(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) While government agents and Democrat operatives focus time and resources on prosecuting hundreds of peaceful J6 protestors, Washington, D.C., is setting records for the number of actual criminals given free passes.
Nearly 70% of arrested thugs, thieves, gangbangers and petty criminals were never tried for their crimes last year in Washington, D.C., even as the Justice Department is proclaiming that at least 1,200 more people are likely to face charges in connection with the J6 uprising.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, 67% of arrests were not prosecuted in 2022, up from 31% in 2016, NBC4-Washington reported.
“Violent crime is still violent crime, and the people who commit violent crimes are not doing it in a more significant way,” said D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Kathy Henderson, criticizing the lack of prosecutions. “They are more brazen, more lawless, and we need to do everything in our power to stop them in their tracks.”
Brandon Straka found the statistics particularly galling. Straka, a gay pro-Trump activist who founded the WalkAway Campaign and was forced into a plea deal connected to his J6 activity after he was threatened by federal prosecutors, read about D.C.’s abysmal prosecution rate as he was heading to a court-mandated drug test, part of the three years’ probation and $5,000 fine he received.
For speaking at a rally and filming parts of the J6 protest, Straka pleaded guilty to disorderly and disruptive conduct. The court later leaked parts of his plea agreement that indicated he had provided “substantial” information on potential rioters, an allegation he refuted.
“Nobody I know committed any crimes and I have no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing from anybody. There is NOTHING WRONG with talking to the DOJ and telling them your friends are innocent,” Straka wrote at the time.
“I stood OUTSIDE the Capitol for 8 mins filming a crowd & 2 open doors,” he tweeted this week in a thread that included a report on D.C.’s pathetic prosecution rates.
Weaponization of government has NOT just been against Trump. It’s been against a lot of us for zero wrongdoing. I am so sorry you’re going through all of this, Brandon.
— Jenna Ellis 🇺🇸 (@JennaEllisEsq) March 23, 2023
“Absolutely ridiculous and absurd,” wrote Students for Trump founder Ryan Fournier, concerning both Straka’s persecution and D.C.’s lack of prosecuting actual criminals. “The start of a Banana Republic, and the last few years of the Republic.”