Records rebut claims of unequal treatment of Jan. 6 rioters

August 30, 2021 ☼ wingersjan6consequences

Source: AP - Link

It’s a common refrain from some of those charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and their Republican allies: The Justice Department is treating them harshly because of their political views while those arrested during last year’s protests over racial injustice were given leniency.

Court records tell a different story.

An Associated Press review of court documents in more than 300 federal cases stemming from the protests sparked by George Floyd’s death last year shows that dozens of people charged have been convicted of serious crimes and sent to prison.

Any charge that the BLM protesters are treated with kid gloves is fantasy. There will always be cases where leniency is necessary, but those are rare. Individual cases do not form trend.