The West Virginia lawmaker who filmed himself rioting into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday (Jan. 6) has been arrested and charged.
According to NBC News, FBI authorities arrested Republican Del. Derrick Evans on Friday (Jan. 8). He has been federally charged for his involvement in the riots that took place on Capitol grounds earlier this week. Evans filmed himself and others breaching the Capitol barriers and entering the building. “We’re in! Keep it moving, baby!” he said in the video, which has since been deleted.
“Bring the tear gas. We don’t care,” he said in the livestream. “We’re taking this country back whether you like it or not. Today’s a test run. We’re taking this country back.”
Evans later released a statement on Facebook saying that he “traveled across the country to film many different events” and that he was in D.C. to witness history. “I want to assure you all that I did not have any negative interactions with law enforcement nor did I participate in any destruction that may have occurred,” he wrote. “I was simply there as an independent member of the media to film history.”
A representative for the West Virginia House of Delegates told The Associated Press that House Speaker Roger Hanshaw “will evaluate all the potential consequences once the totality of the situation is understood.”
“While free speech and peaceful protests are a core value of American society, storming government buildings and participating in a violent intentional disruption of one of our nation’s most fundamental political institutions is a crime that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Hanshaw said in a statement.
Evans has refused to resign, however, nearly 60,000 people have signed a Change.org petition demanding that he be removed from his position. “Remove him from his seat for leading and participating in terrorism and going against the constitution and rule of law,” the petition reads.
Check out video footage of Evans’ arrest below.