A Florida man wearing an Antifa was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $ 450 on Thursday for “hanging out” with a Jan. 6 right-wing anniversary rally in support of a Capitol riot suspect. Allegedly, 22-year-old Antifa member Garrett Smith faced three criminal charges of making, possessing or removing a destructive device. However, these serious allegations were dropped by prosecutors in the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office a month ago in mid-February. UPDATE: This #Antifa member has not been jailed জ He was given six months probation and a 450 fine. Prosecutors dropped the bomb-related allegations because his devices did not meet Florida’s legal definition of a destructive device. https://t.co/rn32j4vmPO— Andy Ngô ???? (RMrAndyNgo) March 27, 2022
Prosecutors chose not to pursue charges after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives classified the items as legal “novelty devices” that smoke emitted but did not explode when illuminated, a prosecutor wrote in a notice. The agency determined that the items Smith was carrying did not meet the legal definition of a Florida destructive device, the Tampa Bay Times reported. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Smith was seen running from a conservative rally outside the Pinellas County Jail in the Black Block. Support for Jeremy Brown, a Tampa man who was arrested last September on federal charges. Brown, described as part of the Oath Keepers group, is accused.
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