Protesters arrested during the inauguration could face 10 years in prison
A grand total of 230 people were arrested Friday during Donald Trump’s inauguration. Arraignment hearings began for the protesters on Saturday as the Women’s March on Washington was in full swing, and, according to the US Attorney’s Office, almost every person arrested on Friday is looking at a charge of felony rioting.
Felony rioting carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison along with a possible $25,000 fine. Most of those who were arrested will be released without bail until their next court date, provided they don’t get arrested in DC again.
According to BuzzFeed News, Kathryn Ruemmler, who once served as Barack Obama’s White House counsel, was on hand to represent a journalist from Vocativ. Her client was there to cover the inauguration, Reummler says, and was simply filming the protest.
The defendants were brought before a judge in groups of 10, however each one is being individually charged. During the inauguration some protesters shattered windows and threw bricks at cops. The police responded with tear gas and pepper spray. Also at least one white supremacist was punched right in the side of the head, which you can watch below repeatedly.
The cases are due back in court beginning in February.
[BuzzFeed News | Photo: Getty]