A Maryland man who used the makeshift flagpole attached to a Confederate flag to push a police officer on Jan. 6, 2021, has been given a fairly lengthy prison sentence, the Associated Press reports.
David Alan Blair, 27, was sentenced to 5 months in prison plus 18 months of supervised release after his term ends and ordered him to pay $2,000 in restitution. He used a lacrosse stick as a pole for the flag before he wielded it against officers.
“We’re Americans,” David Alan Blair said as he held a lacrosse stick attached to a confederate flag, that’s he’d soon use to assault a cop.
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) February 17, 2021
From the Associated Press:
Blair, 27, left his home in Clarksburg, Maryland, and started driving to Washington, D.C., after the riot erupted at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Shortly before 6 p.m., Blair encountered a line of Metropolitan Police Department officers on the Capitol’s West Lawn and refused to heed their commands to leave the area, prosecutors said.
A police officer’s body camera captured Blair walking in front of the police line and yelling, “Hell naw. Quit backing up. Don’t be scared. We’re Americans.”
Blair was arrested after he pushed his lacrosse stick against an officer’s chest.
Other Capitol riot defendants who carried Confederate flags that day were Kevin Seefried of Delaware who was convicted in June with his adult son, and Matthew Ryan Miller, who was sentenced in May to 33 months in prison for assaulting police officers and obstructing an official proceeding.