Recent Press About John Sullivan

Photographer Who Filmed Ashli Babbitt’s Killing Remains a Man of Contradictions

Photographer Who Filmed Ashli Babbitt’s Killing Remains a Man of Contradictions

Jan 10, 2022

John E. Sullivan, the social-justice provocateur who filmed the shooting death of Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol, at times says he does not believe in God, yet at other times, he does believe. He recently produced a series of Satan-themed music videos, but says he does not idolize the devil. Despite the troubling and graphic imagery in some of his music, Sullivan said his work is artistic social commentary about the state of society and human relations. He is often a polarizing figure, yet he insists he is nonviolent and desires peace in American society.

One year later, Utahn John Sullivan defends his actions during Jan. 6 Capitol riot

One year later, Utahn John Sullivan defends his actions during Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Jan 7, 2022

John Sullivan says he put himself on the front lines of the January 6 Capitol riot to capture the events on video as a journalist.

“I had every right to be there to document history, I did my job. I wanted to give them the reality of the situation, unfiltered, that’s what I did and I stood by that," Sullivan said. Sullivan has posted hours of his footage to his YouTube page.

Man Who Took Video of Ashli Babbitt Getting Shot During Capitol Riot Says He Was There as Journalist

Man Who Took Video of Ashli Babbitt Getting Shot During Capitol Riot Says He Was There as Journalist

Jan 6, 2022

“Anything I said was to protect myself. Anything I said was to keep myself from being basically beat up by Trump supporters,” John Sullivan tells Inside Edition. Sullivan was charged with civil disorder and unlawful entry.

The moment was captured on video by 27-year-old John Sullivan, who says he was inside the Capitol as a journalist just doing his job and recording history as it happened — a claim that has been met with skepticism.

Insurrection Anniversary w/John Sullivan: The Journal of Steffanie Rivers | WATCH

Insurrection Anniversary w/John Sullivan: The Journal of Steffanie Rivers | WATCH

Jan 3, 2022

*More than 600 armed White people have been charged due to their involvement in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that occurred one year ago. John Sullivan knows that better than anyone. He is the first Black man charged for his involvement in the insurrection? Click on the video above to hear about his lessons and his regrets about his involvement.

Antifa, cameraman or criminal? The Utahn behind a Capitol riot enigma

Antifa, cameraman or criminal? The Utahn behind a Capitol riot enigma

Aug 13, 2021

Sitting in his Murray town house in July, the mild demeanor of John Sullivan contrasts sharply with the events that took place at the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6. A statute of Buddha graces Sullivan’s mantle. The back of his right hand, which he uses to gesture as he speaks, has a tattoo of the “all-seeing eye” atop a pyramid. “It’s for self-reflection,” he tells me.

When Reporting Becomes a Defense for Rioting

When Reporting Becomes a Defense for Rioting

Feb 4, 2021

John Sullivan, also known as Jayden X, calls himself an activist, a reporter, or an entrepreneur, depending on who’s asking. When I first reached him by phone, he told me that he was “a video journalist, or maybe a documentarian, or whatever you would say—going out there and just live-streaming the events that are transpiring, so that people can see it on the Internet.”

CAPITOL RECORDS

CAPITOL RECORDS

Jan 16, 2021

The assault on the Capitol on the afternoon of January 6—the first hostile occupation of the building since Washington was sacked and set ablaze by British soldiers in 1814—is one of the most shocking attacks on a civic institution in United States history. It is also among the most self-documented. It is in that context which one must consider the thirty-nine-minute digital video titled by its maker John Sullivan, aka Jayden X, Shooting and Storming of the US Capitol in Washington DC.

Why the Capitol Riot Reminded Me of War

Why the Capitol Riot Reminded Me of War

Jan 14, 2021

The video I watched was made by a young man identifying himself as John Sullivan who goes by the name Jayden X online. His commentary runs throughout the video. After breaching the first line of barricades, he says breathlessly: “I can’t believe this is reality! We accomplished this …! We did this [expletive], together!” And then: “This is [expletive] history!” That sense of being part of history and the attendant thrill in Mr. Sullivan’s voice is certainly something that I experienced in combat.

‘I Don’t Think She Deserved to Die’: Black Activist Who Filmed Ashli Babbitt Shooting Speaks Out

‘I Don’t Think She Deserved to Die’: Black Activist Who Filmed Ashli Babbitt Shooting Speaks Out

Jan 7, 2021

John Sullivan, a.k.a. Jayden X, is a civil rights activist and crowdfunded video journalist. On January 6th, he donned a bulletproof vest and embedded himself in the masses that President Trump had incited to storm the Capitol. Sullivan scrambled up scaffolding and repeatedly weaved through a crush of rioters to record clashes between the mob and law enforcement. He emerged with a raw, hour-and-a-half frontline documentary of the day’s violent and chaotic events. He captures now-notorious figures from the riot, including the shirtless, face-painted “QAnon Shaman” and the bearded rioter dressed in a grotesquely anti-Semitic “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt. Crucially, Sullivan’s camerawork captured the shooting of 35-year-old mob member and Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, who was killed by the Capitol Police while attempting to clamber through a broken window into the Speaker’s Lobby off the House floor.

The New Neighborhood Watch: After Protests, Utah Sees Birth Of Different Armed Movements

The New Neighborhood Watch: After Protests, Utah Sees Birth Of Different Armed Movements

Dec 16, 2020

When Black Lives Matter protests kicked off in Utah in late May, John Sullivan noticed a lot of the leaders were white.

Readying for war: Inside an armed right-wing group in Utah

Readying for war: Inside an armed right-wing group in Utah

Oct 28, 2020

The Utah Citizens' Alarm is a self-styled militia that formed in response to protests for racial justice this spring. The group’s leaders claim they are trying to protect their community, but experts warn they are part of a worrying trend of Americans taking the law into their own hands.

The birth of a militia: how an armed group polices Black Lives Matter protests

The birth of a militia: how an armed group polices Black Lives Matter protests

Jul 27, 2020

The citizen militia’s recruits wear military fatigues and carry assault rifles. Their short-term goal, they say, is to act as a physical presence of intimidation to deter protesters from becoming violent and destroying the state of Utah. Their long-term goal: to arm and prepare the state of Utah against underground movements they believe will incite civil war.