Capitol ‘rioter’ snapped with his feet on Nancy Pelosi’s desk says he was TORTURED in jail


The Capitol rioter who put his feet up on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s desk has claimed he was denied medical treatment when he thought he was having a heart attack in jail.  

Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, 61, complained of being ‘tortured’ at the District of Columbia jail, citing alleged incidents where he was slammed head first into the concrete floor and kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.

The allegations were made in an ’emergency request’ by Barnett’s attorney Joseph D. McBride calling on Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union to investigate the treatment and alleged ‘human rights violations’ of Capitol rioters at the jail.  

Barnett, from Gravette, Arkansas, was released from jail in April and ordered to stay in home detention pending trial for his part in the January 6 Capitol riot that left five dead. 

The 61-year-old was slapped with seven charges including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority with a stun gun. 

He was pictured brazenly propping his feet on the desk in Pelosi’s office and leaving her a note allegedly calling her a ‘b**ch’. 

Barnett also allegedly stole a letter from the House Speaker’s office before boasting outside the Capitol following the siege that he ‘wrote a nasty note, put my feet up on her desk and scratched my balls’. 

The Capitol rioter who put his feet up on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk has claimed he was denied medical treatment when he thought he was having a heart attack in jail. Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, 61, pictured with his feet on her desk

In the letter from his attorney, sent August 3, Barnett claims he was denied his civil rights while being held behind bars. 

The letter claims he was subjected to ‘various psychological and emotional abuses’ including being beaten by staff, facing threats against his wife, and being forced to live in ‘disgusting unsanitary conditions’.

He was also allegedly subjected to sleep deprivation and was robbed of his belongings.

In one alleged incident of torture, Barnett was denied medical help and was laughed at by prison guards when he believed he was having a heart attack. 

‘One day, Richard began to feel tightness in his chest, pain in his left arm, and thought that he was having a heart attack, as such, he called for ‘help!” the letter read.

‘A guard came over to his cell, looked at Richard, and then proceeded to mock and laugh at him.’ 

Barnett was not given medical attention for a ‘significant’ period of time, his lawyer wrote – ‘certainly enough time for him to die’. 

Barnett inside Pelosi's office on January 6 with the envelope he later flashed outside as he returned to the crowd of Trump supporters

Barnett inside Pelosi’s office on January 6 with the envelope he later flashed outside as he returned to the crowd of Trump supporters

The 61-year-old was slapped with seven charges including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority with a stun gun

The 61-year-old was slapped with seven charges including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority with a stun gun

When the 61-year-old was returned to his cell still ill and asked staff to check on him, the guard who laughed at him earlier allegedly pounded on his cell door after he had fallen asleep.  

‘This startled Richard so badly that he stood up fast, but because he was still not well, he fainted and hit his head on the sink,’ the lawyer wrote. 

‘The guard saw this happen and left Richard a second time. Richard woke up with massive swelling and was bleeding from his head.’

Barnett was allegedly left screaming for medical attention for almost an hour until help came. 

On another alleged occasion, a prison guard ‘made a sexually threatening comment’ toward him, the letter reads. 

The guard then allegedly called Richard’s wife by her first name and ‘told Richard that he was going to get on a plane to Arkansas where he would sexually assault her as well’. 

Richard 'Bigo' Barnett, 61, complained of being 'tortured' at the District of Columbia jail

Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, 61, complained of being ‘tortured’ at the District of Columbia jail

Barnett was also being held for around 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, with staff using the pandemic to justify the lockdown, his attorney claims.  

In a third alleged incident, Barnett claims he was slammed into the concrete floor for asking a staff member to wear a mask in compliance with the COVID-19 rules in the jail.

Barnett claims he had asked a staffer to put on a face covering when the guard came near him. 

‘That officer responded by verbally abusing and threatening Richard publicly in front of many witnesses, including family members who heard the commotion on the other end of the phones,’ the letter reads.

Barnett returned to his cell and, soon after, a group of around nine officers opened his door and told him to exit his cell, the letter says.

When he put out his hands to be cuffed and said he had done nothing wrong, Barnett claims he was cuffed, shackled, verbally abused and threatened with mace. 

Barnett was then allegedly ‘jerked… back and forth with great force.’

The letter says Barnett then objected to the way he was being treated and ‘was lifted off of his feet by his shackles and slammed shoulder and head first into the concreate floor.’ 

