The D.C. U.S. attorney's office has dropped charges against all Inauguration Day protesters who haven't yet been tried.
Of the 234 people arrested in Washington on President Trump's Inauguration Day, 38 were still awaiting trial. Defendants were charged with rioting that caused more than $100,000 in damage, BuzzFeed News' Zoe Tillman reports. But a statement from the U.S. attorney's office released Friday now says those charges will be dismissed.
BREAKING: The US attorney's office in DC is dismissing all remaining Inauguration Day mass arrest cases. The government had been unable to secure any convictions at trial so far; there were 38 cases left.
Statement from the US attorney's office: pic.twitter.com/ikySuzE65s
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) July 6, 2018
Twenty-one of the 234 arrested people did plead guilty, though those pleas happened before defendants went to trial, per The Washington Post. Everyone who went to trial was either acquitted or jurors could not agree on a guilty verdict. These "results," as the statement puts it, led the U.S. attorney's office to drop all remaining charges. Kathryn Krawczyk