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When someone is sentenced to 17 years in prison, naturally you assume they must have committed some violent atrocity.
But when it comes to Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs, that’s far from the case.
Yesterday Biggs was sentenced to seventeen years behind bars “for seditious conspiracy on January 6, 2021 at the Capitol.”
What exactly did Biggs do that day? Murder someone? Assault police officers? Incite mass violence?
Far from it.
Sara Gonzales plays a clip showing Biggs pulling down a piece of temporary fencing and then videoing himself afterward with his friends celebrating the feat as “a day in infamy.”
“To be clear, all of that was wrong,” says Sara, “and he should have been charged with something and held accountable, but seditious conspiracy?”
“According to the United States Code, here is the definition of seditious conspiracy: if two or more persons in any state or territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspired to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States or by force to seize, take or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be defined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.”
“This is what Joe Biggs did: he didn't touch anything in the Capitol, he didn't break anything in the Capitol, he didn't steal anything in the Capitol; he used the bathroom, washed his hands, found a police officer, asked him how the hell do I get out of here, and left after the cop showed him the way out,” recounts Sara.
“I'd be willing to take this more seriously if the government had shown any of this law-and-order energy for any of the Black Lives Matters protesters burning down cities, burning down cop cars, looting Louis Vuittons. Not only did they not get sentenced severely, they just got their charges dropped – like poof, nothing ever happened,” she rants.
“But if you're a white conservative who's ever worn a red hat in your life, they want you to know that if they want to manipulate the law to throw you in jail for as long as they want, that’s exactly what they will do.”
“They're making an example – it's the scare tactic,” says Jaco Booyens.
“They own the mechanism to define those words and also the enforcement of it; we're just completely on the back foot,” adds John Doyle.
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