Equal treatment under the law, right? I think every American agrees that when it comes to law enforcement, all citizens should be treated the same way.

So, how to explain the disparity in post-arrest treatment between last year's George Floyd protesters and this year's detainees from the breach at the U.S. Capitol?

Nothing that follows should be construed as condoning the behavior of those who forcibly invaded our most iconic building on Jan. 6, 2021. We were all shocked watching the live TV coverage of the mob, literally, breaking into the Capitol and vandalizing the interior as lawmakers began to ratify the presidential election. It took security forces about four hours to get the situation under control. To date, about 580 people have been arrested.

Now, months later, multiple dozens of those conservative-leaning defendants continue to be held in jail. The attorney for one of about 40 defendants still in custody in the District of Columbia jail says his client has been held more than five months, kept in solitary confinement for long stretches and, in violation of his constitutional rights, has been unable to privately communicate with counsel to aid in his own defense. Attorneys for other Jan. 6 defendants who remain locked up have similar complaints.

By contrast, the liberal-leaning Black Lives Matter/antifa led demonstrations that began last May raged for months, people were killed, city and federal buildings were set on fire and countless businesses were looted and destroyed. Peaceful protests turned violent in many states and more than 10,000 were arrested. I can't find reliable information as to how many might still be in custody (if any), but I do know that, for the most part, those protesters were either shooed away from violent crime scenes or arrested and promptly released. Some democratic district attorneys, in Portland, Oregon, New York and Los Angeles to name just three, announced they would not pursue prosecutions against many of those charged.

Look, did the Jan. 6 protesters violate the law? You bet they did if they were anywhere inside that most sacred federal building that day. Are some of them members of the extremist right-wing conservative group Proud Boys or the association of military, police and first responders called Oath Keepers which pledges to "defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic?" Yes, they are. But since when is it OK to keep people locked up because we don't like their ideology?

Ah, maybe you're thinking, "But the Jan. 6 protesters acted like a terrorist organization and attacked a federal building!" Well, did you see similar treatment for Black Lives Matter or antifa members after they organized and set fire to the federal courthouse in Portland last summer? And after protective fencing came down and another fiery mob attacked the same building in March 2021, only one person was arrested. Darby Howard, a guy with a face full of tattoos, including an antifa symbol the size of a salad plate on his neck, was arrested for criminal mischief, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

The FBI is still tracking down and arresting more suspects from the Capitol rampage. And, the first felony conviction of a Capitol rioter occurred in a federal courtroom in Tampa, Florida. The prosecutor admitted Paul Hodgkins, 38, did not engage in violence and was not charged with assaulting anyone or damaging any property. But once Hodgkins was inside, where he could plainly see the chaos ahead of him, "What did he do?" the prosecutor asked the court. "He walks toward it. He doesn't walk away." Hodgkins, who carried a large red and white Trump flag that day, apologized profusely for his actions and then was sentenced to eight months in prison.

You break the law and you pay the consequences. If law enforcement had pursued the same round-'em-up-and-jail-'em tactics with the Portland rioters last year, I wonder if that city would have been spared the more than 120 straight days of rioting that destroyed so many businesses along with city and federal properties.

I guess we'll never know how the leniency in Portland (and several other major cities) might have fed the anger of those who then stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Crime is cyclical. Once a criminal gets away unpunished, chances are the mayhem will spread.

Diane Dimond's column is syndicated by Creators.

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Doc Samson

"I think every American agrees that when it comes to law enforcement, all citizens should be treated the same way"

And, as we can see from our resident Prog-Leftists, this statement is 100% wrong. Actions committed for "the cause" are excused, rationalized, or even promoted. Actions by the "deplorables"? The penalties should be swift, harsh, and enacted with glee.

Spock Here

Had it been black and brown people attacking the Capitol, they'd have been shot dead. The deplorables were escorted out. "Treated the same way"? Hardly


Actually, Mr. Spock, there would have been hundreds if not thousands of soldiers all over the Capital just like last summer with the BLM protests. Don’t you remember the layers of armed officers “protecting” the Lincoln Memorial.

Trump’s Trash were white, mostly middle aged, mostly overweight buffoons. Now, they are criminals and will soon understand what it means to lack “rights.”

Doc Samson

"Had it been black and brown people attacking the Capitol, they'd have been shot dead" Ah, knew you'd show up without addressing your previous baseless accusations re: my BODY, my CHOICE... [lol]

Proof, please? Of course, we know you have nothing but conjecture but, in the Prog-Left world, that's all ya need, amiright?

Also, are you saying that the Capitol police are just racist murderers in waiting?


😂. Please give me a moment to get up off the floor. On TV, I saw an attorney for one of these “tourist” who was in a head spinning, mouth frothing, spittle spewing over the “treatment” of these prisoners. They were abused. They were denied their attorneys. They were tortured. They were starved. And why wasn’t this all over Fox or investigated by conservative newspapers?

That’s because it’s not true. Judges have the right to give or deny bail for each person accused. We already had one idiot given bail who acquired 34 weapons after being told the conditions of his bail. He’s going back to jail.

These criminals who attacked our beloved Capital, will get their day in court.


For starters you have totally misrepresented two very different groups with very different goals. The protests after the cold-blooded murder of George Floyd were about and end to police brutality and enforcing the Constitution about equal protection. The domestic terrorists on Jan. 6 were about a violent effort to destroy the Constitution and our elected government. Not the same. Not in the same universe. Group One demand the USA live up to the Constitution and Group Two bend on a violent overthrow of the duly elected government. Many of Group Two were the actual culprits in any of the earlier protests. False equivalency and 'whataboutism' have no place in moving forward to ensure the American flag flies over everyone and eliminating our domestic enemies.



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