A Republican congressman said describing recent protests as mostly peaceful is like calling notorious gangster Al Capone a law-abiding businessman.
“To describe what happened in Washington, D.C., as mostly peaceful protests, I think, is a lot like describing Scott Peterson as a mostly faithful husband, or Al Capone as a mostly law-abiding businessman,” California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock said in a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on Monday.
McClintock used exclusive footage from the Daily Caller News Foundation to show the difference between violent riots and peaceful protests.
The House Natural Resources Committee hearing was held to address the clash between protesters and the United States Park Police on June 1 in Lafayette Square, which allowed President Donald Trump to walk to St. John’s Church.
“The U.S. Park Police were under a state of siege and routinely subject to attack by violent crowds.”
“The incidents are numerous and include U.S. Park Police officers having their police cars vandalized, being subject to bombardments by lighted flares, Molotov cocktails, rocks, bricks and other projectiles,” McClintock said, quoting U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt.
“I think we need to make a distinction between the right to peaceable assembly, which is sacred and protected under our First Amendment, and violence, arson and vandalism, which is not so protected,” McClintock said.
Thousands of businesses throughout the country have been looted or destroyed following protests over the death of George Floyd.
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