NYC Rioters And Looters Go Free, While January 6th Rioters Are Prosecuted

It's a double standard.

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Both January 6th rioters and BLM and Antifa rioters have much in common. But they do not share the consequences of their actions. In NYC rioters are going free because a hard left D.A. shares their ideology. In DC rioters are being prosecuted because they are of an opposite ideology than the prevailing authorities. One justice for the hard left, another for the hard right. Both should be prosecuted. Why the pass in NYC? The D.A. there is spending his time getting ready to go after former president Trump.

FNC: “New York City district attorneys in Manhattan and the Bronx have dropped looting charges against hundreds of people arrested and charged during last summer’s demonstrations that became a nearly nightly occurrence in the weeks after George Floyd’s death, according to a report. Though many suspects were captured pillaging stores on surveillance footage – and others more brazenly bragged about looting in videos shared on social media – Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. hasn’t moved forward with prosecuting cases after more than 485 arrests were made during the looting that swept across the borough in early June.

Vance Jr., whose office has instead been prioritizing preparing a case against the Trump Organization on allegations of tax, loan and insurance fraud, has dropped 222 of those looting cases, WNBC reported. There have been 73 convictions for lesser counts like trespassing which do not warrant jail time, NYPD data shows; 128 cases remain open and another 40 involving juveniles were sent to family court.  Crowds – with officers and emergency services crews following behind them – engaged in what authorities have called planned property damage at the storefronts for upscale designers in Manhattan, and at one point, people were even seen engaging in a ‘looting dance party’ on the streets of SoHo.

Jessica Betancourt, the owner of a store which was looted said those numbers as “disgusting.” She is the vice president of a local merchants association and she told WNBC that she was “in total shock that everything is being brushed off to the side.They could do it again because they know they won’t get the right punishment.”

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“If they (the D.A’s office) are so overworked that they can’t handle the mission that they’re hired for, then maybe they should find another line of work,” former NYPD Chief of Patrol Wilbur Chapman told press. “It allowed people who committed crimes to go scot free.”

In the 150 days since Jan. 6,  465 DC rioters have been arrested on charges related to the Capitol assault, including over 130 individuals charged with violence against Capitol Police or impeding law enforcement, the Justice Department said. Only a fraction of that number are facing production in New York. This is not justice for all. This is politically charged justice to effect a political outcome. Both groups committed illegal acts and both should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But only one group will feel that lash because a political prosecutor is still on a witch hunt to stop Donald Trump from gaining office. Yes, they are scared of him. Very, very, scared.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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