Feds oppose release of Arizona man who wore horns in riot
PHOENIX (AP) - Washington prosecutors are against the pre-trial release of an Arizona man who stormed the U.S. Capitol nearly two months ago while wearing facial paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns.
Prosecutors told a judge in a file filed Monday that Jacob Chansley should remain in jail pending trial because he poses a threat to the community. He said he had a gun in hand as he faced officials at the Capitol and wrote a threatening note to then-Vice President Mike Pence. and spoke of delivering traitors to the government.
"You can't trust him to suddenly change course," said the prosecutor.
A judge in Washington is due to hear a dispute on Friday over whether to release Chansley.
While prosecutors say the spear tied to a flagpole that Chansley carried to the Capitol was a weapon, his attorney has characterized the spear as an ornament.
The defense attorney also argued on the news that Chansley, who was written to Pence, shouldn't be threatening, saying his client was suffering from digestive problems despite giving him organic food as he requested.
Authorities say Chansley was among the first to force entry into the Capitol, disobeyed instructions to exit, refused an official's request to use Chansley's megaphone to urge the rioters to leave the Senate Chamber, refusing Pence as a traitor designated and wrote a note to the then-vice president says, "It is only a matter of time before justice comes."
Chansley, who calls himself "QAnon Shaman" and has long been a staple of the Trump rallies, unsuccessfully apologized to Trump. Since then, he has apologized for his actions during the uprising and pissed off Trump. He has pleaded guilty to two crimes and four offenses.
Prosecutors said other people arrested in the Capitol riot had been detained for possessing non-traditional weapons such as an ax handle and flagpole.
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