NEW YORK (LifeSiteNews) – Federal prosecutors moved this week to seek a “dramatically” reduced sentence for two Brooklyn attorneys who firebombed an NYPD automobile during the anti-police Black Lives Matter riots of 2020, in the latest display of the Biden administration’s selective approach to political violence.
Fox News reported that Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman were arrested in New York on May 30, 2020. Rahman was caught on video throwing a Molotov cocktail at a parked, unoccupied NYPD vehicle and then fleeing the scene, with Mattis allegedly serving as the getaway driver. Police pursued and arrested them, at which point various materials for making Molotov cocktails were found in the vehicle, including a lighter, a bottle filled with toilet paper, and a gasoline tank.
They pled guilty in October 2021 to one count apiece of possessing and making a destructive device, for which the government had planned to seek 10-year sentences with potential terrorism enhancements.
In the aftermath of the leak of the Supreme Court majority opinion draft overruling Roe v. Wade, lawless vandals backed by the abortion lobby and pro-abortion politicians have launched riots and violent attacks on pro-life entities across America, from pregnancy centers to churches, and even targeted Justices' homes.
This widespread, organized effort not only sets a dangerous standard for how groups and individuals may opt to stage demonstrations going forward, but begs the question of how the pro-abortion crowd would behave if and when the Supreme Court officially overturns Roe later this summer.
And, worst of all, the White House has largely turned a blind eye to these riots, with Joe Biden -- who at one time claimed to be personally opposed to abortion due to his Catholic faith -- now acting as the foremost advocate for unfettered abortion access in America.
Biden's nonexistent response must be addressed, and the White House needs to know that the American people demand better from their supposed "leader."
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on Joe Biden to stop beating around the bush and finally issue a formal statement condemning the violent riots and attacks on pro-life institutions across our country in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court majority opinion draft overturning Roe v. Wade.
Over Mother's Day weekend, pro-abortion attacks broke out across America, with increasingly depraved activists targeting pregnancy centers, pro-life advocacy organizations, and churches with either disruptive demonstrations or, in some cases, vandalism and outright violence.
Among the most barbaric occurrences was the vicious attack on Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life group headquartered in Madison, where vandals threw a Molotov cocktail into an office window, started a fire on one of its walls, and left a threatening graffiti message reading "If abortions aren't safe then you aren't either."
Review a FULL LIST of other appalling attacks HERE.
They even descended upon the homes of Supreme Court Justices like Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Chief Justice John Roberts, who appear poised to formally issue the final blow to Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks, after publishing a map with their private addresses.
The case, which was decided nearly 50 years ago in 1973, saw members of the bench fabricate a constitutional "right" to abortion, depriving individual states from crafting their own laws to protect life. However, should Roe, as expected, be overturned, the matter of abortion would be returned to the states, where it always belonged, giving lawmakers the ability to propose legislation that would either place strong restrictions on the procedure or, in some cases, ban it outright.
And while, of course, freedom of speech must be protected and defended for all Americans, demonstrations that devolve into vandalism, rioting, the use of intimidation tactics against members of the judiciary (or anyone else, for that matter), or violence in any form must NEVER be tolerated.
But the White House seems to be taking a different approach...
It wasn't until Monday afternoon that Press Secretary Jen Psaki finally acknowledged the threat posed to Supreme Court Justices by out-of-control pro-abotion activists, claiming that "judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety."
This is true, but it took Psaki an entire week to make any semblance of a definitive statement about the White House's position on this urgent matter. In fact, Psaki previously refused to discourage the targeting of Justices' homes when asked, insisting that pro-abortion groups were staging "peaceful protests" instead; she even failed to condemn the leak itself -- an unprecedented breach of trust and rejection of institutional norms that could permanently damage the standing of the court and its ability to function as an apolitical body.
And, of course, Joe Biden, himself, has been virtually silent on the matter, failing to effectively speak out against these riots and reassure the American people that those who seek to vandalize property and perpetrate violence will be held legally accountable for their actions by the Department of Justice.
This is entirely unacceptable behavior from a commander-in-chief, and as political allies like Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (rather ironically) incite insurrection by labeling the Supreme Court's pending decision a "call to arms," the American people must demand that Joe Biden clarify where he stands, and whose side he's really on.
The rule of law must be upheld and applied equally, and that means calling out radical anti-life rioters and ensuring there are consequences for their violent outbursts and destruction of property across the country.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on Joe Biden to condemn these rioters, and direct the U.S. Department of Justice to take action that will hold them accountable for their actions under the law.
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'‘Rise up, fight back’: Pro-abortion protesters descend upon Justice Alito’s house over imminent abortion ruling' (LifeSiteNews)
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On Tuesday, however, prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York filed documents stating that Mattis and Rahman agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit arson in exchange for sentence recommendations of just 18 to 24 months, with a potential maximum sentence of five years.
It was apparently hoped that reconsideration would yield lighter sentencing due to the fact that the duo’s original pleas coincided with the transition from appointees of former President Donald Trump to Democrat Joe Biden.
“There is absolutely no justification for lowballing the sentence for an anti-police terrorist attack,” Patrick Lynch, president of New York City’s Police Benevolent Association, said in response to the news. “It’s bad enough that these dangerous criminals have been allowed to sit at home for the past two years. Handing them a below-guidelines sentence would give a green light to other anti-police radicals who seek to advance their cause through violence. The judge must reject this request.”
The BLM riots were triggered by the May 2020 death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis criminal killed during an altercation with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who in April 2021 was convicted of murder for the incident. The riots were predicated on the narrative that Floyd’s death was not an isolated case of police misconduct but a symptom of institutionalized bigotry and murderous intent in American law enforcement.
The Biden administration has largely embraced that narrative, commemorating the anniversary of Floyd’s death and bemoaning the “legacy of systemic racism in our criminal justice system and in our institutions more broadly.”
By contrast, the administration has been far more aggressive about pursuing those involved in the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol after Biden’s defeat of Trump, with hundreds of trespassers arrested and many conservatives expressing concerns about their treatment and disproportionate, selective punishment.