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Rioters at Trump’s 2017 Inauguration Getting $1.6 Million Settlement From DC Over Their Arrests

Rioters at Trump’s 2017 Inauguration Getting $1.6 Million Settlement From DC Over Their Arrests

“It speaks volumes that the District has chosen to settle rather than defend MPD’s obviously unconstitutional actions in court”

Do you remember Trump’s inauguration in 2017? Rioters set fires, harassed and assaulted people, threw bricks, and worse.

None of the rioters were ever really held accountable, and now they’re getting a big cash settlement over their arrests.

Federal authorities are still hunting down Trump supporters over January 6th, and many of the people that have already been arrested are being held in solitary confinement.

But the leftists who rioted at Trump’s inauguration are getting paid.

This is from ABC News:

Washington to pay $1.6M to settle lawsuits after protests at Trump’s 2017 inauguration

The city of Washington has reached a $1.6 million settlement in two lawsuits that included allegations of arrests without cause and excessive force on protestors during the inauguration of former President Donald Trump in January 2017.

The two lawsuits were brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia and attorney Jefferey Light, on behalf of protesters.

The ACLU said in a statement about the settlement Monday that the lawsuit alleged that then-Police Chief Peter Newsham and more than 20 officers “engaged in or supervised constitutional violations including mass arrests of demonstrators without probable cause, unlawful conditions of confinement for detainees, and/or use of excessive force.”

The ACLU said that even though just a few protesters caused damage and engaged in violence, police rounded up more than 200 protestors and “detained them without access to food, water, or restrooms for up to 16 hours.”

The Hill has more:

According to The Washington Post, a total of 234 people were arrested in the 2017 Inauguration Day protests near Franklin Square at 12th and L streets NW. Of the group, only 21 pled guilty, which were the only convictions that resulted from the arrests.

The charges against the other individuals were ultimately dropped after prosecutors in initial trials could not connect the defendants to specific damage, the Post reported.

In additional to the financial settlement, as part of the ACLU of D.C.’s case, the MPD will issue a formal directive to modify the procedures for processing arrestees in an effort to avoid having them wait long periods for necessities such as restroom access and water.

“It speaks volumes that the District has chosen to settle rather than defend MPD’s obviously unconstitutional actions in court,” Light said in a statement.

Hat tip to Ace of Spades, who comments:

Note well that the federal government is currently holding around 50 to 60 people accused of being Four Hour Insurrectionists in solitary confinement and unending pretrial detention — prison without any conviction.

They’ve been held without trial, without bail, since January.

I don’t expect the federal government to pay these “Insurrectionists” for brutal treatment.

Compare that to the Inauguration Rioters being held… for sixteen hours, and being paid taxpayer money for it.

It must be nice to be a leftist.


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Yeah quite a few issues here. Due process should be afforded to all parties. As should a reasonable attempt to allow protesting (provided it’s peaceful and non destructive). Seems like they have gotten the balance wrong in both situations for different reasons.

    SDN in reply to mark311. | May 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    So should “equal treatment under the law”.

      mark311 in reply to SDN. | May 2, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      Yeah absolutely, the law should be impartial , provide equal treatment and follow the facts. Anything less is no good.

        Are you going to be active in defending the protesters of January 9, 2021 from persecution by the Junta government, puppet-headed by Biden?

          There was a Jan 9th protest? I know nothing about it.

          Mark just defended the rights of the Jan 6th protesters to equal justice so the answer if you meant the 6th appears to be yes.

          Petty and beneath you, Danny. Of course Fine meant January 6th. Shall we dig up all your typos and use them against you? Be better.

          Assuming you mean Jan 6th provided due process, and fairness, and impartiality are afforded in theory the law will arrive at the right decision. The American system has flaws but all things equal I’ve no specific reason they wouldn’t have a fair shot before a judge.

    TX-rifraph in reply to mark311. | May 2, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    “Due process should be afforded to all parties. ”

    This is a technique to shift the focus from the obvious fraud by the left to something that is true but irrelevant. These tricks take some skill.

      mark311 in reply to TX-rifraph. | May 3, 2021 at 12:15 pm


      You are going to have to be specific what fraud are you referring too?

        Jazzizhep in reply to mark311. | May 3, 2021 at 3:13 pm

        Equal treatment. If you decide to prosecute one group for their actions, but decline to prosecute (or reward) a different group, based on political affiliations, it makes no difference if the trial itself is fair. There is unequal treatment by the government.

          mark311 in reply to Jazzizhep. | May 4, 2021 at 10:13 am

          That’s a difficult issue in the sense that we aren’t aware of the level of evidence gathered. I find it hard to believe that under the Trump administration that anything other than maximum effort was put into finding cause to jail those you take issue with (I assume you are referring to the BLM protestors/rioters). If there wasn’t evidence what’s the state supposed to do? In the case of the Jan 6th protestors (those entering the Capitol building) there were numerous videos from the themselves let alone CCTV to support at minimum unlawful entry into the building. ITs difficult to see a scenario where those entering the Capitol building wouldn’t be arrested unless Trump pardoned them, which he declined to do.

          henrybowman in reply to Jazzizhep. | May 6, 2021 at 8:40 pm

          That’s because Trump understood federalism, which Democrats generally choose to ignore.

