A federal judge ordered a Proud Boy, who was spotted on ice throwing a sign inside the Capitol building on January 6, back to prison, after repeatedly violating a court-ordered curfew .
Joshua Pruitt was captured on video throwing a “Please be quiet” sign inside the Capitol on January 6. It was one of at least two alleged violations that day. He was arrested for refusing to obey the Mayor of the District of Columbia Muriel BowserThat evening’s curfew. Just while Pruitt was being processed, investigators tied him to a crowd of Donald Trump Supporters flooded the Capitol trying to stop Congress from certifying Joe Bidenwon the 2020 presidential election.
He was eventually charged in an eight-count indictment that included charges of civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, and misdemeanor destruction of government property. Court papers show Pruitt flashing a hand sign “OK”, used by white supremacists as a symbol for “white power. ‘ Others in the political right claimed to use the gesture sarcastically, claiming their intentions were innocuous. Pruitt posed in another photo with an assault-style rifle, standing on a Black Lives Matter banner, with his shoes on the message, prosecutors noted.
Pruitt was released from bond pending trial, but according to prosecutors and federal pre-trial service agents, he failed to abide by the conditions of his pre-trial release.
As of January 7, 2021, Pruitt is part of the federal government’s High Intensity Surveillance Program (HISP). He was initially ordered not to leave the house from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.; Last April, US District Judge Timothy Kelly modified the curfew to start at 9:00 p.m
Prosecutors said GPS tracking showed Pruitt had violated the curfew multiple times since April, and federal pre-treatment service officers requested at least three times that Pruitt be disqualified. out of HISP and back in custody.
“According to Pretrial Services, on multiple occasions, Pruitt left her workplace and residence for hours in the middle of the night, often near bars or nightclubs,” prosecutors said in the motion. revoke Pruitt’s relationship.
Kelly, a Trump appointee, eventually sided with prosecutors, and on Thursday ordered Pruitt to report to the prison.
Thursday’s bond call hearing, which lasted nearly two hours, was not short of dramatic, as Pruitt interrupted Kelly several times, beginning early in the hearing.
Pruitt’s first outburst came early in the hearing, after Assistant US Attorney Alexis Loeb experienced each curfew violation.
“There’s a blizzard,” Pruitt could be heard saying as Loeb was speaking. “I was trapped!”
“You’ll have to wait your turn,” Kelly told Pruitt at the time. “I don’t want to hear any more words from your mouth,” Kelly added as Pruitt tried to interrupt again.
Pruitt continued to interrupt the hearing several times before Kelly gave him a chance to speak.
“I’m sorry,” Pruitt began, sounding like she was crying as she spoke. “I’ve been through hell this past year.” Pruitt describes being fired from a job and says that on at least one occasion he was unable to go home due to a snowstorm.
“I’m trying to make everything right,” he told Kelly. “But I am being attacked left and right. I always get death threats. This is what I’m dealing with right now. I’ve been lied to in the media, I’m working with attorneys to resolve that.”
On January 5, 2022, CNN aired an interview with Pruitt in which Pruitt said he did not feel he did anything wrong on January 2 and would consider repeating the action. own if given the opportunity.
Notably, prosecutors disputed CNN’s description of Pruitt as a “former” member of the Proud Boys, a right-wing extremist organization.
“Pruitt continued to use the tagline Proud Boy (‘FAFO’) and filmed himself a song about Proud Boy playing in the background, among other signs,” prosecutors said in the caption. , referring to the acronym reported to stand for “Fuck around and find out.”
Pruitt’s attorney Robert Lee Jenkins Jr. argued that even if Pruitt had exceeded the court-ordered curfew, he had not engaged in dangerous behavior, and therefore should not have been detained.
“I do not think [his curfew violations] and they themselves would raise concerns in the court that Mr. Pruitt is a threat to the community,” argued Jenkins.
Kelly, however, disagrees and notes that Pruitt’s criminal history is important. He noted that Pruitt is currently on probation on two DUI cases, each in Georgia and Maryland. He also violated the ban.
“I will revoke Mr. Pruitt’s pre-trial release and order his detention pending trial,” Kelly said after hearing Pruitt’s response. “I don’t do it lightly.”
Kelly said that Pruitt failed to comply with his pre-trial release conditions at nearly every turn.
“I have given Mr. Pruitt more opportunities to show that he can be more compliant than many of the judges in this court will ever have, but he has chosen one way or another, over and over again, viz. violate those conditions,” Kelly said.
Kelly ordered Pruitt to report to prison on Tuesday and set up his next status meeting for February 4.
[Images via FBI.]
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