Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansely, 32, of Phoenix, Arizona, United States was moved by the U.S. Marshals Service from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., USA on January 25, 2021. Since then, the man known as Jake Angeli or the Qanon Shaman has not eaten, according to his lawyer Albert Watkins.
Among the Donald Trump supporters who breached the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, Angeli is arguably the most recognizable one. The Phoenix native was charged with civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a U.S. Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol building.
As of the morning of February 2, 2021, District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DC DOC) general counsel Eric S. Glover informed Watkins that Angeli’s request for organic food was denied due to his failure to identify a faith or belief upon entering the custody of DC DOC and the inability of its religious services staff “to find any religious merit pertaining to organic food or diet for Shamanism Practitioner,” the lawyer wrote an in emergency motion he recently filed in federal court. The lawyer asked a judge to order that his client either be released or be given sustenance that conforms with his dietary needs.
Based on Angeli’s shamanic belief system and way of life, non-organic food contains unnatural chemicals and would “act as an ‘object intrusion’ onto his body and cause serious illness if he were to eat it,” Watkins wrote. The lawyer explained that an object intrusion is “the belief that disease originates outside the body from unhealthy objects coming into the body” and in shamanic traditions, “the body, mind and soul are interconnected” and the well-being of all three are necessary for his client to be able to practice his faith.