US Attorney responds after Sen. Ryan calls for action against Capitol rioters

Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Monday morning, State Senator Sean Ryan called for U.S. Attorney for Western New York James Kennedy, Jr. to take action against those who took part in the riot at the Capitol last week.

“It seems we have two systems of justice in America. It’s difficult to ignore the fact that when a young man of color caused damaged to Buffalo City Hall, he was swiftly prosecuted, with both
state and federal charges, but when a mob of violent rioters – the vast majority of whom were white – attacked the U.S. Capitol, federal prosecutors did not show the same sense of urgency. When the City Hall incident happened last spring, U.S. Attorney Kennedy said his office would bring to justice those engaged in lawlessness and criminality. I would hope this statement applies to the violent insurrectionists who attacked our Capitol, stole government property, and viciously beat and killed police officers. What is taking so long? The suspect in the Buffalo City Hall incident was quickly found because of his posts on social media. The insurrectionists have posted endless content on social media and bragged about their actions to local media outlets. How is the media finding these people before the United States Attorney? When a mob invaded the U.S. Capitol, fueled by lies about the 2020 election, it struck at the heart of our Democracy. The full force of
law was put on Buffalo protestors, but not on Washington D.C. rioters. It’s time for U.S. Attorney Kennedy to do his job and project our Constitution and our Democracy.”

Sen. Sean Ryan

Watch Ryan’s conference in its entirety in the video player above.

Later in the afternoon, Kennedy responded to the call for action, saying it has already begun.

“Since late Wednesday, my Office has been working around the clock with both the Buffalo and Washington Field Offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to pursue all leads, to gather evidence, and to bring to justice those who committed crimes at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Any suggestion, direct or implied, that there is undue delay, a political purpose, or race-based reason why charges have not yet been filed against any Western New York resident is incorrect, unfounded, and frankly, offensive. I think most people recognize the danger inherent in advocating for a criminal justice system that is more concerned with getting things done quickly than getting them done correctly. As U.S. Attorney, I have refused—and will continue to refuse—to succumb to political pressure or to serve any factional interest. My job is to do my best to get things right and to see to it that the law and justice are the only interests served by me and those who work so hard in this Office.”

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Jr.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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