While the concept of “brotherly love” is usually limited to fooling around on the couch, federal authorities claim a Texas sibling couple extended it into the realm of federal crimes when they took part in the Capitol riot together, attacking police officers and then throwing a sign stole tried to cover it all up afterwards by deleting incriminating messages.
And Katy’s Brian and Adam Jackson got more than a table scold for Tuesday when they were arrested – more than 17 months after the failed riot – and charged with multiple offenses including assaulting law enforcement officers.
According to a Justice Department press release, Brian Jackson, 47, attacked a number of officers with an American flagpole, while his 42-year-old brother Adam threw a large object at the same officers, and what appeared to be a stolen Capitol Police shield fell toward them .
A criminal complaint attached to the press release contains several pages detailing incriminating evidence left on the brothers’ social media pages.
The Jacksons, whose family runs an electric car company in Katy, are relatively unusual when it comes to well-known Capitol rioters, fitting squarely into published statistics on attendees. So far, 821 people from 46 states have been arrested in connection with the riots, according to a database of court filings related to Jan. 6 compiled by George Washington University. Of these individuals, 69 are from Texas. So far, 87 percent have been men and more than 77 percent have been charged with evidence from social media accounts. As the criminal complaint explains, the video footage implicated many participants, including the Jacksons.
Footage of Capitol police officers captured the moment the brothers allegedly assaulted cops, but the brothers are also helping the FBI by uploading damning evidence online, the complaint says. In a video posted to Brian Jackson’s Facebook account, a voice can be heard saying, “Adam got a goddamn shield, stole it from the damn bum!” In another video posted by Brian Jackson’s account and also listed in the complaint, a man who appears to be Adam speaks of wanting to enter the Capitol.
However, for all his initial boasting, Brian Jackson reportedly attempted to delete the evidence from social media. Apparently not realizing that the internet is eternal, he attempted to “withdraw” several messages about his participation and urged others to delete messages and videos he had sent them, the complaint said.
In a message exchange asking a friend to delete videos, Brian Jackson not only admitted to getting into a fight in DC, but also used the N-word several times, the FBI say. At another point after the riot, he completely deleted his Facebook account and later in January sent a message to an unidentified friend saying he had taken the page down because he “posted a bunch of pictures that I shouldn’t have posted”.
Regardless of Brian Jackson’s passionate, if flimsy, attempt at a cover-up, the evidence in the digital world is well-documented, prosecutors said. On January 4th, Brian Adam sent a message about what to wear to the riot and discussed conspiracy theories about how Antifa activists would be dressed.
Their apparent obsession with Antifa continued beyond Jan. 6, as the complaint states that a week after the riot, Adam forwarded a message to Brian and others predicting that “BLM & Antifa will riot and loot, if Biden isn’t seated.” Adam went on to claim that if Trump didn’t stop Biden from taking office, the Republican president would “be hunted down and arrested along with his entire family by the left.” That’s fact.”
After all, a message exchange between Adam Jackson and an unnamed person captured perhaps the most glaring wound: the loss of the Capitol’s precious shield. In exchange, the unnamed person asked Adam if he kept the precious keepsake, to which he said no, writing that it “cost too much to send home lol”.
The brothers were scheduled to appear in federal court in Texas on Tuesday.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/texas-brothers-brian-and-adam-jackson-arrested-after-trying-to-unsend-messages-bragging-about-capitol-riot?source=articles&via=rss Texas brothers Brian and Adam Jackson were arrested after trying to “unsend” messages bragging about Capitol Riot