Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 7th, 2017
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It’s one of the laws of the universe, and apparently, a lot of liberals need to be educated in its concept.
To make that applicable in this situation, if you break the law, there will be consequences.
On Inauguration Day in Washington, Antifa and other assorted Democrats, tore through the streets for 16 blocks, tossing bricks at police officers, setting trash cans and a limousine on fire and smashing windows, all in opposition to the new commander in chief.
Six officers had to be hospitalized and more than $100,000 in damage was done, resulting in 234 people being arrested or charged with a crime — among them an oncologist nurse, a UPS driver and a full-time nanny.
Here we are now, 10 months later, well after the fires stopped and the windows replaced, the arrests are no longer minor side notes.
A federal grand jury indicted more than 200 people with multiple felonies each.
Nearly 200 still face six felony charges — inciting a riot plus five counts of destruction of property — together carrying decades in prison. The rioters originally also faced felony charges of engaging in and conspiracy to riot, but those charges were dropped to misdemeanors on Wednesday. The first trials are scheduled to begin later this month reports MSN.
In turbulent political times, the trials will pit government and its resources against those who did the damage as well as Communist insurgents who claim they were only there voicing their opinions. Leftists who want to live life without accountability suggest the government is overreaching and trying to prove a point by charging so broadly.
The indictment alleges all the defendants played a part in encouraging and conspiring to form a riot. Collectively, they’re accused of damaging two Starbucks, a Bank of America, a D.C. sandwich shop and a McDonald’s.
Of the 234 people arrested or charged in the protests, 20 have had their cases dismissed and another 20 have pleaded to lesser charges, often misdemeanor rioting carrying a fine and community service. That leaves 194 people who’ve decided to challenge the charges by agreeing to a trial, the first of which start with jury selection on Nov. 15.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C., which is prosecuting the protesters, chose not to comment on the specifics of the pending cases.
“The prosecutors don’t really want to put all these people in jail because they don’t have the time or the resources to do so,” said Michael Heaney, a professor at the University of Michigan who studies social movement and protests. “The real penalty there is going through the legal process.”
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