BLM Activist Who Burned Police Car Gets Minor Sentence To Help Avoid Deportation
Does throwing flares at police cars count as insurrection? Numerous Americans arrested after nonviolently demonstrating at the United States Capitol on January 6th, 2021 may be pondering this question after a Black Lives Matter arsonist was sentenced to merely one year in prison for throwing a lit road flare on a Pennsylvania police car during a Philadelphia BLM riot.
Ayoub Tabri, a 25-year-old Moroccan immigrant living in Arlington, Virginia, was previously arrested in 2020 for the aftermentioned crime.
Luckily for Tabri, he got a slap on the wrist. U.S. District Judge Joel M. Slomsky ruled on the case Monday, striking Tabri with a 364-day sentence rather than the 37 to 46 months recommended by prosecutors.
BLM arsonist Ayoub Tabri was sentenced to 364 days in prison today on federal charges from the arson of a PA State Police Vehicle during the Philly George Floyd #riots
Feds asked for 37 to 46 months, but Judge Slomsky sided with him because it would effect his immigration status pic.twitter.com/CgniPIwGbh
— AntifaWatch (@AntifaWatch2) July 18, 2022
The reason? We’re not entirely sure, although there are some guesses. Tabri notably could have been deported out of the United States had he received a stricter setence. His status as a BLM activist could have influenced this as well. As Daniel Horowitz of The Blaze pointed out, a total of under 10% of those arrested during the seemingly endless riots in Portland ultimately wound up facing prosecution.
The Philadelphia Inquirer pondered the topic as well, writing, “it remains to be seen whether his sentence was a sign of a softening stance toward those charged with similar offenses during the May 30, 2020, unrest or an outlier influenced by the unique immigration consequences that Tabri — a citizen of Morocco who has lived in the U.S. as a green card holder since he was 6 years old — faced because of his crimes.”
Judge Slomsky reportedly realized that a sentence of 365 days or more would qualify Tabri as a convict of an “aggravated felony.” He consequently gave the green card holder just 364 days so he could avoid being removed from the United States. Tabri will be roaming the streets shortly — he has already served the sentence during his tenure in jail pre-trial.
In other recent news pertaining to criminal justice, the group of Stephen Colbert staffers previously arrested for trespassing at the United States Capitol will receive no charges, unlike many Americans charged for similar offenses on January 6th, 2021.