The prosecutor said the four protesters “made the choice to engage in violence and destruction,” and she promised jurors they would see video of three of the defendants destroying property.
In the next Inauguration Day rioting trial, prosecutors intend to call a witness who spent two years undercover, infiltrating an anarchist extremist group.
The day after prosecutors dropped 129 Inauguration Day riot cases, a dozen protesters whose cases weren’t dropped were in a D.C. courtroom.
The day after six protesters were cleared of all charges related Inauguration Day riots, prosecutors said they will move forward with trials against 188 other defendants.
Closing arguments wrapped up Friday morning and the jury was expected to begin deliberating in the afternoon in the first trial of protesters arrested on Inauguration Day. They face charges of rioting and destruction of property. But defense attorneys argued that there is no evidence to convict the six protesters and that prosecutors were trying to convict them based on the color of their clothes.
The first trial began this week for six of the more than 200 protesters arrested in connection with riots that paralyzed parts of the District during Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.
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