The events of January 6th will go down in the history books. A day that started as a Trump rally turned into a storming of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., resulting in more than 450 people being charged for their alleged participation in the riot, and an estimated $1.5 million in damage.
Although the day’s events were unacceptable, the treatment of those being charged raises serious questions about the fundamental American principle of equal justice.
In the latest episode of the Drilldown podcast, investigative reporters Peter Schweizer and Eric Eggers are joined by author Jesse Watters to discuss the differences between the justice system’s handling of the January 6 protestors vs. the BLM protestors.
Dozens of the January 6 protestors have been held without bond, some in solitary confinement, as they await trial.
In contrast, protestors involved in civil unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing haven’t seen repercussions anywhere near these extremes. When protestors attacked the federal courthouse in Portland, the aftermath resulted in 74 people being charged. Of those who were charged, 11 are for citations and 42 are for misdemeanors, meaning that more than 70% of the total charged cases are not felonies.
The treatment of the January 6 protestors, especially those in solitary confinement, has been criticized by members of both political parties, including Massachussetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,’’ she said, “and we’re talking about people who haven’t been convicted of anything yet.”