Federal prosecutors inched closer to slap the first sedition charge against a participant in the US Capitol riot. Seeking to block the bail of Jacob Anthony Chansley, aka Jacob Angeli and Q Shaman, prosecutors in an Arizona court said he was ’an active participant in the violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the United States government.’ The prosecutors’ language suggests sedition.
Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives addressed a press conference today, and said that the added security measures in and around the Capitol following last week’s attempted insurrection won’t change the nature of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Mr. Biden, the country’s former Vice President, will participate in his inauguration on January 20.
The family of 52 year old Patrick Lynn Warren, who was shot by Officer Reynaldo Contreras, are calling for the officer to be arrested and charged for the shooting. The incident took place in Killeen, Texas, after the police officer was responding to a mental health call. Warren family’s attorney said ’The officer had a hostile demeanor and was not prepared to deal with a mental health crisis.’
Law enforcement agencies in Michigan will collaborate to secure the State Capitol in anticipation of planned armed protests later this month. The FBI uncovered evidence that groups planned further armed protests in the nation’s capital following the Capitol riot, and had encouraged similar protests in each state’s capital. The number of personnel around the State Capitol have since been increased.
A retired Lieutenant Colonel of the US Air Force, Larry Rendall Brock Jr, while storming the US Capitol with a mob of Donald Trump’s supporters last week intended ’to take hostages,’ and ’execute members of the US government,’ Assistant US Attorney Jay Weimer claimed in a Texas court on Thursday, asking for him to be detained. Brock was ordered to surrender any firearms and home confinement.
On Thursday, the US DOJ charged John Sullivan, a left-wing activist on the basis of being on restricted grounds, civil disorder, and disorderly conduct, as he was seen to storm the US Capitol on January 6. In an interview Sullivan voiced that he put up an act of supporting the protest so he could build a rapport with the protesters so as to document the situation.
Sean C Urbanski, a white man who fatally stabbed a black college student during a chance encounter at Maryland University has been sentenced to life in prison. Urbanski, 25, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder of Richard W Collins III in December 2019. Collins, 23, was about to graduate from Bowie State University and had just been commissioned as US Army second lieutenant.
Rumors on social media of soon-to-expire COVID-19 vaccines up for grabs at the Brooklyn Army Terminal sent people into a tizzy as they started rushing to the site in the hopes of scoring a shot. Messages on social media claimed that the Sunset Park vaccination site had ’410+ doses’ that were available to ’anyone in community age 18+.’ City Hall dispatched workers to dispel the crowd, eventually.
723 pounds of cocaine packed in 294 plastic wrapped bricks were seized by federal authorities off a private plane at an airport in the Miami area. The cocaine was found during a routine X-ray bag check at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport. The bricks were concealed inside duffle bags and suitcases carried by the only four passengers on a private charter flight from the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A bipartisan group of House members introduced bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to a Capitol police officer who led a mob away from the Senate chamber during the storming of the Capitol. They hailed officer Eugene Goodman for ’his bravery and quick thinking during last week’s insurrection.’ In a video, Goodman was seen baiting a mob to chase him in the opposite direction of the Senate.
Joanne, Mister Rogers’ widow has died at the age of 92. Fred Rogers Production and the McFeely-Rogers Foundation confirmed her death. She had been hospitalized for several days prior to her death. A tweet was sent out by the City of Pittsburgh, calling her ’one of the city’s favorite neighbors’. She was married to Fred Rogers for 50 years before his death back in 2003 at the age of 74.
The Pentagon announced earlier this week that National Guard members supporting Capitol security in Washington, DC, ahead of Inauguration Day will be armed. The National Guard has planned to have up to 15,000 National Guard troops to meet current and future requests for the inauguration.
Prosecutors have asked a judge to order Kyle Rittenhouse to stay away from bars and white supremacist groups after he was seen in a bar in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, flashing the ’OK’ hand sign; which some claim, as a result of a meme started on 4chan, to be a racist gesture. Kyle is charged with killing two and wounding one during a riot over a police shooting in Kenosha. He is out on $2mil bail.
Federal prosecutors said a Delaware man seen carrying a Confederate battle flag during the storming of the US Capitol was arrested after authorities used the image to help identify him. Kevin Seefried was arrested in along with his son, Hunter. Prosecutors said they both entered the Senate through a broken window before Kevin Seefried was seen carrying around the Confederate flag in photos.
Letitia James, the Attorney General of New York filed a lawsuit against the NYPD and New York City. Ms. James alleged that authorities used excessive force during the summer’s racial justice protests. The lawsuit has been filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and has called on the NYPD to undertake systemic reforms to be overseen by an independent monitor.
Peter Francis Stager, an Arkansas man seen hitting a policeman with a flagpole during the January 6 riot in the US Capitol, has been arrested and charged with obstructing, impeding, or interfering with a law enforcement officer. The FBI said Stager had given himself up to federal and local law enforcement after FBI agents arrived at his house in Conway, Arkansas, but didn’t find him.
Corey Johnson, a drug trafficker sentenced to death for his role in 7 Virginia murders in 1992, has been executed in Indiana’s Terre Haute prison. Johnson contracted Covid-19 last month and was recovering. His execution comes after the US Supreme Court ruled on his diagnosis and cleared the way for his death. Johnson released a statement before being executed. He said: ’I am OK. I am at peace.’
A woman has been arrested for alleged voter fraud and vote harvesting. The charges include illegal voting, election fraud, illegally assisting those voting by mail, among other charges. The woman said she knew what she was doing was illegal. If convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison.
Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson, two off-duty policemen from Virginia’s Rocky Mountain Police Department, who took a selfie in front of a statue inside the US Capitol during the attack on the building last week were arrested and charged with knowingly entering a restricted building illegally, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. They were later released on $15,000 bonds.
New York Post has banned its reporters from solely basing articles off of reporting from CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post and The New York Times. NY Post editors are now requiring reporters to confirm content written by the four named publications separately before publishing it, according to an article from the NYT. The NYT cited three current journalists at the NY Post who spoke anonymously.
Star of the Home Alone movies of the nineties, actor Macaulay Culkin has liked the idea of removing or replacing US President Donald Trump’s cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. The idea was suggested to the actor by netizens. A bit of the movie which was released in 1992 was shot in a hotel then owned by Donald Trump, The Plaza Hotel in New York.
The National Guard is searching for improvised explosive devices after the Defense Department said it received a ’credible threat assessment’ that armed protesters are planning to disrupt events surrounding the inauguration of Joe Biden as America’s 46th president. During the January 6 storming of the US Capitol by President Trump’s supporters, IEDs were found near the HQ of both the RNC and DNC.
A day after the Mega Millions jackpot soared to $750 million, the Powerball has swelled to its fifth-largest jackpot in the game’s history after Wednesday’s drawing saw no winners for the top prize. The numbers drawn were: 4-19-23-25-49 and a Powerball of 14. It is the second time that both Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have topped $500 million at the same time.