Cameron, 49 other AGs condemn Capitol violence

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general representing 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, in sending a letter to Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen condemning the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol and stating such actions cannot be allowed to go unchecked.

On the day of the attack, Cameron condemned the violence stating, “What is happening on Capitol Hill today is despicable, and I condemn it.  We are a country founded on the rule of law.  Concerns and grievances are addressed through the political process and through peaceful protests, not violence and anarchy. This must stop.”

Cameron and other state officials have been the subjects of acts of vandalism in recent weeks. The mailbox at his home was spray painted as was the front door of the Louisville home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

That comes after protesters banged on the windows of the Governor’s Mansion early last summer and hung Gov. Beshear in effigy from a tree on the grounds.

The letter from the AGs reads:

“We, the undersigned state attorneys general, are committed to the protection of public safety, the rule of law, and the U.S. Constitution. We are appalled that on January 6, 2021, rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol, defaced the building, and engaged in a range of criminal conduct—including unlawful entry, theft, destruction of U.S. government property, and assault. Worst of all, the riot resulted in the deaths of individuals, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, and others were physically injured. Beyond these harms, the rioters’ actions temporarily paused government business of the most sacred sort in our system—certifying the result of a presidential election.

“We all just witnessed a very dark day in America. The events of January 6 represent a direct, physical challenge to the rule of law and our democratic republic itself. Together, we will continue to do our part to repair the damage done to institutions and build a more perfect union. As Americans, and those charged with enforcing the law, we must come together to condemn lawless violence, making clear that such actions will not be allowed to go unchecked.

Thank you for your consideration of and work on this crucial priority.”

Cameron joined the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming in sending the letter.

To view a copy of the letter, click here.

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