BLM got too bold. For the longest time, they played it smart and they only rioted in cities with Democratic mayors, but then they decided to riot in Oklahoma City and attack the police station there. In Democratic cities, more often than not, the charges are dropped no matter what they did.
If I were them, I would be very very worried. This does not sound like a DA that throws out cases or that hands out suspended sentences. He even telegraphed the fact that he intends to throw the book at them if and when they are convicted.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater told the rioters:
“This is not Seattle. We’re not putting up with this lawlessness here.”
They aren’t Seattle policemen either. They did not mess around and they definitely did not stand down. It took them just a matter of a few minutes to clear the BLM protesters out and they weren’t coming back. It must have been a real shock to their system to see the police fight back.
The Oklahoman reported:
Protesters blamed for the violence that broke out in Oklahoma City the last weekend in May were charged Friday with terrorism, rioting and assault.
If convicted of the felony offenses, they could be sentenced to years in prison.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater made the decisions himself on the charges in a get-tough approach meant to deter others from going too far during protests in the future.
“This is not Seattle,” Prater said Friday. “We’re not putting up with this lawlessness here.”
Also charged Friday were five defendants identified as involved in the painting of murals in downtown Oklahoma City this week. They are accused in an incitement to riot charge of interfering with a police sergeant who was trying to take a homicide witness for an interview at police headquarters Tuesday.
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