As the House committee charged with probing the Jan. 6 unrest at the U.S. Capitol continues is hyperbolic narration of what occurred on that fateful day, one judge who has been involved in a number of cases involving protest participants has stepped forward to express frustration at the treatment many have received, as Breitbart reports.
The outlet cited the Associated Press in noting that federal District Judge Trevor McFadden of the D.C. Circuit has on more than one occasion leveled serious criticism at the way in which prosecutors have handled cases related to the Capitol demonstrations.
In particular, McFadden, who was nominated to the bench by then-President Donald Trump in 2017, has accused the Department of Justice of taking a much harder line against those accused of breaching the Capitol than it has against individuals who took part in violent protests in the wake of George Floyd’s 2020 death in Minneapolis.
As part of its coverage of a recent Jan. 6-related trial over which McFadden presided, the AP made reference to reporting from 2021 in which it explained that the judge had wondered why prosecutors at the federal level had not brought a larger number of cases against Floyd protesters, specifically making note of statistics that revealed the discrepancies. “I think the U.S. attorney would have more credibility if it was even-handed in its concern about riots and mobs in this city,” he declared.
Though liberal pundits, lawmakers and jurists have had little problem when it comes to imposing unusually harsh treatment on those who have been accused of criminal conduct in connection to Jan. 6, a probe conducted by RealClearInvestigations seems to have borne out the glaring disparities between Trump-supporting protesters and those who took the streets in the summer of 2020.
Data from that study revealed that the Floyd demonstrations yielded over 20 deaths, including one police fatality, in excess of 2,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, and upwards of $2 billion in property damage.
The Capitol unrest, by contrast, produced no police officer deaths, 140 assaults or injuries against law enforcement officials, and roughly $1.5 million in property damage.
Bolstering McFadden’s point, the comparison revealed that even though 25 more arrests were made in connection to the Floyd protests, those who participated in the Capitol unrest have faced more than four times as many federal assault charges, with far more of the latter group also subjected to extended pretrial detention and jail time – even for first-time, non-violent offenders.
Kudos to McFadden for having the courage to state what should be obvious to all, but given the current climate in which partisan Democrats and their nominally “Republican” co-conspirators are doing everything they can to keep the insurrection storyline alive, similarly honest observations from the bench are likely to remain few and far between.
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Author: Sarah May
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