San Diego county’s chief attorneys and federal attorneys warned today that any violence within the county related to inauguration-related protests would result in prosecution.
The joint statement by San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan and U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer was released in the context of a warning from the FBI that in the days leading up to January 20, President-elect Joe Biden was witnessing armed protests in State capitals across the country are scheduled for inauguration.
The public was asked to report all information related to planned violence.
“I want to make it clear that my office will prosecute those who violate state laws if they choose violence, hatred, assault or vandalism to harm our community, including attacks on fellow citizens and peace officials,” said Stephan. “I urge our community members to work hand in hand with law enforcement to protect our neighborhoods and honor our democracy by reporting suspicious activity. When you see something, say something.”
US attorney Robert Brewer said: “We warn anyone who plans to violence in connection with the inauguration. If you repeat the despicable behavior we saw at the Capitol last week and if you disregard our great democracy by causing harm. ” For people or property showing hatred and anger, the consequences will be quick and severe. You will be found and charged. Don’t let that become part of your story. ”
Prosecutors also condemned last week’s riot in the U.S. Capitol.
Stephan said, “Protest is an inalienable right recognized by the US Constitution. Insurrection is a crime. The insurrection that took place in the US Capitol last week was a despicable, anti-American attack on the democratic fabric of our nation. Shout They suggest that we must work together on the ground to keep our community safe and to alert law enforcement agencies to the threat of violence. “
Brewer said his office resources would be used to bring criminal justice to those in the San Diego area who were involved in the siege.
“On January 6, 2021, a mob attacked the United States Capitol,” Brewer said in a statement. “This was a shameful and reprehensible insult to our democracy and I condemn it in the strongest terms.” Our constitution protects freedom of expression and assembly, but does not protect against violence against mobs, threats to harm officials, attacks on law enforcement officers, or damage to government buildings. “
A 35-year-old San Diego woman, Ashli Babbitt, was killed when rioters stormed the Capitol last Wednesday to prevent Congress from confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. The Air Force veteran was shot and killed by a Capitol cop while climbing through the broken window of a door to the speaker’s lobby.
Anyone witnessing an ongoing crime or imminent danger is advised to call 911. However, anyone who has information about unlawful acts of violence or information about the case of violence in the Capitol is encouraged to submit relevant information, photos or videos here or to call 1-800 -CALL-FBI to verbally report tips and / or information.