The long arm of the law is finally starting to catch up with those who have sought in recent weeks to tear this country apart.
Fox News reported last week that federal prosecutors had announced more than six dozen arrests on charges including murder and arson against rioters whose actions came amid widespread unrest over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody in late May.
A month of unrest
According to ABC News, Floyd died on Memorial Day thanks to actions by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who reportedly knelt on the 46-year-old’s neck for almost nine minutes, including several minutes after Floyd became unresponsive.
Chauvin deserves to face justice — but this country and its citizens did not deserve what came next.
Peaceful protests over alleged widespread police brutality and systemic racism were soon hijacked by anarchists — and as Attorney General Bill Barr promised, the Justice Department is stepping in.
According to the Washington Examiner, Barr even announced last week the creation of a Department of Justice (DOJ) task force that is specifically designed to target and apprehend “violent anti-government extremists.”
“Some pretend to profess a message of freedom and progress, but they are in fact forces of anarchy, destruction, and coercion,” Barr wrote in a memo announcing the task force, according to the Examiner.
As looters wreak havoc and statues come toppling down across the country, even President Donald Trump has chimed in to denounce the violence.
I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues – and combatting recent Criminal Violence. Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020
Time for justice
Thanks to the actions of Barr and Trump, those responsible for crimes stemming from these riots are now about to pay the price. According to Fox, among those charged by the DOJ are two New York City lawyers that allegedly tried to use Molotov cocktails against police officers.
In fact, numerous names on the list of arrestees have been tied to violence against police officers or the destruction of police equipment.
The prosecution of these individuals will not help those who were injured or who lost their businesses or livesduring this unrest, but hopefully, it will deter anything like this from ever happening again. Peaceful protests can bring about change, but widespread destruction doesn’t help anybody.