“It speaks volumes that the District has chosen to settle rather than defend MPD’s obviously unconstitutional actions in court”
Do you remember Trump’s inauguration in 2017? Rioters set fires, harassed and assaulted people, threw bricks, and worse.
None of the rioters were ever really held accountable, and now they’re getting a big cash settlement over their arrests.
Federal authorities are still hunting down Trump supporters over January 6th, and many of the people that have already been arrested are being held in solitary confinement.
But the leftists who rioted at Trump’s inauguration are getting paid.
This is from ABC News:
Washington to pay $1.6M to settle lawsuits after protests at Trump’s 2017 inauguration
The city of Washington has reached a $1.6 million settlement in two lawsuits that included allegations of arrests without cause and excessive force on protestors during the inauguration of former President Donald Trump in January 2017.
The two lawsuits were brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia and attorney Jefferey Light, on behalf of protesters.
The ACLU said in a statement about the settlement Monday that the lawsuit alleged that then-Police Chief Peter Newsham and more than 20 officers “engaged in or supervised constitutional violations including mass arrests of demonstrators without probable cause, unlawful conditions of confinement for detainees, and/or use of excessive force.”
The ACLU said that even though just a few protesters caused damage and engaged in violence, police rounded up more than 200 protestors and “detained them without access to food, water, or restrooms for up to 16 hours.”
The Hill has more:
According to The Washington Post, a total of 234 people were arrested in the 2017 Inauguration Day protests near Franklin Square at 12th and L streets NW. Of the group, only 21 pled guilty, which were the only convictions that resulted from the arrests.
The charges against the other individuals were ultimately dropped after prosecutors in initial trials could not connect the defendants to specific damage, the Post reported.
In additional to the financial settlement, as part of the ACLU of D.C.’s case, the MPD will issue a formal directive to modify the procedures for processing arrestees in an effort to avoid having them wait long periods for necessities such as restroom access and water.
“It speaks volumes that the District has chosen to settle rather than defend MPD’s obviously unconstitutional actions in court,” Light said in a statement.
Hat tip to Ace of Spades, who comments:
Note well that the federal government is currently holding around 50 to 60 people accused of being Four Hour Insurrectionists in solitary confinement and unending pretrial detention — prison without any conviction.
They’ve been held without trial, without bail, since January.
I don’t expect the federal government to pay these “Insurrectionists” for brutal treatment.
Compare that to the Inauguration Rioters being held… for sixteen hours, and being paid taxpayer money for it.
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