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January 6 Detainees, Alleging Harsh Treatment, Get Support from Unlikely Source

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January 6Many of the more than 400 people who have been criminally charged following the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 have been denied bail–and now some are alleging psychological abuse and even physical beatings at the hands of prison guards in D.C. jails. As they await trial, they are getting support from unlikely allies–some of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate.

Earlier this month, Ronald Sandlin, who was among the first to enter the Capitol building on January 6, alleged that he and his fellow inmates have been subject to verbal abuse and physical violence at the hands of prison guards. Sandlin has said he spends 23 hours every day in solitary confinement and alleged that prison guards had hurled insults at him, such as “I hate all white people and your honky religion.” During a bail hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich, Mr. Sandlin described how another inmate, Ryan Samsel, “was severely beaten by correctional officers, [is now] blind in one eye, has a skull fracture and a detached retina.” He also spoke more generally, saying that “myself and others involved in the January 6 incident are scared for their lives, not from each other but from correctional officers.”

Steven Metcalf, a defense attorney for Mr. Samsel, confirmed Sandlin’s account of Samsel’s treatment in prison, describing how “all the skin is ripped off both [his] wrists, which shows the zip ties and how tight they were… other inmates said his face looked like a tomato that was stomped on.” Metcalf also pointed out that “All of these guys are still [in] pretrial detention; they have not been convicted of any crimes. And this is what they’ve been forced to endure.”

In response to the accusations, the D.C. Department of Corrections issued a statement saying that the jail “takes the safety and well-being of all residents, staff, and contractors extremely seriously.” The FBI, which has taken the lead in many January 6 cases, said through a spokeswoman that the bureau “is aware of the allegations” but “can neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.”

While the mainstream media have largely ignored the treatment of January 6 defendants, their cause has won support from an unlikely source – far-left Democrat Senators Elizabeth Warren (M.A.) and Dick Durbin (I.L.). Remarkably, both have publicly objected to the prolonged detention and potential mistreatment of the January 6 defendants. Warren pointed out that “we’re talking about people who haven’t been convicted of anything yet” and expressed concern that some government officials may be trying to “break them so that they will cooperate.” Durbin, meanwhile, said there should be “clear justification” for the type of treatment being described by the detainees,” and that such harsh treatment should only be applied “in very limited circumstances.”

Senators Warren and Durbin undoubtedly have at least some additional agenda in raising the alarm; both have been outspoken advocates for criminal justice reform, including the reduction or outright elimination of solitary confinement and other maximum-security protocols. Nevertheless, the fact that two Democrat lawmakers are the only ones willing to speak out on behalf of incarcerated Trump supporters is an extraordinary example of intellectual honesty and consistency in a capital city bitterly divided in the wake of the events on January 6.

Critics have pointed out that the denial of bail to January 6 defendants contrasts sharply with the dangerous “bail reform” policies recently implemented in many Democrat cities and states across the country, which releases hardened criminals, including potentially violent ones, back onto the streets as they await trial.

Jessica Watkins, an Ohio woman who participated in the January 6th incident but was not charged with assault or having damaged or stolen any property, was denied bail by a federal district court in D.C. to “ensure the safety of the community.” Contrast Watkins’ treatment to the case of 16-year-old Jordon Benjamin, who was charged with felony assault of another man on Christmas Eve this past December in New York City. Benjamin already had a prior charge for manslaughter but was still released without having to post bail. Objectively, it is unclear how Watkins, who violated the law but was not charged with any sort of violent act, poses such a great risk to the community that she was denied bail, but Benjamin can be released almost immediately with impunity.

Some defendants are still seeking home detention until their trial, while others have argued for a transfer to another facility outside of Washington. Jacob Chansley, who gained notoriety as the so-called “QAnon Shaman,” was transferred to a prison in Alexandria, Virginia, after the D.C. jail he was initially held in said it could not supply the organic food required by Chansely’s spiritual beliefs. Other federal district court judges have also become more involved in the January 6 cases, including Judge Emmet Sullivan, the same judge who oversaw the case of former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. In one instance, following a meeting with the D.C. Department of corrections officials, Sullivan encouraged the attorney of one defendant to seek confinement in Georgia rather than D.C.

The first trial of a January 6 defendant is set to begin on May 10. Hopefully, the government will uphold its Constitutional duty to ensure all defendants are kept safe as they await trial.

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Vinny
1 month ago

Are we now seeing the storm troopers that pelosi was babbling about???

Paul
1 month ago

Washington DC of America is run by the Democratic Fascists Nazi Socialist Communist Party. Just like 1938 to 1945. How did His Excellency Joey Biden and side kick Kamala Harris get Elected?

