A grand jury indicted 146 additional people Wednesday in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on felony rioting charges in connection with Inauguration Day. Of the 230 people arrested and charged with felony rioting connected with Inauguration Day, 209 have now been indicted.
This move does, in fact, indicate that there is a new administration in power, and one that is not going to allow anarchy and mayhem to rule the streets.
We need to be abundantly clear on the fact that peaceful protest is to be honored, while violent and destructive protest is to be prosecuted. No one - no one - has the right to violence under the guise of freedom of speech. In fact, in a civil society, such as ours in the United States is supposed to be, our personal freedoms and liberties end where they encroach on the freedoms and liberties of another.
Disruptive protests, such as the Black Lives Matter protests that saw crowds blocking freeways and obstructing emergency vehicles responding to non-related emergency situations (read: ambulances, fire trucks and law enforcement responses), should also be prosecuted.
While peaceful protest - and even passionate protest - is a right we should all jealously guard, we should all push back against violent and destructive protest before the forces of Progressive anarchy move to make riots the new normal.