Inauguration Day protesters acquitted of the charges of the next government lawsuit

Four of the six acquitted Inauguration Day protestors, including Brittne Lawson (second left) and Alexei Wood (far right), stood outside the courthouse after the verdict announcement.

(WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

Six people charged in connection with violent protests during the Inauguration Day events on Jan. 20, were acquitted by a jury Thursday.

The six persons were the first of more than 150-to-face research, in a series of indictments filed by the government. They were charged with the counts of riots and destruction of property.

The government attorneys chose not to prosecute the protesters for individual acts of violence or vandalism, but rather tried to argue that they were guilty of supporting and providing coverage as the others, broken windows in the center of Washington D. C. and set fire to a parked limo.


Supporters of the six protesters acquitted of riot and destruction of the material costs during the Inauguration events of the Day stood outside the Washington Superior Courthouse in solidarity on Thursday.

(WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

The verdict, reached after two days of consultations in Washington Superior Court, was a setback for the government for a series of other similar studies in 2018. Prosecutors use a variety of videos, which by security cameras at the scene, police, helicopters, and social media posts, can serve as evidence. They also interviewed dozens of witnesses, but no one could identify the defendants as the perpetrators.

Those acquitted are Alexei Wood, 37, Michelle Macchio, 26, Christina Simmons, 20, Brittne Lawson, 27, Oliver Harris, 28, and Jennifer armento broke, 38, according to WTOP and The Washington Post.

Two acquitted Inauguration Day protesters hug after the verdict, the decision of.

(WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

Armento broke told The Message that the jury’s decision “shows the country that the jury was not willing to do what the government asked of them, that was criminal criticism.”

Harris, who described his process experienced as “repeated traumatic,” said the outcome of the research was “the only appropriate verdict,” The Post reported.


Before the verdict was reached, president Lynn Leibovitz threw out a felony charges of inciting riots. They determined that the costs, the most severe aimed at the suspects and not enough evidence to justify it.

As evidence, the prosecution also used video through Project Veritas, a controversial right-wing activist collective.

In the process, prosecutors showed video of a pre-opening protest planning meeting that was infiltrated by a Project Veritas operative. It turned out organizers advise protesters how to deal with confrontations with the police, but it contained no evidence of plans to commit violence or vandalism.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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