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Posted on: February 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES LEGISLATION ADDRESSING ACTS OF INSURGENCY

Council Member Monique Anderson-Walker Sponsors Resolution Supporting County Response to U.S Capitol Attacks 

The Prince George’s County Council, during session on Thursday, January 28, 2021, unanimously supported CR-007-2021, legislation sponsored by Council Member Monique Anderson -Walker (D- District 8) addressing acts of insurgency related to the January 6th attacks on the U.S. Capitol.    

Council Member Anderson-Walker says CR-007-2021 reinforces the Council’s strong and clear message concerning the Council’s position on acts of insurgency.   

“On January 6, 2021, individuals from across our country committed crimes that put the fragility of our democracy on full display. CR-007-2021 wasted no time putting pen to paper in support of the County Executive’s investigative actions concerning the abhorrent attack on the United States Capitol.”

Under the legislation, CR-007-2021 supports the Prince George’s County Executive in directing and assisting the appropriate agencies to take the proper actions directed towards any public servant of Prince George’s County found to have engaged in the insurrection of January 6, 2021, as well as unlawful actions taken the days leading up to and beyond the January 20, 2021 Inauguration day of the 46th President of the United States. 

Following Council approval, Council Member Anderson-Walker noted the significance of the measure.

“This type of legislation is necessary because there are some U.S. citizens willing to use violence against our democracy and other Americans to achieve a goal based upon falsehoods,” adding, “While approval of this measure is a tremendous step forward for the Council and its residents in our stand against the insurgence, we take no pride in our somber duty to legislate against these types of actions. The election is over, the insurgence irreprehensible, and our duty to Prince George’s County residents remains firm.” 

In a session prior to the January 20th Presidential Inauguration, the County Council adopted a formal condemnation of the “acts of violence against the U.S. Capitol and actions of the President of the United States,” through unanimous approval of Council-Resolution-004-2021.

Council Chair Calvin S. Hawkins, II, in a Council Statement responding to the January 6th attack, said acts that seek to destabilize democracy must meet strong rebuke at every level. “Prince Georgians and all Americans must stand united against violence, and those who would seek to undermine our nation’s political process.    America is a nation of laws and every person who took part in the violent attacks on our Nation’s Capital must be brought to justice. We will continue to pray for the soul of our nation.”

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