(DailyVantage.com) – On January 6, a crowd of just under 100 people gathered in Pinellas County, Florida, in support of a so-called political prisoner, Jeremy Brown, an Oath Keeper arrested in September 2021. While the rally was mostly peaceful, some notable troublemakers appeared, allegedly targeting protestors. Pinellas County police arrested Garrett James Smith the following day, but it’s what happened next that’s proven there’s a clear divide between the treatment of protestors who fall on different sides of the political spectrum.
Authorities charged Jeremy Brown with trespassing related to the January 6, 2021 events on Capitol Hill after arresting him. Yet, months later, he remains in custody without bail. On the other hand, Garrett James Smith possessed a pipe bomb at the time of his arrest. When authorities raided his house, they found even more explosives, supplies to make them, and a checklist for direct action bearing Antifa artwork. His alleged association with Antifa is also based on the helmet he wore, reportedly displaying the “iron front” logo, which the group is known to use.
Adding mystery to the situation, Smith refused to talk to the police, has no criminal history and no social media presence, meaning his motives for being at the rally and possessing explosives remain unclear.
Police in Florida say they don't know why Garrett Smith was carrying explosives near the rally or what he wanted to do with them. https://t.co/CK1psD1kyF
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 8, 2022
Police charged Smith with three felonies and a misdemeanor. Authorities initially held the young man on $300,250 bail. Yet, despite this, the courts released him on his own recognizance, meaning he never had to pay a dime. Yet, Brown still sits in jail for a mere trespassing charge.
People have long spoken out about the differences in how authorities treat liberal protestors vs. Conservatives. This latest incident seems to prove there’s truth to the claims.
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