Jan 6 rioter who hit a police officer with a 2×4 wooden plank is slapped with 3 years in prison

A Colorado man who allegedly used a 2×4 to hit a police officer during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has been sentenced to prison.

Jacob Travis Clark was sentenced to 33 months in prison, followed by 12 months of supervised release, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. He was found guilty of one felony and five misdemeanors following a Jan. 30, 2023, bench trial.

From the DOJ:

According to court documents, Clark anticipated violence well before January 6. In one of his text messages, he stated that he anticipated January 6 to be a “revolt.” According to Clark, “They are going into D.C. and bringing guns. Which isn’t allowed in D.C. They aren’t gonna let Biden win.” Court documents say that Clark intended to go to Washington D.C. on January 6 and “be a part of history.”

After the [Stop the Steal] rally, Clark walked to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol grounds and joined the mob, forcing their way through the barricades. On the grounds, he continued to text his friends, “We are gonna storm the capital.” At 2:14 p.m., Clark was among the first to enter the U.S. Capitol building through the Senate Wing doors.

Inside the Capitol, Clark went onto the second floor, onto the third floor, inside the Rotunda, and walked through multiple hallways. Clark continued to send texts stating, “yeah I’m in the capitol (sic) building” and “we stormed it and busted the door down.” He claimed to be the first rioter to enter the Senate Chambers.

Clark was then observed walking down the hallway from the Senate Wing Door toward the Crypt holding a 2×4 wooden plank. Moments later, a U.S. Capitol Police Officer (USCP) was hit with the wooden 2×4 plank, which forced the officer to retreat into the Crypt in visible pain. Clark later joined a crowd of rioters, pointed at police, and threatened them. The mob forced the police to retreat, and Clark proceeded deeper into the building.

Read the full press release here.

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.