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Ryan Scott Zink

Jeff Zink told a KCBD reporter, he and his son were peacefully protesting, saying he took his son to D.C. because he wanted his son, who’s in the media department at Texas Tech, to “document what was taking place:”  Jeff went on to say that, “We did witness, first-hand, a black clad protestor destroying one of the windows and then being apprehended by the Capitol Police Department. At that time, I offered to bear witness of this event and ensured the police were provided with my contact information. At no time did I, nor my son Ryan enter the building, trespass or damage any property of the United States. Furthermore, the allegations that my son physically assaulted ANYONE are completely unfounded, without evidence or merit, and politically motivated.”

In a private message on Facebook, Ryan Zink said “Broke down the doors pushed Congress out of session I took two flash bangs I’m ok I’ll be posting pictures in a little bit when we get back I’m hurt but we accomplished the job.”  Zink had also posted a day after the event saying:

“I went and fought for what I believe in I started no violence and even helped officers and injured people documented what I did what I felt was right. You don’t like it there’s a little button called Unfriend and do so immediately. A bunch of keyboard heroes saying what you would have done you weren’t there. You would have probably ran when it got heavy. I believe what I believe and if you believe different well that’s part of why I was there today. Standing up for all of us for the truth. You have no idea the hurt and suffering this nation suffered today. I witnessed it first hand I saw people who were trained, coached, and deadset on destruction hurt police and then turn inward a woman died and you want to play games and talk shit to me about being there. History was made and I am proud of it.

“Not everyone went inside. It was a small group of about I would say 25-30 people and they were the only combative ones I got super close and documented everything I’m not some radical right wing nut job I literally took pictures of them and saw the tattoos it’s not hard to identify. If you were there you could have seen this it was different in my life and in reporting I have seen what riots and violence looks like this was planned strategic trained tactical this was no ordinary rue it was a planned thing.”

(Note: these remarks have not been edited for punctuation to keep original accuracy.)

Please keep in mind that in the United States, every citizen charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • First Name(s): Ryan
  • Last Name(s): Zink
  • Case Number: 1:21-cr-191
  • Arrest Location: Lubbock, TX
  • Judge: Zia M. Faruqui
  • Judge: James Boasberg (current)
  • Entry Last Updated: 07/26/2023
  • Date Docket Downloaded: 01/12/2021
  • Currently Incarcerated: No
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Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and Aiding and Abetting (1) Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds (2) Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds (3) Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building (4)

Case Status

Zink was arrested on 2/4/21 and indicted 3/5/21. Released on personal recognizance on 3/16/21. He was arraigned on 3/18/21 where he plead not guilty to counts 1-4. Pretrial Conference set for 8/21/2023 at 11:00 AM via Zoom. Jury Selection/Jury Trial set for 9/5/2023 at 09:30 AM in Courtroom 22A- In Person before Chief Judge James E. Boasberg.

USA Attorney

Cari F. Walsh
Assistant United States Attorney M.O. Bar No. 37867 U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia 601 D Street N.W. Washington, DC 20530 Phone: (816) 426-4307 Email: [email protected]

USA Attorney

Holly F. Grosshans
Assistant United States Attorney D.C. Bar No. 90000361 U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia 601 D Street N.W. Washington, DC 20530 Phone: (202) 252-6737 Email: [email protected]

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