John Sullivan, the 26-year-old left-wing activist, arrested for his involvement in the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6, has been released from custody without bail by a federal judge in Utah on Friday, Jan. 15.
Sullivan, who recorded an up-close video of a woman’s fatal shooting during the siege at the Capitol, was released despite government prosecutors’ objections.
Fox News reported that the U.S. magistrate ruled that prosecutors had “failed to meet the legal threshold to keep him in custody as he awaits further court proceedings.”
Sullivan has been put under house arrest and must wear a device that monitors his location, Deseret News reported.
He was banned from social media and needed to surrender his passport. He will also have to stop working for the Insurgence USA activist group he founded, although he won’t have to cede control, reported Fox News.
Sullivan, who was photographed with a rifle at protests last year, is now prohibited from possessing firearms.
UPDATE: John Sullivan to be released from jail @fox13
Sullivan is ordered by the court to:
-be detained at home
-no longer use social media (before pre-trial)
-Stop working at his business @insurgenceusa
-Have computer and internet activities monitored https://t.co/NB3sL07Ovy
— Erin Cox (@erincoxnews) January 16, 2021
During the riot at the Capitol, Sullivan told protesters who had stormed the building, “We got to get this [expletive] burned,” and “it’s our house [expletive],” according to an affidavit signed by FBI Special Agent Matthew Foulger after the FBI had obtained footage Sullivan had recorded for social media.
“We accomplished this [expletive],” he said at another point, from within the mob. “We did this together. [Expletive] yeah! We are all a part of this history.”
Sullivan claimed that he was pretending to be part of the riot to gain the protesters’ trust, and he was just there to video the riot.
Prosecutors will try his case in Washington and he has another case pending in Provo, Utah, connected to a protest in June that he had organized, where a motorist was shot during an altercation.