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Oklahoma County DA Charges Rioters With Terrorism: ‘When You Act Like a Terrorist, You Will Be Treated Like a Terrorist’

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater late last week hit Black Lives Matter rioters with various charges ranging from terrorism and rioting to assault and battery upon a police officer.

“This is not Seattle,” Prater said Friday after unveiling the charges. “We’re not putting up with this lawlessness here.”

“The ACLU criticized the district attorney Saturday evening, one day after he charged three protesters with terrorism, four with rioting and one with assault and battery upon a police officer,” The Oklahoman reported on Monday. “The civil liberties organization called the felony charges excessive, politically based and upsetting.”

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“For them to say it’s a political statement, do they not know he’s a Democrat?” John George, president of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police responded.

From The Oklahoman:

Prater on Sunday defended the charges, saying, “When you act like a terrorist, you will be treated like a terrorist.”

The terrorism, rioting and assault charges arose from protests that turned violent in Oklahoma City on May 30 and 31. More rioting charges against other protesters are expected to be filed later this week.

KOCO 5 News has footage from the riots.

More from The Oklahoman:

The terrorism charges involved the burning of an Oklahoma County sheriff’s van and the damage done to an Oklahoma City bail bonds business. One defendant, Isael Antonio Ortiz, 21, of Welch, is charged in both incidents. He was jailed Saturday morning. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

Ortiz already is on probation after pleading guilty last year to endangering others while attempting to elude police. He also already is facing a 2019 drive-by shooting charge.

No wonder he wants to abolish the police!

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