Victoria White, Beaten by Police With Metal Baton on Head on Jan. 6, to Decline Plea Deal

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Victoria C. White, the Minnesota woman shown on security video being repeatedly beaten by police in the Lower West Terrace Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has decided to reject a plea offer from federal prosecutors after she met with several members of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates has a plea hearing scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EST on Feb. 10 in the federal courthouse in Washington.

“Well, things are changing,” White, 41, told The Epoch Times in a text message on Feb. 7.

Asked if she was going to decline the plea offer, she replied: “Yes. I honestly never wanted to take it in the first place.”

White was among a group of people who attended the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach that met with congressional representatives at the Capitol on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7. White said the group “sat down with [Rep.] Lauren Boebert [R-Colo.] about investigating January 6th and the murders on J6, mistreatment, lack of actual fair trial, the political prisoners, the weaponization of the feds against us, etc. We also spoke with [Rep.] Byron Donalds [R-Fla.].”

The Jan. 6, 2021, group included Ashli Babbitt’s mother, Micki Witthoeft; Nicole Reffitt, wife of Guy Reffitt, the first Jan. 6 defendant found guilty at trial; David Valentine, founder of Freedom Express Media, which broadcasts nightly vigils outside the District of Columbia jail; and several others with ties to Jan. 6, according to White.

On Feb. 7, she posted on Twitter, “I will NOT be taking a plea deal.”

In a superseding indictment filed in January 2022, White was charged with civil disorder and aiding and abetting, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building. She pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

“I’m in DC this week. I have court on Friday,” White posted to Twitter on Feb. 6.

Details of the proposed plea agreement weren’t available on Feb. 7. Prosecutors haven’t filed any plea documents with the court yet. White’s trial is set to begin on May 8 in Washington.

By Joseph M. Hanneman

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