          Very few of the crimes committed by the BLM/Antifa types were federal, so they were not in Trump’s wheelhouse. (Attacking a National Guard armory is indeed federal — burning down an AutoZone or blowing up a cop car isn’t.) They were in the wheelhouse of the leftist mayors and governors who (far from prosecuting them) implicitly encouraged them. And when Trump did respond to federal crimes (as in the armory case) he was roundly demonized by the media for being a fascist, dictator, etc. “OMG, people in uniforms are picking demonstrators up off the streets!” Well, yes, that’s how you process thugs.

          Same with the COVID crisis — it was up to governors and mayors to handle as they pleased, not another Democrat one-size-fits-all mandate from Washington.

          We have a “federal” government, not a “national” government. Trump by and large honored that. People who cavil that “all these riots happened under the Trump administration” show their ignorance by doing so.

          “Tell me again why they call me governor instead of branch manager.”
          –Governor Bob Nelson of Nebraska, CSM 10/25/95 p18

    Danny in reply to mark311. | May 3, 2021 at 2:23 am

    I’m impressed by your reaction and couldn’t agree more.

      Wait, you’re impressed that Mark311 spouts the same crap Pelosi, Schumer,and even the DC mayor spouts . . . all while they apply or support the unequal treatment of the non-woke tresspassers who tresspassed vs. their antifa/BLM criminal hordes who have literally vandalized, bombed, looted, and murdered?

      Dude, you are either gullible or stupid. I don’t want to believe you are either, but do you hear yourself? Wow, Pelosi just said that no one is above the law, that everyone should be treated the same, blah blah blah. Meanwhile, antifa rioters rake in taxpayer cash and are released within hours, with no court dates, while Trump supporters are STILL in custody to this day.

      Mark311 is a troll, and he is spouting regressive propaganda . . . designed, explicitly, for you to admire and be impressed by. See the trap. Avoid the trap. Don’t be a useful idiot.

        Ben Kent in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 3, 2021 at 9:20 am

        Fuzzy, I think you’re reading a lot into Mark311’s comment. Maybe you’re basing it on things he’s written before.

        I think Mark311 was simply saying that both sides have to be treated fairly and he recognized that they have not been.

        Mark311 brings a different POV. We need different POVs to challenge us and prod us into thinking clearly about issues. Mark311 and I may not agree on much in terms of policy and politics. But we seem to agree on fairness. And on protecting free speech.

          Barry in reply to Ben Kent. | May 3, 2021 at 11:12 am

          Marx311 is just a paid to be here marxist. Fuzzy knows full well. And “danny” is probably just another sock puppet of the group that pays marx311.

          Who the hell is Ben Kent? Are you that gullible or just pig ignorant or stupid? You really think you need to listen to the point of view of the slaveowners? The point of view of those that have murdered 150million + in the last 100 years? You want a “dialog” with those people?

          That’s who marx311 is.

          The only thing we should do is eradicate those opposed to freedom and liberty.

          mark311 in reply to Ben Kent. | May 3, 2021 at 12:06 pm

          Thank you Ben, I appreciate the thoughtful comment and you characterise my position correctly.

          Bull. He’s a leftist loon troll, and I am stunned (truly surprised) that you are buying his BS. No wonder commies fork out millions to takeover the internet, companies, cultures. You are defending a commie troll, fgs, do you hear yourself? We are doomed.

        Danny in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 3, 2021 at 2:11 pm

        What I found impressive is in dealing with Democrats what I hear them doing is insisting it was a insurrection, they insist that everything being done to the protestors is perfectly reasonable and defend the kid gloves being used for leftist rioters. So an actual left-winger who is condemning Biden’s approach on that is impressive, because there are almost non of them.

        That said I may have misunderstood him because he then said he has no reason to doubt the system is being fair but left wingers wanting equal due process even though it would mean the system being much harder on them and softer on the other side would be nice.

          The guy’s a troll. A kind of smooth one that appears to be sucking some of our readers into his lunacy, but yeah, bottom line, Mark311 is a troll. Has been since his first comment on our site and is to this day. Embrace him all you want, but he’s a troll. All things being equal maybe his sucking suckers into his propagandist trap is at least feeding his family. Until this thread, I thought LI readers could spot a commie troll, but apparently, we just feed them.

          mark311 in reply to Danny. | May 4, 2021 at 10:21 am


          As usual you mischaracterise me. All I do is present my argument, I try my best to present a reasoned one so sure there will be occasions where I’ve changed my mind as a direct result of comments made by others on this very site. There are issues where i have dug my heels in but that’s only because the arguments presented against me in my view are poor. There are areas of common ground and am glad that some on this site have been able to see that.

