Capitol Rioter Had The Nerve To Ask Judge To Grant Him Permission To Use Dating Websites While On House Arrest Awaiting Trial For Brutally Assaulting Capitol Police Officer

This. Is. Ridiculous.

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Individuals who participated in the infamous January 6th Capitol riot have had a rough go of it over this past (almost) year, as judges all across the nation slap them with some pretty heavy consequences for their participation in the violent, deadly insurrection.

But even as they finally begin to get their just desserts, it seems most of these dimwits are just as cocky, arrogant, and self-serving as always.

Thomas Sibick was one of the individuals implicated in the violent January 6th Capitol attack, after he allegedly assaulted a Capitol officer during the insurrection. Currently, Sibick remains on house arrest under the watch of his parents in Buffalo, New York, as he awaits trial for his alleged crimes. And now, as he stands accused of this heinous assault, the man is reportedly asking the judge to allow him to use dating apps while on home confinement.

Per a new report from the CBS affiliate WUSA9 in Washington D.C., Sibick made the request to U.S. District Judge Amy B. Jackson on Christmas Day, of all days.

“Sibick is one of multiple rioters now under indictment for the brutal assault on D.C. Police Officer Michael Fanone. While others were beating Fanone, repeatedly tasing him and threatening to kill him with his own gun, federal prosecutors say, Sibick took the opportunity to rob him of his badge and radio,” the report reads. “Fanone’s badge was later recovered from the spot in Sibick’s back yard where he buried it after returning from D.C. Fanone told WUSA last week he had decided to leave the department and join CNN as an on-air law enforcement analyst.”

This isn’t the first time Sibick has made waves in the media following his participation in the Capitol siege after previously asking Judge Jackson to have him placed in solitary confinement due to his fear of other MAGA rioters who were confined in the same correction facility with him, who Sibick’s attorney described as “cult-like.”

“Sibick was arrested in March and originally ordered held without bond while he awaits trial, but in October, Jackson granted him pretrial release over concerns that the ‘toxic’ conditions in the D.C. Jail were likely to contribute to his further radicalization, ” the report goes on to read.

“Jackson ordered Sibick released to the custody of his mother and father, Dr. Eugene Sibick, a former officer with the U.S. Navy who publicly criticized his son’s detention at the ‘Justice for J6’ rally in September and has called him a ‘political prisoner.'”

“As part of her order, Jackson forbade Sibick from social media and from political television programming that could “inflame his thoughts.”

“I’m not going to order that he not watch Fox News; I’m going to order that you turn off the talk shows, period. No MSNBC either,” the Honorable Judge Jackson told Sibick’s parents. “I’m trying to make sure it’s a calm environment. And I’m looking to you to make sure of that.”

In their Christmas Day request, Sibick asked the judge to allow him “to attend the wake of a friend who’d recently passed and to allow him to use a limited number of websites that would allow him to seek employment,” as well as “interact with members of the opposite gender for the purpose of establishing a friendship.”

“He is not seeking to use any social media application for any prohibited purpose, such as for political engagement, news reading, or any other activity that would violate not only the letter, but the spirit, of his release conditions,” the motion written by Sibick’s attorney on the rioter’s behalf reads. “He is very grateful to this Court for the chance it took when it released him, and he has no intention of remotely coming close to any line that delineates his activity while on release.”

The attorney notes that both dating and employment are going to present a challenge for his client, as he is currently under round-the-clock lockdown at his parents’ home as part of his house arrest requirements. The attorney notes that any work acquired by his client would have to be remote, and Sibick acknowledges that he “would be unable to leave his home for the purpose of going to dinner” or any other events.

“He does, however, feel the need to establish some sort of connection with someone (if possible, in light of his situation),” the attorney adds in the footnotes of the motion.

Sibick is facing down a slew of charges in connection to his participation in the Capitol insurrection, including assaulting a police officer, committing violence on Capitol grounds, obstruction of an official proceeding, and “Taking from a Person Anything of Value by Force and Violence or by Intimidation.”

The full FBI criminal complaint against Sibick can be found here. You can read the full WUSA9 report here.

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