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Majority of 230 arrested Inauguration Day protesters charged with felony, facing 10 years in prison: Feds

January 23, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Majority of 230 arrested Inauguration Day protesters charged with felony, facing 10 years in prison: Feds

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Law enforcement officials are throwing the book at rioters who took part in the mayhem that transpired in the nation’s capital during Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony last Friday. Federal prosecutors say a majority of the approximately 230 protesters arrested during the chaos that ensued in Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day will face felony rioting charges.

Under Washington D.C. law, the definition of felony rioting involves at least five people using “tumultuous and violent conduct of the threat thereof” to cause “serious bodily harm” and resulting in more than $5,000 in property damage.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said most of those rioters arrested would be released on no bail but are required to return to court in February.

As of Saturday, 80 of those demonstrators had been charged with felonies, which carries a penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Officials said prosecutors would seek felony rioting charges against 217 of the protesters.

An attorney for the first group of ten men arrested, entered not guilty pleas in Superior Court, and a judge released all of them on the condition they not get re-arrested in the District of Columbia, NBC Washington reported.

Police arrested a majority of the rioting protesters on a four-block stretch of downtown D.C. as President Donald Trump assumed the oath of office.

Police used “sting balls” and pepper spray against the raucous crowd, who smashed windows of business storefronts and clashed with officers.

D.C. Police officials reported six officers injured during the Inauguration Day mayhem.

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