Updated: Jan. 15, 2021, 3:23 a.m.Utah activist John Sullivan was scheduled at the Tooele County Jail on a warrant Thursday for allegedly participating in recentlys rioting at the U.S. Capitol.Sullivan was charged in federal court in the District of Columbia with civil disorder, remaining in a restricted location and disorderly conduct.He formerly told The Salt Lake Tribune that he existed to take videos and “enjoy history” as a journalist. He stated he took a video of Ashli Babbitt being shot by Capitol cops near your home flooring. She later on died.”I was there to observe; I existed to see what they were going to do,” he said.An affidavit from the Department of Justice states Sullivan told federal agents he is a reporter but doesnt have any press credentials. An examination has actually not revealed “any connection in between Sullivan and any journalistic organizations,” according to the affidavit.Much of the evidence against Sullivan comes from his own videos.On Jan. 6, after supporters of President Donald Trump surrounded the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sullivan shot video of rioters breaking down police barricades. Once the crowd is through, Sullivan can be heard shouting, “We accomplished this sh–. We did this together,” and, “We are all a part of this history. … Lets burn this s– down,” according to the affidavit.Later, the video includes video of rioters climbing up a wall to reach a plaza outside the entrance to the Capitol structure. Sullivan can be heard yelling “lets go” and other encouraging words to individuals climbing up the wall, according to the affidavit. At one point, Sullivan informs an individual attempting to climb up the wall to give Sullivan his hand.Wearing a ballistic vest and a gas mask, according to the documents, Sullivan went into the Capitol structure through a damaged window.Once inside the Capitol, Sullivan entered into a workplace, walked over to a window and said, “We did this s–. We took this s–,” according to the affidavit. A knocking noise is heard off-screen, and when the electronic camera pans back to the window, part of it that was not broken when Sullivan arrived is broken. Sullivan can be heard stating, “I broke it. My bad, my apologies,” according to the affidavit.At one point throughout the riot, Sullivan became part of a crowd attempting to press their method into a space secured by authorities officers, according to the files. He supposedly shouted that he had a knife and asked for individuals to “let him up.”In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Sullivan says he wasnt in D.C. to be a participant in the riot. He says he just seemed getting involved in the riots so he might mix in for his own security.”I need to mix in to the f —— crowd because, you understand, theres a lot of individuals who wanted to hurt me,” he said.Sullivan is the founder of Insurgence USA, a Utah group focused on authorities reform and racial justice that he began after the death of George Floyd. An online fundraiser states the group wishes to build local power to make it possible for the neighborhood to “intervene in violence enacted by the state and federal government vigilantes.”However, he is not affiliated with Black Lives Matter Utah. Lex Scott, founder of BLM Utah, told The Tribune on Thursday that Sullivan has never ever been a member.Sullivan is also dealing with charges of rioting and criminal mischief in connection with an ongoing case about a June 30 protest in Provo where a truck chauffeur was shot. Police state he was an organizer of the demonstration and spoke to one of the males who supposedly fired the weapon after the shooting.
John Sullivan has actually stated he was there to “see history” as a journalist however doesnt have press credentials.Photo of John Sullivan. An investigation has not revealed “any connection in between Sullivan and any journalistic companies,” according to the affidavit.Much of the evidence versus Sullivan comes from his own videos.On Jan. 6, after fans of President Donald Trump surrounded the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sullivan shot video of rioters breaking down cops barricades. At one point, Sullivan tells a person trying to climb up the wall to provide Sullivan his hand.Wearing a ballistic vest and a gas mask, according to the files, Sullivan got in the Capitol building through a broken window.Once inside the Capitol, Sullivan went into a workplace, walked over to a window and said, “We did this s–.”In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Sullivan states he wasnt in D.C. to be a participant in the riot.