Drop all charges in the arrest of journalists and protesters facing up to 70 years in D.C.
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U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing D. Phillips drop all charges in the mass arrest and subsequent gross over-charging of protesters, journalists, photographers, medics, and legal observers at the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20th, 2017, in Washington, D.C. We are outraged by the state's violation of the freedom of the press and freedom of speech of citizens of whom were swept up in a mass arrest at the intersection of 12th and L and subsequently charged with up to eight felony counts.
We stand united in solidarity with the 200+ protestors who were subject to mass arrest without due process and now face up to 70 years in prison, and demand that all charges be dropped immediately. We stand in solidarity with the two journalists still charged, Alexei Wood, who is now facing 70 years in prison, and Aaron Cantu, who is facing 10 years in prison. We stand united and demand that all charges against Alexei Wood and Aaron Cantu be dropped immediately. We find this prosecutorial overreach an unprecedented violation of the freedom of speech that sets a dangerous precedent for future protests and the journalists who report on them.
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