A judge had openly wondered with prosecutors why they did not put as much effort in challenging George Floyd protesters as they did in going after Jan. 6 rioters.
“I think the U.S. attorney would have more credibility if it was even-handed in its concern about riots and mobs in this city,” said U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden on Friday, Oct. 1, according to the Associated Press.
The question was asked during the hearing for Danielle Nicole Doyle from Oklahoma, a former Oklahoma City Thunder NBA worker in federal court in Washington, D.C, per The Oklahoman.
Doyle’s presence in the Capitol was captured on surveillance camera when she entered the facility via a broken window. She stayed in there for at least 24 minutes, and as federal prosecutors said, may have “chanted or yelled at or near a law enforcement officer.”
They confirmed she did not commit any violence beyond that.
The FBI was tipped off by a witness and arrested in February. Prosecutors said Doyle texted a video from inside the Capitol more than a month after the insurrection event.
They demanded Doyle be sentenced to three years on probation, two months on home confinement, 60 hours of community service, and the $500 in restitution.
Calling the Jan. 6 Capitol breach a national embarrassment, McFadden, however, declined the sentences. Instead, he pointed out the disparity in the number of Jan. 6 rioters prosecuted compared to those who participated in the anti-racism protests following George Floyd’s murder.
The judge argued that Doyle was “acting like all those looters and rioters last year. That’s because looters and rioters decided the law did not apply to them,” as AP reported.
As Doyle apologized for her involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol seize, Judge McFadden sentenced her to two months on probation for illegally breaching the facility. She would also have to pay a $3,000 fine in addition to the $500 in restitution.
Doyle wrote her apology statement on Friday, saying Capitol 6 was a special day as “hundreds of thousands of Americans came together in support of our President and the America that we love.”
“It was exciting and full of energy,” she wrote.
Doyle added that she also interfered when a person wanted to cause damage inside the facility with a stanchion.
“I gently took their arm, looked into their eyes, and said, ‘That’s not what we’re here for,'” she wrote.
Her attorney, Irven Box, appreciated the judge’s ruling.
“I think he took everything into consideration: considered her past background, considered what she’s doing now, considered she’s been a productive citizen in this state of Oklahoma for thirty-some years,” Box said, as Newson6 reported.
Box said Doyle had been a volunteer for veterans organizations and spent nearly a decade for the OKC Thunder NBA organization.