District Attorney Mike Schmidt has a new and innovative way of dealing with the “mostly peaceful” rioters that have burned businesses to the ground, tried to murder police, have actually murdered innocent bystanders, and have presented themselves as overall menaces to society.
For Schmidt, the answer to keeping these domestic terrorists under control is to go easy on them and not prosecute them for a slew of crimes that they may have committed. According to Schmidt,
“If we leverage the full force of the criminal justice system on individuals who are peacefully protesting and demanding to be heard, we will cause irreparable harm to them individually and to our society.”
It might be news to this particular DA, but participating in a peaceful protest that ends with members trying to burn down a federal courthouse or trying to block the entrances and exists of an occupied police station as they set fire to building are not the best examples of peaceful protests.
You will be hard-pressed to find an example of Martin Luther King Jr or Mahatma Gandhi throwing Molotov cocktails at police officers or kicking a man square in the face as he sits dazed on the ground.
Portland has been overrun with these “peaceful protesters” and the DA’s office has provided a list of criminal acts that they will not pursue:
- Interfering with a peace officer or parole and probation officer
- Disorderly conduct in the second degree
- Criminal trespass in the first and second degree
- Escape in the third degree
- Riot (unless accompanied by a charge outside of this list)
How exactly does the Left think they are going to get things under control if they give these “mostly peaceful” thugs free reign to continue to break the law?
It becomes even more strange that these rioters are supposedly demonstrating as they seek justice for the death of George Floyd. However, the police involved with Floyd’s death are already facing the criminal justice system. They ave been since the beginning when that video of them kneeling on Floyd’s neck first went viral. Justice is being served. They are innocent until proven guilty, but the system is working as it should. There is no need to murder civilians and burn down businesses to ensure that the justice system works.
With District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s announcement that his office will not be prosecuting many of the crimes leveled at the more than 500 members of the violent riots, the only guarantee is that these Leftists will be back out on the street and continuing to terrorize the local communities in the name of social justice as the Mainstream Media reports that these riots are “mostly peaceful.”
Further Reading: The Blaze