The son of prominent right-wing activist Leo Brent Bozell III has been charged with federal offenses for his alleged participation in the US Capitol riots – after his father spoke out against the insurrection.
Leo Brent Bozell IV, a former girls’ basketball coach at Hershey Christian Academy in Pennsylvania, has been hit with counts of obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building, and disorderly conduct, according to a newly unsealed affidavit.
The documents include images that purport to show Bozell IV, 41, dressed in a dark-blue Hershey Christian Academy sweatshirt and an American flag kerchief around his neck, inside the Capitol building on January 6, including on the US Senate floor.
Leo Brent Bozell IV, (right), the son of an influential conservative media figure, has been charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building, and disorderly conduct stemming from his alleged participation in the US Capitol riots
Bozell IV (pictured left inside the Capitol) is the son of Leo Brent Bozell III, the founder of the right-wing Media Research Center and Parents Television Council
At one point, Bozell allegedly went to the Senate gallery and ‘moved a camera so that the camera was pointing down to the ground of the balcony area. This was done as protesters began to enter the main floor of the U.S. Senate. By pointing the camera to the ground, the camera was unable to record protesters entering the main floor of the U.S. Senate Chamber.’
The FBI was tipped off about Bozell’s alleged involvement in the riots by three witnesses who saw video footage and screenshots of the basketball coach in his school sweatshirt inside the Capitol on social media and on television, and recognized him from prior interactions.
One video was recorded by The New Yorker and featured Bozell standing on the balcony of the US Senate next to a group of people chanting ‘Treason!’ and then jumping over a railing.
A witness has revealed to the FBI that until last March, Bozell worked as the girls’ basketball coach at the Hershey, Pennsylvania school, where he was known as ‘Coach Zeeker.’ His own children are students at the school.
FBI was tipped off about Bozell IV’s alleged role during the riot by three witnesses who recognized him from video footage (circled in blue)
This screenshot that is included in an affidavit shows what appears to be Bozell on the balcony of the US Senate
Bozell (in baseball cap with sunglasses) is shown moving a camera so that is points down to the ground of the balcony area
Bozell stopped coaching because the team could no longer practice or play games during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the affidavit.
The witness shared a photo he found showing Bozell posing with a trophy with some of the players from the past season.
Back in January, as rumors began circulating about Bozell’s alleged involvement in the riot, Hershey Christian Academy released a statement, saying that the school ‘does not engage in political activities, and has no political views of its own, nor does Hershey Christian Academy express any opinions on the political beliefs of others.’
Bozell’s father, 65-year-old Leon Brent Bozell III, is the founder of the conservative Media Research Center, which bills itself as ‘America’s premier media watchdog’ whose mission it is ‘to expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media.’
Multiple people told the FBI that until last March, Bozell was a girls’ basketball coach at Hershey Christian Academy in Pennsylvania (pictured with a player)
The organization operates the left-bashing website NewsBusters, which has the tagline: ‘Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias.’
Bozell III’s media ventures also include the Parents Television Council, which works ‘to promote and restore responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry,’ according to its website, and CNSNews.com, which he launched in 1998 under the name Conservative News Service.
On the day of the deadly attack on the US Capitol, the elder Bozell, formerly a fierce critic of President Donald Trump who later turned an ardent supporter, went on Fox Business and unequivocally condemned the rioters, reported Huffington Post.
‘You can never countenance police being attacked. You cannot countenance our national Capitol being breached like this. I think it is absolutely wrong,’ Bozell III said live on air.
Bozell III, pictured with Fox News present Sean Hannity, condemned the Capitol rioters during an interview on Fox Business on January 6
Bozell III’s father was radical Catholic activist Leo Brent Bozell Jr (left), pictured above with conservative thinker William F Buckley (right)
Bozell III is the son of Leo Brent Bozell Jr, the late conservative anti-abortion activist and Roman Catholic writer who penned speeches for Republican Sens. Joseph McCarthy and Barry Goldwater during the 1950s and 60s, and founded the radical Catholic journal Triumph.
According to his obituary published by the Associated Press in 1997, one of several books Bozell wrote was McCarthy and His Enemies, a collaboration with his brother-in-law, William F. Buckley Jr, the founder of the National Review magazine, which has been credited with launching the conservative movement in the 20th century.
A firebrand Catholic, Bozell Jr on one occasion was arrested for barging into an abortion clinic to disrupt pregnancy termination procedures.