U.S. Drops charges against 129 inauguration day protesters. Federal prosecutors on Thursday decided to drop charges against 129 people who protested the inauguration of President Trump in Washington last year. In the filing, U.S. Attorneys said the decision was made in light of a not guilty verdict last month for the first six defendants to stand trial for the demonstrations. The violent protests on Jan. 20, 2017, resulted in 234 people being charged or arrested, most with felony charges, after clashes with police and more than $100,000 in damage to downtown Washington. Ref. USAToday.