D.C. Vote protesters face trial on unlawful assembly charges

Mayor Gray sits flanked by colleagues from the D.C. Council at the April 11 protest. (Photo: TBD)

A verdict could be reached today in the trial of eight D.C. statehood activists who were arrested in April alongside Mayor Vincent Gray.

The eight members of the the April protest could face jail time over charges of unlawful assembly and blocking passage, but will most likely just be fined.

On April 11, dozens of protesters, including Gray and several members of the D.C. Council, parked themselves on Constitution Avenue near Capitol Hill in a show of solidarity for the D.C. statehood movement.

Several hours later, U.S. Capitol Police detained 41 people, including Gray, Kwame Brown, Tommy Wells, Muriel Bowser, Michael Brown, Sekou Biddle and Yvette Alexander, were arrested.

"I was proud to stand up for my city," Gray said. "I was proud to be there with council members, with 41 (protesters) who were detained during the protest."