Crime

209 People Charged With Inauguration Day Rioting

| by Jonathan Constante

More than 200 Inauguration Day protesters have now been indicted on rioting charges.

The Washington D.C. Superior Court issued the ruling on Feb. 8, charging an additional 146 protesters with felony rioting, NBC reported. The total number of protesters indicted is now 209.

The felony rioting charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. A total of 230 people were arrested and charged with rioting on Inauguration Day, but twelve of those cases were dismissed.

More than 5,000 National Guard members and police officers patrolled the streets during President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony. An additional 3,000 officers were provided by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

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Four businesses were vandalized, a limousine was set on fire, and six police officers suffered minor injuries during a confrontation with rioters. Some rioters threw rocks, trash cans, bricks and other objects, according to acting Police Chief Peter Newsham.

"Pepper spray and other control devices were used to control the criminal actors and protect persons and property," police told CNN.

The investigation by the U.S. attorney's office is ongoing.

Sources: NBC, CNN / Photo credit: White House Photographer via Wikimedia Commons

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