**On January 6, 2021, a peaceful protest turned chaotic as law enforcement targeted patriots like Raechel Samsel and her husband Ryan, who now face legal consequences and fear harassment for simply being present at the scene. Seeking support and justice, Raechel has shared her harrowing experience.**
On this fateful day, Pennsylvania couple Raechel and Ryan Samsel head to Washington DC, intending to peacefully attend President Trump’s speech. Like many others, they struggled to hear the speech due to overwhelming noise and walked down Pennsylvania Avenue to join other Trump supporters. As they mingled and navigated the crowd, they noticed different groups, from protesters with guns to suspicious characters like Ray Epps, who has not faced arrest.
Before reaching the US Capitol, the Samsels witnessed bike racks being taken down as people filled the gaps, chanting and yelling. Emerging as the leader of the chaotic crowd, Ray Epps orchestrated the breaching of barriers into the Capitol – a fact he later lied about to congressional investigators.
**As the crowd got increasingly out of hand, the Samsels focused on helping others rather than the chaos. They now face persecution by a cruel regime and a broken justice system, left to fight for survival and justice on their own. Please support them in any way that you can.**
In the midst of tear gas deployment, the Samsels attempted to leave the scene, helping others who were injured, like Joshua Black, who was shot by a police officer with a rubber bullet. While finding their way out, they continued to aid distressed individuals as they navigated the chaos. Upon attempting to leave the area and return to the train station, they were forced to deal with the fallout of their attendance.
The FBI raided the couple’s home, arresting both Ryan and Raechel, who were later subjected to inhumane treatment and shackling. Ryan, having spent over two years in prison without trial and suffering from multiple prison guard beatings, has been denied adequate medical care. While Raechel faces a year’s probation with stipulations that she cannot contact her husband, worries amplify as she sees law enforcement constantly lurking near her workplace.
Unable to find solace in the aftermath of January 6, Raechel Samsel’s life has been irreversibly changed, and she now faces an uncertain future. With faith in the system shattered, the couple seeks justice and support from kindred spirits who understand the wrongs they have endured in the name of free expression.