- Date of Incident
- January 20, 2017
- Washington, District of Columbia
- Matthew Hopard (Independent)
- Arrest Status
- Arrested and released
- Arresting Authority
- Metropolitan Police Department
- Jan. 20, 2017: Charges pending
- Jan. 30, 2017: Charges dropped
- Unnecessary use of force?
January 20, 2017
Matthew Hopard — an independent photojournalist who has published with The New York Times, Fox News, and Business Insider — was arrested on Jan. 20, 2017, while covering protests on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration.
He was charged with the highest level of offense under Washington D.C.’s law against rioting, which applies when there are injuries as a result of the activity or property damage in excess of $5,000, which can be punished by a maximum of 10 years in jail and fines of up to $25,000.
On Jan. 30, the charges against Hopard were dropped.
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