limousine which set ablaze during a protest

Journalist Aaron Cantú arrested at Trump inauguration

January 20, 2017

Aaron Cantú — an independent journalist who has written for The Baffler, the website Truthout, and Al-Jazeera — was arrested while covering protests on the day of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. 

Cantú was among more than 230 people arrested in Washington on Inauguration Day after some individuals set fire to a car and broke windows of downtown businesses.

Like other journalists arrested during the Inauguration protests, Cantú was initially charged with one count of rioting, a felony which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail. But on April 27, a grand jury indicted him on eight separate felony counts — inciting a riot, rioting, conspiracy to riot, and five counts of destruction of property. If convicted on all counts, he faces up to 75 years in prison.

He is scheduled to go to trial in October 2018.

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