The officers then allegedly charged Barnett with inciting a riot and was held in the hole for weeks up until the day he was released. 

The allegations were made in an 'emergency request' by Barnett's attorney Joseph D. McBride calling on Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union to investigate the treatment and alleged 'human rights violations' of Capitol rioters at the jail (above)

The allegations were made in an ’emergency request’ by Barnett’s attorney Joseph D. McBride calling on Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union to investigate the treatment and alleged ‘human rights violations’ of Capitol rioters at the jail (above)

Barnett’s attorney also describes allegedly ‘unsanitary conditions’ at the jail – nicknamed ‘DC-GITMO’ in the letter in reference to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. 

The jail contains black mold, brown drinking water, and poor ventilation, according to the letter. 

When Barnett filed ten grievances complaining about staff at the facility, he claims he was punished and retaliated against. 

‘My client, Richard Barnett, who did not assault any Capitol Police or destroy any property, was detained by the federal government for 109 days before being released over the objections of the Justice Department since he was neither a danger to society nor risk of flight,’ McBride wrote in the letter. 

‘His crime was putting his feet on one of Nancy Pelosi’s desks at the request of a press photographer.’

The emergency request also hits out at the treatment of four other so-called ‘January Sixers’ – Edward Jacob Lang, Scott Fairlamb, Emmanuel Jackson and Ryan Samsel – in the DC jail.  

It says the Capitol rioters are held in a separate area of the jail dubbed the Patriot Unit, which was previously defunct and was reopened specifically to house the people suspected in the January 6 attack.

‘This is unprecedented, unconstitutional, un-American, offensive to all standards of common decency, illegal, and wrong,’ the letter reads. 

The group have raised several complaints about their treatment in prison custody in recent months with their lawyers alleging they are being subjected to threats, violence and 23-hour lockups.

Defense attorneys representing Barnett are now claiming he wrote 'biatch' instead of 'b****' in the note he left to Pelosi

Defense attorneys representing Barnett are now claiming he wrote ‘biatch’ instead of ‘b****’ in the note he left to Pelosi

The DC Central Detention Facility did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.

Barnett was taken into federal custody two days after the mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. 

He was indicted on seven federal charges in connection to the insurrection. 

These are: entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; entering and remaining in certain rooms in a capitol building; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building; theft of government property; and obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting.

Barnett posed for a photo reclining in the House Speaker’s chair before he later returned to the crowd of Trump supporters outside and boasted of leaving her a note.  

He told the New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg in the aftermath outside that he ‘fell’ into Pelosi’s office after being pushed in by other protesters. 

‘I’ll probably be telling them this is what happened all the way to the DC jail,’ he said.  

Barnett showed off a personalized, hand-written envelope taken from Pelosi’s desk which was addressed to The Honorable Billy Long and had Pelosi’s signature on it.

‘I didn’t steal it,’ he claimed, saying he ‘left a quarter on her desk’.

Barnett told the New York Times outside the Capitol he 'fell' into Pelosi's office as he showed off a personalized envelope taken from her desk

Barnett told the New York Times outside the Capitol he ‘fell’ into Pelosi’s office as he showed off a personalized envelope taken from her desk

He also boasted that ‘I left her a note on her desk that says ‘Nancy Bigo was here you b**ch’.’  

However, Barnett’s defense is now claiming the he called Pelosi a ‘biatch’ not a ‘b**ch’ in the note. 

‘Instead of writing the accusatory ‘You b*tch’ as the government falsely states, it only says ‘biatd’ and without the word ‘you,’ the lawyers said in a filing arguing his release in April. 

‘On information and belief, the ‘d’ was meant to be two letters, ‘c’ and ‘h’ with the ‘c’ connected to an ‘h’ to spell the word ‘biatch’ which is a slang and less offensive word for ‘b*tch’.’ 

They claim the word biatch is a term of endearment or disparagement for another person.  

He was freed from jail in April after filing a bizarre motion comparing himself to Black Lives Matter protesters who he said had been granted release while he was held behind bars. 

The judge said he didn’t see the relevance to Barnett’s case but still granted him house detention.  

Barnett is now asking supporters for donations for his legal fund in exchange for autographed photos of himself with his feet on Pelosi’s death.  





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