HocasPocas
2 months ago

Where’s the lawyers for these defendants, or aren’t they entitled to one of them either. Maybe kamala harris should start a go fund me page for their bail like she has for Antifa and BLM

Ron Howard
2 months ago

The state of America today has recently become not that different from what Nazi Germany was in 1939 and after. The slow militarization of the government, the establishment of good versus bad classes of our society, control of the media, the move against religion and conservatives, the brain washing of our youth in the schools and universities. While this whole plan has been quietly progressing over time it has taken us suddenly by surprise due to our naïve lack of alert awareness, and we have been shocked and stunned into inaction. It seems we are waiting for some miracle to happen, some hero on a white horse to lead us, because we don’t know what to do and have hope that someone or something will suddenly pop up to save the day. I wish that too, but sooner than later common sense logic has to prevail, and we need to realize that it is we, the free, loyal American citizens who are going to have to finally be brave enough to do whatever it takes to reverse this situation. The time is approaching when it will be too late to reverse this Communist takeover of America. The French, among other countries, formed resistance to the Nazi takeover, before the rest of the free world defeated the Nazis. I wonder what can be done, short of another revolution, to save America?

Teri
2 months ago
Reply to  Ron Howard

I grew up hearing the stories, first hand, from people who escaped Germany and France. This scares the he ll out of me.

JohnH
2 months ago

The people that attacked the Capitol police must surely know what is right & what is wrong in this country. Why should they expect special treatment such as zero bail. The Jan 6th riot has changed the way our nation capitol is viewed here & throughout the world.

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

I haven’t heard anyone say they want special treatment. But they deserve FAIR and HONEST treatment because they are US citizens and have the same rights as everyone else. How our nation is viewed don’t have anything to do with it. The law is the law and everyone should be treated the same. Maybe some day we can return to everyone being equal under the law but I don’t see it happening anytime soon. Democrats’ have no concept of equal justice.

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

They most definitely have “a concept of it”. They demand it day in and day out throughout the country for their acolytes, ANTIFA or BLM. They just don’t accept the premise that it should be applied to their political opponents.

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

You’re President and his regime should know right from wrong as well. I don’t see any of them being thrown in jail for the injustices that they have been usurping on the citizens of this country

Terri
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

Not talking zero bail …talking no chance if bail and have not been found guilty of anything ….pray in the future there’s not a reason for you and your family to be treated this way

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

It isn’t “special treatment” to be released with or without bail just as the thousands of rioters and looters have been hundreds of thousands of times throughout this country for this entire past year in cities from coast to coast. The procedure in every one of their cases has been: arrest, booking, release, even when the crime involved violence, assault or destruction of property much less simple trespassing.
Is indefinite incarceration, solitary confinement and physical and/or emotional abuse the treatment you would proscribe for yourself if you were the one who was taken into custody? I thought not.

JJ Johnson-Smith
2 months ago

This is OUTRAGEOUS! These people should NEVER have been held, and I want to know WHERE the Republican voices are? WHERE is the ANGER, the Equal Justice? There must be an attorney out there that will sue on behalf of these people and defend them in court, or is there no such thing as a Constitutional Attorney anymore?!?!

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago

You’ll only hear crickets from the Repubs. They’re all hiding under their desks hoping to avoid being prosecuted as accomplices and co-conspirists.

Jodi Hoel
2 months ago

If these defendants were another color, they would be granted the RIGHT to a speedy trial, and in fact, would Never have been held in custody at all. Absolutely racist against an entire race of (Caucasian) people. Disgusting.

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jodi Hoel

If they belonged to the democrats regime things would have been handled differently

Divinasenia
2 months ago

I attempted to post this article on Facebook and I was blocked. Here is the FB message I got, “Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.” I am being restricted for 30 days. What is abusive in the article?

Teri
2 months ago
Reply to  Divinasenia

The Truth.

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  Divinasenia

Don’t you know what Facebook is all about yet

Bill Prater
2 months ago

Durbin & Warren are defending those incarcerated in D C because the Demon-rat party paid Antifa to be there wearing Trump gear to cause trouble and blame the real Trump supporters. They also notified the DC Police ahead of time, that is why the police lowered the barriers and then opened the doors to let Antifa into the Capitol Building. Our government, including the Justice Department is corrupted to the core, from top to bottom, inside & out. Investigate the Demo-rats & Pelosi, they are toe responsible parties.

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill Prater

You hit the nail on the head

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill Prater

You’ll never be able to prove any of that because all the Dem agents were allowed to leave the premises without being arrested and aren’t among those who have been hunted down and incarcerated without due process since.
What was that Black BLM guy’s name (John Sullivan, I think) who egged on the intrusion using a bullhorn, stood by and videoed the mayhem and then appeared as a (non-credentialed) ‘journalist’ on CNN or MSNBC? I’m sure he’s free as a bird to pursue his next BLM “protest” at his leisure.

William McDaniel
2 months ago

Contrary to what most Americans believe our Govt is not fair and impartial.

