Who is Gabriel Brown? Capitol rioter wanted by FBI for 'Assault on Media' and shouting expletives to reporters
The FBI is still in hot pursuit of the rioters involved in the storming and vandalizing the Capitol on January 6. One of them is 37-year-old Gabriel Brown, who is still at large. And in the meantime, he made his presence felt by sharing his public videos filmed during the riots where he was seen bragging about his YouTube channel to a reporter.
There is enough about Brown to draw a quick picture. The Daily Dot reported he had scrubbed all content from his video channel, but it was a tad too late as people had saved his footage during the riots and uploaded it on YouTube again.
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Who is Gabriel Brown?
"A Proud Boys sympathizer" as the site describes, Brown hails from Long Island and is a regular when it comes to uploading videos and footage of far-right events on YouTube, His channel is called GB0083. In one of the videos, he was seen lambasting the reporters. "You didn’t want to do your fucking job. Well, now you can’t," he was seen shouting. Photos of Brown on the FBI's website are tagged as 'AOM' that stands for "assault on media."
Brown's videos of the Capitol riot show the crowd chanting "F*** fake news" and smashing the camera equipment of the journalists. Quite recently, Brown made an appearance when interviewed by comedian, Walter Masterson where he thought the riots were a "Woodstock contest". In a string of TikTok videos where he spoke to Masterson, Brown made zero efforts when he expressed his direct involvement.
"There were so many people outside. Were there some, like, crazy characters there? Sure, and some of them went a little over the top," he remarked. "I actually filmed all my journey up there. It’s on my YouTube channel,” Brown continued. He then told Masterson his own name and the name of his channel: 'GB0083,' the first two letters standing for 'Gabriel Brown.'
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It wasn't enough to kill, but Brown was clear he wasn't a fan. "Cause when the whole thing with Ted Cruz happened, Ted Cruz was like, 'Yeah, I’m willing to work with you, let’s go after these people.' And she's like, ‘No, anyone but you. We’re not working together. You tried to kill me'"
"Exactly. And you know what? I was there in D.C. I wasn’t trying to kill her,” Brown added. He is still wanted by the FBI. The site added he was not listed by the DOJ's list of defendants charged in the Capitol riot.
As far as punishment goes, former prosecutors and a civil rights attorney spoke to MEAWW, commenting on what happens next as law enforcement identifies the people responsible for the riots. Trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani opined: "The government can and should identify and prosecute everyone who unlawfully entered the Capitol building. The District of Columbia is not a state and exclusively the jurisdiction of the federal government, so all cases will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office."
He also added: “Law enforcement and our democracy are literally under attack, so it is important for prosecutors to indict all those responsible for the January 6 riots. In fact, the Federal Anti-Riot Act specifically directs the Attorney General to proceed “as speedily as possible” in prosecuting rioters, and I expect that to happen in this case.”