WASHINGTON – Nearly all of the 230 arrests on Inauguration Day will lead to felony charges of 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, reported CBS News.
Violent Acts Lead to Arrests
Many of the arrests occurred in a four-block stretch of downtown Washington around the time President Trump was sworn into office. Chief Peter Newsham said that 217 arrestees were being booked for rioting.
The arrests came after some protesters created chaos. Windows of downtown businesses were smashed, and police deployed pepper spray and “sting balls” against the crowd.
The protesters were armed with crowbars and threw objects at people and businesses, destroying storefronts and damaging vehicles.
The first group of 10 men appeared in Superior Court just before 3 p.m. Saturday, 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.
While those arrested were being shuttled into court, a group outside chanted, “let them go,” reported the L.A. Daily News.
Three police officers received head injuries from flying objects, while six total were injured. All of the injuries are considered minor.
A city official in Washington says the turnout estimate for the Women’s March on the National Mall stands at about 500,000 people. That’s more than double the initial predictions.
Kevin Donahue is Washington’s deputy mayor for public safety and justice. He says on Twitter that organizers of the march are increasing the turnout estimate to half a million.
Many women spoke during the event, but it was Madonna that grabbed the attention when she admitted she’s “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” Her vitriolic F-bomb commentary was quite hypocritical as she quoted poet W.H. Auden about “love” during the admonition. She should have quoted Doc Holliday from the movie Tombstone when he said, “It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.”
Madonna said it took “this horrific moment of darkness” (Trump’s presidency) “to wake us the f*** up,” she told the crowd.