Glee
2 months ago

After Trump’s inauguration, rioters and anti-Trump demonstrators destroyed buildings, burned cars, and caused all kinds of mayhem. All were released. While there were a few rioters on January 6th, most of the 400 charged simply walked peacefully into a public building with the simple intent of having their voices heard. They broke nothing, hurt no one, took nothing. Yet they are being booked. Something has gone wrong, gone wrong, gone wrong, gone wrong….

JohnH
2 months ago
Reply to  Glee

Call me a coward, but if I was a Senator in the capitol that day, I would have feared for my life. And the people calling out for Pence was really disturbing. It may have only been a few bad apples as you state, but they were a scary bunch. Which one of us would think we could beat on a policeman with a flagpole & think that is a normal thing to do.

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

Here’s a few good words to keep in mind, “innocent until proven guilty”.

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Not in the new ‘Democratic’ Socialist States of Amerika. It’s innocent under any and all circumstances if you’re of the correct political persuasian and guilty under any and all circumstances if you’re designated as a political opponent of the ruling Party.
The new Atty. Gen., Merrick Garland, has stated that under his Dept. of (in)Justice, he will not have the time or personnel to pursue any ‘crimes’ not perpetrated by anyone outside of the Trump family or his supporters. He starts with the names, (75 million to choose from) and is just trying to find the appropriate crime to charge them with. Giuliani is one of the first of an endless parade of targets that will be subjected to this process throughout the Biden administration. If you’re one of the 75 million, your turn is coming. They’ll just start with the most prominent, low hanging fruit.
I’ve been pointing this out since Biden was even declared the ‘winner’ after Nov. 3rd. They were proudly proclaiming their intentions and Bill Barr gave them the green light to proceed even before he left office. Durham appears to be holding out for more money for as long as he can milk it before he drops his so-called ‘investigation’ without bringing any charges and/or exonerating everyone involved of all wrongdoing.

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

Do you mean like the republicans and their family members who were targeted by your Antifa and BLM for standing up for the truth and moral values? Oh, I forgot their lives and the lives of their family members aren’t worth protecting because they don’t believe in your ideology

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

Bring charges against those for whom you have actual evidence of wrongdoing and let the others go. These are political prisoners, plain and simple, just as you would find in any other totalitarian jail in Cuba, Russia, China or anywhere else.
Under what legitimate Constitutional grounds are they being held? Why aren’t those same grounds sufficient to arrest and hold BLM or ANTIFA “protesters” (rioters) caught in the act of burning or destroying property, looting or committing violent assaults?

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  Glee

The only thing wrong about this scenario is that they support the real way that this country should be

Patriot Will
2 months ago

The irony of locking up American citizens for basically trespassing, while coldblooded hoodlums who have assaulted, burned, and looted in many American cities are not even being charged, is through the roof. There is absolutely no justification. Many of the leaders of the Democrats are acting more like dictators than elected officials. It’s very scary and confusing. Many feds are acting in a very unconstitutional manner.

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  Patriot Will

We’re going to have to resort to vigilante justice

Iris Abbott
2 months ago

It would help get the word out if this was sharable.

Sandy Bohac
2 months ago
Reply to  Iris Abbott

It is shareable..click on the icon (half box with up arrow) in the top right hand corner above.

Ron Howard
2 months ago
Reply to  Sandy Bohac

I don’t see the icon you are speaking of, but we can also share these articles by forwarding the link to them by email.

Iris Abbott
2 months ago

Call your DC representatives today! This is tyranny and unacceptable in America! The Senate/ Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121.

Felix
2 months ago

If this report is true, and can be proven, whoever is responsible should be fired and charged with assault and arrested. There should be, and must be an investigation. The double standard displayed is beyond any explanation, and needs to stop. They should all be out on bail, whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”

JohnH
2 months ago
Reply to  Felix

Breaching barriers to enter the nation Capitol is not your normal run of the mill misdemeanor.

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

Neither is destroying businesses, burning buildings, this includes federal buildings, rape and murder

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

Many of those barriers were actually moved aside by the Capitol Police and the so-called ‘trespassers’ just sauntered nonchalantly into the Capitol without ANY violent actions involved.
The ones who violently broke through the windows, destroyed property and assaulted people are ALL on video and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
There should also be a FULL accounting and identification of the officer who shot Ashley Babbit. The American people deserve no less. If there was no wrongdoing, what are they hiding? Would the public stand for it in all these other incidents in American cities that are being protested on a daily basis? Is this incident being ignored because the victim was white or because of the identity of the shooter?

Ron Howard
2 months ago
Reply to  Felix

I am afraid you are still under the illusion that the Constitution is still the law of the land. Since control of the government was taken over by the Communist Democrat Party the Constitution has been ignored. Look at nearly every law passed, the Executive Orders issued by Biden, all flat out unconstitutional. They pass unconstitutional laws and rely on the courts to find them unconstitutional. If the court does not declare them unconstitutional the law stands.

