Rizwan Qureshi

  • US Attorney Drops Remaining Trump Inauguration Protest Charges

    July 6, 2018
    Washington, DC – Today in DC Superior Court, federal prosecutors filed notice of their intention to drop charges against all remaining defendants facing charges from protests against President Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017. All defendants had originally faced felony charges of conspiracy to riot,…...
  • Second Trump Inauguration Protest Trial Ends In Acquittals/Mistrials

    June 7, 2018
    Washington, DC – The US government has again failed to secure convictions in its mass felony prosecution of anti-Trump protesters arrested during the presidential inauguration on January 20 (J20), 2017. After the first trial ended in full acquittals late last year, the second trial has…...
  • Second J20 Trial Heads To Jury Despite Court Sanctions Against Prosecutors

    June 1, 2018
    Washington, DC – On Thursday, May 31, a major blow was dealt to the federal prosecution of anti-Trump protesters mass-arrested during Inauguration Day on January 20 (J20), 2017. DC Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin ruled that the US Attorney had misled him by not…...
  • Second Trump Inauguration Protest Trial Begins

    May 16, 2018
    Washington, DC – The second trial of protesters mass-arrested at an ‘antifascist, anti-capitalist’ march during President Trump’s inauguration on January 20 (J20), 2017 has begun in DC Superior Court. After two days of jury selection, the jury was empaneled Tuesday afternoon, and opening arguments began…...
  • Interview: 188 Still Face Decades In Prison For Trump Inauguration Protest

    January 12, 2018
    Washington, DC – Despite the clear rejection of their first case by a jury last month, the US Attorney’s Office is continuing to seek multiple felony convictions for nearly every person swept up in a mass arrest at the ‘antifascist and anticapitalist march’ during Trump’s…...
  • Criminalizing Dissent: Trump Inauguration Protest Trial Enters Fourth Week

    December 9, 2017
    Washington, DC – Several weeks into the first trial of the individuals who were mass arrested during President Trump’s inauguration in DC on January 20 (J20), the prosecution is almost ready to rest its case. The arrests occurred at 12th & L streets when police…...
  • Police Commander Behind J20 Arrests Joked About Holocaust, LGBTs

    December 3, 2017
    Washington, DC – On Thursday, November 30 the jury in Judge Lynn Leibovitz’s courtroom primarily heard from DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Commander Keith Deville, who was the ‘incident commander’ responsible for ordering, overseeing and coordinating MPD operations regarding inauguration protests on January 20 (J20).…...
  • Criminalizing Dissent: Contested Evidence Introduced in J20 Trial Testimony

    November 29, 2017
    Washington, DC – The first trial of people mass-arrested during protests against Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017 is well underway. Jurors are continuing to hear testimony from prosecution witnesses called by Assistant US Attorneys Jennifer Kerkhoff and Rizwan Qureshi. The current trial…...
  • Criminalizing Dissent: Trials Begin for Trump Inauguration J20 Protests

    November 29, 2017
    Washington, DC – In the courtroom of Judge Lynn Leibovitz, DC Superior Court, proceedings are underway for the first trial group of those mass-arrested during Trump’s inauguration protests. The individuals who were rounded up indiscriminately by police using a crowd-control tactic known as “kettling”, are…...