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Son Tipped Off F.B.I. About His Father, Who Is Charged in Capitol Riot

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‘I put my emotions behind me to do what I thought was right,” said Jackson Reffitt, who weeks before the siege alerted the F.B.I. that his father was planning “something big.’

By Bryan Pietsch | 24 January 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES — Two days after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, Jackson Reffitt’s father, Guy W. Reffitt, returned to the family’s home in Texas. He told his son that he had stormed the Capitol, according to an F.B.I. affidavit.

Then his father leveled a threat: If Jackson, 18, reported him to the police, he would have no choice but to do his “duty” for his country and “do what he had to do.”

In interviews with investigators, Jackson Reffitt said his father told him: “If you turn me in, you’re a traitor. And you know what happens to traitors. Traitors get shot.”

But he had already reported his father to the F.B.I. weeks before the riot.

“He would always tell me that he’s going to do something big,” the younger Mr. Reffitt said in a phone interview on Saturday. “I assumed he was going to do something big, and I didn’t know what.”

Guy Reffitt’s wife told investigators after the riot that he was a member of the Three Percenters, a far-right militia group, according to the affidavit. […]

3 Comments on Son Tipped Off F.B.I. About His Father, Who Is Charged in Capitol Riot

  1. It wasn’t a “riot” (and certainly not an “insurrection”) — it was trespassing and vandalism; perhaps also a few instances of misdemeanor assault.

    A few instances of family reporting family made the news after the Capitol incident — as far as I recall, it was girls and women doing the reporting — females generally conform more readily, and place more social value on conforming.

    Here the NYT mentions the ‘Three Percenters’ in connection with what happened at the Capitol, and uses scare words like “far right” and “militia” to demonize this group, which is no doubt primarily composed of white people.

    [We are not “The” Three Percenters. We are “A” group of Three Percenters, known at The Three Percenters Original (aka TTPO). Our group is the exact opposite of what is being reported about Three Percenters in the news today. We’re not violent. We’re not extremists. We’re not a militia. We’re not white supremacists. We’re not racists. We’re not terrorists. We DID NOT conspire or participate in the DC riots and Capitol breach on January 6th.]

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