Thursday, September 09, 2021

Nashville man peacefully protesting at the Capitol during the mostly peaceful riot caught on camera smoking in a non-smoking area.


Nashvillian Christopher Michael Cunningham was identified as one of those inside the capitol during the mostly peaceful Jan 6th protest at the Capitol. He is charged with entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so, "with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions."  Looking at this photo it looks like he is smoking.  The news reports do not report that he is also charged with smoking in a non-smoking area. (link)

I think the attack on the Capitol was despicable. However, it was no more despicable than the hundreds of BLM riots across the country last summer.  Many BLM rioters were never arrested.  Many who were had their charges dropped or got very light sentences. I think those non-violent protestors who entered the Capitol should be punished comparable to the punishment we handed out to BLM protestors who committed similar offenses.  It looks like Cunningham was just somewhere where he was not supposed to be.  The charges should be dropped. 

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