Compared to Trump’s January 6 rioters!
When Dostoevsky wrote about crime, he made certain to include punishment. Sure could use a man like Dostoevsky in Madison WI these days. (Or even Herbert Hoover, as Edith and Archie would sing.)
The MacIver Institute did some journalism on the Black Lives Matter riots on Madison’s State Street and Capitol Square in May/June 2020:
Out of the thousands of people who participated in the riots in Madison – looting, assaulting, vandalizing, terrorizing – only one was sent to state prison, five were sent to federal prison, and 18 are still awaiting the outcome of their cases. Anything short of arson or being a felon with a firearm warranted little more than a slap on the wrist.
The MacIver Institute identified 49 individuals who were charged with a total of 85 felonies in Dane County. Half of those 49 individuals were already felons. About a quarter of the charges are still pending two years later, a quarter were dismissed, 17 received deferred prosecution, and 19 pled guilty or no contest. Only 14 of those 49 individuals have faced any real punishment so far. Three years of probation was the most popular sentence for these 14 individuals.
One person threw a flaming gas canister at police, but that charge was dismissed. … One individual swerved his car towards police officers making an arrest, but he was acquitted by a jury of his Dane County peers.
Countless others who blocked police and interfered with their attempts to restore order and stop criminals never faced any consequences at all. That included the large group of people who blocked police officers trying to get to their squad car as it was set on fire and their weapons were stolen. … Michael Campbell attacked a TV cameraman during a live shot. He was only sentenced to 18 months of probation in May 2021. By August 2021, he had disappeared … ”— MacIver Institute, “Few held accountable for Madison’s riots.”
The two women who (most likely) beat State Sen. Tim Carpenter, readily identifiable in video? “Despite the women being easily identified in the video, one had charges dismissed and the other was acquitted by a jury of her Dane County peers.
Compare to the January 6 insurrection
Madison WI in May/June 2020 — Of "thousands" involved, only 49 charged. Of those, only 14 accorded "any real punishment" so far. Marquon Clark, who firebombed the City-County Building, received the longest sentence: 7 years.
Washington DC on January 6, 2020 — Estimated 2,000 rioters, of whom 919 charged, 396 entered guilty pleas, 65 sentenced — the most severe, 7 years in prison (to date).
Blaska’s Bottom Line: And we wonder why Always Trumpers are cynical about the punishment meted out to the insurrectionists of January 6! Not that two wrongs make a right, but Sheesh!