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.”
However, 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: “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.”
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 Scott
- Last Name(s): Zink
- Case Number: 1:21-cr-191
- Arrest Location: Lubbock, TX
- Judge: Zia M. Faruqui
- Entry Last Updated: 07/22/2021
- Date Docket Downloaded: 07/10/2021
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Obstruction of an Official Proceeding; Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority and engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds.
Zink was arrested on 2/4/21 and indicted 3/5/21. He was arraigned on 3/18/21 where he pleaded not guilty to counts 1-4. The defendant remains on Personal Recognizance BondStatus and has a status conference set for 5/19/21 at 11 am.
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