Veterans, Teachers, Police, All Surprised At Consequences For Storming Capitol
A theme arising after the attack on the U.S. Capitol appears to be that an awful lot of people involved are really suprised that they’re facing consequences. This is especially the case with people in professions that are used to commanding respect, it seems.
According to Reuters, at least 50 individuals have already been identified in public sector jobs, including teachers, police officers and other law enforcement positions, and even legislators and elected officials, who participated in the attack and are now feeling the repercussions.
For example, there’s Derrick Evans — a Republican State Delegate in West Virginia, who posted video of himself participating in the attack. Now he has been charged with federal crimes — and he’s resigned his seat.
Then there are two Virginia police officers, Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson, who were arrested for their participation. One posted a selfie on social media showing the pair in the process of breaking the law — he later posted again to insist he’d done nothing wrong, USA Today reports.
In fact, Forbes has a long list of police officers involved — one from Houston, who has been placed on administrative leave and is expected to resign, who had been on the force 18 years; two in Seattle, also currently on leave during an investigation; one in Philadelphia, who in addition to allegedly joining in the riots, tweeted to call Vice President Mike Pence a traitor and pedophile; and several others.
Then there’s a teacher in Pennsylvania, who according to Philly Voice, is on leave while an investigation is carried out — the school district has explained that they must balance respecting First Amendment rights to protest, and recognizing the obligation to do so in a way respectful of the community.
Click Orlando tells a similar story of a Florida firefighter who appeared in photos on social media, posing, face uncovered and no apparent fear of repercussions for being illegally inside the Capitol building — until he was taken into custody, and obligated to surrrender his passport and any firearms.
Military.com has the cautionary tale of a retired Navy SEAL, who now says he regrets his behavior, and is pleading for forgiveness and mercy, saying, “I’m not a terrorist. I’m not a traitor.” His apology comes only after a video he shared on social media got national attention — in it, he boasts of the destruction of doors and windows at the Capitol, and ominously warns that if this “message” wasn’t enough, there might be further escalation.
Again, the common thread in all these stories seems to be that no one expected severe consequences, including Federal charges, lost freedoms, and lost employment, from traveling to Washington DC and attempting to, at minimum, disrupt the process of certifying the U.S. presidential election. Many participants had clear intent to intimidate legislators, and there is video evidence that several had an intent or desire to harm or even kill elected officials. Expecting consequences would be pretty rational.