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Government drops charges against all Trump inauguration protesters

Protestors burn a trash can and newspaper machines during a demonstration after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in downtown Washington. (AP Photo/Jack Gillum)

The U.S. government is dropping charges against the last 39 people accused of participating in a violent protest on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Friday’s motion to dismiss charges seemingly ends an 18-month saga that started with the Justice Department attempting to convict more than 190 people.

More than 200 people were arrested after the protest, during which several store windows were broken and a parked limo set ablaze.

Two group trials ended in defeats for the U.S. attorney’s office, which was hindered by the fact that most protesters wore similar black clothing and covered their faces.

The first trial ended with acquittals for all six defendants. A second trial for four people in May ended in acquittals on most charges and a hung jury on the rest.

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