Parliamentary riot defendants may have kicked out far-right radical leaders and started turning each other on

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Parliament riots face the consequences of their “selfie obstruction”

Washington — On January 6, former Army sergeant Joe Biggs became Lieutenant Proud Boys, leading a far-right group from the Washington Monument to the Houses of Parliament, charged with the remains of a police barricade, and another barrier. Removed and photographed the police and then himself. “We have occupied the Capitol!” Bigs shouted to the world. It was all mentioned in court documents, but it was also in clear sight. Bigs, charged last month on charges of conspiracy and destruction of government property, could face decades of imprisonment for his role in the Capitol riots. Sign up for the morning newsletter from The New York Times. He is his fault. Like the other Proud Boys, he helped document the prosecution’s case. “They basically outlined the accusations against them because they wanted to show how smart they were,” said a Seattle forensic video examining online evidence against Bigs and Proud Boys facing similar accusations. Analyst Grant Fredericks said. The Justice Department predicted last month that the investigation and prosecution of the Capitol attack would be one of the largest in American history. In the case of Biggs, prosecutors rely heavily on private communications obtained through investigation warrants. However, the government is also considering recording from 1,600 electronics and more than 210,000 hints, most of which include video, photography and social media, the Justice Department said. Many of the tips came from independent amateur researchers looking at gigabytes of material from social media. On a Facebook page, a man posted a selfie with the caption “I wanted to be a little guilty of myself.” Bigs may have been aware of his actions at the time as well. Clips from inside the Capitol feature him wearing a mask late. Proud Boys, a self-proclaimed “Western nativist” group, has a history of fierce street clashes with left-wing anti-fascist protesters, but lacks legal insight. “There is a lot of bravery, but not many positive thoughts,” said Fredericks, who was not involved in the investigation. He compared Biggs and his group with another activity, “Face Tattooers,” which at the time might seem like a good idea. The footage from the Houses of Parliament is now familiar. Riots filmed law enforcement fights, property destruction, office looting, news media equipment destruction, and more. According to court documents, one of them, Eduardo Nicolas Alvear Gonzalez, saved his photos and videos in a folder on his laptop in the Capitol with the misspelled title “Captiol Storming.” Gonzales’ extensive collection includes a video of himself in the Parliament’s Rotunda, shouting, “It’s time to smoke here!” Then he did his plea successfully: “Here I burned up in the Capitol. Mary Jane.” Bigs, a podcaster and former reporter for Alex Jones’ Infowars, made a mistake in these ways. Seems to have noticed. He surrendered to authorities after lawyer John Daniel “knows a video showing him in the Capitol.” Hull said in a court filing. Hull declined to comment. Biggs did not respond to the interview request. As the proceedings against the riots move forward, some judges propose to ban them from social media. One defendant’s lawyer claimed that “without social media she wouldn’t even have been a defendant.” A lawyer for Ginavisignano, a beautician in Beverly Hills, California, filmed in the Capitol. Riot told the Los Angeles Times. Prosecutors canceled their pretrial release and imprisoned, citing a Bigs social media post before January 6th last week. In a post two days after the presidential election, Bigs used abusive words to write that the time had come for “war.” The government said the Bigs pre-riot post “shows a recognizable tendency. Declares the election results are fraudulent. Encourage others to” fight “to overcome allegations of fraud. And encourage his followers to help fight alleged fraud, including donating money and equipment to their efforts. Biggs announced Proud Boys’ plans to come to Washington on December 29th on social network Parler on January 6th. “You won’t see us,” he posted, adding that “January 6 will be an epic.” The Bigs activity of the day was long documented by himself and others. His walk from the Washington Monument was filmed by Eddie Brock of the Proud Boys on an electric scooter. Bigs repeatedly appeared in the photo, recording how they climbed the Capital Steps. It was a long, detour that took him to that point. The 37-year-old Bigs, also known as Rambo, is a Florida DJ who “always danced and flew around ecstasy in nightclubs” before joining the army in 2007, he said in a broadcast. He was sent to Iraq for a year and then to Afghanistan. He made his news media debut after retiring from active duty in 2012. In 2008, Michael Hastings, a reporter incorporated into the Biggs unit in Afghanistan, recommended that he pursue the role of news media with his camera when he returned to the United States. Said. Before Hastings died in a car accident in 2013, he wrote a profile for General Stanley McCrystal of Rolling Stone and ended his military career. The Bigs break took place after fueling a conspiracy theory about Hastings’ death. Jones invited him to the far-right plot of the radio and online show Infowars. Biggs participated in Infowars in 2014, participated in a demonstration of racial justice in Ferguson, Missouri the following year, and headed for the occupation of Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016 by armed far-right militants. Far right with communist protesters, including those who burned the American flag. He and another Infowars companion claimed to have been burned in an attempt to extinguish the fire. In a video with the profane expression “Joe’Rambo’Biggs: Commie Crushing Crusader!”, Bigs said he “jumped over” the “cop”, stripped off the protester’s shirt and “pounded”. Still, police charged protester Gregory “Joey” Johnson with a misdemeanor. When Johnson’s lawyers watched Bigs’ alleged video, they demanded that they withdraw their assault charges against Johnson. Johnson sued the city of Cleveland and its police, saying they violated his First Amendment rights. He received a $ 225,000 settlement. Biggs left Infowars in late 2016. At some point he sold blasphemous T-shirts online and broadcast them on Protrump’s online channel called the Right Side Broadcasting Network. He met the Proud Boys leader through Infowars contacts, including Trump’s adviser and Infowars regular Roger Stone. Biggs helped lead the Proud Boys rally in Portland, Oregon in 2019 and 2020. He recorded a rambling interview with Proud Boy, known as Bobby Pickles, posted three days before the Capitol attack. “Hey, when I was deployed, I didn’t care about politics because I didn’t have time for it. But I went out and spent time there, so now I’m 100% focused on this You can, “Biggs blamed social media, especially Facebook. All the information on the internet and just to publish it? He also complained that he couldn’t get a job because of his social media history. Biggs lawyer quotes his online efforts to keep him out of jail. The agent asked him, “What does Bigs mean by something politically or culturally provocative that Bigs said on the air or on social media about national issues, political parties, Proud Boys, Antifa or other groups?” When asked, “Bigs regularly satisfied FBI officials with his answers,” his lawyer wrote in a court motion against the government’s submission to revoke his pretrial release. .. “On January 6, the defendant did not’attack’anything,” Filing said. “There is no record of him saying anything in the building, except for’this is amazing’.” This article was originally published in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company

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