ABC News mocked for 'peaceful demonstration intensified' report

ABC News was mocked by prominent GOP office holders for a report that said a "peaceful demonstration intensified" after police were attacked and a courthouse set on fire in Oakland, Calif.

"Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified," was the caption on a tweet from ABC News's official Twitter to its 15.7 million followers.

The tweet quickly drew reaction on social media, including from Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGOP Rep. Crenshaw to take leave due to eye surgery Koch network urges lawmakers to back 'personal option' health plan A nuclear frontier MORE (R-Texas) and former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R).



Oakland police designated the rioting as "unlawful assembly" while calling for peace Sunday night.

"Agitators within the crowd of demonstrators have set the Alameda County Superior Courthouse on fire. Please avoid the area. We are calling for peace and to have safe spaces and safe places for tonight's demonstration," Oakland's official Twitter account urged.