Capitol Rioter Goes Completely Berserk During Court Hearing

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Published on 7 May 2021, 18:00
During a virtual court hearing this week, a Capitol rioter named Landon Copeland became irate and belligerent at anyone and everyone, repeatedly having to be either put on mute or into a separate Zoom room for him cool down. His own lawyers were trying to argue that the man had been radicalized by watching Fox News for 6 months straight, and the comment only made Copeland even madder. Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins discusses the bizarre court hearing and why it likely won't do Copeland any favors.

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*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.

One of the Trump supporters who took place in the January six insurrection at the Capitol, uh, had a court hearing this week via zoom that immediately went off the rails, the rioter or suspected, right? Or I guess we have to call him as, you know, whatever. But anyway, uh, he, it goes a little bit crazy during the zoom conference multiple times, they either have to put them on mute. At one point, the judge actually took him, put his little thing in a separate zoom room so that he would stop disrupting the hearing that was taking place. And when he wasn't on mute, when he wasn't in a separate room, he was launching into profane tirades against the judge against the clerks against, uh, uh, the lawyers against everybody involved in this. And of course, at one point he even got off at his own lawyers for saying that he suffered from quote Fox itis, meaning that he spent the last six months watching Fox news got radicalized and then went to storm the Capitol as a result of what he saw on Fox news.

Now that's a very salient point there. And that's something that's kind of getting overlooked in some of the coverage of this issue, but either way, I got to read some of these quotes that this nutjob blurted out during this court hearing little profanity here a lot, actually, I'm going to try to, you know, not say it just in case you get kids around, but at one point you said you people have this up. Give me a psyche, Val, I don't like 70% of my income going to the government F you all or F all of you. I'm sorry. I don't like you. People. You're a robot to me. You can't come get me. If I don't want you to, to F all of you F all of you, I want to talk, walk and open court. You mother efforts, he told a clerk at one point, you are evil.

At what point am I a free individual versus a pre-trial confinement individual is this negotiable. I used to be a free man till you lock me up. At one point, his lawyer said this, this is great in my conversations with him. I don't think he's being intentionally belligerent. I don't think he's competent to proceed right now. Now, Copeland is a veteran who says, in the hearing that quote, he got shot in Iraq. Um, and his own lawyer is sitting there being like, look, I don't think this guy's just being a Dick to be a Dick. Um, he's not competent. Um, they do think, uh, there could be some PTSD there, and that may be why he's acting out like this. Why he's lashing out, why he even took place in the Capitol, right? But the man is accused of, by the way, uh, assaulting police officers during the riot, um, allegedly took a barricade and threw it at police officers.

So that's what, uh, all of this is about. It's not just that he was there. It's that he was literally hurling, um, very large and heavy objects at police officers with the intent of hurting them. Um, he also had posted April 28th on Facebook, and this is the creepy thing. This is what's likely going to get this man locked away for a long time. And this had nothing to do with the hearing, but posted this on the 28th.
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