After personally experiencing the chaos of riots and protests led by the BLM movement, the following information feels like a kick in the teeth.
I witnessed violent mobs attack cars and businesses with bricks and homemade firebombs. I saw hordes of people rushing in and out of stores, loot in hand. I saw police and national guardsmen attacked and threatened.
But at the end of the night, many who were arrested went home the next day. To my knowledge, the vast majority will never be held accountable for theft, violence, vandalism, terroristic threatening, and a litany of other crimes.
What really makes me sick is the fact that although the riot on Captiol Hill did experience blood shed, it still pales in comparison to the events that unfolded over the summer. Worse, those who can be identified as taking part in the event will be facing a 20 year prison sentence if tried and convicted.
Don’t take this the wrong way. I fully support our right to PEACEFULLY protest and am saddened that anyone had to loose their life during the Capitol demonstration. But fair must be fair. If you are going to treat the Capitol Hill rioters this way and hold them accountable for their actions, then BLM and Antifa should be held accountable as well.
The FBI has opened roughly 160 cases involving individuals who took part in the demonstration on Capitol Hill that turned violent last week, some of whom could face up to 20 years in prison.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin and FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Director in Charge Steven D’Antuono said during a Tuesday press conference that mounting federal charges are “only the beginning.”