The Associated Press has declared, via its “fact checkers”, that the mistreatment of hundreds of people still in prison for being involved in the January 6th Capitol incident isa “conspiracy theory”.
Journalist Andy Ngo noted that there have been ongoing reports of abuse of those still incarcerated without trial, but that the AP says it isn’t true because they get fed.
“While it’s true some of the suspects have complained about their time in jail, it’s wrong to argue they’re being held as political prisoners. Authorities have said the suspects in custody are being given the same access to food and medical care as any other inmate,” the AP declares.
.@DavidKlepper, how did this pass the quality check for fact checking at AP?
Claim: Jailed Jan. 6 riot suspects are mistreated.
Klepper: False. Authorities say they get food. pic.twitter.com/JbUIz9eGpa
— Andy Ng 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) January 5, 2022
The piece also asserts that the so called QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley was even given organic food after requesting it.
Attorneys of some of the prisoners have previously alleged that they are regularly being denied access to their clients, who are beingsubjected to torturein jail.
The inmates and some of their lawyershave allegedthat they are being held in solitary confinement and have been subject to beatings, threats and verbal abuse by guards.
On attorneydescribed his client Ryan Samsel’s faceas looking “like a tomato that was stomped on,” after a beating by correctional officers that left him “blind in one eye, [with] a skull fracture and detached retina.”
Inmate Ronald Sandlinhas also allegedthat minority guards are targeting the mostly white inmates with racial abuse, specifically noting that one guard shouted“I hate all white people and your honky religion.”
Attorney Joseph McBride appeared last year on CNN in an infamous interview where he vociferously alleged that his client and others are being brutally tortured “five miles from the White House”.
Even CNN itselfran a pieceregarding the mistreatment of at least one prisoner who had cancer and was released owing to unsafe conditions in prison.
Lawmakers including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar have spoken out on the matter:
.@RepGosar‘s Full Remarks On The Horrible Treatment Of January 6th Defendants
“What is being described by these political prisoners is nothing short of human rights violations. The silence from the ACLU & Amnesty International is deafening.” pic.twitter.com/Bt2NTMJ5Bi
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) December 7, 2021