An independent research study showing that a decline in prosecutions for misdemeanors and other non-violent offenses does not imperil public safety is adding new impetus to reforms by so-called “progressive” district Attorneys in Boston, Chicago and Baltimore.
Even if right-wing protesters pull back from the threat of violence in coming days, the threat from Trump-inspired extremism likely will grow. “It has begun to shift from ‘We are going to win this’ to ‘This fight is going to be a long one,’ said one analyst. Meanwhile FBI Director Christopher Wray cited “an extensive amount of concerning online chatter” about events surrounding the inauguration.
Prosecutors race to charge dozens of the most visible participants in the U.S. Capitol riot and investigate what kind of planning went into it, as Washington, D.C., prepares for the arrival of an estimated 20,000 National Guard troops to provide security during Inauguration Week.
One gun store in New Orleans reported a 400 percent increase in sales in the week following the ransacking of the U.S. Capitol. A survey of selected cities found that many gun buyers are first-time owners, and several gun shops report shortages on handguns and ammunition.
The FBI provided intelligence from a message board the day before the Capitol riots that violent extremists were planning an armed uprising, a plot the attackers described as “war” to coincide with Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory,
More than 40 protesters appeared in local and federal courts, many from Oregon, Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Wyoming. D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee vowed to arrest “each and every one of the violent mob.”