Judge Thomas Hogan compares January 6 to lynch mobs

Kenneth Reda was seen in a candid photo and inside the US Capitol on January 6th

Kenneth Reda (via FBI Court Records)

A federal judge compared the Jan. 6 attack to a lynch mob before handing house arrest and probation to a Florida man who broke into the Capitol that day.

During a sentencing hearing for Kenneth Reda on Wednesday, Senior US District Judge Thomas Hogan said the psychology of donald trump Supporters who ambushed police and stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 reminded him of “lynchings hundreds of years ago.”

“The crowd gets excited and joins in,” Hogan, op Ronald Reagan appointment said. “They regret it afterwards, but they went along with it.”

Hogan also criticized efforts to minimize the damage done that day, specifically citing the “telling by some people and some lawmakers that it was a picnic and nothing serious was going on” other than a few violent agitators.

“That’s absolutely not true,” Hogan continued, noting that multiple videos recorded the “screams and screams of the people involved.”

The Republican National Committee reprimanded two GOP members on the House Committee investigating Jan. 6, said in February that the events of that day are part of a “legitimate political discourse”.

“As a result, approximately 140 officers were injured,” Hogan said. “Four officers after the riot committed suicide. Other died of a stroke On the next day [after he was] badly pepper sprayed.”

Hogan called the Jan. 6 attack “tragic” and said that people in the crowd “were engaged in a riot” that day.

Hogan also said that the idea that members of the loosely affiliated anti-fascist group Antifa led or participated in the Jan. 6 attack was a “total lie.”

As for Reda, who pleaded guilty in November to a misdemeanor involving parades, demonstrations or picketing at the Capitol, Hogan handed down a 36-month suspended sentence, including a home sentence. Hogan also sentenced Reda to 60 hours of community service.

Prosecutors had called for probation and house arrest; Reda had only asked for a suspended sentence.

“He lost his job and his status in his community,” Hogan said, noting that Reda has been fired from his job as a teacher and high school football coach since his arrest. Reda told Hogan that his teaching license was also in jeopardy.

“I would hope that you could return to class,” Hogan told Reda. “I think teachers are so invaluable and what you’ve learned through this process could make you a better teacher.”

In the days leading up to Jan. 6, Reda was very active on right-wing social media site Parler, where he encouraged his fellow campaigners to join him in Washington.

“See you in DC on the 6th asshole who doesn’t support Trump [sic],” he wrote on December 27, 2020.

“It is time to organize PATRIOT, we must come together and organize against this KABAL [sic]we must bring them down… they have made their last ditch effort to bring down this election, so this nation will LOSE unless we come together and organize[.]”

Reda’s lawyer, Terrence O’Sullivansaid his client has completely withdrawn from such online activities.

“I’m glad to hear he’s not engaged in social media,” Hogan said, expressing concern at the “rabid exchanges on social media” he’s witnessed in connection with Jan. 6 and the use of “Patriot” symbolism seen by those who stormed the Capitol.

[Images via FBI court filing.]

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