He [Thomas Sibick] may be helpful in the nursing home. He may be helpful in the jail. He may be a helpful human being in life, but he was not helping on January 6. — US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson
He [Thomas Sibick] may be helpful in the nursing home. He may be helpful in the jail. He may be a helpful human being in life, but he was not helping on January 6. — US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Man charged in Fanone assault at Capitol to remain in jail after emotional hearing
Prosecutors previously said Thomas Sibick was spotted on police body-camera footage ripping away Fanone's badge and radio while he lay on the ground outside the Capitol. Fanone collapsed after the attack and was hospitalized, and later recalled in a CNN interview that rioters tased him and tried to pull his weapon out of its holster.

Sibick, charged with 10 federal crimes, including assaulting an officer and robbery, has pleaded not guilty. He has been in jail since his arrest in March but argued that new police body camera footage showed the interaction was a failed attempt to help Fanone. Sibick is the latest high-profile Capitol riot defendant to argue that video footage of his attack recharacterizes the moment, and that he was in fact trying to help embattled police officers.

"He may be helpful in the nursing home. He may be helpful in the jail. He may be a helpful human being in life, but he was not helping on January 6," US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Friday, adding that Sibick took "unique, purposeful, independent actions" to reach in and grab at Fanone's equipment.

"He doesn't hold him, offer him assistance, protect him with his body," Jackson said.
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