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Washington Woman Gets 5 Years in Prison for Setting Police Cars on Fire in 2020

Washington Woman Gets 5 Years in Prison for Setting Police Cars on Fire in 2020

The judge told the woman she did “tremendous damage to Black Lives Matter in Seattle.”

Margaret Aislinn Channon, 26, received a five-year prison sentence for setting police cars on fire during a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020. From The Seattle Times:

Margaret Aislinn Channon was arrested June 11, 2020, after an investigation by federal agents and Seattle police, who identified her from video showing an individual in distinctive clothing with tattoos on her hands setting fire to the vehicles.

During the sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour told Channon that her conduct had done “tremendous damage to Black Lives Matter in Seattle.”

Channon was also shown breaking into downtown businesses and stealing clothing and other items. According to court documents, she admitted smashing the window at a Verizon store and entering a sandwich shop and destroying the electronic cash register.

“The right to protest, gather, and call out injustices is one of the dearest and most important rights we enjoy in the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. “Indeed, our democracy depends on both exercising and protecting these rights. But Ms. Channon’s conduct was itself an attack on democracy.”

Brown said Channon “used the cover of lawful protests to carry out dangerous and destructive acts, risking the safety of everyone around her and undermining the important messages voiced by others.”

The videos and photos showed Channon using an aerosol can and a lighter to incinerate the police cars.

Federal prosecutors wrote in their sentencing documents that she endangered the lives of the people around the cars.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Greenberg wrote: “Hundreds of people were standing in the vicinity of the police cars that Channon burned, some only a few feet away. All of them were in harm’s way if one of the vehicles had exploded.”

Channon took responsibility for her actions and apologized. The Tacoma Tribune reported:

“Black Lives Matter is an organization with leadership that does not condone illegal activity,” Channon wrote. “I apologize to the many workers and activists — who have given decades of their lives to building a countermeasure to police violence — that did not want to see fire in June of 2020.”

Channon’s attorneys wrote that her decisions were a “seriously misguided attempt to effect positive change.” The attorneys included a photo that they said showed her protesting peacefully in downtown Seattle the day before she set fire to the police cars.

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Comments

The wrong kind of BLM protestor, I guess.

2smartforlibs | March 4, 2022 at 3:12 pm

She never spent time in solitary with no hearing date like the J6 political prisoners.

Lucifer Morningstar | March 4, 2022 at 3:17 pm

Black Lives Matter is an organization with leadership that does not condone illegal activity,

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA . . . snicker . . . snort . . . deep cleansing breath . . .

Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself when I read that.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Lucifer Morningstar. | March 4, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    “tremendous damage to Black Lives Matter in Seattle.”

    I don’t think so, the difference between her and BLM other than color, is that BLM members have lots more experience breaking our laws, and are allowed to do so as long as the scream racism.

healthguyfsu | March 4, 2022 at 3:23 pm

If you’re white you’ve got no activist protection in wokelandia, take note CHAZ dbags.

The Gentle Grizzly | March 4, 2022 at 3:28 pm

The Guv will commute her sentence.

Wow! Shocked I am, guess not of a protected class, too bad for her.

The ratbags are learning from this though. Their organizers now post instructions to:

“Wear a plain mask, preferably black. Wear black non-descript clothing, cover your face and identifiable markings such as tattoos, birthmarks. This makes it harder for creeps to single you out and identify you to dox or harass you. Do not record or post photos/videos of other protestors that could lead to their identification. Cameras focused on the assholes, not your friends. Stay with your friends. Don’t act alone. Don’t implicate yourself or others by posting about the event.”

    Andy in reply to Gosport. | March 4, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    After the biker gang in PDX whooped their asses, they are having to rethink their tactics.

    I find it extremely hillarious that after years of calling everybody they disagree with a “white supremecist’ they meet an ACTUAL racist biker gang member… who proceeds to put hot lead into 6 of them.

I clerked for Judge Coughenour for 3 months back in the late 80s, when I was in my final year of law school. About 34 years ago now. This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.

henrybowman | March 4, 2022 at 5:09 pm

“During the sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour told Channon that her conduct had done “tremendous damage to Black Lives Matter in Seattle.”

