April 8th, 2021 – The attorney for accused Ryan Samsel claims that he was “savagely beaten” while in custody in a Washington D.C. Federal Facility around March 21st, 2021.
In late January, 37-year-old Ryan Stephen Samsel, of Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania was arrested by federal agents and charged with forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating, or interfering with a federal agent while they were engaged in their official duties; committed or attempted to commit any act to obstruct, impede, or interfere with any fireman or law enforcement officer lawfully engaged in the lawful performance of official duties; and obstructed, influenced, or impeded any official proceeding or attempted to do so, in connection with his alleged actions during the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6. He is among the four arrested in Bucks County arrested in connection to the attempted insurrection at the US’s Capitol Complex Building making Bucks County one of the top ranked county’s with the most arrestees.
Samsel’s apparent attorney, Elisabeth Pasqualini, told PennLive on Tuesday that her client was “viciously and savagely beaten” by a corrections officer during the morning of March 21, adding there was an ongoing FBI investigation into the incident. Pasqualini added that the assault occurred while Samsel’s hands were secured behind his back with zip ties, according to the PennLive report during the alleged assault.
“This is unjustified, and the way that these guys are being treated is completely unreasonable, it’s wholly unconstitutional,” the attorney of record, Steven Metcalf, said. “It doesn’t matter what these guys are being charged with. All of these guys are still pretrial detention; they have not been convicted of any crimes. And this is what they’ve been forced to endure.”
In a statement, the D.C. Department of Corrections said the jail “takes the safety and well-being of all residents, staff, and contractors extremely seriously. We are aware of the allegation made by an inmate and it is under investigation by the Department of Justice.” Lira Gallagher, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said the bureau “is aware of the allegations; however, as a matter of policy, we can neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.”
According to Metcalf, the incident, as related to him by his client, began the afternoon of March 20 when Samsel complained that the guards had taken hours to get him toilet paper. An argument ensued. That evening, according to Metcalf, Samsel was moved to another cell. Around midnight, the lawyer said, two guards came to that cell, restrained Samsel’s arms behind his back with zip-tie handcuffs and “beat him to a bloody pulp”.
Samsel did not regain consciousness until the next day, according to Metcalf and further said he saw Samsel by video two weeks later, and his client’s face was still black and blue and the skin around his wrists stripped off.
Editors Note: We are unable to confirm whether Mr. Metcalf or Ms. Pasqualini is his current attorney or not.
As a result of the attack, Samsel reportedly suffered serious injuries to his face and head, including a shattered orbital floor, a broken nose, a dislocated jaw and more, the report states. Pasqualini said in the report she believes that Samsel may have permanent vision loss in his right eye, and he has lost feeling in the left side of his face. Soon after the assault, Samsel experienced seizures as a result of his head injuries.
For weeks, Capitol riot defendants being held in Washington have complained that they are locked in their cells with virtually no human contact for 23 hours a day. But a startling, graphic account offered publicly in court on Tuesday by one such inmate, Ronald Sandlin, went further: alleging that guards have subjected those charged in the Jan. 6 events to violence, threats and verbal harassment.
Sandlin also described racial tension between minority guards and the largely white defendants, some of whom have been publicly accused of membership in or association with white supremacist groups. Sandlin said guards tackled “to the ground” one high-profile prisoner, Richard Barnett, 60, who was photographed with his boot up on a desk in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Sandlin said one of the guards declared, “I hate all white people and your ho*ky religion.”.
“Myself and others involved in the Jan. 6 incident are scared for their lives, not from each other but from correctional officers,”, Sandlin said during a bail hearing conducted by video before U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich, “I don’t understand how this is remotely acceptable,”, he added, saying he was being subjected to “mental torture”.
Defense attorneys for Samsel and Barnett confirmed the episodes described in court by Sandlin, which they said they learned about from their clients, clients’ family members and other attorneys. “There is a pattern of abuse and of targeting of the defendants who are being held pursuant to what happened on January 6th,”, said Joseph McBride of New York, a defense lawyer for Barnett and further stated, “It is targeted. It is ruthless. It is nonstop.”.
As of April 6th, 2021, Ryan Samsel was transferred out of the D.C. facility to an unknown location (Source: VineLink) and nothing else is stated further about the transfer which could possibly mean he is on transport to the local hospital for additional treatment. This article will be edited as more information is gathered regarding this incident.
We are also looking to gather identifying information about the Corrections Officer in question due to this incident being a high profile case, we should have the right to know who the perpetuator behind this was.