Protesters who got out of hand during President Donald Trump’s inauguration might be in more trouble than they imagined.
Since Washington DC is federal property and the inauguration is a federally ran event, most of the protesters arrested will be facing federal rioting charges, unlike many other protests around the country where protesters may face less severe charges such as “disturbing the peace”.
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According to a CBS News report:
Most of the approximately 230 protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will be charged with felony rioting, federal prosecutors said.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The office said most of those arrested will be released without having to post bail and must return to court in February.
A first group of 10 men appeared in Superior Court just before 3 p.m., and their lawyer entered a not guilty plea on their behalf. A judge released all of them on the condition they not get re-arrested in the District of Columbia.
According to reports, six police officers were injured during conflicts with protesters. Most were injured by flying debris. Most of the arrests took place in a small area, about four blocks long, around the time Donald Trump was taking the oath of office.
Several businesses were damaged, a car was set on fire, and several trash cans were also destroyed and set on fire during the worst portion of the protests.
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Washington DC along with cities across the nation for the “Women’s March on Washington.” These protests, while widespread, were mostly peaceful.
— Jim Fry (@jimfryVOA) January 21, 2017
The following video shows how violent and destructive protests in DC became at one point during Inauguration Day.