DETROIT — U.S. history teacher Matt Enochs and his eighth-grade class from Southfield Public Schools watched online together as the mob broke into the nation's Capitol building on Jan. 6. "I had students ask questions about the powers of government that I hadn’t heard before because they were watching it unfold ..." Enochs said. "One question from students: Who is going to stop this? It was a very simple question and very complex answer." That inspired Enochs to go back and review history books and textbooks during the times the government faced tumultuous times in the past. He told his studen...
Anthony Sargent wasn't one of the hundreds of MAGA rioters betrayed by friends and families though through the tip line set up by the FBI to identify who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
But his knuckle tattoos did the trick.
Sargent, aka BOLO 158 on the FBI's list of suspects at the insurrection, was arrested Monday in Augustine, FL. He was identified in photos and videos that documented rioters breaking down doors at the Capitol, according to the FBI:
Sargent is seen pushing the crowd in an apparent attempt to breach the outer doors of the north entrance to the Capitol building," an FBI agent writes. "In this video, Sargent appears to be wearing a gray hoodie and a green military-style backpack. At this time, the doors to the north entrance of the Capitol building appear closed.
Sargent is next seen exiting the north entrance of the Capitol building through a cloud of white smoke. As depicted in the photo below, Sargent appears to have tattoos on the knuckles and back side of his right hand.
After the smoke dissipates, Sargent can be seen waving the crowd back toward the north entrance of the Capitol. The next open source video3 shows rioters attempting to break through the inner doors to the north entrance of the Capitol building. A tattoo on the back side of Sargent's right hand is visible as Sargent repeatedly throws an unknown object toward the inner doors of the north entrance.
Sargent was described in the report "wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black face gaiter with a skull jawbone printed on it" and appearing "to be wearing a radio on his jean pocket." At one point during the assault on the Capitol, Sargent can be seen waving the crowd through broken Capitol doors, the FBI reported.
Sargent was further outed by his Proud Boy-themed social media accounts. Among his user names was "Sarge Slaughter." Among his descriptions was "Ancient City Proud Boy Constitutionalist Unapologetic no mask."
And, the FBI report added, "the background photo for the account is a recruitment poster in the style of an Uncle Sam U.S. Army recruitment poster that displays the text, "WE WANT YOU TO BE A PROUD BOY: We are western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world."
On one of his Twitter accounts, Sargent posted a captioned mirror selfie-style photograph in which is knuckle tattoos are visible, the report states.
Sargent is charged with engaging in physical violence, destruction of property and various acts of illegal entry and disorderly conduct. You can read the full FBI report here.
'Like a mob': Report finds Public health workers are quitting ‘in droves’ over the public's mistreatment
Much has been written about the enormous stress that frontline health workers have been coping with during the COVID-19 pandemic. But journalist Abdullah Shihipar, this week in The Guardian, reports on another group that is feeling overwhelmed during the pandemic: those who work behind the scenes in public health departments.
"The results of a nationwide (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) survey of public health workers, released this July, were revealing," Shihipar explains. "Of the more than 26,000 surveyed individuals working in public health departments across the United States, more than half reported recent symptoms of at least one major mental health condition. Their reported prevalence of PTSD was 10 to 20% higher than in frontline medical workers and the general public."
According to Shihipar, public health workers in the U.S. are "are at the receiving end of mounting resentment."
"Since last March," Shihipar notes, "threats against public health officials have increased. In a high-profile incident this past July, an angry crowd targeted Dr. Faisal Khan — the acting director of the St. Louis Department of Health — at a meeting on mask mandates. The disgruntled attendees lobbed racial epithets and surrounded Khan after the meeting like a mob."
Shihipar cites Dr. Morgan Philbin, an assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Public Health, as an example of someone who has suffered "her share of vitriol" during the pandemic.
Philbin told The Guardian, "It's been so hard to watch people disparage our field and argue that we're not doing enough, or that we don't know what we're doing, when nothing could be further from the truth. We know exactly what to do. It's just that people are refusing to listen."
"Rey," a public health data analyst based in New York City, notes that public health workers have been leaving their jobs "in droves" during the pandemic.
"Rey," who was interviewed on the condition that her real name not be used in the article, told The Guardian, "I worry that the field is going to (keep losing) a lot of people — people who are nearing retirement age, but also, the people around my age…. They are already burned out and are leaving the workforce in droves."
MAGA rioter denied responsibility for breaking into Capitol -- and pointed the finger at Antifa instead: feds
Law & Crime reported Thursday that one of the Jan. 6 attackers on trial for breaking into the Capitol explained that it wasn't so much breaking into the Capitol as "breaking into the Capitol," with air quotes.
Alleged MAGA rioter Mick Chan told the court this week that he "called the FBI because he believed the Trump rally [at the Ellipse] was infiltrated and the breach of the Capitol was carried out by members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter."
Thus far no BLM or Antifa protesters have been arrested or indicted. Those who have bragged about participating in the insurrection and posted on their social media channels appear to have also been avid supporters of Donald Trump, according to many of the case file documents provided by the Justice Department and the FBI.
"Chan believed Antifa and BLM counter-protesters were masquerading as Trump supporters and noticed that there were people with camouflage backpacks who looked like members of the Oath Keepers but did not have Oath Keepers insignia," the indictment says.
The problem, however, is that it was a friend of Mick Chan's who turned him in along with his female friend and her mother. The person took screenshots of the Facebook posts.
That friend, "Person 1," was contacted, and admitted to being around the Capitol but not entering the building. One of Person 1's posts tagged Chan from Virginia. Another post from her that didn't tag Chan showed her position at the Ellipse on Jan. 6.
"CHAN told the FBI that he 'broke into, well, air quotes, broke into' the Capitol," the case files explain. "CHAN clarified that others had already forcefully breached the Capitol before he entered. CHAN saw a camera inside a doorway, which led to a staircase. CHAN noticed that about eight to ten police officers were at the doorway, attempting to lock it down. He claimed he left the area after a rioter attempted to rally others to break through the line of officers because he did not want to take part in any confrontation. CHAN walked around the Rotunda for about 15 minutes, taking pictures. CHAN saw people affected by tear gas and a line of police officers, and he heard some rioters say they had come from the Senate, where there were police officers with guns. CHAN estimated that he was inside the Capitol for about 30 minutes until being forced to leave. Most of the rioters were compliant with police officers' directions but some pushed and yelled obscenities. CHAN did not witness any violence but did hear rioters say things like, 'we backed the blue but next time we're coming with guns.'"
Chan ultimately told the FBI that because he didn't see any BLM or Antifa protesters that they then must be in disguise dressed as Trump supporters. Some of those planning to do a counter-protest on Jan. 6 decided not to go after hearing that there might be violence at the Capitol, Scott Dworkin said during a panel discussion.
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