Recorded on video giving a speech on the outside deck of the U.S. Capitol during the riots on January 6, a New Mexico County Commissioner was recently arrested and charged with unlawful entry. The Otero County Commissioner is also the founder of Cowboys for Trump and called for BLM supporters to “go back to Africa.”
On January 6, Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin and his videographer, Matt Struck, attended the Capitol riots while recording videos of Griffin giving speeches to the camera and the crowd. According to Struck, they remained on the outside deck of the U.S. Capitol for approximately 90 minutes before leaving when they smelled pepper spray in the air.
Following the Capitol riots, Griffin posted a video to the Cowboys for Trump Facebook page, which has been removed, and threatened to return on inauguration day by stating, “You want to say that that was a mob? You want to say that was violence? No sir. No Ma’am. No we could have a 2nd Amendment rally on those same steps that we had that rally yesterday. You know, and if we do, then it’s gonna be a sad day, because there’s gonna be blood running out of that building. But at the end of the day, you mark my word, we will plant our flag on the desk of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and Donald J. Trump if it boils down to it.”
On January 11, FBI agents interviewed Griffin concerning his actions on January 6. He informed them that he intended to return to Washington, D.C. on January 20, to protest the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
FBI agents also interviewed Struck who admitted they may have committed some “minor trespassing.” Struck provided the FBI with the video footage that he had recorded during the Capitol riots.
On January 14, Griffin spoke for roughly 17 minutes at an Otero council meeting and recalled his experience during the Capitol riots. He also told them of his plans to return with two guns to protest Biden’s inauguration.
During the council meeting, Griffin said, “I am going to leave either tonight or tomorrow. I’ve got a .357 Henry big boy rifle…that I got in the trunk of my car, and I’ve got a .357 single action revolver…that I will have underneath the front seat on my right side. And I will embrace my Second Amendment, I will keep my right to bear arms, my vehicle is an extension of my home in regard to the constitution law, and I have a right to have those firearms in my car.”
Griffin was arrested Sunday by police in Washington, D.C. He was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry.
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors filed a motion to detain Griffin until his trial because he is a “danger to the community.” In the motion, Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin pointed out that Griffin has repeatedly made death threats in separate videos against Democrats and Congressional leaders. In another video, Griffin told football players who knelt during the national anthem to “go back to Africa and form your little football teams over in Africa and you can play on a(n) old beat-out dirt lot and you can play your Black national anthem there. How about that?”