The female friend of Jonathan Mellis, a man accused of attacking police officers with a stick for the length of the January 6 Capitol riots, spoke at Saturday’s “Justice for J6” rally in Washington DC.
Her speech at the tournament came after the rally’s organizer, faded Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard, acknowledged that the tournament aimed to handiest provide make stronger for Capitol revolt arrestees charged with nonviolent offenses.
The lady, identified handiest as Mellis’ female friend by The Baltimore Sun, reportedly spoke first at the Saturday rally, constant with CNN reporter Marshall Cohen. All the draw through her speech, she acknowledged her boyfriend develop into as soon as being held in solitary confinement “for no reason.”
She also read a letter from the mother of an unnamed alleged insurrectionist who’s currently in penal complicated.
“He’s misplaced his job, misplaced guests, family and is within the technique of shedding his home,” Mellis’ female friend acknowledged, reading the girl’s letter. “He’s denied visits from family. His jailers take care of these males like scum. There’s fully no presumption of innocence.”
“I appropriate wished to let your organization know of the awful stipulations these fearless males are being subjected to,” Mellis acknowledged as she continued reading the letter. “This rings a bell in my memory of how the Jewish of us were handled by the Nazis. I’ve by no draw belief I would mediate to see such therapy within the United States.”
On January 6, police body cameras captured Mellis, a 34-300 and sixty five days-conventional man, using sticks and alternative gadgets to assault officers maintaining the Capitol from the rioting mob, constant with a criminal criticism.
Police body-cam video allegedly confirmed Mellis “many times putting and making stabbing actions in opposition to the officers with the weapon in his hand.” Mellis tried “to strike the officers’ necks between their helmets and body-armor the establish they are now now not protected,” the criticism continued.
Such assaults can trigger serious harm or loss of life, the criticism acknowledged.
Factual authorities handed Mellis 10 prices, collectively with 5 prices of violence with a lethal weapon, constant with the Department of Justice. He pleaded now now not responsible to all 10 prices.
Mellis posted photos of himself at the riots on his Facebook online page. In his posts, he angrily pushed inspire against conservative claims that anti-fascist (Antifa) and Gloomy Lives Matter protesters instigated the Capitol riots. He wrote that both groups were “too py” to besiege the Capitol.
“Storming the Citadel. The sector heard US!!! Lastly now now not overlooked,” Mellis wrote on his Facebook submit. “Our facet is on the overall combating for freedom and the structure…. We storm THE SWAMP for FREEDOM!!! We want a forensic audit of the vote. Easy. We’re going to now not renounce.”
Mellis surrendered to federal authorities for arrest in mid-February 2021.
Roughly 400 to 450 protesters attended Saturday’s J6 rally. Cara Castronuova, the rally’s co-host, blamed lawmakers and the media for the low turnout. She acknowledged the 2 groups had timid away doubtless attendees by emphasizing doubtless violence at the tournament, Spectrum News reported.
Over 600 of us were arrested for their alleged participation within the January 6 riots. Simplest 63 are currently in penal complicated or penal complicated whereas ready for trial or sentencing hearings, constant with the Linked Press.
Trump supporters invaded the Capitol on January 6 in quest of to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election. 5 of us died in connection with the riot and roughly 140 police officers were injured. The police injuries consist of a broken spine, a misplaced witness, misplaced fingers, brain hurt and multiple situations of PTSD. Four Capitol Police officers agree with died by suicide since the riot.
Ransacking the Capitol, the rioters shattered home windows whereas trying to gain admission to congressional chambers, smeared feces within the hallway and stole pc tools, potentially constituting a national security breach.
Newsweek contacted the Department of Justice for comment.