The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced Tuesday that investigations into “individuals or groups of individuals” related to attacks on innocent people and property in Washington D.C. are “ongoing and robust.”
In a press release emailed to American Greatness, the USAO-DC said “the Metropolitan Police Department, in conjunction with federal law enforcement partners, continue to analyze and investigate these criminal actors to ensure we understand if there is an organized architecture among suspected actors that enable such criminal behavior.”
This comes after Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reported on Twitter that the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia would not pursue an investigation into the violent antifa agitators who attacked RNC attendees after the Republican National Convention in August.
“The DC U.S. Attorney today confirmed to me that they will not pursue an investigation of who is funding the thugs who attacked my wife and me and sent a DC police officer to the hospital,” Paul tweeted on Monday.
Senator Paul, his wife, and many other Republicans were terrorized by a “crazed mob” on the streets of D.C. upon exiting the White House grounds following President Trump’s acceptance speech at the White House the night of August 27.
The Kentucky senator has said he believes he and wife could have been killed had the police not been there to escort them back to their hotel.
“I truly believe this with every fiber of my being, had they gotten at us they would have gotten us to the ground, we might not have been killed, might just have been injured by being kicked in the head, or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless,” he told Fox News host Steve Doocy the next morning.
The U.S. attorney’s office said in its statement that the agitator who assaulted the police officer was charged on August 28.
Since May, the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s office has charged more than 156 individuals for protest-related violence, marking the highest number of people charged in any federal district in the nation.
These cases include Brennan Sermon, who was charged with assaulting a police officer who was responding to assist officers protecting Senator Rand Paul on August 28; six people who were charged for their role in inciting violence and destroying federal monuments in Lafayette Square on June 22; and 20 people who have been charged with assaults on civilians and police officers.
Additionally, an individual who defaced the Lincoln Memorial on May 30 was charged with destruction of government property.
Sermon, 27, is reportedly a Black Lives Matter activist from Orlando, Florida.
According to an affidavit, Sermon punched the officer in the left side of his face, resulting in a laceration and severe swelling above the cop’s left eye which required stitches at the hospital.
Paul tweeted on September 2 that Sermon was released after he was charged for the assault.
“One of the brave DC cops who likely saved Kelley and me was assaulted by one of the violent mob. The attacker was arrested and charged with assault, then released,” Paul tweeted.
One of the brave DC cops who likely saved Kelley and me was assaulted by one of the violent mob. The attacker was arrested and charged with assault, then released. (If you’re looking for him, maybe try Kenosha)
Florida Man Charged with attacking officer https://t.co/bssZDdNOnu
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 2, 2020
“Freedom of expression and the ability to openly voice dissent remains the bedrock of our democracy. As we have unfortunately witnessed in the District of Columbia over the past several months, scores of individuals have committed criminal acts upon innocent people and property under the guise of free expression. This will not be condoned,” said Michael R. Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
“Nevertheless, this office will only prosecute individuals or groups of individuals when enough evidence exists to both identify and criminally charge bad actors and it will never waver in meeting that burden as the law requires.”
The U.S. Attorney’s office said, “investigations are on-going and robust. The Metropolitan Police Department, in conjunction with federal law enforcement partners, continue to analyze and investigate these criminal actors to ensure we understand if there is an organized architecture among suspected actors that enable such criminal behavior. Their tireless efforts on this front will not end.”