Rioter who punched female Capitol Police officer during 'ceasefire' protest at DNC sentenced to 48 hours community service: report

Police said Ruben Arthur Camacho slammed a female officer against a wall and punched her in the face.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
A man who has been charged with assaulting a female Capitol police officer during a violent pro-Palestinian demonstration in Washington, D.C. was sentenced to only 48 hours of community service, court records show.

Unlike Jan. 6 defendants who received severe punishments for similar or far-less offenses, Ruben Arthur Camacho, 24, of Woodbridge, New York was given a slap on the wrist.

The incident occurred during a ceasefire riot outside of the Democratic National headquarters near the US Capitol on Nov. 15. Police said Camacho slammed a female officer against a wall and punched her in the face. Camacho was charged with one count of assault on a police officer, which is a felony offense.

He also resisted arrest and blocked an exit used by federal lawmakers during the riot, according to court documents.

Camacho escaped federal prosecution and was charged in DC Superior Court by DC US Attorney Matthew Graves. This is the same Biden-appointed prosecutor who has been arresting J6 protesters on charges including assault on police. US Capitol Police said six officers were injured during the ceasefire riot.

Journalist Julie Kelly, known for her reporting on J6 defendants, emphasized that the case demonstrates the existence of a two-tiered system of justice in the United States. She compared the difference in treatment given to Camacho the way Jan. 6 defendants have been treated under the law.

"Camacho was not denied release from jail pending trial or plea; he was not condemned as an "insurrectionist" or "domestic terrorist" by federal prosecutors. Because Camacho participated in a protest sanctioned and funded by Democrats, he got a slap on the wrist," said Kelly.

Despite being charged by the same DC prosecutor, Kelly said Camacho "did not have to face Judge Beryl Howell or Judge Tim Kelly or Judge Royce Lamberth in the DC federal courthouse" unlike the J6ers.

She explained that Jan. 6 defendants charged with assaulting police have been given prison sentences up to 10 years, stating that "Ryan Samsel did far less than that to Ofc. Caroline Edwards but he was incarcerated for 3 years denied release awaiting his trial."

The journalist then revealed that the Biden administration does not plan on charging any ceasefire activists in federal court, and all charges will remain local.
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