WASHINGTON, DC – New charges have been filed against former Wayne County Delegate Derrick Evans in connection with his role in the January 6 raid on the U.S. Capitol.
Evans, 35, has been charged with entering and staying in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and parade, demonstration or picketing in a Capitol building.
The information was filed in federal court in Washington, DC on Monday. Information usually means that the defendant is cooperating with investigators. It cannot be filed without the consent of the defendant.
Evans was initially arrested and charged with similar charges in January. The affidavit filed by an FBI investigating agent indicates that Evans live streamed a video on his Facebook page showing him joining and encouraging a group to illegally enter the Capitol.
He was identified in several ways, one of which was by saying his name on the recording.
The agent refers to previous Facebook posts in which Evans referred to “taking back America”, “stopping the flight” and “a storm coming”. Evans also posted a photo of a charter bus full of people without masks, which he said was heading to Washington, DC
Evans’ attorney John H. Bryan said the former lawmaker did nothing wrong and did not engage in violent acts, riots, destruction of property or a illegal behavior and that Evans was exercising his First Amendment rights to peacefully protest and film.
The federal agent said that while Evans claimed to be a media outlet, he didn’t believe there was nothing on his social media pages to indicate that he was acting in that capacity.
After his arraignment in January on these charges, he was released on personal bail, meaning he was released without having to pay any money.