Dozens Charged With Inauguration Day Rioting Crowd DC Courtroom for Hearing - NBC4 Washington

Dozens Charged With Inauguration Day Rioting Crowd DC Courtroom for Hearing

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    How Telehealth Technology is Revolutionizing Healthcare
    Bill Hennessy

    Dozens of people charged accused of rioting during President Donald Trump's inauguration have packed into a D.C. courtroom Thursday.

    The hours-long hearing made for an unusual scene as attorneys and their clients crowded the courtroom on the second floor of D.C. Superior Court.

    The room was so crowded with lawyers that some had to stand in aisles or in an overflow courtroom. Extra chairs were brought inside.

    More than 200 were arrested and charged with rioting on Inauguration Day after self-described anti-capitalists broke windows and set fire to a limousine in D.C. Many claim they were swept up in a mass arrest for no reason and charges against some journalists who were in the crowd have been dropped.

    About 30 of the accused made a motion to dismiss the charges on Thursday, saying the charges are too vague.

    In June, the American Civil Liberties Union announced it was suing the Metropolitan Police Department, saying police acted improperly by using pepper spray and flash-bang grenades without warning or justification and holding demonstrators without food, water or access to toilets.

    The city's Police Complaints Board has also called for an independent investigation into police actions on Inauguration Day.