Most of those arrested will be released without having to post bail on the condition that they return to court in February, CBS News reports.
If charged, the protesters could face a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Interim D.C. police chief Peter Newsham said Friday that 217 people were being charged with rioting.
The arrests took place in a four-block stretch around downtown Washington while President Trump was being sworn in.
Police used pepper spray and “sting balls” against the crowd.
Six police officers suffered minor injuries due to the protests, with three of the officers…