Racial discrimination is alive and well in the United States; the treatment of Capitol Hill rioters serves as a perfect example. According to Complex, a Black participant in the pro-Trump siege was denied bail while his white cohorts were granted early releases.
Emanual Jackson was one of the many participants who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He was captured in footage wielding a baseball bat at Capitol cops and eventually turned himself into the DC Metropolitan Police Department. He owned up to “participating in the violence,” but his requests for bail were denied. He will remain in custody at a correctional treatment facility until his court hearing next month.
Jackson’s rejection comes as some of the more notorious rioters, who happen to be white, were released on house arrest.
As REVOLT reported, Riley June Williams, the woman accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop, faced charges of theft, obstruction, trespassing and violent entry and disorderly conduct for her involvement in the Capitol Hill siege, but was granted freedom.
Robert Keith Packer — who drew attention with his “Camp Auschwitz” hoodie — was released on his own recognizance, per TMZ, and Josiah Benjamin Colt — the rioter who swung from the balcony of the Senate chamber — was also granted a release from jail. In his agreement, the judge ruled that he must wear an ankle monitor, refrain from possessing guns or weapons, and is required to stay at least 1,000 feet away from the Idaho Statehouse and the James A. McClure Federal Building.
Following the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, many, including President Joe Biden, noted the stark difference in treatment between the Capitol rioters and Black Lives Matter protesters. “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they would have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol,” he said at the time. “We all know that’s true. And it’s unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.”