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Hundreds Arrested on January 6th Languish in Solitary Confinement Under Terrible Living Conditions


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We all know about what happened on January 6th.

We’ve been told that it was worse than 9/11, although 2977 people were killed on 9/11 and only one person was killed on January 6th and she was an unarmed woman killed by law enforcement.

We’ve been told by President Biden that it was the “worst attack on our Democracy since the civil war.”

So why has no one been charged with insurrection?

Instead, they have been allegedly charged with lesser crimes like assault, conspiracy, and obstruction of an official proceeding.

Could it be because there have been no weapons found?

None.

And if they haven’t been charged with insurrection, why are they still in jail without bail?

While BLM rioters are out on bail in a matter of days, apparently a group of people arrested on January 6th, are still languishing in prison, many in solitary confinement.

According to Just the News:

They’ve been placed in “restrictive housing,” a maximum-security designation.

The plight of nearby inmates has received surprisingly little attention on Capitol Hill for the better part of a year, since the District of Columbia Department of Corrections issued its “medical stay-in-place” policies for COVID-19 mitigation.

The Jan. 6 defendants are being held in pretrial detention on charges ranging from knowingly entering or remaining in restricted grounds without authority to conspiracy, assault and obstruction of an official proceeding.

Asked about Jan. 6 defendants specifically, Comer’s office provided Just the News a statement Friday night. “Reports that January 6 defendants, who have been charged but not yet convicted of a crime, [are] receiving even harsher treatment is equally appalling,” he said.

Not only have they been detained, but some have allegedly also been abused.

According to the Washington Post:

A man accused of assaulting a police officer at the Capitol on Jan. 6 alleges that two guards at the D.C. jail beat him last month, breaking his nose, dislocating his jaw and leaving him suffering seizures.

An attorney for Ryan Samsel, 38, detailed the allegations in an interview Tuesday, saying he has been told the incident is under investigation by the jail and federal authorities.

“This is unjustified, and the way that these guys are being treated is completely unreasonable, it’s wholly unconstitutional,” the attorney, Steven Metcalf, said. “It doesn’t matter what these guys are being charged with. All of these guys are still pretrial detention; they have not been convicted of any crimes. And this is what they’ve been forced to endure.”

If Samsel assaulted a police officer he deserves to pay for his crime in a court of law. Not by being assaulted inside a prison.

And what about the hundreds of police officers assaulted daily by BLM and Antifa? How is this equal justice?

If this Samsel had been a BLM protester beaten up inside the prison wouldn’t have it been all over the media?

Why has no one heard this story?

The American Spectator has an article that goes deeper into the plight of those arrested on January 6th:

According to Politico, lawyers representing some of the other accused rioters have said that “their clients’ conditions have made it nearly impossible to conduct genuine attorney-client meetings” and that “Two defendants have contracted Covid in the D.C. jail, and one, Ryan Samsel, claims he was beaten by a prison guard and left with permanent eye damage.”

Marty Tankleff, the defense attorney for two clients who have been detained, said, “This is not normal. It’s not normal to isolate people and make them eat on their floor.”

For non-contact visits with clients, lawyers are not allowed to bring phones or computers, which means the defendants are unable to see evidence against them, including recordings from people’s cell phones. That would seem to be a gross violation of due process.

Although Comer has attempted to request a briefing with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser about the harsh treatment of the inmates, as of this writing, Bowser’s office has not responded. Presumably Bowser has much more important issues to deal with, including pushing for D.C. statehood.

Meanwhile, in Democrat-run Portland, where Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa rioters have torched the city for over a year and committed acts of violence in the form of firebombing explosives into federal courthouses, ripping down plywood, smashing windows, throwing rocks, and blinding federal law enforcement officers with lasers, 81 percent of those charged will not be serving any jail time. As PJ Media reported, “Forty-seven of the 96 Portland rioters hit with federal charges relating to attacks on federal buildings have had their charges dropped, including charges of assaulting an officer. Ten people have taken plea deals and they have mostly been sentenced to community service.”

We have heard a lot of talk lately about equal justice under the law. But having two different sets of standards based on whether those in power support or agree with the political motives of those who commit crimes is not equal justice, it is an injustice.

Muriel Bowser owes the country an explanation but no one will require it of her.

Meanwhile, 35 Republicans voted for the January 6th commission.

A House divided against itself will not stand.

The Left knows how to stand up for their own.

When will the  Right do the same?



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