West Virginia native George Tanios was finally released from prison after sitting in a Washington D.C. prison for the past five months on charges that he assaulted Capitol police officers. The documents claim that Tanios assaulted officer Brian Sicknick with pepper spray during the January 6 protest.
George Tanios says that he is innocent and did not pepper spray anyone at the Capitol that day. A reporter for CBS 9, Eric Flack, was waiting for Mr. Tanios to leave the jail.
Conservatives have been worried about the treatment of the January 6 prisoners, who they consider political prisoners. With reports of physical and mental abuse occurring, all eyes were on how Tanios would react once released.
Flack rushes up spastically toward Tanios, where the camera picks him up sarcastically, saying, “Hey, I hear Joe Biden is going an excellent job.”
When Flack asks Tanios if he has a “message” for Joe Biden, Tanios responds jokingly, “Corn Pop was a bad dude.” In a sad commentary of the media profession, the Washington D.C. reporter for CBS 9 seemed not to know what Tanios was referencing with his Corn Pop comment.
I'll admit-had to look up "corn pop" reference. Tanios and his co-defendant Juian Khater were both being held without bond on charges including assault on federal law enforcement officer. An appeals court granted Tanios his release, Khater remains in jail.https://t.co/HZWSVmQFWr
— Eric Flack (@EricFlackTV) August 20, 2021
When it was apparent Flack wasn’t there to get anything but viral clips off Tanios, he said “God Bless” and that he had no further comment.
On August 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. reversed a lower judge Hogan’s order keeping Tanios in jail, claiming that whether he used the pepper spray or not wasn’t the issue. Tanios bringing the pepper spray meant he was planning to do so on using it, according to Judge Hogan.
The Court’s unanimous decision found that the lower court “erred in its individualized assessment of [Tanios’s] dangerousness.” The ruling said that the district court incorrectly determined “that no condition or combination of conditions of release would reasonably assure the safety of the community.”
“The record reflects that Tanios has no past felony convictions, no ties to any extremist organizations, and no post-January 6 criminal behavior that would otherwise show him to pose a danger to the community,” the Court wrote.
Tanios’s release is conditional. He must stay home with an ankle bracelet monitoring system. Tanios’s court date is set for September 8.
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