'I Fed Him To The People': Trump Fan Indicted For Dragging Cop Into Capitol Mob By The Neck
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Federal prosecutors have requested an emergency stay to prevent the release of Capitol defendant Jack Wade Whitton, who was arrested last week after being identified as a Trump fan who had a DC policeman on the neck of the Capitol steps a violent mob had pulled down and in.
Whitton, who the government said was the man wearing a "TRUMP 2020" hat when he brutally assaulted officers in the Capitol, was charged by a federal grand jury on a variety of federal charges. The Georgia CrossFit enthusiast was one of the first suspects to be targeted by online "Sedition Hunters" who attempted to identify the violent insurgents who tried to stop the election certification on January 6th. They called the suspect "Scallops" because a photo of him dragging a police officer down a series of Capitol steps by the neck showed him carrying what an online investigator called a "distinctively scalloped gray backpack" backpack.
Northern District of Georgia Judge Regina Cannon ordered that Whitton be released pending trial after an initial hearing last week. But federal prosecutors filed an emergency residency motion and asked a DC judge to detain Whitton pending trial.
In a lawsuit, prosecutors pointed to the role "unknown Twitter users" played in identifying Whitton and tracking his movements and actions on January 6 under the hashtag #scallops. "The tagged photos show Whitton in various stages of clothing during the attack," they write.
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Prosecutors said the FBI received a tip from a confidential source on Jan. 17 identifying "scallops" as Jack Wade Whitton, and later an FBI task force officer interviewed the tipster who said they knew Whitton dropped out of high school and had him attended CrossFit gym as Whitton and his girlfriend. The confidential source provided the FBI with a copy of a text message Whitton allegedly sent to a mutual acquaintance.
"This is from a bad cop," the message said, showing a picture of a bloody hand. “Yes, I fed it to the people. Idk its status. And I don't care, tbh. "
Court records don't tell exactly when law enforcement first spoke to the confidential informant who posted a tip about Whitton on Jan. 17, but it would be more than a month before the FBI found the owner of the CrossFit- Interviewed gyms they attended. Who identified Wade to the FBI on February 25th? As HuffPost previously reported, the overwhelmed FBI is struggling to keep up with the influx of tips it received about the Capitol attack and critical information was overlooked during the year of investigation.
After he was arrested, the government told a DC court that he was a threat to the community and that there were no conditions for his release that would adequately ensure the safety of the community.
The defendant attacked an officer with a weapon - a crutch - and kicked another officer who had been forced to the ground by a separate rioter. The defendant then pulled the officer, whom he had attacked with a crutch, into the crowd and pulled him down a flight of stairs in a prone position by the head. The evidence shows that the accused poses a threat to the community, ”the prosecutor wrote.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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