Court papers filed today indicate that prosecutors are trying to break into locked smartphones seized during arrests made on Inauguration Day. According to a report from BuzzFeed, there are more than 100 phones involved, some belonging to individuals who have not been indicted. These devices were seized by law enforcement on January 20th when 214 people were arrested on felony rioting charges related to demonstrations held in protest of President Donald Trump.
It's unclear how prosecutors intend to break into the phones, and whether they have the means to do so given the fact that some of the devices may be running up-to-date versions of iOS, making them virtually impenetrable, even to Apple itself. Nonetheless, the court papers indicate that officials are attempting to break in.