Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) are demanding answers from the DOJ about the harsher response and treatment related to the three hour Capitol riot vs. the months of continuous rioting connected to BLM/Antifa over the past year.
This needs far more attention than has been receiving and it’s good that the senators are taking this up.
People who break the law should receive the same treatment under the law. You shouldn’t get excused or receive a pass because the folks in charge of dispensing justice like your politics. And by the same token you shouldn’t receive harsher treatment because they don’t like your politics.
But that’s seems to be what’s going on here. There’s definitely a difference in the treatment of those alleged to have committed offenses. Months of violent rioting that continues to this day against local and federal governments hasn’t gotten half the attention from law enforcement that the Capitol riot has, despite some of the same BLM/Antifa people organizing actions and committing offenses repeatedly. Meanwhile some of people allegedly involved in the Capitol riot in January are still being held, some allegedly in solitary confinement, which the senators indicate in a letter to the DOJ.
In the letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, the senators bust the difference in treatment and demanded an explanation as to why.
During the spring and summer of 2020, individuals used peaceful protests across the country to engage in rioting and other crimes that resulted in loss of life, injuries to law enforcement officers, and significant property damage. A federal court house in Portland, Oregon, has been effectively under siege for months. Property destruction stemming from the 2020 social justice protests throughout the country will reportedly result in at least $1 billion to $2 billion in paid insurance claims.
In June 2020, the DOJ reportedly compiled the following information regarding last year’s unrest:
“One federal officer [was] killed, 147 federal officers [were] injured and 600 local officers [were] injured around the country during the
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