January 6 Trial: QAnon Follower Convicted

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An Iowa man was found guilty Friday of leading a mob to chase a Capitol police officer up the stairs and accuse other officers guarding the Senate.

Before a federal jury found Douglas Jensen guilty of obstructing Congress to authorize the Electoral College vote on January 6, 2021, and of attacking or obstructing a police officer during a siege, We debated for about 4 hours.

Jensen was found guilty of all counts, including for disorderly conduct inside the Capitol with a folding knife in his pocket.

In closing arguments at the trial, prosecutors accused Jensen of “weaponizing” a mob by chasing and spearheading Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman down the stairs. A reporter’s video of the confrontation went viral.

“Defendant wasn’t just leading a mob. He was weaponizing a mob,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Haba Miller told jurors. “He knew he had the numbers, so he was happy to use them.”

Jensen, a construction worker from Des Moines, Iowa, wore a large ‘Q’ T-shirt to signify his support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. One of his most memorable images from the Jan. 6 attacks captured Jensen with his arm outstretched as he confronted a line of police officers near the Senate floor.

“Arrest the Vice President,” Jensen said to one of the officers, according to prosecutors.

QAnon centers on the unsubstantiated belief that former President Donald Trump was secretly fighting a Satanic cabal made up of “deep state” enemies, prominent Democrats and Hollywood’s elite. Jensen believed in conspiracy theories’ apocalyptic predictions that a “storm” would come, resulting in mass arrests and executions of Trump’s enemies, including Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence presided over the Senate on January 6, when a joint session of Congress was called to prove US President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Prior to the riots, Trump and his allies spread the lie that Pence could have somehow overturned the election results.

After climbing the outer wall of the Capitol, Jensen entered the building through a broken window. Prosecutors said Jensen learned from a friend’s text message that Pence was trying to prove the election results.

“Everything is about to change,” Jensen replied.

Jensen did not testify at the trial, which began Tuesday. Goodman was a key witness for the prosecutor.

Goodman approached Jensen and the rest of the mob with a gun, before running upstairs. Fearing for his life, Goodman retreated upstairs to find backup from other officers guarding the entrance to the Senate, where senators had taken refuge, according to prosecutors.

At least 880 people have been indicted for federal crimes related to the Capitol riot. About 400 of them have pleaded guilty. A jury has convicted eight Capitol Riot defendants after their trial. None of the defendants tried by jury were acquitted.

Sentences for rioters range from probation for minor misdemeanors to 10 years in prison for a man who assaulted a police officer with a metal flagpole.

January 6 Trial: QAnon Follower Convicted

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