A Nassau County attorney involved in an attempt to spread conspiracies about the Sept. 11 attacks was arrested Thursday and charged with six charges for his involvement in the Jan. 6 riots at the D.C. Capitol.
John O’Kelly, 66, of East Williston, tried to rip a police officer’s baton from them and pushed a metal bike rack at other officers during skirmishes outside the Capitol, according to prosecutors who quoted police video and CCTV footage. . day in federal files.
Internet sleuths with the Twitter account @SeditionHunters O’Kelly called #midwhitecrisis last year — after the FBI released a series of photos of him in an attempt to establish his identity — and used the hashtag to track down information about him. Tipsters eventually helped federal authorities locate O’Kelly, leading to his arrest Thursday, federal prosecutors said.
He was charged with assaulting or obstructing officers; social unrest; and entering and staying in a prohibited building or property, among other charges. Information about an attorney representing O’Kelly was not immediately available.
Many rioters on Jan. 6 shared the mistaken belief that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. However, O’Kelly appeared to have been working with conspiracy theories long before the 2020 election. He was involved with a group of lawyers who spread lies about 9/11 and filed a lawsuit alleging explosives had been placed in the Twin Towers, an unfounded conspiracy theory.