Capitol Riot Defendants Say They Were Beaten By Jail Guards, Left In Solidary Confinement

Capitol Riot Defendants Say They Were Beaten By Jail Guards, Left In Solidary Confinement


One of the men awaiting trial on charges he assaulted two Capitol police officers during a January 6th riot claims he was beaten to a “bloody pulp” by a prison guard — an attack that left him suffering ongoing seizures — and others arrested following the attack on the United States Capitol say they are being kept in solitary confinement, limited to their cells for 23 hours a day despite not being convicted of a crime.

The Washington Post reports that Ryan Samsel, who is charged with “assaulting a police officer at the Capitol on Jan. 6” has alleged in a complaint to the court that “two guards at the D.C. jail beat him last month, breaking his nose, dislocating his jaw and leaving him suffering seizures.”

“This is unjustified, and the way that these guys are being treated is completely unreasonable, it’s wholly unconstitutional,” his attorney said in an interview. “It doesn’t matter what these guys are being charged with.

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