Radically different and unfair treatment of political demonstrators is not limited just to the news media anymore; the government is now treating its “friends” and “foes” in very different ways and at least one congresswoman is calling attention to it.
On July 20 Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., led other House Republicans in demanding that the Department of Justice explain why it is treating the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill demonstrators so much more harshly than 2020 Black Lives Matter rioters who attacked federal buildings, destroyed property and left one officer dead and hundreds injured, The Washington Times reports.
According to an open letter from Boebert and 10 other Republicans, prosecutors in Oregon have approved at least a dozen “deferred resolution agreements in federal felony cases” from clashes in last year’s media-fueled protests.
In marked contrast, some Jan. 6 protesters have been thrown into solitary confinement.
The letter demands that Attorney General Merrick Garland address “the apparent inconsistent application of the law with respect to rioters across the country.”
“The foundation of our criminal justice system requires that all defendants are treated equally before the law, but the Biden regime is not living up to this solemn obligation,” Boebert said in a statement. “Reports are circulating that the Biden regime has held January 6th rioters in solitary confinement, while at the same time, they are letting BLM rioters that attacked federal buildings off with just a few hours of community service.”
In the course of the 2020 protests a federal officer, David Patrick Underwood, was fatally shot and more than 700 federal and local officers were injured. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said there were 81 firearms burglaries; 1,116 firearms stolen; 876 reported arsons; 76 explosive incidents, and 46 ATF arrests, the letter states.
Five people died in the Jan. 6 fracas at the Capitol, but not at the hands of rioters. On the contrary, an unarmed protester was shot and killed by an officer whose identity is being withheld from the public. Three protesters died of other causes, and a Capitol Police officer had two strokes and died the next day.