Earlier this month, two former official who were linked to the office of Chris Christie were found guilty on all charges in connection with the closure of lanes in 2013 on the George Washington Bridge in an act of political retribution we now know as “Bridgegate.” Sentencing isn’t until February 21st, but they face up to twenty years in prison.
Which makes you wonder: if they’re the subject of so much scandal, and facing punishment for closing off a bridge with their political power, why aren’t far-left activists like Black Lives Matter and anti-Trump protest groups who block off highways getting the same treatment?
BLM has already caused problems in blocking ambulances before due to their protests, and it’s only a matter of time before they kill someone as a result.
Finally, such protestors are getting charged for their antics. While it’s nowhere near as harsh a sentence as those involved in the Bridgegate scandal will likely face, it’s better than nothing.
According to the Daily Caller: Activists associated with the Black Lives Matter movement will see the inside of a jail cell after blocking a highway during a protest in July.
The Richmond, Va. protest, which falls into a long line of recent race-related protests and riots, occurred on July 18, and was likely set off by the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile that month.
Thirteen protesters blocked Interstate 95 and chanted “Black Lives Matter!” and “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” They shut down traffic during rush hour, but not for long, as police showed up and made arrests within an hour. They all pleaded guilty to illegally blocking traffic Monday and were sentenced to five days in prison.
“It was rush hour. They put themselves in danger, and they put other people potentially in danger, so we thought that five days in jail was an appropriate punishment,” said Davis Powell, a prosecutor for the cases, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Well, serves them right. Given the hours of time they wasted from those simply trying to travel, taking a business week off their lives only seems appropriate. If this doesn’t deter nonsense like this, then it’ll be time to up the sentence in future cases.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]