US federal prosecutors have said the Capitol robbers intended to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” according to reports. The Guardian. Prosecutors have written this in the arrest petition for Jacob Chansley, the QAnon conspiracy theory follower who was disguised as a bison and wearing a horned cap.
The video that shows the violence of the assault on the Capitol: a policeman lynched and beaten with a flag
The report of his arrest, written by lawyers for the Arizona Department of Justice, reveals that Chansley left a note for outgoing Vice President Mike Pence warning: “It is only a matter of time, justice is coming.” Prosecutors say there is “strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions on Capitol Hill, that the intent of the Capitol raiders was to capture and assassinate elected officials of the United States government.”
In Chansley’s case, prosecutors have said the charges “involve active participation in an insurrection that is attempting to violently overthrow the United States government.” They have also suggested that he suffers from drug abuse and mental illness and has told the judge that he poses a serious flight risk. “Chansley has spoken openly about his belief that he is an alien, a higher being, and that he is here on Earth to ascend to another reality,” prosecutors have written.
In the past week, the Justice Department has filed more than 80 criminal cases in connection with the violent disturbances on Capitol Hill. incited by outgoing President Donald Trump. Many of them have been easily located by the FBI, which already has more than 200 suspects, in part thanks to photos and videos posted on social media. One of the defendants is a retired firefighter, Robert Sanford, who threw a fire extinguisher at the head of a police officer, and another, Peter Stager, is charged with hitting another officer with the pole of an American flag.
Following last week’s riots, the authorities have made the decision to keep fenced off and closed to the public the vicinity of the Capitol on January 20, the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony. No citizen may access the National Mall, only the media and security personnel may enter. Currently, the Capitol is already isolated by a large two meter high fence and the supervision, among others, of the National Guard.