Because, of course, that is what is most important.
BLM is indisputably the injured party here.
Perhaps the court can award BLM generous compensation.

Subotai Bahadur | March 4, 2022 at 5:11 pm

1) “During the sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour told Channon that her conduct had done “tremendous damage to Black Lives Matter in Seattle.”

I find it telling that the Judge’s first concern was the reputation of a terrorist group.

2) Expect a presidential pardon or commutation. And maybe an appointment to a Federal sinecure job.

Subotai Bahadur

There’s another possibility. Some judges have been openly asking questions about why the DoJ is treating the J6 protesters so differently than the Antifa/#BLM rioters who really did do over $1B in damage in the Summer of 2020.

Now the DoD can claim they don’t. “Look at this one, your honor.”

If you’re going to make an omelet you have to break some eggs. This time, she was the egg.

    henrybowman in reply to Arminius. | March 4, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    “Now the DoD can claim they don’t. “Look at this one, your honor.”

    She got her trial. The J6 political prisoners have not.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to henrybowman. | March 4, 2022 at 8:11 pm

      I think that considering risk to the public, that firebugs should be summarily terminated, especially those setting buildings on fire.

        henrybowman in reply to JohnSmith100. | March 5, 2022 at 4:28 pm

        In Texas, arson justifies lethal self-defense (more precisely, “defense of others” presumed to be in the building). In many other states, “arson during the night-time” is treated like Texas treats it all the time.

          DaveGinOly in reply to henrybowman. | March 6, 2022 at 1:00 pm

          “Arson” is the poor man’s “weapon of mass destruction.” It is indiscriminate and uncontrollable once set in motion.

      Arminius in reply to henrybowman. | March 4, 2022 at 10:51 pm

      I’m not arguing with you. I think it’s a ridiculous argument. So ridiculous only the clowns in the DoJ would think it makes sense. I’m not a mind reader, especially when there are no detectable minds to read (the state of our current bureaucracy). I’m suggesting that the fact they prosecuted this one Antifa/#BLM arsonist provides an onion paper thin fig leaf for the DoJ that they aren’t treating Antifa/#BLM rioters differently from the J6 protesters.

      If the judiciary is in on it, the DoJ gets away with it. If a judge applies a single well manicured fingernail to the veneer, it fails. The DoJ seems to be betting on the idea that the judiciary is just begging for an excuse to look the other way, and then the MFM will trumpet this as somehow the J6 protesters weren’t treated any differently.

      Again, the DoJ is looking for an apparent, superficial PR victory. I agree with your objections. But it doesn’t mean the DoJ may be doing this just hoping it’s enough to get away with their legal atrocities.

“The judge told the woman she did “tremendous damage to Black Lives Matter in Seattle.””

So that’s a mitigating factor in her sentencing, right?

This takes us back to the days of Mandela Zhosa vs Zulu and native South Africans who chose to mitigate their progress through apartheid. Perhaps Kenyan elite vs deplorables. That said, BLM in lieu of Black Lives Matter. Diversity breeds diversity. #BabyLivesMatter from viability (i.e. heart beat, nervous system function a la granny). Lose your religion.

    n.n in reply to n.n. | March 4, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Ha. Diversity (i.e. color judgment, class-base bigotry) breeds adversity and adversity.

iconotastic | March 4, 2022 at 6:49 pm

It is too bad she didn’t end up like Summer Taylor.

I’m sure it was “mostly peaceful” burning of police cars…

During the sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour told Channon that her conduct had done “tremendous damage to Black Lives Matter in Seattle.”
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Quality judge right there. As blm criminals have a decent image. Bunch of thugs and criminals are all I’ve ever seen on videos.
And hey, where did all that donated money go for other than mansions for the scammers?

    henrybowman in reply to 4fun. | March 5, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    The world hasn’t figured that out yet, and likely never will.
    As math is rayciss, BLM never bothered to do any.

She and hundreds more should be fined and locked up!

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