Man arrested for role in Jan. 6 riot, a US military veteran, dies while awaiting trial

A Trump supporter and U.S. Marine Corps veteran who participated in the Jan. 6 protest at the Capitol has tragically died while awaiting trial on politically motivated charges. 

John Steven Anderson, 61, passed away Tuesday in Florida from unclear causes while awaiting trial on seven counts, the Washington Examiner reports. “May America know that John Anderson died a wrongfully accused man who maintained his innocence to his last day,” attorney Marina Medvin said.

Jan. 6 protester dies

Prosecutors were trying to lock Anderson away on felony charges for up to five years for civil disobedience, and “assaulting, resisting or impeding” police, but Anderson maintained his innocence until death.

Anderson had fought with prosecutors to release a 30-second surveillance video they called “highly sensitive” showing his interactions with police in a tunnel at the Capitol.

Anderson briefly held a police shield that was passed along the tunnel but did not assault anyone. At some point, Anderson, who had asthma, allergies, and a heart condition, was sprayed with a chemical irritant and was helped to safety by officers.

He was charged with theft of government property, unlawfully entering the Capitol, assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers, civil disorder, violent entry, and disorderly conduct.

While Anderson appears to have been subjected to the same zealous, politically charged prosecution as other Jan. 6 protesters, he was not, at the time of death, being held with other political prisoners who have been held for months in pre-trial detention in a Washington, D.C. gulag.

He was a veteran

WUSA reported that Anderson was released from jail in March. The longtime St. Augustine, Florida resident, a proud Trump supporter, was also a member of the Florida National Guard, and a business owner. Also, he was married just eight months before his passing.

At the time of his death, Anderson rejected an offer to plead guilty to a felony, which he said he could not accept. “‘I will not say that I did something I didn’t do,’ was John’s position,” Medvin said.

Jan. 6 defendants have been abused, beaten, and denied basic civil rights by President Joe Biden’s Justice Department on the pretext that they are all “insurrectionists” comparable to the terrorists responsible for 9/11 or Confederates who rebelled against the United States during the Civil War.

Despite these vicious, dramatic slanders, the only known homicide victim on Jan. 6 was Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed Trump supporter and U.S. Air Force veteran who was shot dead without warning by Capitol Police officer Michael Byrd.

Two other Trump supporters died of natural causes, another died of a drug overdose, and as CBS News previously reported, police officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes.

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