Remember Those Trump Inauguration Rioters? Here's What's Happening To Them Now.

In a motion filed Thursday, the federal government announced its plan to proceed in the prosecution of the 188 outstanding cases against the anti-Trump/"anti-capitalist" rioters who wreaked havoc in D.C. during Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017. Roughly two-thirds of the individuals will see their charges dropped, while charges against 59 of the defendants, whose actions can be tied to "specific acts of destruction," will be pursued.

The formal notice to proceed (full text below) signals the government's shift in strategy after a court acquitted six defendants due to a lack of evidence tying them to specific illegal acts. Twenty individuals have already pleaded guilty to the rioting charges. Of the 188 remaining defendants, 59 face the full charges and 129 will get their charges dropped.

The notice, filed by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, begins by generally describing the "black bloc" riots. Here's an excerpt:

On January 20, 2017, several hundred people participated in a black bloc as part of the unpermitted anti-capitalist march that started in Logan Circle and moved through downtown DC.At or about 10:19 AM on January 20, 2017, a black bloc moved south from Logan Circle on 13th Street NW. Within minutes of leaving Logan Circle, individuals participating in the black bloc began to destroy or damage public and private property. The black bloc continued moving through the streets of the District of Columbia for approximately sixteen (16) blocks for more than thirty(30) minutes, while participants in the black bloc continued to destroy or damage property as the group moved. It was a riot. At approximately 10:52 AM on January 20, 2017, after law enforcement formed a police line in the area of 12th and L Streets NW, approximately 200 members of the black bloc charged the police line that was attempting to contain the black bloc in the area of 12th and L Streets NW, Washington, D.C. Although some black bloc participants were able to break through the police line, law enforcement was ultimately able to contain what remained of the black bloc.

A few images from the inauguration day chaos below:

In late April, a grand jury indicted 215 defendants for charges including, "Urging or Inciting a Riot (felony), Engaging in a Riot, Conspiracy to Engage in a Riot, and five counts of Destruction of Property (felony)." After 20 pleaded guilty and six were acquitted, 188 remain. The motion explains that in light of the first trial resulting in an acquittal, the U.S. government has determined that a more "expeditious" approach for the defendants will be to narrow the focus on those who can be connected to "specific acts of destruction":

In light of the legal rulings by the court and the jury’s verdicts in the first trial of these cases, the government has decided to proceed with all of the pending charges set forth in the superseding indictment (to include felony charges) for the above-captioned fifty-nine (59)defendants. The government is focusing its efforts on prosecuting those defendants who: (1) engaged in identifiable acts of destruction, violence, or other assaultive conduct; (2) participated in the planning of the violence and destruction; and/or (3) engaged in conduct that demonstrates a knowing and intentional use of the black-bloc tactic on January 20, 2017, to perpetrate, aid or abet violence and destruction. A list of these fifty-nine (59) defendants, along with their criminal case number, and current trial date, is contained in a chart attached as Exhibit A.

Here's the full text of the government's notice of intent to proceed:

The United States, by and through its attorney, the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, respectfully submits this notice of its intent to proceed with all of the pending charges set forth in the superseding indictment (to include felony charges) for the above-captioned fifty-nine (59) defendants.

On January 20, 2017, several hundred people met in and around Logan Circle in Washington, D.C., to participate in an anti-capitalist march without a parade permit. This unpermitted anti-capitalist march was advertised and planned, with instructions for participants to wear black clothing In addition, the term “black bloc” was used by organizers in planning meetings. The planned use of a black bloc is significant in this case. The term “black bloc” refers to a tactic, not a particular group or organization, and is frequently used when participants within the larger black-bloc group intend to commit violence or destruction of property

On January 20, 2017, several hundred people participated in a black bloc as part of the unpermitted anti-capitalist march that started in Logan Circle and moved through downtown DC.At or about 10:19 AM on January 20, 2017, a black bloc moved south from Logan Circle on 13th Street NW. Within minutes of leaving Logan Circle, individuals participating in the black bloc began to destroy or damage public and private property. The black bloc continued moving through the streets of the District of Columbia for approximately sixteen (16) blocks for more than thirty(30) minutes, while participants in the black bloc continued to destroy or damage property as the group moved. It was a riot. At approximately 10:52 AM on January 20, 2017, after law enforcement formed a police line in the area of 12th and L Streets NW, approximately 200 members of the black bloc charged the police line that was attempting to contain the black bloc in the area of 12th and L Streets NW, Washington, D.C. Although some black bloc participants were able to break through the police line, law enforcement was ultimately able to contain what remained of the black bloc.

On or about April 27, 2017, a grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging 215 defendants with various offenses in connection with the riot on January 20, 2017. All 215 individuals are charged with Counts 1-8 of the indictment – that is, Urging or Inciting a Riot (felony), Engaging in a Riot, Conspiracy to Engage in a Riot, and five counts of Destruction of Property (felony). In total, twenty (20) defendants have entered guilty pleas. Currently, there are 188 defendants charged in the superseding indictment with criminal cases pending.

In light of the legal rulings by the court and the jury’s verdicts in the first trial of these cases, the government has decided to proceed with all of the pending charges set forth in the superseding indictment (to include felony charges) for the above-captioned fifty-nine (59)defendants. The government is focusing its efforts on prosecuting those defendants who: (1) engaged in identifiable acts of destruction, violence, or other assaultive conduct; (2) participated in the planning of the violence and destruction; and/or (3) engaged in conduct that demonstrates a knowing and intentional use of the black-bloc tactic on January 20, 2017, to perpetrate, aid or abet violence and destruction. A list of these fifty-nine (59) defendants, along with their criminal case number, and current trial date, is contained in a chart attached as Exhibit A.

The government will file individual motions to dismiss, without prejudice, the indictment against the remaining 129 defendants whose cases remain pending. In so doing, the court, the government, and the fifty-nine (59) defendants can proceed more expeditiously with their trials.The government further requests that the court consolidate certain trial dates given this significant development. The government submits that all parties (to include the defendants and their defense counsel) would benefit from the consolidation of trial dates.

H/T HotAir

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