Judge Calls Capitol Siege ‘Violent Insurrection,’ Orders Man Who Wore Horns Held

A federal judge on Friday ordered a far-right conspiracy theorist who left an ominous note for Vice President Mike Pence inside the U.S. Capitol to be detained pending trial, saying he participated in a “violent insurrection.”

In U.S. District Court in Phoenix, Arizona, Magistrate Judge Deborah Fine ruled that Jacob Chansley, who was famously photographed inside the U.S. Senate Chamber wearing horns during the Capitol riots, should not be released from custody.

Chansley, a Navy veteran and follower of QAnon, allegedly left a note for Pence warning: “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.” QAnon is a conspiracy theory that casts Trump as a savior figure and elite Democrats as a cabal of Satanist pedophiles and cannibals,

Fine on Friday called Chansley “an active participant in a violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the United States government” and said she fears he is a danger to the community and a flight risk.

As she made her ruling, Chansley interjected and tried to speak, but the judge cut him off, saying he should avoid making statements.

Her ruling came shortly after prosecutors in Arizona walked back sweeping statements they made just a day earlier in their memo seeking detention, claiming the government had “strong evidence” that the “intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government.”

Earlier in the day, the top federal prosecutor overseeing the sweeping probe of the riots at the Capitol told reporters that at this stage, they had no “direct evidence” that rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol had formed “kill capture teams.”

The criminal case against Chansley is just one of a growing number, as investigators in Washington, D.C, scour more than 140,000 videos and photos from the Capitol siege.

As of Friday morning, Sherwin said his office has brought 98 criminal prosecutions so far and has opened investigations into more than 275 people in connection with the Capitol riots, in which Trump’s supporters stormed the building, ransacked offices and in some cases, attacked police.

Court filings in the cases suggested some of the rioters came prepared with weapons, gas masks, ballistic vests and zip ties.

The people charged include a retired firefighter who hurled a fire extinguisher at police, a man accused of attacking police with a flag pole and another suspect who was caught with explosives and firearms in his truck near the Capitol building.

The FBI is also looking for suspects in connection with the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.

Steven D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, urged suspects to turn themselves in.

“To those of you who took part in the violence, here’s something you should know: Every FBI field office in the country is looking for you,” he said. “As a matter of fact, even your friends and family are tipping us off.”

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch, Brad Heath and Jan Wolfe; Additional reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Peter Graff, Andrea Ricci and Cynthia Osterman)

Responses

  1. Yes prosecute the violent people who entered the Capitol. However, the Justice Department and FBI are just showing they have a two tier justice system. They didn’t show the same aggressiveness with real violent rioters that burnt down a good portion of American Cities. You (Justice Dept and FBI) might say it’s just a local matter. Well you know that’s not true. ANTIFA and BLM are nationwide and the same terrorist where seen in different cities which means they where crossing state lines. That would make those organizations breaking federal laws. Why wouldn’t at least the RICO Laws apply? You are making the DC affair a real media affair of the arrests. You didn’t do that with the rioters trying in Portland trying to burn down a Federal Building despite more federal officers being injured. Yes you got the media show that you made some arrests, but nowhere near what your announcing for the DC affair and nothing said about prosecutions. When the average person sees this application of the law the faith in those institutions is being lost. If the population dosen’t have confidence in the system. The system becomes ungovernable. What I see is agencies being managed to become power centers circumventing the congress. These agencies should actively resist and insist that the congress should do it’s job. What we have going with the congress and this has been happening over the decades is that the congress has given up their power to these unelected government agencies which largely becoming unaccountable for their actions. If we can continue down this road I’m afraid it won’t be pretty. When people feel they don’t have a voice anymore what you saw in DC is like a canary in mine. I would hope people who run these bureaucrateses take head and think of the country and the people instead of just of themselves and trying to keep grabbing more power for themselves.

    1. Earth to Randall: Until Wednesday at noon, this is still the TRUMP Department of Justice.— The FBI is headed by a Trump appointee, confirmed by a Republican controlled Senate.

      ” When people feel they don’t have a voice anymore what you saw in DC is like a canary in mine.”—-The people just had an election on November 3rd. The state of Georgia just had an election on Jan. 5th. THE PEOPLE DO HAVE A VOICE but you appear to refuse to acknowledge it because you don’t like the results of how the majority of Americans voted. That is not how a representative democracy works.

      NO ONE deemed sane in America approves of violence—not by BLM, Antifa, Proud Boys, Boogaloo, or White supremacy groups. Your “what-about” argument falls flat.

  2. Meanwhile…
    Portland hurled “Molotovs cocktail-style firebombs”, lit fires and tried to break into a federal courthouse house on New Year’s Eve, authorities said.

