U.S. Attorneys who represent Texas warn 'don't mess with Texas' ahead of Inauguration Day

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 18:49:51-05

The U.S. Attorneys who represent the four districts in Texas say they will prosecute any crimes committed at the State Capitol or elsewhere in violation of federal law ahead of the upcoming presidential inauguration.

“During this time of polarized political discord, freedom of speech is an important right that must be safeguarded, but those who threaten to harm others, commit acts of violence, destroy property or attack law enforcement must be held accountable for their criminal behavior,” said U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer. “Now, more than ever, we must respect the rule of law. The Texas United States Attorneys’ Offices along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will pursue federal charges against those who refuse to do so.”

The four chief law enforcement officers say justice will be sought against those planning to cross state lines to commit crimes in Texas or at the State Capitol.

The U.S. Attorneys will be working with federal, state and local law enforcement to identify involved individuals.

In a press release, the U.S. Attorneys say the play is to ensure that, "where appropriate, anyone arrested for committing federal crimes related to protests or similar events on or about Inauguration Day will be processed and held in federal custody pending further criminal proceedings."