Dane Powell will serve four months followed by two months of probation after being convicted of a felony rioting charge and assaulting a police officer during the President’s inaugural ceremonies in Washington.
Check it out (via Roll Call):
Powell, who faced 14 charges, pleaded guilty to charges of felony rioting and felony assault on a police officer.
He told prosecutors he broke windows and threw “a brick, large rock, or piece of concrete at uniformed law enforcement,” WTOP reported. The U.S. attorney’s office for D.C. said in a statement that Powell “admitted being part of a group of rioters who moved approximately 16 blocks over a period of more than 30 minutes.”
“The group formed a ‘black bloc’ in which individual defendants wore black or dark colored clothing, gloves, scarves, sunglasses, ski masks, gas masks, goggles, helmets, hoodies, and other face-concealing and face-protecting items to conceal their identities in an effort to prevent law enforcement from being able to identify the individual perpetrators of violence or property damage. Some of the members of the black bloc were armed with hammers, crowbars, wooden sticks, and other weapons.”
Yes, people showed up to paint him as hero and had a video of him saving a child from pepper spray. Why was there even a child there?! And do they not realize that if they hadn’t gotten violent, there wouldn’t have been pepper spray? Duh, folks.
Anyway, glad to see this happening. Demonstrating and protesting is fine. Rioting is not. The two are not one and the same.