Corrections and Clarifications: The Associated Press, citing unidentified sources, reported in January that Constable Brian Sicknick may have been hit in the head by a fire extinguisher. But no official cause of death has been released, and US Capitol Police only said he died “from injuries sustained while on duty.”
A Texas man faces multiple criminal charges after he allegedly participated in the Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and posted death threats against Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and a U.S. Capitol police officer.
The Department of Justice has revealed that Garret Miller faces five criminal charges, including trespassing and death threats.
Using the initials widely used to refer to the New York Democrat, Miller tweeted “AOC murder” hours after posting photos of himself storming the Capitol. The tweet was in response to one in which Ocasio-Cortez called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, which he was a week later accused of inciting crowds of his supporters.
According to the criminal complaint, Miller was particularly angered by the fatal shooting of one of those supporters, Ashli Babbitt, during the attack. On January 10, Miller allegedly threatened the Capitol Police officer who shot Babbitt, saying on Instagram that he was going to “tie her neck with a nice rope.” Six days later he said the officer deserved to die and that it was “hunting season”.
Miller was arrested on Jan.20 and made his first court appearance on Friday. Miller’s detention hearing is scheduled for Monday.
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Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about Miller’s arrest on Friday, citing his Facebook comment that he “just wanted to incriminate me a bit.”
“Well, you did,” she wrote.
The FBI linked Miller to the Capitol Attack with a video posted by Twitter user @garretamiller captioned “From inside congress” and filmed inside the Capitol Rotunda. The Twitter account was registered under a cell phone number belonging to Miller, a subpoena for AT&T revealed. The FBI also found several articles relating to the attack on Miller’s Facebook account.
“I’m about to cross the country for this asset,” Miller wrote in a Jan. 2 article. “Crazy things – are going to happen this week. The dollar could crash … civil war could start … I don’t know what to do in Washington.”
The complaint also said Miller posted a photo of himself and another riot inside the Capitol on Facebook and was seen on surveillance video from inside the rotunda.
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In response to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet saying to “remove” Trump, Miller asserted, “We have acted with honor” and in another post he claimed the crowd had been “gentle.” But video of the attack revealed heavy attacks on police officers, one of whom died. The Associated Press, citing unidentified sources, reported that the deceased officer, Brian Sicknick, may have been hit in the head by a fire extinguisher. But no official cause of death has been released, and the United States Capitol Police have only said he died “from injuries sustained while on duty” and provided no further details.
According to the criminal complaint, Miller later said on Instagram that he had a rope in his bag when he entered the Capitol. And in another message he said: “Next time we will bring the weapons”.
Miller’s attorney Clint Broden told The Associated Press in an email that Miller regretted the actions he had taken on behalf of the former president.
“His comments on social media reflect very thoughtless political hyperbole in very divided times and will certainly not be repeated in the future,” Broden said in the email. “He can’t wait to put it all behind him.”
During an Instagram Live with the congressman for New York after the attack on the Capitol, Ocasio-Cortez told viewers that she had “a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die” and that she didn’t “Not sure if I was going to get to the end of this day alive.”
Death threats are nothing new to Ocasio-Cortez. In 2019, she said she received them “every day”.
Another man was arrested in 2020 after threatening Ocasio-Cortez. Timothy Ireland, of Ohio, was arrested in May last year after Capitol Hill police received a clue that Ocasio-Cortez “should be shot” on Facebook. Ireland later admitted his statement, saying he was proud of it, according to an affidavit.
According to court documents, officers from the United States Capitol Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found seven rounds of ammunition at Ireland’s home. He eventually pleaded guilty to being a criminal in possession of ammunition.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: FBI accuses Capitol rioter of threatening to kill Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez