Karl Racine (D-D.C.), the Attorney General of Washington, D.C., has publicly offered to seal the arrest records of over 200 rioters who participated in acts of widespread vandalism last summer, as reported by the Daily Caller.
Racine’s office sent a letter out to approximately 220 individuals who had been arrested last summer for rioting, with the offer that if they responded to his letter, he would see to it that his office sealed their arrest records. This comes after Racine’s office already confirmed that it had no plans to prosecute any of the rioters.
Abbie McDonough, Racine’s director of communications, reiterated this decision in a statement to the media, saying that “we declined to prosecute the vast majority of protesters who were arrested in early June 2020 for violating the Mayor’s curfew order,” falsely describing them as “peacefully protesting.”
“OAG is also proactively offering to file motions on behalf of eligible individuals and ask a judge to seal their arrest records,” McDonough continued, “to help make the process easier for those individuals and reduce hurdles to have their arrest records sealed.”
D.C. was one of many cities that was plagued by race riots last summer after George Floyd, a black man, died of a fentanyl overdose while in police custody in Minneapolis last May. At the peak of the riots in June, multiple fires were started all across the city, including in the historic St. John’s Church just a few blocks away from the White House. Dozens of businesses had their windows smashed and were looted, and many statues and historical monuments were vandalized or destroyed by rioters.