William Isaacs is a 21 year-old student/firefighter trainee who has been charged in the Indictment issued in a case that CNN refers to as, the “epicenter of the Capitol Hill Riot Prosecutions.” United States v. Caldwell, et al. and his Co-Defendants share a common bond: they were all members of the Oathkeepers. Indeed, it can be fairly inferred from the Indictment that it is only because of William’s membership in the Oathkeepers that he was charged at all.
William comes from a family of firefighters: his grandmother retired as a firefighter and paramedic, his great uncle was a retired fire chief and medic in the Korean War, his father was a decorated EMS Fire Captain when he passed two years ago, and his aunt is a former firefighter and paramedic. Last year William obtained an A.S. in Fire Science and had planned to attend his Fire Standards class this summer. Unfortunately, he was unable to do so.
William is now fighting for his freedom and his future. The rest of his life is on hold, while he tries to mount a defense against the overwhelming resources of a federal government, intent on selectively branding William and other Oathkeepers as Domestic Terrorists.
Neither William nor his family have the financial wherewithal to defend him. He needs support.
William has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism that makes it hard for him to fully understand social cues and nonverbal communication. People with Asperger’s Syndrome commonly repeat the things people say and do around them. Perhaps significantly, they do not have the ability to split off from group behavior.
Williams' father passed away prematurely in December of 2019. Since his father’s passing, William has resided with his grandmother and been a caregiver for her.
In early January, the Oathkeepers asked for volunteers to help provide security for speakers who were going to appear at the “Stop the Steal” event scheduled for January 5 and 6. Because of recent violence against Trump supporters, it was anticipated that the Oathkeepers could help provide a “wall of people” to protect the speakers if rocks and bricks were thrown at them, as had occurred in other parts of the country. No one encouraged William to bring arms of any kind and he did not do so. He understood he would be part of a purely defensive security group protecting speakers.
William’s aunt, who planned to attend the event, encouraged him to volunteer. She told him he might be able to receive EMT experience that could aid his firefighter training. She told William he could travel with her. Thus, William, who thought the experience could be valuable and who also hoped to visit the Smithsonian Museums while in D.C., volunteered.
On January 6, William had the privilege of watching President Trump's speech from the VIP area of the Ellipse on the White House lawn. His family was excited for him, a college kid, getting the opportunity to stand so close to the President of the United States!
After the President’s speech, William went to the Capitol. He did not hurt anyone, he did not steal anything, he did not commit violence. He has never been in trouble with the law, ever. He is not a violent person and is a good kid who spends most of his free time playing video games, being with family, and studying for school.
William's stable and secure home life was suddenly taken from him when his father died. He and his siblings - minors at the time - were split apart just when they most needed each other most. They are still apart today. His middle brother, who suffers from more severe Asperger’s, lives without family in a group home for disabled young men. The boys receive no financial support whatsoever.
The entire Isaacs family has been through tremendous heartbreak during the last several years, suffering the deaths of William’s father, grandfather, and other grandmother. William is struggling to rebuild a life without his father, brothers, and home.
William deserves a chance to rebuild his life from all the tragedy he has experienced in just 21 years. His father is no longer here to lead him through this frightening legal battle.
Please consider providing support to save William's life. He will return the gift 1,000 times over in a fire service career as his family members before him.
- The Isaacs Family
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