Concerned St. Augustine residents will gather at the Castillo San Marco National Monument on Thursday, January 6, 2021 for a candlelight vigil about preseving our democracy from coup plotters. Blue Guardians of Democracy is sponsoring the January 6th Day of Remembrance and Action event, 4-6 pm. The event will support voting rights legislation and other reforms. Bring signs!
Let freedom ring!
Insurrectionist sympathizers will gather at the Plaza de la Constitucion from 6-9 for a candleight vigil honoring putative "political prisoners," or to those of us in the reality-based community, those who invade our Capitol, assaulting and battering law enforcement, attempting to stage a coup and kill Vice President Mike Pence and other elected officials. The St. Augustine Tea Party is leading the insurrectionist events. Phony preacher Doug Russo, a Tea Party supporter and avowed racist, gave the invocation at a similar event in Tallahassee last year. Russo is a candidate for School Board, District 2; he says slavery is not immoral and often hurls histronic, hubristic homophobic, sexist, misogynist and transphobic rhetoric at government meetings.
From The Washington Post:
Of those arrested, 225 people were charged with assault or resisting arrest. More than 75 of those were charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon against police officers. The office said 140 police officers, including Capitol officers and members of the D.C. police department, were victimized during the attack.
The office said about 10 individuals were charged with assaulting members of the media or destroying their equipment.
Some 640 people were charged with entering a restricted federal building or its grounds. And another 75 were charged with entering a restricted area with a deadly weapon.
Prosecutors in the office have been working with the FBI as well as prosecutors in various locations around the nation. The office said the individuals arrested come from nearly all 50 states.
One person, 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt of California, was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer as she tried to breach a set of doors deep in the Capitol during the riot. Federal prosecutors later cleared the officer of any wrongdoing in Babbitt’s death.
According to a May estimate by the Architect of the Capitol, the attack caused about $1.5 million worth of damage to the building.
About 165 individuals, the office said, have pleaded guilty to a variety of federal charges, from misdemeanors to felony obstruction.
So far, 70 defendants have received some kind of sentence from a judge. Of those, 31 people were ordered jailed, and 18 were sentenced to home detention. The remaining 21 defendants were placed on probation.
In early December, Robert Scott Palmer, 54, of Largo, Fla., received the longest prison sentence to date among those convicted in the attack. A U.S. District Court judge sentenced him to more than five years in prison.
In October, Palmer pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and assaulting officers with a dangerous weapon. Prosecutors said Palmer broke into the Capitol building and, while inside, threw a wooden plank at police officers; then, they said, while he was on the front line of the riot, he sprayed police officers with a fire extinguisher and hurled the emptied extinguisher at the officers. No officers, prosecutors said, were injured.