AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) – US attorneys representing the four counties in Texas have announced that, ahead of the presidential inauguration, they will pursue crimes committed in the state Capitol and elsewhere in violation of federal law.
“In this time of polarized political discord, freedom of expression is an important right that must be respected, but those who threaten to harm others, commit acts of violence, destroy property or attack law enforcement agencies must be held accountable for their criminal conduct. ” US attorney Gregg N. Sofer said.
“Now more than ever we must respect the rule of law.
“The United States of Texas law firms, along with our law enforcement partners at the federal, state and local levels, will bring charges against those who refuse to do so.”
Sofer joined his colleagues, U.S. attorney Ryan K. Patrick, acting U.S. attorney Prerak Shah, and U.S. attorney Stephen J. Cox, from the southern, northern, and eastern districts of Texas to warn those who plan Crossing state lines to commit crimes in Texas, or the State Capitol seeking justice.
“As the top law enforcement officer in each federal district, US attorneys will work with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across the state to aggressively identify individuals who violate federal law,” said a recently released statement from the attorneys .
“It is planned to ensure that people who were arrested for committing federal crimes in connection with protests or similar events on or around the day of the inauguration are processed and held in federal detention pending further criminal proceedings, if necessary.”
The District of Columbia District Attorney’s Office is pursuing individuals allegedly guilty of crimes during the riot last week in the U.S. Capitol.
“The US attorneys in Texas have and will continue to work with Justice Department officials and necessary law enforcement agencies on these law enforcement efforts,” Sofer said.
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