John Earle Sullivan er en kjent BLM-aktivist som deltok i stormingen av Kongressen. Han er imidlertid ikke blitt arrestert eller siktet og sier til TV-kanaler at han var med for å observere og lære.
Sullivan har en fortid som voldelig aktivist.
John Earle Sullivan, who has advocated for an armed revolution on social media, was arrested in July 2020 for making a threat of violence and criminal mischief. He organized a protest with Black Lives Matter activists and members of the far-left Antifa network. According to the Deseret News, Sullivan damaged vehicles and urged people to block roadways. Video footage captured him threatening to beat a woman.
FBI har pågrepet 68 mennesker, og siktet dem for ulovlig inntrengning og/eller ulovlig våpenbesittelse. Men Sullivan er ikke blitt siktet.
Sullivan has not been charged with unlawful entry or any other charges that police say other people who entered the building face. His picture is not among those circulated by authorities of persons of interest in the incident. Sullivan said he was detained on Thursday night and questioned about what he saw during the storming of the Capitol. The Metropolitan Police Department didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Police said Thursday that 68 people had been arrested in the city, including 41 on Capitol grounds. Charges included unlawful entry and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to arrest data.