Black Lives Matter activist John Sullivan has been arrested and charged in connection with last week’s Capitol incursion, the Department of Justice said Thursday.
John Sullivan was charged with unlawful entry, disorderly conduct, and attempted obstruction of law enforcement in last week’s incursion, according to the Justice Department.
John Earle Sullivan was charged by complaint with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and one count of interfering with law enforcement engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties incident to and during the commission of civil disorder. The defendant was arrested today in Utah.
The Complaint alleges that during the events at the U.S. Capitol, Sullivan, wearing a ballistics vest and gas mask, entered the U.S. Capitol through a window that had been broken out, pushing past U.S. Capitol Police once inside. The Complaint also alleges that Sullivan admits to filming and being depicted in video footage that shows him present, outside of the Speaker’s Lobby within the U.S. Capitol, at the shooting of a woman by a U.S. Capitol Police officer.
John Earle Sullivan is the founder of a group called Insurgence USA, which says its goals are “to end police brutality” and “to empower and uplifting black and indigenous voices.”
“We want to build local powers to enable the community to intervene in violence enacted by the state and government vigilantes,” the group’s website says.
John Sullivan was caught on video posing as a Trump supporter during the rioting at the US Capitol last week.
Sullivan has spoke in multiple interviews that he regularly attends protests only to record what’s going on, but did not actively partake in the insurgence in Washington. Actually, he is a leader of the Utah Antifa-BLM movement and has been previously arrested.
“It’s just recording, solely, and not being active in it,” he told Fox News last week.
An affidavit in support of a criminal complaint against Sullivan makes it clear he was not a supporter of President Donald Trump.
“The United States obtained a video of Sullivan, posted on YouTube, in which, while attending a protest in Washington, D.C., Sullivan can be seen telling a crowd, over a microphone, ‘we about to burn this s–t down,’ ‘we got to rip Trump out of office … f—ing pull him out of that s–t … we ain’t waiting until the next election … we about to go get that motherf—er,’” the affidavit said. “Sullivan then can be seen leading the crowd in a chant of, ‘it’s time for a revolution.’”
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