CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Two men from Charleston were arrested Friday for participating in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol.
According to the FBI, Chadwick Clifton and David Johnston traveled to D.C. to participate in the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally. Clifton documented their trip on social media apps like TikTok. A witness sent videos of the men inside the capitol with captions like “Storming the capital building everybody’s going to come way more in DC today first hand I was there.”
According to another witness, Clifton bragged to coworkers about his actions and also posted videos on Facebook Live.
The FBI searched Clifton’s Facebook and found the following:
On 01/03/2021, User Chad Clifton states: This is Complete BS and it’s his own
people. Nothing they said meant squat to him! This is the future you wanted? I don’t
think so. See you in DC ❤🇺🇺🇺🇺Trump2020🇺🇺🇺🇺❤
On 01/07/2021, conversation between Facebook User Chad Clifton and Facebook
User Andy Balao. Andy Balao: U get lock up yet 😆😆. How bad is it. Be safe my friend
Chad Clifton: I’m otw home now. We are good and no harm. Awesome
On 01/09/2021, conversation between Facebook User Chad Clifton and Facebook
User Jewel Clifton. Chad Clifton: I’m telling you right now don’t say anything out
loud that you don’t want somebody else to hear We are in a war and 95% of the
people don’t even know it When I went to DC that was an experience of a lifetime.
I’m sorry that I went inside a broken door where we could have potential he got in
trouble but I was a patriot and I made sure that people didn’t destroy things and
picked up trash and we respectful. The medium made it look like we were a bunch of
demons destroying things in which we were not in anyway.
Surveillance video from the US Capitol “identified individuals, based on facial features and clothing… believed to be Clifton and Johnston.”
Both men’s cell phones were geolocated to the area at the time of the insurrection.
The men were charged with:
18 U.S.C. § 1752(a)(1) – Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds
18 U.S.C. § 1752(a)(2) – Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds
40 U.S.C. § 5104(e)(2)(D) – Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds
40 U.S.C. § 5104(e)(2)(G) – Parade, Demonstrate, or Picket in any of the Capitol Buildings
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