John Sullivan said he went there to “look at history” as a reporter. But no press credentials
Utah activist John Sullivan was booked at the Tooele County Jail on an arrest warrant on Thursday allegedly involved in last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Sullivan was charged in federal court in the District of Columbia with civil disorder, confined space and misconduct.
“I was there to observe; I was there to see what they were going to do, ”he said.
Much of Sullivan’s evidence comes from his own videos.
On Jan. 6, after supporters of President Donald Trump surrounded the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sullivan filmed a video of rioters breaking a police barricade. As the crowd passes, Sullivan can be heard shouting, “We have accomplished this — we have done this together,” and “We are all part of this history. Down “according to the certificate
Later, the video featured rioters climbing the wall to the plaza outside the entrance to the Capitol building. Testify At one point, Sullivan told a person who was trying to climb the wall to reach Sullivan.
Wearing a missile vest and gas mask, Sullivan entered the parliament building through shattered windows, according to documents.
Entering the City Hall, Sullivan went into the office, walked to the window and said, “We did this — we took this —” according to the affidavit A knock was heard on the screen, and when the camera was turned over, a part of the window was not cracked when Sullivan arrived. Sullivan was heard saying, “I broke it, I’m bad, my apologies,” according to the affidavit.
At one point during the riots, Sullivan was part of the crowd trying to drive them into a room guarded by police, according to documents. He shouted that he had a knife and asked people to “release him”.
In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Sullivan said he was not in DC to join the riots. He said he only seemed to have participated in the uprising so he could mix for his own safety.
“I have to fit myself into the f —— because you know there are a lot of people who want to hurt me,” he said.
Sullivan is the founder of Insurgence USA, a Utah group focused on police reform and racial justice, which he started following the death of George Floyd. Online fundraisers say the group wants to build local power so communities can “interfere with state-imposed violence and watchful governments”.
However, he is not affiliated with Black Lives Matter Utah, BLM Utah founder Lex Scott told The Tribune on Thursday that Sullivan was never a member.
Salt Lake Tribune will update this article.