WASHINGTON – Alanna Rogers, 26, of Baltimore, MD, was
arraigned yesterday in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on
a criminal complaint charging her with felony assault on a police
officer while armed and misdemeanor rioting based on her throwing a
firework at police officers, burning the trousers of one police
official, during a declared riot that took place on August 30 and
carried over to August 31, 2020, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Michael
R. Sherwin. Although Rogers was not charged when initially arrested on
August 31, today’s charges are based on additional investigative work by
the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Attorney’s
Office for the District of Columbia.
At today’s arraignment, the Honorable Judge Sean C.
Staples found probable cause for the charges and agreed with the
government that a presumption in favor of detention applied in this
case. The court released Rogers, however, after finding that the
presumption was rebutted by her lack of criminal history. The court
ordered Rogers to stay away from the 800 and 900 blocks of Sixteenth
Street, N.W., and not to possess fireworks.
A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal
conduct, not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless
In addition to the Rogers case, last week, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office filed charges against two other individuals for
rioting. One defendant was charged with misdemeanor rioting, in United States v. Wu,
Crim. No. 2020-CMD-006839, for his conduct on August 30-31. The other
was charged with misdemeanor destruction of property, defacing property,
and misdemeanor rioting, in United States v. Powell, Crim. No.
2020-CMD-006862, for his conduct on August 14. The U.S. Attorney’s
Office continues to review additional evidence presented by MPD and will
bring additional charges as warranted by the evidence.