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  Ron Howard

It’s ironic, the Dems pass the laws in the first place as ‘legislators’ and then demand that they not be enforced, ie. ‘sanctuary cities’ and open borders. They’re too cowardly to repeal them when they’ve decided they should no longer be applied.

OldConservativeGuy
2 months ago

Seems like a case of police brutality that could be prosecuted. Enough of the BLM complaints get addressed, why not these!

HocasPocas
2 months ago

Wrong side of the political spectrum

Anne Simonetti
2 months ago

8th amendment to the U.S Constitution states;
“in criminal cases, cruel and unusual punishment shall not be inflicted.”
5th amendment states: “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property with out due process of law.”
6th amendment states:” In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.”
These people are America’s first political prisoners losing their right to due process of law.
Are we going to let this happen in this country?

Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Anne Simonetti

I agree with you 110%. These citizens are POLITICAL PRISONERS and they need to be released now. Our government has no right or need to hold political prisoners.

Anne Simonetti
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Read and study your Constitution. Therein lies the ammunition we need to defeat those that have sworn to protect and uphold this Constitution. Obviously, they have violated their oath of office. Is this impeachable?

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  Anne Simonetti

I say get rid of all of them. I watched a small clip of Fox News on the speach to congress last night. Why was hooker harris and mob boss pelosi’s faces even shown? It disgusts me enough to see one of them yet I had to be graced with all three

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

It’s time to stand up to these bullies

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

Just how do you propose to do that when they’re in control of ALL the levers of power both in the govt. AND the private sector?

HocasPocas
2 months ago

It’s called a revolution

Ron Howard
2 months ago
Reply to  Anne Simonetti

We ARE letting this happen in America. Since when has the Biden Administration done anything according to the Constitution? Nearly every action they take is unconstitutional, but what is anyone doing about it? NOTHING!

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  Anne Simonetti

Hell no! Let’s fight

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  Anne Simonetti

The Dems have long ago declared the Constitution to be obsolete and irrelevant, a document written by old, long dead, racist white guys. They’ll resurrect it only when it suits their specific purpose such as abortion or gun control and then misquote and distort it to fit their agenda.

Charlotte A Mahin
2 months ago

Although I knew there were many people still being held in prison who were arrested on 1/6, I did not know they were being abused!! Holding them is bad enough. Why are our GOP represantatives doing nothing?? I am contacting GOP Senators today.

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago

Our GOP ‘representatives’ are hiding under their desks hoping they won’t be rounded up as accessories or co-conspirists.

Kate58
2 months ago

Be a convicted hardened criminal waiting to stand trial for murder and you post no bail and walk around free while you wait. Participate in the January 6th incident, not charged with assault or having damaged or stolen any property, be denied bail by a federal district court in D.C. to “ensure the safety of the community.”
Speak against government at your own risk.

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Kate58

What happened on January 6th was an “incident” and suspected murders in your state are released pre-trial without bail. Hmmm !!

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  Kate58

That’s the message they want to convey. Raiding Giuliani’s apt. and office is just another tactic in their arsenal until all are subdued and compliant.

Carla
2 months ago

So it’s ok for BLM and Antifa to burn down buildings, destroy towns and even kill people, and no one is arrested and/or they are let out of prison. Then you have the protestors from Jan 6th, who were not carrying weapons, didn’t harm anyone or burn up the building and they are being detained indefinitely and being severely abused. This is a crock and they are using them as an example to send a message to all conservatives that we will be punished for our actions and thoughts, while real criminals are allowed to walk the streets. This is the “utopia” of the left.

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Carla

Wait. I thought that the rioters on January 6th were Antifa and BLM.

Mumsy
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

The actual rioters were. All the people arrested just walked in and did nothing wrong.

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Mumsy

Wait. I thought that all of the people arrested included people punching cops, people using bear spray and people using clubs and other weapons to break into the Capitol.

I suppose that The “Hang Mike Pence” crowd thought that they were simply on a tour of the building. That’s a good one.

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Only a complete nut would deny that there were violent anarchists and they should be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Their deeds are all on full view on video.
However, many of those arrested, and still held after 4 months, were just peacefully protesting and have not been charged with anything or just simple trespassing.

Dan W.
2 months ago

You have a generous take on the definition of peaceful and there is no claim in the article above that anyone has been held without being charged.

Ron Howard
2 months ago
Reply to  Carla

Now people seem to be FINALLY GETTING IT! The Constitution is no longer being observed by the Communist Democrats and Biden Administration. You NO LONGER HAVE the protection of the Constitution under Communist Democrat rule!

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  Carla

My heavenly father has justice for those people

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