Videos show a long line of police in riot gear marching to the US Supreme Court after decision overturning Roe v. Wade

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Capitol Police line the US Supreme Court building as protestors crowd the outside.
  • Abortion-rights and anti-abortion advocates crowded around the US Supreme Court after Roe was overturned.
  • Videos of police in riot gear heading to the court circulated on social media.
  • In his remarks, US President Joe Biden urged for "peaceful protests."
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As peaceful protests formed outside the US Supreme Court following its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, Capitol Police in riot gear were seen marching towards the Court to meet protestors.

In one video, posted on Twitter by CNN correspondent Manu Raju, dozens of Capitol police officers marched away from the Capitol building and towards the Supreme Court. Law enforcement also closed streets around the high court. 

In his remarks to the nation regarding the high court's momentous ruling on Friday afternoon, US President Joe Biden urged "peaceful" protests, saying that "violence is never acceptable."

"We must stand against violence in any form, regardless of your rationale," the president said.

Protestors waited outside the Court for this historic ruling, among others, to be released on Friday morning. Both anti-abortion and abortion-rights advocates took to the streets to express either their support for or opposition to the court's decision. Videos circulating social media show protestors chanting and holding up signs both supporting and condemning the decision. 

According to footage of the protests taken by an attendee and provided to Insider, protestors shouted, "You don't care if people die. Pro-life is a lie."

The divisive ruling from the high court, which was expected following the publication of a draft version of the opinion last month, sent shockwaves through the nation and prompted immediate reactions from politicians and activists across the political spectrum.

Democrats like Sen. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and former president Barack Obama have been quick to condemn the Republican-led court, as well as other Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former President Donald Trump for their role in overturning the nearly 50-year-old Supreme Court decision.

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