Allegations of Political Prosecution: Father of Capitol Riot Defendant Speaks Out


In the summer of 2020, numerous American cities such as Seattle, Minneapolis, Portland, New York, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and others experienced widespread unrest. Police stations were set on fire, and officers were injured by projectiles like rocks and Molotov cocktails. The damage, estimated at over $1.2 billion, marked the highest in history.

Despite the chaos, the Justice Department largely remained silent. Vast numbers of crimes went unprosecuted. New York City is now offering George Floyd protesters a $13 million settlement for the arrests made. Other cities across the U.S. are negotiating similar settlements.

It appears the Justice Department had different priorities under Biden’s administration, focusing on prosecuting individuals involved in the January 6 events.

President Joe Biden looks on as Attorney General Merrick Garland delivers remarks on May 17, 2023, in the East Room of the White House. (Adam Schultz/White House via Flickr)

My son was not politically affiliated. His involvement during the 2020 elections was limited to a church group that prayed daily for America. He, like many others, believed the 2020 presidential election was stolen and traveled to Washington, DC, on January 6 to support the candidate he believed won.

However, things went awry, and he ended up breaking two windows to enter the Capitol. He was arrested and held accountable for his actions, including additional misdemeanors. When he refused to plead guilty to the felony obstruction charge, the Justice Department responded aggressively.

Without the obstruction charge, the January 6 narrative would collapse. Comparatively, actions by pro-Hamas protesters, Code Pink activists, and Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), who pulled a fire alarm to delay a House vote, resulted only in misdemeanors and minor fines.

Under a balanced legal system, my son would face similar charges, along with penalties for the property damage. However, in Biden’s Justice Department, this was deemed insufficient.

My son interacted positively with police on January 6.

Video evidence shows him bringing water to an officer affected by tear gas, dissuading a rioter from using a baseball bat, and helping an officer who had fallen. Despite these actions, the Justice Department pursued a felony conviction and later sought terrorism enhancement, trying to equate him with figures like Osama bin Laden, arguing for a sentence of 22-27 years.

The judge rejected the terrorism enhancement, sentencing my son to 45 months instead. During sentencing, the judge noted that the cost of one broken window was $847.00, rendering the offense a misdemeanor, not a felony. The prosecutors were aware but pursued the felony charge in bad faith.

L. Brent Bozell III, founder and president of the Media Research Center, speaks during panel discussion at the Rayburn House Office Building on April 14, 2016, in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Why such extreme measures against my son, including fabricating charges and labeling him a terrorist?

This was not a principled pursuit of justice. In Biden’s America, dissent is harshly punished. This was a politically motivated prosecution against my son, Leo Brent Bozell IV, partly because of my support for President Trump in 2024. The corrupt practices must be investigated, and those responsible know their time is limited with a potential new administration.

Brent Bozell III
Brent Bozell III
Lecturer, syndicated columnist, television commentator, debater, marketer, businessman, author, publisher and activist, L. Brent Bozell III is one of the most outspoken national leaders in the conservative movement today. Mr. Bozell is the Founder and President of the Media Research Center, the largest media watchdog organization in America.

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