By Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON (Reuters] – An ex-chief of the California Police Department was accused in a right-wing militia riot that took place on Jan. 6. He requested that a Federal Judge hear his case and allow him to stand for himself.
Hearing the request of Alan Hostetter (56-year-old former chief police officer in La Habra), CA, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said that he believes defendants can represent themselves and “have a fool as a client.”
Judge said that Hostetter could still represent herself. Lamberth stated that he will grant the motion by written order, after having received an affidavit of Hostetter.
Hostetter said to Judge that he wanted the FBI’s corruption to be exposed in their investigation into the Jan. 6th riot. According to Hostetter, conservative site “Revolver News” claimed that FBI informants had been embedded with militia groups that were allegedly involved in organizing and executing the Jan. 6 riot.
Hostetter, one of six Californians associated with Three Percenters militia was charged in June with conspiracy to commit crimes related to Capitol violence which resulted in five deaths.
The Three Percenters, a loosely organized group of people who were established in 2008, take their name form the notion that only 3% American colonists gave up arms to the British during the American Revolution.
Over 650 individuals have been accused of taking part in an attack to prevent Congress from recertifying Democratic President Joe Biden’s victory. Trump claimed that the attacks were the result widespread fraud.
Indictment: Prosecutors claimed that Hostetter, a 2020-born group called American Phoenix Project, protested the restrictions placed on public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the indictment, this group was used as a platform for advocating violence against leaders of government.
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