    Between 80 and 100 rioters tossed at least two firebombs and launched “aerial-grade fireworks” at both the federal building and a county justice facility, according to a press release from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). Others in the group attempted to break into the federal facility using tools, the department wrote.

    So where is Pelosi and the FBI. More damage here than in the Capital…

    But Democrats are tough on crime…

    DA’s Office Drops Charges On 59 Rioters In Portland, Including Suspected Felony Arsonist
    By Brock Simmons

    1. You appear to be confusing Congress with the U.S. Department of Justice. Congress makes the federal laws TO BE ENFORCED. They do not have the power to arrest even federal employees for which they have oversight responsibilities. So, if you want different laws, stop voting for candidates that wish to simply entertain you. If you want entertainment, it should NOT BE at the taxpayers expense.

      Here are the duties of Congress as outlined in the Constitution:
      Make laws.
      Declare war.
      Raise and provide public money and oversee its proper expenditure.
      Impeach and try federal officers.
      Approve presidential appointments.
      Approve treaties negotiated by the executive branch.
      Oversight and investigations.

  3. But in Chicago….

    A homicide suspect has been released on bond in Bolivar County.

    Shacresha Skinner, 21, of Rosedale is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Kentrevian Edwards, 22, also of Rosedale.

    The shooting happened on December 30 at Gourley Apartments. Rosedale police and Bolivar County sheriff’s deputies responded.

    Skinner appeared in court on Tuesday. She was released after posting $15,000 bond.

    Guess posting for a photo…after they open the door to let you in is much more of a threat than a homicide.

    If they only were this tough on those burning down Federal buildings in Portland.

    1. Air Force Sgt. Steven Carrillo has pleaded not guilty to murder charges stemming from the killing of a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy, who along with his partner, were ambushed by gunfire and explosives as they walked up the driveway of a Ben Lomond home in early June.

      Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller was killed in the attack and his partner, deputy sheriff Alex Spencer, suffered serious injuries. Other law enforcement officials were also injured.

      Carrillo was captured by a local resident wrestled him to the ground and disarmed him of an AR-15, pipe bomb and pistol in a life-or-death confrontation.

      In Oakland, Carrillo along with an alleged accomplice, Robert Justus, have also been indicted by a federal grand jury for the first-degree murder of 53-year-old Federal Protection officer David Patrick Underwood and wounding a second officer in a shooting at Oakland’s Federal Courthouse during a night of unrest associated with a May 29th protest over the in-custody death of George Floyd.

      Federal prosecutors have linked Carrillo with the extremist, anti-government group called the Boogaloo movement.

      The group started in alt-right culture on the internet with the belief that there is an impending civil war, according to experts. The movement’s followers, some of whom call themselves “Boogaloo Bois,” are generally younger and more likely to turn to acts of violence than members of other militia-type groups.

      Authorities accused Carrillo of fatally shooting Underwood from a white van after developing a plot with Justus. The pair allegedly drove to Oakland and took advantage of the distraction afforded by protesters marching through the city’s downtown in a demonstration against police brutality. Justus is accused of driving the van.

      Vice President Mike Pence referenced Underwood’s killing in his Wednesday evening speech at the Republican National Convention. Pence said Underwood was “shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California.”

      WHAT HAPPENED TO “BLUE LIVES MATTER”?

  4. A guy who wore horns and posed for a photo was more of a threat than the mobs who looted and burnt down portions of the city months earlier?

    If that is the Democrats idea of a true threat I’d say a Girl Scout troop could take them down.

    1. Cities were not burned down-another lie trump and his worshipers like to push. Beyond that, your messiah’s own DOJ determined, after considerable investigation, the majority of those involved in violence through property damage and assaults, were outliers. They weren’t even true protesters but part of other groups (Proud Boys, Boogaloos) who were photographed and videotaped damaging properties, setting fires, trespassing, etc. There’s even a video of a few white guys defacing a building, causing thousands in damages while a group of BLM members literally begged them to stop, saying their actions would only make the message less important, harder to convey and in many cases, totally ignored. Needless to say, they didn’t stop and unsurprisingly, we found out why later-they weren’t even BLM but part of a white supremacy group intent on making protesters look like violent, dangerous thugs. Not the smartest idea since a quick fingerprint check would clear up that lie. It’s also interesting to note, that same DOJ report said actual protesters involved in any illegal activities was less than 1%. The trump enablers/liars love to spew trash like, “they burned down cities” when no such thing happened, ever. Oh but a teenager murdered 2 innocent people and the hillbilly racists cheered him on-bravo! It might do you well to actually read official reports and court records. STOP LYING.

      1. Alex: you might be assuming that people, such as Robert, would actually change their stance after having read facts. I have seen no evidence of that ever happening on IJR, except for me doing it. I am not even certain if I have ever been able to ever change Phyllis’ stances when she has been wrong, so good luck trying to affect any Cult-45.

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