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Capitol Rioter Who Attacked Officer Michael Fanone Asks Judge For Permission to Use Dating Apps: ‘I Can Be Trusted’

Capitol Rioter Who Attacked Officer Michael Fanone Asks Judge For Permission to Use Dating Apps: ‘I Can Be Trusted’

A New York man charged with assaulting a police officer during the deadly January 6th Capitol riot has asked a judge for permission to use dating websites while confined at his parents’ house.

In a court filing on Christmas Day, Thomas Sibick’s lawyer said his client “realizes that if he were to meet someone on a social media site, he would be unable to leave his home for the purpose of going to dinner or to participate in other events. He does, however, feel the need to establish some sort of connection with someone (if possible, in light of his situation).” In October, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Sibick to enter home confinement under the supervision of his parents. He is not allowed to attend political rallies, use social media, or watch talk shows on cable news.

Sibick is alleged to have taken part in an “ongoing violent assault” of former Washington Metro police officer Michael Fanone, “ripping off [his] radio – his lifeline for help – and his badge”. Fanone was seriously injured and has become a leading voice seeking accountability for the rioters and those who urged them on, giving emotional testimony to the House select committee investigating the attack. He announced last week that he had resigned as a police officer, to join CNN.

One of the 700 people who has already been charged in connection with the January 6th insurrection, Sibick has said he now views the Capitol attack as “without question unconscionable”, a “disgrace to our nation” and “a scar Trump is ultimately responsible for”. Sibick is seeking permission to use social media to look for a job and to “interact with members of the opposite gender for the purpose of establishing a friendship”. His attorney, Stephen Brennwald, wrote: “He is not seeking to use any social media application for any prohibited purpose, such as for political engagement, news reading, or any other activity that would violate not only the letter, but the spirit, of his release conditions.”

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Earlier this year, Sibick sought to escape the company of other Capitol rioters in a Washington jail, even volunteering for solitary confinement.

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