#DefendJ20 Solidarity Rally, Court Hears Motion to Dismiss Indictments
Dozens of protestors gathered outside the Superior Court of Washington D.C. to rally against, what some are calling, the criminalization of dissent on Thursday, July 27.
Participants came together ahead of a motion to dismiss felony charges being brought against almost 200 individuals at the hands of the Metropolitan Police Department on Inauguration Day.
One lawyer said its likely #J20 defendants would appeal post-sentencing after being incorrectly advised of charges against them.
Another called instructions given to the Grand Jury, "so unambiguous as to be laughable."
Defendants are facing up to 80 years after police utilized illegal tactics against them, failed to issue a call for dispersal and deployed an indiscriminate mass-arrest tactic known as “kettling.”
Activists say, in the face of unprecedented charges, the arrests used collective punishment to abrogate guaranteed First Amendment protections. Included among those facing charges are bystanders, lawyers and journalists.
Police are now facing a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union for using excessive force and carrying out false arrests.
Demonstrators have also filed a class action lawsuit against the MPD.