Wednesday morning, CNN report that a total of 214 violent rioters have been indicted on felony rioting charges in connection with the violence that occurred in downtown Washington on Inauguration Day. Things turned violent when black-clad ‘anti-fascist‘ protestors started to launch rocks at police, smash storefront windows and hammer on the windows of a limousine. The repercussions of their actions can be as high as 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Officers responded by launching smoke and flash-bang devices into the street to disperse the crowds. Six police officers were injured and 230 protesters were arrested that day. On Tuesday, a grand jury in DC charged five individuals. This was in addition to the 209 other defendants who’ve been indicted on rioting charges earlier this month. The indictment accuses the defendants of using a tactic called “Black Bloc” in which people conceal their identities with dark or black clothing and accessories such as scarves, sunglasses, helmets and masks.
Several officers were injured in the line of duty that day. There was extensive property damage to local businesses and a government vehicle was destroyed. Of the 230 people arrested that day, 214 are charged with a felony.