-200 people gathered at the Capitol to stage a “peaceful protest” and state that they would not be antagonizing the police. Trump supporters were among those in the crowd.


Protesters marched down Congress Avenue and turned toward City Hall, ending up on the South 1st Street bridge.

The march turned back toward the Capitol around 8:30 p.m.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says it arrested 6 members of a local communist group, Red Guards Austin, for assaulting pro-Trump members in Sunday's protest.

DPS troopers arrested Jarred Roark, 34, after he allegedly assaulted an individual on South Congress and 11th Street adjacent to the State Capitol.

Roark was arrested on felony aggravated assault, resisting arrest and evading arrest.

Troopers also arrested five other suspects related to the initial incident:

  • Taylor Tomas Chase, 21, interference with public duty and resisting arrest
  • Joseph Wayne George, 36, interference with public duty
  • Samuel Benjamin Lauber, 21, interference with public duty and resisting arrest
  • Jason Peterson, 24, interference with public duty and resisting arrest
  • Jade Tabitha Shackelford, 19, felony assault on public servant

In an earlier interview with Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, he asked people to protest peacefully and within the confines of the law.

"If you really want to stand for your position and views, take those masks off," said Chief Acevedo. "Stop covering your face. Because historically, the only people who cover their face are people who are agitators and people that at some point are really anarchists."

Tom Vinger, Press Secretary for the Texas Department of Public Safety, released the following statement Monday:

While we do not typically discuss security issues, we can say that DPS is continually monitoring events involving potential public safety impacts across the state and nation. We also adjust our level of vigilance to meet any potential or emerging threats, and will adjust our security measures as threats warrant.

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