, is facing federal felony charges in connection with the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Well known for attending protests in his home state, Chansley was photographed in the Capitol building wearing face paint and an animal horn headdress.
On Monday, Chansley’s lawyer, Albert S. Watkins, filed an emergency motion in the D.C. district court asking for organic food or a pre-trial release for Chansley. Watkins said his client had been refusing to eat the jail food because of his shamanism, a faith he noted is recognized by the U.S. government.
“Based on Mr. Jacob Chansley’s shamanic belief system and way of life, non-organic food, which contains unnatural chemicals, would act as an ‘object intrusion’ onto his body and cause serious illness if he were to eat it,” the motion reads.
Watkins said Chansley “lost weight in excess of twenty pounds during the last week.”
In a press release on Thursday, Watkins said that after an emergency hearing, the court ordered the District of Columbia Department of Corrections to serve Chansley organic food. At the time of the hearing, Chansley had not eaten in just over nine days, Watkins said.
Since the D.C. Department of Corrections said it could not comply with the court order, Chansley was transferred to a new facility that could.
In a statement to CBS News, Amy Bertsch from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office said Chansley was transferred and booked into the Alexandria Adult Detention Center on Thursday.
“The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office has an agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service to house federal inmates,” Bertsch said. “The Marshals asked if our facility could comply with the court order regarding this inmate’s diet. We consulted with Aramark, our food service contractor, and Aramark stated they could meet the court’s requirements.”
Chansley was ordered to be January 6 siege show that the intent of the rioters was to “capture and assassinate” lawmakers.after federal prosecutors in Arizona said his words and actions during the
He was indicted on January 11 by a federal grand jury on two felony charges of interfering with law enforcement during the commission of civil disorder and obstructing a Congressional proceeding, threatening Congressional officials and disorderly conduct. Chansley was also indicted on four misdemeanor counts.