Clinic facilities

FBI offers $25,000 for information on pro-life clinic arsonists

CompassCare
CompassCare, a pro-life pregnancy center in Amherst, New York, was burned down on June 7, 2022. |

Nearly six months after the firebombing of a pro-life pregnancy center in upstate New York, the FBI released surveillance camera footage of the attack and offered a reward $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

FBI Buffalo Press Office announcement Monday that he “requests the public’s assistance in identifying those responsible for the arson attack at the CompassCare Pregnancy Services Center at 1230 Eggert Road, Amherst, New York on June 7, 2022.”

CompassCarea network of pro-life pregnancy centers whose office in Amherst, New York, was burned down on June 7, said on Monday that the FBI informed its CEO Jim Harden of the release of surveillance camera footage and the implementation of a $25,000 reward for information leads to the arrest of the culprits.

Jane’s Revenge, a pro-abortion activist group that has taken credit for multiple acts of vandalism against pro-life organizations nationwide, appeared to claim credit for the June 14 attack communicated listing “Buffalo, NY”, a major city near Amherst, as one of the places “you saw us”.

The individuals behind the group and the attack itself remain unknown.

“At approximately 2:45 a.m., the Amherst Police Department received a 911 call regarding a fire at the CompassCare Center,” the FBI statement said.

“Individuals had thrown Molotov cocktails at the center. This started a fire which caused extensive damage. One of the individuals also spray-painted the words ‘Jane Was Here’ on the building. The FBI believe that the individuals drove a 2013-2016 red or orange Dodge Dart Sedan. Suspect 1 in the FBI Seeking Information poster is estimated to be approximately 5’11.”

The 18 seconds of surveillance footage and the photographs in the video are in black and white.

The video begins with a man identified as Suspect 1 – wearing a short-sleeved shirt, pants, baseball cap and face mask – pulling items from the trunk of a car. It’s about a man with his face almost completely covered, wearing a light-colored hoodie, fleeing the flames as he smashes the building’s windows.

The footage ends with Suspect 2 – wearing a dark colored hoodie with his face fully covered – throwing what appears to be a Molotov cocktail at the building before jumping into the backseat of the car.

The law enforcement agency identified the actions that took place at CompassCare earlier this year as a violation of federal law prohibit destruction by means of fire or explosives, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The FBI cited the CompassCare arson as a potential violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

Harden released a statement on Monday suggesting that the FBI’s announcement is merely an attempt to limit the damage ahead of an early Republican takeover of the House of Representatives.

“Let’s not be in too much of a rush to sing the FBI’s praises,” he said.

“This may be nothing more than an attempt to appear impartial, bolstering their reputation ahead of further House Judiciary Committee investigations into the FBI’s abdication of duty to investigate violence against organizations. If they really want to find the perpetrators, they will offer a $25,000 reward for each of the 150 pro-life organizations that were attacked, or $3.75 million.”

Several pro-life organizations and churches across the country suffered varying degrees of vandalism following the leaked US Supreme Court ruling. draft decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, determine that the US Constitution does not contain a right to abortion.

Republicans on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee issued a report on November 3, which featured testimony from whistleblowers claiming that the FBI had deprioritized the investigation into violence against pro-life groups.

More than a week after the 2022 midterm elections that will determine which party will control the US Congress for the next two years, Republicans seem almost certain to hold a narrow majority in the House of Representatives. Headquarters of the decision-making office has already called the House Republicans, determining that the party will hold at least 219 of the 435 seats.

But the Associated Press has yet to project Republican control of the House, showing 217 seats for the GOP and 209 for Democrats on Wednesday morning, with many races not called as 218 seats are needed to take control of the chamber. low.

Republican control of the U.S. House would allow the party to investigate the FBI and the Biden administration’s handling of violence against pro-life organizations, which reviews described as lackluster. Meanwhile, Biden’s Justice Department has also used the Freedom of Access Clinic Entrances Act to arrest and prosecute pro-life protesters.

In early August, less than two months after the attack that inflicted severe damage on the facility, CompassCare’s Amherst site reopened and unveiled plans for expansion. In a previous interview with The Christian Post, Harden reported that “we had to replace all the windows, all the doors, all the ceiling, all the floor, [and] many walls had to be redone.” The damage was so extensive that the building had to be emptied.

In September, CompassCare sued for police to turn over surveillance video of the attack after several requests to review the footage.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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