The government looked the other way when rioters burned down cities in the name of racial justice. However, some of those involved in the incursion at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 have had the book thrown at them.
Devlyn Thompson was sentenced to 46 months in prison for assaulting a police officer during the unrest at the Capitol, Breitbart reported. In addition, he will be under supervised release for another three years thereafter.
The 28-year-old was in the tunnel in the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol building on Jan. 6 along with several other demonstrators. They pushed back against the police line, and Thompson joined in confronting the officers with threats of violence.
“Thompson and others in the tunnel yelled obscenities at police and encouraged the continued assault,” the District Attorney contended. “Thompson was part of a group that threw objects and projectiles at the officers, including flag poles, and grabbed and stole the officers’ riot shields to prevent them from defending themselves.”
The statement went on to say Thompson “…helped throw a large speaker at the front line of officers, and he later picked up a metal baton from the floor of the tunnel and swung it overhead and downward against the police line in an apparent effort to knock a can of pepper spray from an officer’s hand.” Afterward, Thompson turned himself in.
In addition, the man eventually “pled guilty to assaulting, resisting or impeding officers while using a dangerous weapon,” according to the district attorney’s office. However, Judge Royce Lamberth did not soften because of Thompson’s cooperation.
“The violence that happened that day was such a blatant disregard to the institutions of government,” Lamberth said. “You didn’t just come up and sock a guy in the face. You’re shoving and pushing…and participating in this riot for hours,” the judge asserted during sentencing.
More than 700 people have been arrested for allegedly participating in the demonstration. While it was an egregious error on their part to enter the building, lawmakers and enforcers alike seem to take their crimes more seriously. Perhaps it isn’t so much about what they did, but about the politics of the people behind it.