Over 100 Inauguration Day Protesters Indicted For Rioting


Face fines up to $25,000 and a maximum 10 years in prison. 

As I’ve said since the beginning: protests are fine; rioting is criminal. 

Protesters at President Trump’s inauguration became violent, setting fires, vandalizing property, and antagonizing—even injuring—law enforcement officers.  The indictments of 146 additional rioters were handed down this week.

The total of those indicted on felony rioting charges is now 209.  A total of 230 persons were arrested in conjunction with the rioting, and twelve of those cases have been dismissed.

NBC reports:

A grand jury has indicted more than 100 Inauguration Day protesters on rioting charges in Washington, D.C. In total, 209 people have now been indicted.

The indictment, handed up D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday, charged 146 additional protesters with felony rioting — meaning they face a fine of up to $25,000 and a maximum of 10 years in prison.

. . . . [F]our businesses were vandalized and sustained “significant damage,” demonstrators lighted a limousine on fire, and six police office suffered minor injuries after protesters set fires and threw rocks, bricks, trash cans and other small objects, according to Acting Police Chief Peter Newsham.

DC police have requested that Facebook turn over social media information on the violent rioters.

The Daily Caller reports:

The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is demanding that Facebook hand over information it has on several protesters who were demonstrating against President Donald Trump’s inauguration last month.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia issued the subpoena to Facebook on Jan. 27, according to CityLab, a week after the official swearing-in ceremony.

Police and prosecutors seem to need more information for the alleged perpetrators, specifically data on the social media platform, to either build a better case against the defendants or charge more people with crimes.

D.C. police are accused of seizing the phones of the people they arrested in order to search for evidence, according to The Verge. But authorities can request data from Facebook that they are unable to directly access themselves.

“A valid subpoena issued in connection with an official criminal investigation is required to compel the disclosure of basic subscriber records,” one of Facebook’s law enforcement guidelines reads. Requested records “may include: name, length of service, credit card information, email address(es), and a recent login/logout IP address(es), if available.”


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