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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Not As Obvious As We Thought--Think Before Acting:
Jailed Capitol rioter now loathes Trump: 'Jan. 6 was a disgrace'
This photograph shows Thomas Sibick with a U.S. Capitol Police shield. A witness provided this photograph to federal officials, according to court records. The witness reported receiving it from another individual who saw the photo on Sibick’s Facebook account. Federal prosecutors used this photograph to show Sibick’s involvement in the Capitol attack. – Credits: Photo via court filings; Story compiled by Brian Meyer 10/26/21.

Thomas Sibick called his conduct at the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol "out of character" in a letter he rote to a federal judge seeking pretrial release. The 35-year-old Amherst man is locked up in a Washington, D.C., jail awaiting trial on charges he assaulted and robbed a police officer who tried to ward off the mob. Sibick said he now loathes Donald Trump.

"January 6th was a disgrace to our nation that left a scar Trump is ultimately responsible for, but we are strong and will heal from it," Sibick wrote to the judge. Prosecutors are fighting Sibick's request for pretrial release, citing his six prior convictions that they say show Jan. 6 was not "an isolated incident of lawlessness" for him.

Sibick's “succession of lies to law enforcement following the events of Jan. 6, 2021, weigh heavily in favor of continued detention," according to the prosecutors.
– Patrick Lakamp

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