Jan. 6 riot defendants won't get support from South Dakota lawmakers
A measure demanding the 'humane and fair treatment' for protesters gets little comment before being voted down
PIERRE — A South Dakota House committee on Wednesday rejected a symbolic measure that sought to support protesters who were arrested following the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the nation’s Capitol.
The sponsor, Rep. Phil Jensen, R-Rapid City, didn’t speak to the resolution, entitled, “encouraging the humane and fair treatment of the Jan. 6 defendants.” Instead, he turned that over to Treniss Evans, a Texas man who served jail time for entering the Capitol on Jan. 6 during the riot.
Evans established a legal advocacy group called Condemned USA that is fighting for those who remain jailed for their roles in the riot.