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MAGA Rioter Who Gouged Police Officer’s Eyes Complains That He’s Locked Up Like an ‘Inner City’ Criminal

At what point will the rioters figure out that just because they are white, just because they primarily come from the middle-class, just because they believed Trump and just because they believed that the election had been stolen, doesn’t mean that they didn’t commit a serious crime which results in being treated like people held-over for a trial involving serious crimes?

Moreover, these people have already demonstrated their contempt for law and law enforcement, along with a willingness to do what Trump says. Why would a judge let a person out on bond who has already shown such contempt for the law and law enforcement already?

And yet we continue to hear arguments from rioters that reek of entitlement. Many of them presume that they are not “real criminals,” like the type that are in jail for selling an eight-ball of cocaine. We have another example from tweets issued by Rachel Weiner of the Washington Post:

Lawyer for Tommy Webster, retired NYPD cop accused of beating an MPD officer with flagpole on #J6, says his client is in a “dormitory setting” with people serving time for “inner-city crimes” – “for a middle-aged guy whose never been arrested before this has been a shock for him”

What is an “inner-city crime”? One committed by a black person? Because Tommy Webster is charged with eye-gouging, which sounds pretty bad to us and that’s a significant crime, and – for what it’s worth, was committed in an inner-city. (Wrong race, though).

Webster has a “sparkling record” with the NYPD which led to “the lofty assignment of protecting the mayor,” attorney says – but if he won’t be released he wants him moved back to jail in upstate New York.

O.J. Simpson had a “sparkling record” until arrested for m*rder. Records lose their sparkle fast upon committing or being accused of committing a bad crime. The fact that he was a cop should work against him because he would have a greater appreciation that he was in a situation where it appears he committed a felony, not that it would be a technically difficult call. (We presume innocence, this is the United States)

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(He’s not in D.C., where riot detainees are in a separate wing, causing friction on both sides — like others arrested elsewhere he’s been moved around the country on the way to D.C.)

It sounds to us like he’s already getting special treatment, which is exactly what he expects.

Every defense attorney tries to make a decent argument to get the best outcome for his or her client. But one is supposed to make arguments that do not offend the judge. Sounding entitled, sounding like one is “better” than those around him, is one way to offend a judge. There are other arguments to make – though we’re not making them for him – that sound far less entitled.

Until then, this argument accomplished nothing more than an assertion based on being too good to suffer such consequences. There is an officer out there with vision troubles (and may have lost an eye) that would strongly disagree.

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Jason
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Jason Miciak is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is originally from Canada but grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He now enjoys life as a single dad, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic that cannot add and loves dogs more than most people. He also likes studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology, and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.

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