Most of the approximately 230 far left protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will be charged with felony rioting, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 federal prosecutors said.
More than 200 people were arrested on Friday as fights broke out, windows were smashed and fires lit in the streets as Americans protested against the 45th President of the United States.
CBS The arrests took place in a four-block stretch of downtown Washington around the time of President Trump’s swearing-in ceremony.
The arrests came after some protesters created chaos. Windows of downtown businesses were smashed, and riot police deployed pepper spray, “sting balls” and stun grenades to break up crowds as masked protesters were pictured, some armed with hammers and crowbars.
The protesters threw objects at people and businesses, destroying storefronts and damaging vehicles. Six police officers were hurt — three of them hit in the head with flying objects, CBS affiliate WUSA reported. According to the station, the six had minor injuries.