Siaka Massaquoi

Black Actor Arrested For Jan. 6 Riot, Faces Misdemeanor Charges

Actor and first vice chair of the L.A. County Republican Party, Siaka Massaquoi, was arrested on Nov. 30 for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Massaquoi was taken into custody by FBI agents at Hollywood Burbank Airport and charged with several misdemeanors, including trespassing, disorderly conduct, and parading or demonstrating in a Capitol building, Yahoo News reports.

Massaquoi was released on a $1,000 bond after spending a night in jail. He quickly took to social media to clear his name and reposted a video of himself inside the Capitol building during the riots.

“Witness why I was raided 2 years ago and recently arrested and charged Nov. 30, 2023, almost 3 years later,” he said in a post on Twitter. The actor’s home was searched by authorities in 2021 due to concerns about things he posted on a “social media app” as well as people he publicly associated with, The Los Angeles Times reports. Massaquoi, who identifies as a “media personality,” defended himself after the raid, saying, “I did nothing wrong on the 6th … did nothing violent.”

The actor is also a contributor to the far-right site Red State, where he released an official statement about his detainment and expressed that he was “grateful to Jesus for being with me and my family throughout this unbelievable event.”

“Charlotte and I are so grateful for all the love and support we have received so far and know we will get through this with God’s grace. Thank you for your prayers and support,” Massaquoi continued. In 2022, he also ran for California State Assembly in District 43, positing himself as the more moral candidate against his opponent, Luz Rivas, who would go on to win the election.

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