A woman who torched five Seattle police cars during a protest in the wake of a George Floyd's murder by a former police officer was sentenced to five years in prison. Margaret Channon used an aerosol can and lighter as a makeshift flame-thrower to burn the unoccupied, parked cruisers in May of 2020, according to ABC News.
Police reported that for nearly half an hour, soon after officers deployed tear gas to disperse a crowd, Channon ran back and forth between the cars, adding fire to destroy them. Channon pleaded guilty to arson for the burnings, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The U.S. Attorney's Office offered Channon a chance to plead guilty to conspiracy rather than arson, which would have enabled her to argue for a sentence less than than the five-year mandatory minimum for arson. Channon refused, according to ABC. Her attorney wrote that Channon "would not do anything to shift blame to others for decisions that were hers alone.”