The declare: Jan. 6 video exhibits Jacob Chansley was led complete time by Capitol Police
A March 7 Fb submit (direct link, archived link) makes a declare about Jacob Chansley, extensively referred to as the QAnon shaman, and his presence on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“By no means earlier than seen video of January 6 exhibits Jacob Chansley, the QAnon Shaman, being led by way of the Capitol by police all the time that he was within the constructing,” the submit reads.
A tweet with the same claim generated over 250,000 likes in lower than per week, and was shared on Fb practically 5,000 occasions. Comparable posts have amassed greater than a thousand interactions on Instagram.
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Our score: False
A Capitol Police spokesperson mentioned Chansley – who additionally goes by the identify Jake Angeli – was not accompanied always by police within the Capitol constructing on Jan. 6, 2021. A courtroom doc and firsthand account present that police repeatedly requested Chansley to depart the constructing.
Chansley not accompanied by police always and repeatedly requested to depart
In late February, Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy gave Fox Information host Tucker Carlson exclusive access to 41,000 hours of surveillance footage from the Jan. 6 Capitol assault. Carlson aired clips of that footage on his present, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” for the primary time on March 6.
The video referenced within the submit was from that footage and exhibits varied clips of Chansley strolling down the halls of the Capitol constructing whereas Capitol Police observe him.
However opposite to the submit’s declare, the Capitol Police didn’t accompany Chansley by way of the constructing always, in line with Tim Barber, a Capitol Police spokesperson.
Truth examine: Arrests were made inside Capitol building on Jan. 6, and after
A courtroom doc, firsthand account and different video footage additionally assist Barber’s assertion and present that Capitol Police repeatedly requested Chansley to depart the constructing.
Chansley was arrested Jan. 9, 2021 – three days after the Capitol riot – and confronted with six prices. He pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official continuing and was sentenced to 41 months in jail in November 2021.
A statement from the federal government, signed by Chansley and his lawyer to be “true and correct,” says that Chansley unlawfully entered the Capitol constructing by way of a damaged down door with a mob of rioters. A video clip of the preliminary break-in to the constructing doesn’t present Chansley accompanied by the police as he enters the constructing.
The group then moved to the second flooring of the Senate facet of the constructing the place it was met by a number of Capitol Cops who instructed them “to peacefully depart the constructing,” in line with the assertion. Chansley challenged Capitol Police officer Keith Robishaw to allow them to cross, in the end “utilizing his bullhorn to rile up the group.”
Chansley then “entered the gallery of the Senate alone” and “proceeded to scream obscenities,” the assertion says.
After Chansley moved to the Senate chamber, Robishaw requested him a number of occasions to depart, in line with the assertion. Within the HBO documentary “4 Hours on the Capitol,” Robishaw recounts being the one police officer within the chamber on the time.
“And, in my thoughts, I used to be like, ‘I can’t do something,’ you realize?” Robishaw mentioned. “I can solely do is, you realize, shout orders, and in the event that they hear, nice. In the event that they don’t, I can’t power them. I’m on my own.”
A number of legislation enforcement officers then joined Robishaw to clear the rioters from the chamber, in line with the assertion.
In his present, Carlson claimed Capitol Police acted as tour guides for Chansley. Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger mentioned in an inner division memo that the declare was each “outrageous and false,” as USA TODAY reported.
Chansley is a supporter of the baseless QAnon conspiracy idea, which claims there may be a world cabal of Devil-worshipping, cannibalistic youngster intercourse traffickers. The conspiracy idea’s claims have been widely debunked.
USA TODAY reached out to Fox Information and the social media customers who shared the declare for remark.
The Related Press also debunked this declare.
Our fact-check sources:
Tim Barber, March 9, E-mail alternate with USA TODAY
Kyle Cheney, March 6, Tweet
USA TODAY, March 7, Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger blasts Fox News’ Tucker Carlson over Jan. 6 video
USA TODAY, Sept. 17, 2020, Debunked QAnon conspiracy theories are seeping into mainstream social media. Don’t be fooled
U.S. District Court docket for the District of Columbia, Sept. 3, 2021, Statement of offense in support of a guilty plea
D.C. Legal professional’s Workplace, accessed March 9, CHANSLEY, Jacob Anthony
Axios, Feb. 20, Exclusive: McCarthy gives Tucker Carlson access to trove of Jan. 6 riot tape
Related Press, March 8, Posts misrepresent rioter’s actions in Jan. 6 Capitol attack
PolitiFact, March 7, Evidence rebuts Tucker Carlson’s claim about Capitol Police acting as tour guides to ‘QAnon Shaman’
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