          I find it disappointing that you yourself seem unable to engage especially when you have shown that you show value for some on the left such as Glenn Greenwald who most certainly would disagree with you on a great many issues. Hell it was you who highlighted him to me in the first place! Ironic indeed that you cant see value in a range of views you purport to read.

          “A kind of smooth one” Ill take that, a backhanded complement in the context of being called a lunatic but still. Got to take compliments where you can, dont get many on here, ha!

          I have tried to “engage” with you, mark311, but since I don’t respond in the exact way you expect/desire, you diminish my response (and those of most here) with demands for studies and reports, so we explain that any credentialed scientist who dares flout the leftist narrative is blackballed, even if they’ve been publishing in previously-authoritative journals for decades, you scoff. It’s the truth, though, so you demand studies that the left has repeatedly shut out and then declare victory. That’s about as intellectually-dishonest as a person can get.

          As to Glenn Greenwald, he’s great. But he’s a thinker, not a parrot, so yes, I value his opinion more than I ever can yours. On the areas Greenwald and I disagree, I shrug. I gloss over much of the anti-Trump stuff to get to the good parts where he engages on an intellectual (not emotional or leftie pseudo-scientific level), same with Andrew Sullivan and with quite a few of the self-proclaimed commies at the Nation. Unlike you, I don’t feel the need to attack people for not thinking as I do, insisting they provide evidence they cannot because of the fascist clampdown on actual facts by the “disinformation” police who proclaim anything non-“woke” as wrongthink.

          In fact, one thing I admire about Greenwald, Sullivan, et al. is that they understand–and dare state–that this happens A LOT with the left and reject it as informational fascism and anti-science shutuppery. You, however, are just a gobbler and parrotter of propaganda, so I’m not even mildly surprised that you have the temerity to equate yourself with a true thinker and then expect me to believe you are one, too. That’s how the leftist propaganda machine works. Greenwald would spot you in a second for the phony you are, btw, and he would call you out on it all day long if you bothered to troll his substack. In fact, let’s try that out, go over there and spout the same crap you do here. See what happens. Come back and report.

      mark311 in reply to Danny. | May 3, 2021 at 12:17 pm


      Thank you,it’s appreciated that you are able to see past our possible ideological differences. At the end of the day I suspect we both want the best for the US and the western world generally just may have different thoughts on how that’s achieved.

So, why are the rest of us following and obeying the law, again?

These are kickbacks from the Democrat Party.

Grrr8 American | May 2, 2021 at 12:24 pm

This is Marcusian “repressive tolerance” in action on the part of the Democrat machine (which is in fact, at root, is now a force for Communist revolution).

Those rioters are allies for the revolution, and so are taken care of and encouraged. Patriots are to be harassed and suppressed.

This new video by Epoch Times / Trevor Loudon explains much!

How many ways can I hate Trump says the government. Of course they got payola.

“engaged in or supervised constitutional violations including mass arrests of demonstrators without probable cause, unlawful conditions of confinement for detainees, and/or use of excessive force.”

Hm, sounds familiar, but I just can’t place why.

“detained them without access to food, water, or restrooms for up to 16 hours.”

Sixteen hours? Unthinkable. To deny people due process for sixteen hours in this current environment is… Oh. Well, this one is different. Really.

If we don’t start discussing secession, the left/swamp/Islamic axis will keep growing stronger and more violent.

We have to start discussing leaving them behind.

    Ben Kent in reply to | May 2, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Fine has a point.
    We are all playing by the rules. But “the rules” are not applied to Marxists. Time is running out.

    I’m not sure if dividing the country makes sense. But there must be more people can do now before we are overrun with 30+ million illegals and another 30+ million coming as soon as Biden/ Harris workout the logistics to speedily transport them to every state (especially Red ones to turn them Blue).

      TX-rifraph in reply to Ben Kent. | May 2, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      We are playing by the old rules. They are playing by the new rules. The old rules were under the now suspended Constitution. The new rules are Marxist.

    Why should I have to yield my country to them, in whole or part? I think another option is in order.

      henrybowman in reply to GWB. | May 6, 2021 at 8:50 pm

      Amen. Secession doesn’t prevent the shooting war, it just foolishly concedes the enemy a “right” to control territory I have no intention of them continuing to control.

I hope we’re all keeping a list
The people in charge of these things as well as those who persecuted 1/06 protesters must be at the top of the list WHEN the next civil war begins, if the republic is to survive

And you people wondered how they would get paid. Pfft.

I’m sure glad to see my fellow LI commenters recognize this for what it is –

The payoff.