Washington D.C. police and federal investigators have released 38 images of individuals suspected of unlawful entry during a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol carried out on Wednesday (January 6) during the final Congressional vote recording for the 2020 general election. Among them is a photo of ICED EARTH leader Jon Schaffer taken by Roberto Schmidt of AFP.
“Anyone who can identify these individuals or has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE line at 50411,” the department wrote in an online posting asking for help. “The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.”
The Schaffer picture by Roberto Schmidt can be found on the Getty Images web site and was used as the lead photo for two separate high-profile mainstream-media news articles on Wednesday: NBC News and The Daily Beast.
This is not the first pro-Donald Trump event that Schaffer has been part of. Less than two months ago, on November 15, Jon identified himself and spoke to the German daily newspaper Die Welt while in the crowd at a Washington, D.C. demonstration supporting Trump and protesting the election results. At the time, Die Welt journalist Carolina Drüten posted a picture of the guitarist and erroneously spelled Schaffer‘s name as “John Schaper” but did correctly note that he traveled from his home state of Indiana to attend the event.
“They will go down. They’re messing with the wrong people, believe me,” Schaffer was quoted as saying by Die Welt, referring to the American political establishment.
Asked by Die Welt if he expected riots, Schaffer said: “If someone uses violence against us, we will react accordingly. We don’t want that, but we are ready.”