A U.S. Capitol rioter by Texas who stated he attracted a rope to Congress on Jan. 6 threatened days afterwards to lynch a Black police officer he thought hastily taken Ashli Babbitt, federal prosecutors wrote in a legal brief Monday.
Babbitt was fatally shot when she and the other rioters tried to break into the Speaker’s Lobby, in which lawmakers had taken pay.
According to prosecutors, Miller referred to Babbitt because his”husband in conflict” and started to see herself as her avenger.
“He had been absorbed with her passing and circulated photos onto Facebook of an African authorities officer he thought was responsible for her departure,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth C. Kelley wrote at an 16-page legal brief Monday. “Miller threatened to kill the officer, saying that he wanted to’hug his neck with a wonderful rope’ and that’he’ll swing’ He also stated that the officer cried to die and that’it’s huntin season'”
“His fixation with hunting down and hanging a USCP officer is extremely concerning,” prosecutors added of Miller.
Prosecutors say that Miller’s remarks were particularly chilling in light of what authorities found in their own home.
“The FBI recovered numerous ropes from his residence,” the government memo claims.
Prosecutors quoted Miller stating that he also brought ropes to the Capitol.
“Immediately after saying on social media that the USCP officer’will swing,’ Miller said he attracted ropes to D.C. on January 6, 2021,” the memo states.
Court papers quote Miller fantasizing about the subject on Instagram, allegedly writing of the officer on Jan. 10:”His execution has to be televised.”
“Later in the conversation, Miller states,’I’m threatening justice criminals,’ and sent an image of a rope attached into a noose,” the memo says. “He stated regarding the USCP officer, whom Miller considered to be African-American,’He’s a prize to be taken’ and’He could swing…. I had a rope at my purse on that day,’ significance January 6, 2021.”
“He’s everybody’s favourite cop now,” Miller is quoted as writing on Jan. 18. “We going to have a grip of him hug his neck with a wonderful rope”
Prosecutors even say that on the day of the arrest Miller was sporting a t-shirt with Donald Trump’s face and the words,”I Was There, Washington D.C., January 6, 2021.”
Miller’s social networking tirades have landed him in hot water because his situation opened, along with a screenshot of his own tweet”Assassinate AOC” was embedded into his criminal criticism.
Court papers also capture him agreeing about the signs he left behind tying him to the offenses alleged against him.
“Following Miller published the selfie above revealing him within the U.S. Capitol construction, an individual on Facebook commented,’bro you got in?! Nice! ,’ to that Miller replied,’just wanted to incriminate myself a tiny lol,'” that the FBI wrote in a declaration of facts against him.
Miller’s lawyer did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.
(Garret Miller through FBI)
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