A West Virginia man accused of assaulting Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died after the Jan. 6 riot, was ordered jailed pending trial after a contentious courtroom listening to the place prosecutors introduced video clips displaying the officer and two different colleagues being doused with chemical spray and struggling to get well.
Describing the video as “surreal” U.S. Justice of the Peace Michael Aloi ordered George Pierre Tanios, 39, jailed pending trial.
Tanios, who’s charged with Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, faces a long time in jail if convicted on 10 felony counts, together with conspiring with Khater to assault officers with chemical repellent throughout the lethal siege. Neither suspect is charged with Sicknick’s demise.
“We have created a culture radicalized by hate,” Aloi stated. “There were no songs or joy and peace (on Jan. 6) – nothing but hate and anger … I understand this is a one-time event, but there are people serving life sentences for a one-time event.”
Lawyer Elizabeth Gross, representing Tanios, forged the federal government 10 video clips as “small limited snippets” supplied to assist a authorities “story line” and steered that there was no proof that Tanios supposed that officers could be focused.
“There is no doubt that there is a serious offense alleged,” Gross advised the choose. “But you are hearing their story line. Is it serious? Yes. But what do we know? Not much.”
At one level, Sicknick, sporting a blue uniform jacket, is proven transferring away from the chaotic police line, eradicating his headgear and rubbing his face and eyes in an obvious try and clear his imaginative and prescient.
Tanios’ co-defendant, Khater is seen on video discharging spray from a white can with a black prime into the face of Sicknick and different officers, the video confirmed.
“Give me that bear (expletive),” Khater allegedly said to Tanios before obtaining spray cannisters from Tanios’ backpack.
Prosecutors said Tanios allegedly purchased the chemical repellent at a store in West Virginia the day before the assault.
Khater is seen in the video holding a canister and waving it from side to side, about five to eight feet away from three officers, including Sicknick. The videos showed each of the officer retreating after contact with the spray, as colleagues raced to their aide with water while guiding the temporarily blinded officers to safety.
Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman has described the Capitol siege and the officers’ assault as “an assault on our democracy.”
“Those who perpetrated these heinous crimes must be held accountable, and – let me be clear these unlawful actions are not and will not be tolerated by this Department,” Pittman has stated.