A federal judge said on Friday that the Justice Department has not given equal treatment with those who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 with rioters that participated in protests across the U.S. over racial unrest in 2020.
“The US Attorney’s Office would have more credibility if it was even-handed in its concern about riots and mobs in the city,” District Judge Trevor McFadden said at a sentencing for one of the Capitol rioters, according to CNN.
“You were acting like those looters and rioters who attacked our city last year,” McFadden said during the sentencing.
“You participated in a shameful event, a national embarrassment that, like last year’s riots, made us feel less safe and less confident that our country could be governed by democratic values and not mob rule,” he added.
The sentencing against Danielle Doyle from Oklahoma included a $3,000 fine and ordered her to pay $500 for damages to the Capitol.
U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden questioned why federal prosecutors had not brought more cases against those accused in 2020 summertime protests, reading out statistics on riot cases in the nation’s capital that were not prosecuted.https://t.co/XTm1BfjzDa
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Though some Trump supporters may disagree with the sentencing, many are likely to agree with McFadden’s statement regarding other riots across the nation.
A similar frustration arose when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to form a committee to investigate Jan. 6. Many Republicans argued for a broader investigation that included rioting nationwide over the past year.