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Capitol riots: Insurrectionist turns on Donald Trump in pretrial detention hearing
Recent reports have revealed further radicalization of insurrectionists who have been detained or have not been allowed a release. In a recent pretrial detention hearing, one accused insurrectionist who stole Officer Michael Fanone’s radio has denounced his support of former President Donald Trump in his bid to get a pretrial release.
The Huffington Post reports that federal judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the pretrial release of Thomas Sibick, who was accused of not only participating in the Capitol insurrection but also assaulted DC police officer Michael Fanone and stole his radio. Jackson cited that releasing Sibick may only radicalize him further following reports of detained insurrectionists banding together in prison. In a court filing, Sibick also denounced his support of the former president and expressed remorse for his actions on January 6.
Sibick wrote in a filing that the Capitol insurrection “was a disgrace to our nation that left a scar Trump is ultimately responsible for.” Sibick also said that the former president “is not a leader and should be ostracized from any political future, what he honestly needs to do is go away!”
“The shame, dishonor, and regret endured are without question the worst emotions ever experienced,” Sibick added. “I disagree with what occurred that fateful day, especially the trauma suffered by Officer Michael Fanone, it is without question unconscionable.”
Correction officers commended Sibick for his conduct while detained and for getting vaccinated. When Jackson asked Sibick what drove him to participate in the insurrection, Sibick replied that it was because of the right-wing network Fox News. Sibick has agreed not to watch tv news or look at social media as he awaits trial at home under the custody of his parents.
Sibick is among the hundreds of Trump supporters who were arrested by the FBI in its wide-ranging investigation. The pro-Trump mob targeted members of Congress especially House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and vice president Mike Pence, both of whom they have threatened to have executed during the violence. NBC4 reporter Scott MacFarlane revealed that the FBI has taken custody of the noose from the gallows the insurrectionists have set up outside the Capitol.
“The noose from the gallows erected near US Capitol on Jan. 6 is in possession of the FBI Washington field office, per multiple law enforcement sources,” tweeted MacFarlane.