Laughing at Jeff Sessions means possible jail time for activist.
Protester Desiree Fairooz, part of the famous activist group Code Pink, has been prosecuted by the Department of Justice and convicted for an issue happening in January 2017 at the Jeff Sessions hearing. She laughed.
Huffington Post Reports Ryan J. Reilly caught the arrest on camera, documenting that her offense was “simply laughing”.
Another protester escorted out of Sessions hearing. Her original offense appeared to be simply laughing. pic.twitter.com/p6lWzBVFRW
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) January 10, 2017
The laugh, audible on CSPAN’s video coverage also shows Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) continues without real pause.
Fairooz audibly laughed at the phrase “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented”, when Sessions has a less-than positive history with his affiliation to civil rights issues. The Washington Post previously reported on multiple cases. The most notable to publicly oppose about Sessions was Coretta Scott King, civil rights activist and wife to Martin Luther King Jr., in a 1986 letter.
In that letter, King expresses her opposition to the confirmation of Sessions as a federal district court judge because of his alleged lack of regard to civil rights.
“Mr. Sessions’ conduct as U.S. Attorney, from his politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions to his indifference toward criminal violations of civil rights laws, indicates that he lacks the temperament, fairness and judgment to be a federal judge.”
The decision to press charges against Fairooz, a woman who laughed during a hearing, comes after the DOJ declined to press charges against the police officers who killed Alton Sterling, a man selling CDs on the street corner. He was consequently held down by police officers and shot to death. The Guardian released the video of the recorded incident. (Warning, the video may be considered graphic to viewers.)
The DOJ, lead by Sessions, had not informed the Sterling family of the decision not to prosecute the officers prior to the news being released, but planned on meeting them hours later.
Activist Fairooz could serve up to a year in jail or pay a fine for her conviction.
The DOJ and Sessions seem to be stepping in-line with President Donald Trump’s view of police and policing. Trump’s commentary included inauguration words about the war on police, executive orders expanding police authority, and the White House website citing “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community”.