Publisher's Note: The J6 narrative from the beginning has been shown to be fraudulent. There was never a ranking minority on the committee. Evidence has been destroyed. The tapes of the J6 riot have not been released, but those that have show police brutality. There were hundreds of FBI operatives in the crowd. Thousands of J6 political prisoners rot in prison in DC. Justice is not being equally doled out. Every FBI legal filing needs to be seen in this context.
A Maryland elections official resigned Thursday after being arrested Tuesday on charges that he breached the U.S. Capitol in a riot on January 6, 2021.
Carlos Ayala, a Republican member of the Maryland State Board of Elections, was arrested on multiple charges on Tuesday, according to federal court records.
The 52-year-old Salisbury, Maryland citizen was appointed to the board in 2022 by Governor Wes Moore. The five-person board represents both main political parties.
Ayala faces a felony charge of civil disorder and related misdemeanors. Prosecutors allege he forced his way into the Capitol alongside rioters and assaulted a U.S. Capitol Police Officer.
Ayala was seen on footage climbing over police barricades and at the front of the crowd outside the Senate Wing door of the Capitol.
He was carrying a black and white flag with a rifle on it that was fixed to a PVC pipe flagpole, according to court documents. The flag allegedly bore the words "We the People" and "DEFEND."
Prosecutors allege he was jabbing a flagpole at a U.S. Capitol Police officer, and throwing the PVC pipe flagpole through the Senate Wing Door, striking an officer.
Ayala was also allegedly seen on police body camera footage urging the officers to "join us!"
Maryland State Board of Elections Chair Michael Summers, a Democrat, said in a statement he accepted Ayala's immediate resignation on Thursday.