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Some Black Lives Matter activists in Salt Lake City face charges with potential life sentences...

Discussion in 'Current News & Events' started by Michie, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    ...over damage

    From the article.

    Black Lives Matter protesters could face hefty sentence if convicted of vandalism, destruction at protest

    SALT LAKE CITY – Some Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City could face up to life in prison if they’re convicted of splashing red paint and smashing windows during a protest, a potential punishment that stands out among demonstrators arrested around the country and one that critics say doesn’t fit the alleged crime.

    The felony criminal mischief charges are more serious because they carry a gang enhancement. Prosecutors said Wednesday that’s justified because the protesters worked together to cause thousands of dollars in damage, but watchdogs called the use of the 1990s-era law troubling, especially in the context of criminal justice reform and minority communities.

    “This is so far beyond just the enforcement of the law, it feels retaliatory,” said Madalena McNeil, who is facing a potential life sentence over felony criminal mischief and riot charges. Charging documents say she bought red paint at a Home Depot before the July 9 demonstration sparked by a fatal police shooting ruling. She later yelled at and shifted her weight as if to slam into police during the demonstration, charges state. “It’s really frustrating and scary ... I just feel so much concern for what this means for the right to protest in general.”

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    Some Black Lives Matter activists in Salt Lake City face charges with potential life sentences over damage

     
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  2. jameseb

    jameseb Smite me, O Mighty Smiter!

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    There's consequences for breaking the law.
     
  3. OldWiseGuy

    OldWiseGuy Wake me when it's soup. Supporter

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    Sounds more like a mental problem.
     
  4. JohnDB

    JohnDB Regular Member

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    Yes....
    It appears over the top. But if they were instrumental in instigating and starting and coordinating the riot...that's definitely something to get some time over.

    And going to the store to buy the red paint does speak to that.
    But it's not definitive proof...but if they got more evidence....
     
  5. eleos1954

    eleos1954 God is Love Supporter

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    destruction to property isn't "protesting" .... it is a criminal offense (least-wise vandalism)... and should be! Life sentences ... certainly not ... but should not be with out consequence(s).

    We have a right to peaceful assembly ... not violent ones ... nor destructive ones.
     
  6. JohnDB

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    Used to be that you paid for the cleanup, repairs, and nasty fine on top that made your wallet hurt for a few years...

    But with politics getting to be so shrill lately...
     
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  7. disciple Clint

    disciple Clint Well-Known Member

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    There would be much less damage and looting if people had to face the consequences.
     
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