US Capitol rioter and so-called “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley should be given organic food while in a Washington, DC, jail, a federal judge said Wednesday, after Chansley went on an apparent hunger strike last week claiming non-organic food was against his religion and sickened him.
DC District Court Judge Royce Lamberth decided the accommodations could be made for Chansley because he had been fed organic food in detention in Arizona, and arguments about his adherence to Shamanism were enough to also convince the judge.
Chansley hasn’t eaten since last Monday, his attorney said.
“My client made it clear that while he did not oppose fasting, he was not in position to put into his body things that shamanism believes to be impure… things that suck the life out of your body,” Chansley’s lawyer Al Watkins said in court Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier this month, a federal judge decided Chansley, the man seen in photos dressed in horns, fur headdress and face paint inside the US Capitol during the January 6 riot, would remain in jail as he awaits trial, after the Justice Department portrayed him as a particularly belligerent leader among the rioters.