Inauguration Day protesters may face felony rioting charges
NYPost, By Sophia Rosenbaum
January 22, 2017 | 12:55pm
Anti-Trump protestors set a limousine on fire during clashes with police after President Trump was sworn into office in Washington.
Officials in the nation’s capital are throwing the book at anti-Trump protesters — threatening the people who were arrested with massive fines and up to 10 years in jail.
The U.S. attorney’s office will seek to charge all 230 of the protesters who took to the streets on Inauguration Day — some damaging storefronts and clashing with police — with felony rioting.
As of Saturday evening, 80 people had already been slapped with the heavy charges, which include fines of up to $25,000 and up to 10 years in jail, according to Buzzfeed.
Felony rioting is defined in D.C. law by at least five people who use “tumultuous and violent conduct of the threat thereof” to cause “serious bodily harm” and instigate more than $5,000 in property damage.
Six local officers were injured by protesters during Trump’s big day. The glass windows of several businesses were shattered in downtown D.C. including Bank of America, McDonald’s and Starbucks.
All of the people who have already been charged were released on their own recognizance and given their next court appearance dates.
At least one of those arrested was a Vocativ journalist covering the protests, and he was defended by heavy-hitter and former White House attorney Kathryn Ruemmler, Buzzfeed reported.