BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has refused to sign his name on a letter from the National Association of Attorneys General sent to acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen on Monday on behalf of a non-partisan coalition of 50 convicting attorneys general deadly riot last week at the US Capitol.
Instead, Landry wrote in his own letter that he was concerned that the attorneys general might send a message that “some violence is acceptable”.
In the NAAG letter, the 50 attorneys general stated that they all just had “a very dark day in America” and that the events of January 6th present “a direct physical challenge to the rule of law and our Democratic Republic itself.”
In the letter, the 50 attorneys general state:
We are appalled that on January 6, 2021, rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol, defaced the building and committed a variety of criminal acts – including illegal entry, theft, destruction of U.S. government property and assault. Worst of all, the riot resulted in the deaths of people, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, and others who were physically injured. Apart from this damage, the actions of the rioters temporarily disrupted business of the most sacred kind in our system and confirmed the result of a presidential election.
In his own letter about the events in the US Capitol on January 6, Landry writes that he believes in finding common ground on issues and criticizes “political violence in whatever form”. He adds that “violence and destruction are all wrong for whatever political reason”.
He also says that he and his colleagues “should stand up more than ever and fight for the First Amendment, with the message that violence has no part in our freedom of expression”.
Landry writes in his letter that many of his colleagues “quietly or tacitly agreed” about the social justice demonstrations and riots that took place last summer “when a fire was started on the White House grounds and in a nearby church” and when “courthouses and police stations were attacked.”
Landry says in his letter:
Over the past summer, when fires were set on the White House grounds and a nearby church, buildings were burned down by hard-working small business owners, windows were smashed in the streets of the city, and widespread looting took place ;; Many of my colleagues, particularly from the other party, sat in silence or tacitly consented to the cremation. All of this violence and criminal activity has been carried out in the name of a political motive – ironically, much in the name of social justice. People were killed, courthouses and police stations were attacked, small business owners and their employees lost their income and some cities were even “occupied” by armed thugs. However, many colleagues were silent.
Landry adds that “now is the time for all of us to come together as one voice and decisively decipher all political violence.”
You can read Landry’s full letter below:
You can read the full letter from NAAG below:
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