Capitol Rioter Garret Miller Threatened To Lynch A Cop - 2021-04-01
WASHINGTON — A Texas man charged with participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection will stay in jail pending trial, a judge ruled Thursday, after he made threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a US Capitol Police officer following the riot.
Garret Miller is charged not only with participating in the insurrection and resisting officers at the Capitol but also with making a string of threats in the hours and days that followed. In response to a tweet from Ocasio-Cortez on Jan. 6 about impeaching former president Donald Trump, Miller replied, "Assassinate AOC." He later sent a series of messages via different social media platforms threatening to lynch the as-yet-unidentified US Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt during the insurrection.
Miller believed that the officer is Black, according to a new court filing from prosecutors earlier this week, and his messages about the officer included "He's a prize to be taken" and "He will swing. . . . I had a rope in my bag on that day." Capitol Police have not disclosed any information about the officer to date.