Anyone arrested for looting, violence or other crimes related to protests on or around the day of inauguration will be taken into federal custody, according to officials.
BEAUMONT, Texas – US attorneys warn protesters of the consequences of crimes committed at the Texas State Capitol ahead of the presidential inauguration.
Anyone arrested for looting, violence, or other crimes related to protests on or about the day of inauguration will be held in federal custody, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas.
US attorneys Gregg Sofer, Ryan Patrick and Prerak Shah from the western, southern and northern districts of Texas, along with attorney Stephen J. Cox, issued a joint statement released on Wednesday.
“The first change is a cherished right and principle of our great nation,” said Cox. “Those who intend to commit crimes in the Texas State Capitol instead of demonstrating peacefully can expect law enforcement and prosecution from our office to respond quickly.”
The announcement comes one day after the Texan lawmakers meet for the 87th session of the Texas Legislature and one week after the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol.
“The District of Columbia District Attorney’s Office is pursuing those allegedly committed or being committed crimes during the riots last week,” the press release said.
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US Attorney’s press release.
The US attorneys representing the four counties in Texas have announced their intention to prosecute any crimes committed or otherwise violating federal law in the state capital before the presidential inauguration.
“The first change is a cherished right and tenet of our great nation,” said United States attorney Stephen J. Cox. “Those who intend to commit crimes in the Texas State Capitol instead of demonstrating peacefully can expect law enforcement and prosecution from our office to respond quickly.”
US attorney Cox joins his colleagues – US attorneys Gregg N. Sofer and Ryan K. Patrick, and acting US attorney Prerak Shah from the western, southern, and northern districts of Texas – to warn those who plan To cross state lines to commit crimes in Texas or the state capital.
As the top law enforcement officer in each federal district, U.S. attorneys will work with law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels across the state to aggressively identify crimes that violate federal law. It is planned to ensure that anyone arrested for looting, violence or other crimes in connection with protests or similar events on or around the day of inauguration is processed and held in federal detention pending further criminal proceedings.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) in the District of Columbia (DC) is pursuing those allegedly committed or committed crimes during the riots last week. The Texas US attorneys will also work with the Department of Justice (DOJ) officials and necessary law enforcement agencies on these law enforcement efforts. All related questions should be directed to the DOJ Office of Public Affairs or the USAO in DC