Proud Boy Indicted In Capitol Riot Begs For Release From Jail After Contracting COVID-19
A Proud Boys member indicted in the January 6th attack on the US Capitol is pleading with courts to release him from jail, because he’s contracted COVID-19 and has health conditions that could make him particularly vulnerable to the virus.
The U.S. Justice Department has released a string of charges against Christopher Worrell:
Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon; Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon; Engaging in Physical Violence in a Restricted Building or Grounds Using a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon; Act of Physical Violence in the Capitol Grounds or Buildings; Civil Disorder; Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding Certain Officers Using a Dangerous Weapon
The Statement of Facts used in Worrell’s indictment concludes that he appears to have been spraying pepper spray gel at a line of law enforcement officers charged with protecting the Capitol Building that day, identifies his connection to the Proud Boys white supremacist group, and affirms that Worrell admitted to being at the Capitol riots, though he denied entering the building.
According to AlterNet, Worrell, despite feeling safe enough about his physical health to travel to D.C. and participate in the attack on the Capitol, appearing in numerous photos without masks or social distancing, does not feel as safe in jail, where he has contracted COVID-19.
His attorney, Allen Orenberg, says that Worrell suffers from non-Hodgkins lymphoma and is immune-compromised, and that being locked up is detrimental to his ability to access medical care and treatment.