Police on Saturday charged more capital riots, including one that carried out the speaker of the House’s lectures, as more graphic details of the rebellion emerged, revealing mob violence and brutality at a seat of American political power walked.
A blood-soaked officer was crushed in a doorway in Wednesday’s siege that forced lawmakers to hide for hours and halted their voting to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Another officer hit the railing below after slamming the corpse from behind. Members of the media were cursed, defied and punched.
A large number of photos and videos captured the riots, killing five people. Many of the images were taken by the rioters themselves, some of whom wore masks that not only reduced their chances of contracting the coronovirus, but also increased their chances of being identified. Some ached to stand out.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, an Arizona man seen in mob photos and videos with a painted face and wearing a costume that included a horny, fur hat, was taken into custody on Saturday and charged The premise of that capitol includes violent penetration and disorderly conduct.
Assistant US Attorney Esther Winne told The Associated Press by email that Chasley, commonly known as Jake Angley, will remain in custody in Arizona, to be produced in an initial courtroom. Chansali did not immediately respond to messages left via email and telephone.
Chansali, who became a staple in her costumes at pro-Trump protests around the country, is now angered by her electoral loss by a large crowd of Trump supporters, one of dozens arrested in the wake of the invasion of the Capitol.
The rioters captured the Chamber of the House and Senate, smashed windows and waved Trump, American, and Confederate flags.
A Florida man alleged that he was arrested Friday night on a federal warrant with Pelosi’s lecture during the chaos, and on Saturday he was held without bail in Pinellas County, Florida. Jail records do not show that Adam Johnson, 36, of Parish, Florida, has a lawyer.
Johnson was charged Saturday with robbery, violent entry and disorderly conduct into the Capitol grounds.
The Brednton Herald reported that the married father of five was quickly recognized by local residents on social media as he took the man in a smiling photo to the lecturer in Pelosi as he passed through the Capitol Rotunda.
Johnson posted on social media that he was in Washington, DC, during Wednesday’s riots, and, according to The Bradenton Herald, included derogatory comments about the Black Lives Matter movement. Those posts were later deleted or removed.
During Wednesday’s violence, Capitol Police Officer Brian Siknik was injured in a confrontation with the attackers and was allegedly killed by a fire extinguisher. He died on Thursday night. Another officer was crushed in a doorway, but it is unclear what happened to the officer whose plight was captured on camera and shared by the progressive organization Status Coup. Members of media organizations including AP and The New York Times were also attacked.
As of Saturday, prosecutors have charged 17 people in federal district court and 40 others in Columbia Superior Court, from attacking police officers to entering restricted areas of the US Capitol, stealing federal property and threatening lawmakers. Several cases were registered.
Prosecutors said additional cases remained under seal, with dozens of others being sought by federal agents, and the U.S. Attorney in Washington said Friday that “all options were on the table” for charges, including possibly treason. is.
Other notable arrests in the Capitol invasion include:
– Iowa Jensen, an Iowa man, was jailed on federal charges on Saturday, including trespass and disorderly conduct for his alleged role in the Capitol riot. Jensen, 41, of Des Moines, was being held without bond in the Polk County Jail and County Sheriff Sgt. Ryan Evans said he does not know if Jensen has a lawyer. A video posted online during the storm of the Capitol showed a man who appeared to be Jensen, who is white, chasing a black officer as a crowd of people retreated several steps during an internal flight of stairs. At several points, the officer says “go back,” to no avail.
– Richard Barnett, an Arkansas man who was featured in a widely seen photo sitting in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with his shoes on a desk after the storm of the Capitol, was arrested by the FBI on Friday. Barnett, age 60, turned into FBI agents at the Benton County Sheriff Office in Bentonville, Arkansas. FBI Little Rock spokesman Conor Hagan said he is jailed at the Washington County Detention Center in Fateville, Arkansas, near Bond. Gravette, Arkansas, no lawyer for the man is listed in online prison records.
– Derrick Evans, a West Virginia state jurist who posted a video online showing himself making his way inside the Capitol, was arrested by the FBI on Friday at his home and charged with entering restricted federal property. Evans, who faced a bipartisan call to quit his post, on Saturday submitted a resignation letter to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and apologized for his actions. Evans is accused of entering a restricted area of the US Capitol after throwing himself into the building with a crowd of Trump supporters. In the video, Evans is seen banging a police officer fiercely and then exclaiming “Our house!” Shouting is milling around the rotunda.
Callahan reported from Indianapolis. Associated Press authors Michael Balasamo and Paul Davenport contributed to this report.