The rioter who stole Nancy Pelosi's lectern - and posed for a picture with it - has just been released from jail on bail following his arrest.
Here's the full story...
It all started last week.
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building...
via: GettyBreaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"
The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...
And photos showing them looting objects and trashing rooms quickly started circulating online.
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes shocked people all over the globe...
via: GettyAnd the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.
Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been 5 fatalities within the Capitol.Chief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference.
It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday's events included four fatalities: a woman who was shot… https://t.co/246Qok143t— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1610011920.0
However, details surrounding the other 4 fatalities remain unclear.
"One adult female and 2 adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies on or around Capitol grounds," Contee said, "which resulted in their deaths."
From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
He instead issued a series of tweets...
Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them, "Go home, we love you, you're very special."
But following these messages, all of his social media accounts were suspended indefinitely for "promoting violence."
Days on from the violence, people from all across the world remain in a state of shock from what they witnessed...
Including the people who were the main targets of the attacks - those in Congress.
It was clear that the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, was one of the primary targets in the riots...
Nancy Pelosi's laptop was stolen from her office by the mob who stormed the Capitol.— David Knowles (@David Knowles)1610126793.0
Pelosi took part in an interview with Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes this week...
via: YouTube / 60 Minutes
And she got visibly emotional when talking about the riots and how she narrowly missed the conflict.
"What happened was a terrible, terrible, violation of the Capitol by the president of the United States."
via: YouTube / 60 Minutes
She said that it was clear that the riot was a "well-organized group with leadership, guidance, and direction."
"They were vocally saying, 'Where's the Speaker? We know she has staff, we're going to find them.' The president said 'Go home!' but it was them who went on with his lies, his misrepresentations, his delusion that he won on a landslide in this election."
Pelosi's office was not only broken into and trashed...
But her personal possessions were also stolen, including a laptop, some letters... And even her lectern.
Yep, Pelosi's lectern was stolen...
And, even though it didn't get far and was found in another room of the building by police, the total and utter disrespect of stealing it is mind-blowing.
And it didn't take long to identify the culprit responsible for taking the lectern.
A photo soon went viral online showing a Trump supporter with the $1,000 lectern under his arm looking very happy with himself.
He even shamelessly waved as his photograph was taken.
People weren't impressed...
This is looting. The Chicago president of the Fraternal Order of police said that the ppl who did this yesterday were just upset + didnt do any harm. BS. If this was a black man he would be dead right now. I'm sure that the capitol police were in on this riot. They let them in.— Terri Resists 🇺🇸💙🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@ProudAm55793141) January 7, 2021
And they didn't at all see the funny side to what the man was doing.
Well, thanks to the beauty of the internet, the man in question was soon formally identified.
“Adam Johnson, 36, seen on video carrying Pelosi’s lectern during the invasion of the Capitol, has been arrested in FL at request of the Dept of Justice, a law enforcement official tells CNN. Booked into Pinellas County jail, facing charges related to ransacking of the Capitol.”— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 9, 2021
Thirty-six-year-old Adam Johnson, who is a father-of-5 from Florida, was eventually arrested and was facing charges related to the "ransacking of the Capitol."
He was arrested Friday night on a federal warrant and was booked into jail in Pinellas County...
"He was there to witness a little bit of history and that's the extent of it," says one of the lawyers representing the man infamously pictured with the Speaker's lectern. "He wasn't involved in any coup… in any planning of any entering of the Capitol. Things got out of hand." pic.twitter.com/TtiotaYdHY— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) January 12, 2021
And on Monday night Johnson's lawyers - David Bigney and Dan Eckhart - were grilled by CNN host Chris Cuomo on Cuomo Prime Time after they defended their client saying, "You always can't judge a book by its cover."
It was all a "mischaracterization", apparently.
Report Shows: Adam Johnson, the man seen in the viral photo carrying off House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern inside the U. S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, was arrested by the U.S. Marshal on Friday night in Florida. #USCapitolRiot #Arrested pic.twitter.com/oWrSc0MQ93— Michael Chin (@MichaelChin30) January 9, 2021
"He is a family man. His wife is a physician. He has 5 children. There is nothing in his background or his past that would attribute any type of violence or this type of rebellious behavior to him. It is an anomaly, an unusual situation for him," they added.
Well, it seems as if Johnson's lawyers really know what they're doing...
Adam Johnson, wearing an ankle monitor, leaves Federal Court with his attorneys, after being released on bond. Johnson was photographed waving to the camera, while carrying a lectern inside the Capitol during a riot in D.C. last Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/BuhuB9tiW4— Bobby Bills (@BobbyBillsTV) January 12, 2021
Because yesterday, he was released from jail on a $25,000 bail.
There are some conditions to his bail, however.
Under the conditions of his release, Johnson will be forced to wear a GPS tracker on his ankle, must abide by a 9 pm to 6 am curfew, surrender his passport and firearms, and is restricted from traveling outside Central Florida.
Who knows what Johnson's future now holds...
And we're sure that one day, as a father, he will start to regret his foolish actions at the Capitol.