An activist with ties to Black Lives Matter and other leftist causes now faces eight criminal counts relating to his involvement in the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol, Reuters reports, based on court filings.
Authorities have confiscated about $90,000 from John Earle Sullivan, a 26-year-old from Utah, who shot video of the Capitol riot and the fatal shooting of Ashli Babbitt. The video of the Babbitt shooting – the only death that day stemming from outright violence – was sold to several unnamed news outlets for a total of $90,000, according to a seizure warrant obtained by the news agency.
Sullivan licensed parts of the video footage to the Washington Post and NBC, The New Yorker reported in February, and claimed to have been at the Capitol as a “documentarian.”
Sullivan reportedly boasted about the value of the gruesome footage of Babbit. “My footage is worth like a million of dollars, millions of dollars,” he said, according to court filings.
“Dude, this s— is gonna go viral,” Sullivan crowed shortly after watching Babbitt fall to the ground in a pool of blood, reported The New Yorker.
Sullivan is one of the many who are using the legal defense that he was at the Capitol demonstration purely as a journalist. However, according to an affidavit against him submitted to the U.S. District Court for DC, he played a more active role in the siege. He is accused of using a bullhorn to shout, “Let’s burn this s–t down,” while breaching the Capitol’s security barrier, the affidavit said.