Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer appears to charge at police during Capitol riots in new footage

The footage was shown as evidence as part of Donald Trump’s impeachment trail.

Jon Schaffer

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New surveillance footage released as evidence during Donald Trump’s impeachment trial appears to show Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer charging at police officers during the deadly capitol riots of 6 January.

The new security footage was shared by CNN yesterday (15 February) In it, you can see a man with a white goatee, blue jacket and Oath Keepers hat Schaffer was seen wearing in other photos from the riot. He is part of a group of several rioters charging at officers, beginning at 1:13 below.

Photos published later in January, some of which appear to be taken from the same surveillance footage, appear to show Schaffer carrying bear spray whilst among the crowds. These photos also show the white patch visible above and the “Oath Keepers lifetime member” hat shown in a widely-circulated photo of Schaffer in the same frame.

The future of the band remains uncertain. While they’re ostensibly still active, they have been removed from the online roster of their label, Century Media Records. Yesterday, bassist Luke Appleton and singer Stu Block announced their departure from the group, while guitarist Jake Dreyer told TMZ that he is no longer associated with the band, as they had only officially employed him from 2016 to 2018. “It’s unfortunate how this tragedy unfolded,” he said, and noted he is now focused on his own band Witherfall.

Schaffer faces six charges for his involvement in the riots.

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