Republicans have made law and order one of their forefront policy issues the past several years—espcecially in Washington, DC—until now.
Walking back years of hardline policy when it comes to prosecuting violent criminals, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) announced his plans to blur faces in the U.S. Capitol security footage from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in order to protect them from being charged by law enforcement.
"We have to blur some of the faces of persons who participated in the events of that day because we don't want them to be charged by the DOJ and to have other concerns and problems," Johnson said.
Johnson authorized tax payer dollars to pay for the “slow process” of blurring out all the rioters’ faces from 44,000 hours of footage, going as far as to hire additional personnel to complete the effort.
To date, more than 1,200 people have been charged in connection with Jan. 6, including 117 people who have been accused of using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to a police officer.