New boss: Government is prosecuting right-wing groups while dismissing cases against Antifa and other left-wing groups

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WASHINGTON, DC – The government under Democratic President Joe Biden has been dismissing criminal cases against left-wing radicals and violent members of Antifa, while doggedly pursuing and prosecuting right-wing groups.

Federal prosecutors have dismissed more than one-third of the criminal cases against Antifa and other protesters charged for the violence that swept over Portland, Oregon last summer when left-wing groups fought with federal agents.

Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters battled with federal agents in Portland for weeks, costing the city at least $2.3 million. The courthouse and four other federal properties were damaged, fires were set, windows were broken, and commercial-grade fireworks were used against law enforcement.

More than 113 federal officers received eye injuries because of protesters’ use of lasers during the Portland violence.

One Department of Homeland Security officer deployed to protect the courthouse in Portland described the protesters as “catatonic with hate.”

Federal court records show that 31 of 90 cases resulting from the protests and rioting were dismissed by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to KGW8 News. Several of those charges involved misdemeanor and felony counts.

One such case involved four defendants charged with assaulting a federal officer. More than half of the dismissals were “with prejudice,” meaning the case can never be brought back to court.

In contrast, not one case has been dismissed against the predominantly right-wing Capitol Hill rioters. Federal prosecutors are adding enhancements to the charges in some of those cases while trying to build sedition cases.

Conservative columnist and commentator Ann Coulter described the situation in a recent article published by Townhall:

“As we have seen throughout the last year of Antifa/BLM riots, in blue states, it’s now legal to commit arson, attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer and destruction of property — provided the perp is Antifa or Antifa-friendly.

“On the other hand, if you’re a conservative, don’t commit a misdemeanor in a blue state. Proud Boys, Capitol Hill protesters, police, and other presumed Trump supporters are getting more prison time than actual murderers for minor infractions. Even a couple of personal injury lawyers (liberals) are being criminally prosecuted in St. Louis for brandishing guns at violent looters coming toward their home. The rioters, you see, were BLM protesters.”

While the January 6 attack on the Capitol was a serious crime being prosecuted to the fullest extent by Biden’s Justice Department, the same cannot be said for Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other left-wing protesters and rioters who have spread destruction and injured law enforcement officers across the country in the past year in the name of justice reform.

Last summer, the U.S. Department of Justice vowed to prosecute protesters in Portland. Then-U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams issued a statement on September 25, 2020:

“Make no mistake: those who commit violence in the name of protest will be investigated, arrested, prosecuted, and face prison time.”

However, that promise changed following the inauguration of President Biden. In a recent interview, Williams said the cases being dismissed in Portland were “instances where prosecutors didn’t believe they could prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt”:

“Each case was analyzed for the evidence that we had at the time. Careful decisions were made on whether or not someone should be charged based on the evidence. Everything is case-specific when you go about these cases being processed through the system.”

Williams resigned on February 28 at the request of the Biden administration.

Coulter said that the Democrats were using the label “white supremacist” as a tool against conservative groups to justify pursuing charges against the right-wing, while dismissing cases against the left-wing:

“In all these cases, local Democratic officials gleefully announce that they are locking up ‘white supremacists.’

“At least in the witch trials of the Middle Ages, you could prove you weren’t a witch by drowning after being tied up and heaved into a nearby body of water. Today, the ‘white supremacist’ hex is indelible. The accusation is the proof. And once accused, stay out of the blue states, or you might end up in prison.”

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Biden pick for AG claims Antifa, BLM attacks in Portland not ‘domestic terrorism’ because they were at night

February 24, 2021

 

 WASHINGTON, DC – President Biden’s pick for Attorney General told the Senate Judiciary Committee that, unlike the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Antifa and other left-wing attacks against federal buildings were not domestic terrorism because those attacks occurred after business hours.

Judge Merrick Garland was being questioned by Republican Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) during Garland’s confirmation hearing Monday.

Garland said the attacks on federal buildings in places like Portland and Seattle were not “domestic terrorism” because they occurred during hours when business was not in session.

 

Garland said that unlike the attacks on courthouses by left-wing rioters, the attack on the United States Capitol occurred during business hours and was domestic terrorism.

Sen. Hawley had asked Judge Garland:

“Let me ask you about assaults on federal property in places other than Washington, DC — Portland, for instance, Seattle. Do you regard assaults on federal courthouses or other federal property as acts of domestic extremism, domestic terrorism?”

Garland responded that the difference between the Capitol attack and Antifa and other left-wing attacks was time:

“Senator, my own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition, is the use of violence or threats of violence in an attempt to disrupt the democratic processes.

So an attack on a courthouse, while in operation, trying to prevent judges from actually deciding cases, that plainly is domestic extremism, domestic terrorism.

“An attack simply on a government property at night, or any other kind of circumstances, is a clear crime and a serious one, and should be punished.

I don’t know enough about the facts of the example you’re talking about. But that’s where I draw the line. One is — both are criminal, but one is a core attack on our democratic institutions.”

One of the attacks referenced by Sen. Hawley was the July 4 siege at the Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon.

The Hatfield Federal Courthouse was attacked around 4 a.m. when Antifa and other left-wing protesters began throwing rocks at the federal building.

The crowd then began firing commercial-grade fireworks at the building.

At the time, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was pleading with the thousands of rioters who had rampaged the city for days to stop.

Wheeler mentioned that there were inmates and employees inside the building endangered by the rioters, despite the attack occurring before normal business hours.

Wheeler said:

“Groups continue to target the Justice Center, threatening the safety of hundreds of inmates and employees inside.

They continue to hurt small businesses owned by people of color, instill fear in communities of color, and start fires in buildings with people inside, in one specific case, even bolting emergency doors so that they could not escape.

“These attacks undermine public safety in our community, and they harm the very people and businesses we need to be lifting up.

(We are asking) for the public’s support in calling for an end to the nightly violence. Join us in our call for peace. Lives are at stake.”

During rioting throughout the city over the summer, over 200 officers were injured as Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters attacked local and federal police with explosives, lasers, projectiles, and other dangerous weapons and objects.

 

 

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