Twenty-four hours after storming the Capitol in Trump’s failed coup, MAGA foot soldiers are being identified for their crimes by citizen sleuths based on a growing collection of photos from the insurgency.
The Metro Police of Washington D.C. is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for anyone who can help ID “persons of interest” on its website and/or tips which will lead to the arrest and indictment of yesterday’s anarchists. Four people died after hundreds of Trump followers breached and vandalized the Capitol Building yesterday. Donald Trump unleashed the bedlam by inciting tens of thousands of MAGA cultists and urging them to gather at the Capitol in protest of Congress’s certification of Biden’s electoral win.
MPD is asking tipsters to call their police hotline at 202-727-9099 or text their tip line at 50411.
A scattered but growing database of rioter videos and photos across the internet is leading to the easy identification of criminals who breached and vandalized the Capitol Building yesterday. The charges these insurgents face range from low-level curfew and trespassing violations, to a felony charge of destruction of government property over $1,000, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Others who can be shown to have carried firearms can face even stricter penalties.
An untold number of subversives lacking foresight have accelerated their identification by shunning Covid-protective face masks and posting photos or videos of themselves on their social media accounts.
CNN is out with a piece today identifying a number of yesterday’s most visible insurgents and diving into their conspiracy and fringe group connections. Perhaps the most colorfully dressed of the MAGA mob — a shirtless, tattooed, face-painted rioter wearing a headdress of fur and antlers — has been identified as Jake Angeli of Arizona. CNN reports that Angeli, also known as the QAnon Shaman, is between jobs and a “patriot … a very big United States of America type of a person” according to Angeli’s cousin.
CNN also identified the rioter in this now-iconic photo of the bearded man who broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, sitting in her chair with a foot on her desk, as Richard “Bingo” Barnett. Barnett told reporters that he left a note on the desk saying, “Nancy, Bigo was here you b*tch” and had taken a piece of her mail.
NPR reported last night that a newly elected member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, Derrick Evans, video-streamed his own insurgency on his Facebook page before re-considering and taking it down. However the video lives on thanks to multiple social media users who made copies of it first and shared it.
At one point during the video, NPR reports, hundreds of people are shown forcing their way into the building, and someone is heard yelling: “We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”
Another video of a rioter who’d been tear gassed has gone viral for the obvious-except-to-her reason that she complained of being tear gassed after illegally breaking into a federal building. The video, taken by Yahoo.com reporter Hunter Walker, showed her walking through the crowd with a male companion and wiping her face with a blue towel. Walker stopped her to ask what happened and she said with wet eyes that she’d been tear-gassed, and then offered up her name as “Elizabeth of Knoxville.” When Walker asked why she had followed the mob into the Capitol Building, she said exasperated, as if the answer should be clear, “We’re storming the Capitol! It’s a revolution!”