A Maryland man who hit a police officer with a makeshift Confederate flag outside the U.S. Capitol on January 6 has pleaded guilty to a felony.
David BlairThe 27-year-old admitted on Monday that on the evening of January 6, when law enforcement was trying to push the crowd Donald Trump When supporters returned from the base of the Capitol, he attacked a Metropolitan Police officer with a tethered cane he had flagged Confederately.
Blair has positioned herself between a line of police officers and a crowd on the West Lawn of the US Capitol. He admits that at the time, he said the words “worked, ‘damn, unpack, don’t be afraid, we’re Americans, don’t be afraid, let’s drop backup, quit scared ,”” According to the statement of offense related to Blair’s plea.
As the officers moved towards Blair and the crowd, an officer identified only as “KP” in the plea shoved Blair with his baton.
Blair responded by “straightening her body” to stand in front of the office.
“What’s wrong mom, what’s going on, what’s going on?” Blair told KP, according to the filing. He then threw a stick with the Confederate flag at the officer, stabbing him in the chest.
Several officers immediately restrained Blair on the ground, the offense statement said. He was later arrested and taken to an area near the Capitol for processing.
At that point, Blair seemed to begin speaking, despite not being asked any questions.
“While being handcuffed and not responding to any questions prompted by any member of the MPD, defendant Blair said in effect the words, ‘I see, what I did, an asshole. swung my arm at me so I switched…so I apologize, even though we’re done,” the derogatory statement said.
In fact, the police did not perform. They rummaged through his pocket and found a silver knife.
Blair told police he had the knife “because I was worried about Antifa and the others trying to jump me.”
Officers also recovered magnetic tape from the bag, which Blair admitted “looked suspicious” at the time.
Blair told police: “I had a flag with me, I taped it on.
FBI Director Christopher Wray Yes speak that there was no evidence that “Antifa”ists were involved in the attack.
The conflict occurred around 5:45 p.m., hours after the initial break-in of the Capitol and a mob of Trump supporters successfully prevented Congress from certifying Joe Bidenwon the 2020 presidential election.
Blair pleaded guilty to interfering with law enforcement during civil disorder, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Before pleading guilty, Blair faced nine charges, including some misdemeanors and felony obstruction, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. The remaining charges will probably be dismissed when Blair is convicted.
United States District Judge Christopher CooperOne Barack Obama nominee, setting judgment on July 13.
[Images via FBI court documents.]
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