More than a hundred charges against inauguration day protesters dropped

Protesters and Washington police scuffled Thursday outside a meeting of pro-Donald Trump conservatives, the first of several demonstrations aimed at disrupting the new administration's inaugural weekend.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia has decided to drop 129 charges of those accused of rioting in D.C. on President Trump’s inauguration day.

However, trials for 59 accused rioters will continue to move forward.

The government said in a document on Thursday that it “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.”