To the editor:

Everyone has had strong reactions to the mob violence we witnessed at the U.S. Capitol this week.

While many commentators have pointed out the disparity between the treatment of these white rioters and the [most often] peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators last summer, I see another worrisome indication that things have not changed much in terms of unequal treatment in the legal system.

As I understand it, when a break-in or robbery or other crime occurs, those responsible are guilty of murder if anyone is killed during the commission of the crime.

This includes the shooter, but also even the lowly getaway car driver.

How can these January 6th criminals now be charged with disorderly conduct, or unauthorized entry of a restricted area, or theft of government property instead of violent insurrection or accessory to murder?

Above all, those individuals who prompted the violence should be arrested and charged with felonies along with those who carried out their suggestions.

What about the media who promote outright lies to their listeners? The only reason Trump’s followers believe that he was cheated is the constant repetition of the lies.

If Trump and his lawyers had been able to produce evidence instead of rumors, the courts would not have dismissed all those scurrilous lawsuits.

It will take hard work to create unity if the rioters are not charged appropriately. I’m hoping for a peaceful 2021.

— Meg Schwemmer

723 Woodside Ave

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