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Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer has been transferred into custody of the U.S. Marshals Service ahead of being extradited to Washington, D.C. following his role in the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building earlier this month on January 06th. Schaffer had previously been held in custody at Marion County Jail after having turned himself in in his native Indiana on January 17th.

Prior to that, he had been wanted by both the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia after being photographed among those who breached the Capitol Building itself during the riot. The U.S. Department Of Justice allege that Schaffer used bear spray on Capitol Police during the riot, providing surveillance footage in this statement of facts. As such, Schaffer currently faces the following charges:

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  • 1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
  • 2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
  • 3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
  • 4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
  • 5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
  • 6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

While Schaffer was seen to be photographed wearing a baseball cap stating ‘Oath Keepers Lifetime Member’ during the riots, the Indiana chapter of that organization has since issued this statement, stating he was not a member of their particular chapter.

“Indiana Oath Keepers (IOK) expresses our sincere gratitude to those who have shown their support in light of the ongoing false media reports regarding our organization. Many have wondered why we have not publicly responded and our answer is quite simple; IOK is a 100% volunteer organization comprised of individuals who work full time jobs, have families and still make time to support their local communities. IOK members were shocked to hear untruths regarding our organization being reported as facts and needed to take some time to step back and assess the situation before making a statement.

Indiana Oath Keepers does not and has never sponsored, planned or funded any activities that involve riots, violence or unlawful actions. No IOK members were sent to Washington DC on January 6th nor did IOK leadership ask for volunteers to travel to Washington DC. IOK encourages the rule of law by supporting law enforcement and emergency response personnel in the lawful exercise of their duties. The individual arrested in Columbus, Indiana and was wearing an Oath Keepers (not Indiana Oath Keepers) hat in the US Capitol building on January 6th is NOT a member of Indiana Oath Keepers.

IOK leadership vets prospective members to the best of our ability and does not accept into membership any felon or any person who advocates, or has been or is a member, or associated with, any organization, formal or informal, that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or the violation of the Constitution thereof. No person who advocates, or has been or is a member, or associated with, any organization, formal or informal, that advocates discrimination, violence, or hatred toward any person based upon their race, nationality, creed, or color, shall be entitled to be a member of IOK. IOK is NOT a militia. IOK is NOT anti-government. IOK is NOT a white-supremacist group. IOK expressly rejects racism in any form.

Indiana Oath Keepers is a grassroots charitable organization whose members include Americans from many backgrounds including veterans, military, law enforcement, fire fighters and first responders, as well as citizens who took an oath to the Constitution of the United States of America. IOK was created to provide education on the Constitution, and to increase the stability and resiliency of our communities by teaching a wide variety of skill sets.”

Whether or not Schaffer is a member of a different branch of the Oath Keepers located outside of his native Indiana is unclear. The U.S. Department Of Justice have labeled the Oath Keepers as a ‘militia of former law enforcement and military personnel.’ The Southern Poverty Law Center has categorized the Oath Keepers as an extremist antigovernment group.

According to the The New York Times, several suspected members of the Oath Keepers were arrested in connection with the incident at the Capitol Building. Since news of his involvement and arrest broke, both Iced Earth and Schaffer‘s Demons & Wizards project have disappeared from the roster of Century Media Records, seemingly having been dropped by the label.

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