One 73-year-old Purple Heart Vietnam veteran and Pastor James Cusick ended up behind bars at his home in Florida. He was arrested for being at the Capitol on January 6, even though he wasn’t involved in the violent protest.
His son, Casey, just like his father, ended up in jail, and he was arrested in front of his daughter (3). The poor little girl was asking why the cops are taking her father. The son isn’t accused of any violence or vandalism. You can watch the heartbreaking videos from the crime scene.
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The incident happened on Thursday morning.
“This morning I saw a sheriff pull up in our driveway with his lights on and there was about four or five other cars with them,” his daughter Staci told the Gateway Pundit. “They came up to our front door and I told my dad to go answer it. As he started towards the door they started banging and banging and saying ‘open up we have a warrant.’ He opened the door and they asked him his name and to step outside.”
Staci stated that the officer saw her in the kitchen and asked her to go outside. Once she went into the front yard, she saw them telling her father to turn around and handcuff him.
“They asked me my name, and I told them I was his daughter Staci. They said they were not looking for me but told me to put my hands on the back of the sheriff’s vehicle. My dad asked what it was about, and they told him it was because he entered the Capitol building on January 6.”
James Cusick was frapped. When he was at the “crime scene” on January 6, he was friendly with the police officers, and they were the ones who directed him to the bathroom. His daughter explained that they never advised him to leave the building. He started defending himself, but the officers told him that everything he would say could be used against him! So, he had to wait for his lawyer.
“I asked him if they would take the handcuffs off of him because I was upset seeing my 73-year-old father in handcuffs. They said no,” Staci said.
After the interrogation, the police took Staci and the father inside and asked him to get the clothes he wore on January 6, and he listened to them. Also, the police officers demanded from him the passport.
“I told them that my dad is a veteran, and he has never ever been in trouble with the law. They told me that they understand that, but ‘he did break the law,'” she said. “I told them my dad is opposed to any type of vandalism and that he never even saw any when he was there. When he was standing there in the Capitol, the police or guards, not sure which they were, were talking to him and being kind. They showed him where the bathrooms were. Nobody was telling them to get out. There was never any type of warning that they were breaking the law. None of that was happening.”
Below you can see photos from DOJ, where we can see that he’s casually speaking with the police officers.
“They said that they understand that and that they’re ‘not the bad guys, we’re just here doing what we’re told,'” Staci said. “My dad loves this country. He volunteered to go to Vietnam and fight. He served 16 months there proudly. He has taken so many kids on trips to Washington, DC, to let them see this great country. He’s very passionate about this nation. He’s a pastor, and he holds the Constitution in very high regard. He hates what is happening to this country, but he would never vandalize or harm any government property or anything for that matter. He’s a very upstanding man, and I was devastated to see him taken away.”
Stacy was petrified, and her voice was shaking, so she started crying. In tears, she said: “there’s just no reason for it. He did nothing to deserve what we saw this morning. I don’t understand why they would feel okay doing this to someone like him. I think they felt bad about it, but they kept saying it’s their job.”
Nevertheless, when the police officers were taking the pastor and his son, law enforcement and the FBI were at the home of his friend who was accompanying them. The friend, pastor, and son were taken into custody.
You can see the arrest from the video below.
“My brother lives in another town close by, about 15 minutes away,” Staci explained. “He was arrested just before my father was arrested, but we did not know at the time.”
She still says that her brother isn’t a violent man, and he has never been in trouble!
From the search warrant, we can see that the police searched for the clothing he wore that day, and we’re looking for the Trump hat! The friend was arrested while he was returning his wife from her heart doctor.
“As they pulled into their neighborhood, the FBI was waiting for him,” Staci explained. “They arrested him right in the street in front of all his neighbors.”
John Pierce, an attorney, will represent him. Pierce’s new organization, National Constitutional Law Union Inc. NCLU, strives to protect the US Constitution and the American life: “by providing legal support and funding to individuals whose Constitutional rights, civil liberties and similar rights are being violated or in jeopardy.”
“The process obviously continues of federal authorities rounding up American citizens with respect to January 6. The NCLU is honored to be stepping in to provide support for these defendants and their lawyers,” Pierce said. “It is a very unique, difficult, and uncertain time in American history. What is certain is that these defendants will be pleading not guilty to all charges. We look forward to trial and getting to the bottom of what actually happened on January 6.”