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‘This Has Gone Too Far’: Musk Rips Airport Arrest of Actor On Misdemeanor J6 Charge

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Billionaire Elon Musk, CEO of the X platform, Tesla, and SpaceX, lambasted the Biden administration following the arrest of a California-based actor at an airport over a misdemeanor charge related to the January 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol Building.

Siaka Massaquoi, who is also an activist, attended the premiere of The Daily Wire-produced comedy “Lady Ballers” and was arrested on four misdemeanor charges related to “trespassing” and “parading” in the Capitol nearly three years after the incident. Reports said he was arrested in front of his pregnant wife and perp-walked through the airport by federal agents.

According to California-based activist Lori Mills, Massaquoi was put in shackles and leg irons before being arraigned alongside drug dealers and violent criminals. The FBI had raided his home in the weeks following the Capitol riot but waited until this week to arrest him, for some reason.

Babylon Bee founder and CEO Seth Dillon noted on the X platform Massaquoi’s arrest, which led Musk to respond, “This has gone too far.”

Dillon wrote: If you’ve watched our Californians Move to Texas series, then you’re already familiar with Siaka. You know how funny and talented he is. But he isn’t just a talented actor and friend of the Babylon Bee; he also happens to be a Trump supporter. And our government is punishing him for it. As Siaka was returning home from a trip to Nashville for the Daily Wire’s latest premiere, the FBI was waiting to arrest him and charge him with crimes related to his presence at the Capitol on Jan 6. I couldn’t believe this when I heard it. This political persecution can’t be allowed to continue.

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The Biden Department of Justice has filed charges against over 1,400 Americans in connection with the January 6 Capitol protests and minor riot. The FBI continues to employ pre-dawn SWAT raids even for non-violent trespassers, and there have been at least four instances of defendants taking their own lives due to the perceived severity of the charges they were facing.

Meanwhile, no comparable actions have been taken against left-wing protesters who stormed the White House and numerous federal buildings across the nation during the Black Lives Matter riots in 2020, when Donald Trump was president.

Also, the criminal prosecution of Trump may be significantly impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear appeals filed by those accused of crimes connected to the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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The justices will consider three separate appeals that defendants Joseph Fischer, Edward Lang, and Garret Miller filed.

At their regularly scheduled Friday session late last month, the court was going to discuss the cases. However, due to the passing of retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the meeting was called off. The justices will now hear the cases at a later time, perhaps even this Friday, NBC News reported.

The three men are attempting to have a charge against them dropped because they interfered with an official proceeding, specifically the congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory, which a group of Trump supporters interfered with.

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In his federal election interference case, Trump is accused of this offense in addition to others. Therefore, the court’s decision on whether to accept or reject the appeals may have an impact on his case.

A lower court decision that permitted the government to press charges against the defendants would stand if the court rejected the appeals.

However, if the justices decide to take on the cases, there will be a lengthy wait while they consider oral arguments and render a decision at some point in the court’s current nine-month term, which ends in June. The nine-justice court must receive four votes or more to hear a case.

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