A Texas teenager had to turn his own father into the FBI for his participation in the Capitol riots after his dad’s behavior escalated at home.
Jackson Reffitt's father, Guy Reffitt, showed up to the January 6th insurrection wearing tactical gear as a part of a group calling themselves the Texas Freedom Fighters. As people began getting arrested for their participation at the Capitol, Guy started threatening his own family not to turn him in.
In an interview with Chris Cuomo, Jackson alleges that Guy told him and his sister, "If you turn me in, you’re a traitor. You know what happens to traitors. Traitors get shot."
It was a difficult decision, but this threat pushed Jackson to make the call. He told Cuomo on CNN that "it just felt like the right thing regardless of my emotions and how I felt and how much I loved my family and my dad."
He added, "I didn’t think he would actually do anything bad, but him saying anything even remotely threatening to me and my sister and my family and government officials, it was just too much."
Guy had also told his family that he carried a gun with him that day in D.C. Unfortunately, Jackson is not receiving much support from the rest of his family for turning in his dad.
"I’m kind of on my own in my family right now with my own views about my dad," he said. "And I do love him. And I do care for him. But that doesn’t ignore everything else he’s said and done and there is no taking it back and that was enough for me to tell the police."
Just the same, he remains certain it was the right thing to do.
"Would you do it again?" Cuomo asked.
"Yeah. I'd definitely do it again," Jackson said.