On November 30, 2023, actor and devout Christian Siaka Massaquoi was taken into custody by FBI agents upon his arrival at Hollywood’s Burbank Airport from Nashville. The arrest stemmed from his involvement in the January 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capitol.
Massaquoi, who is also the First Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Republican Party, faced charges for four minor offenses: trespassing, disorderly conduct, and engaging in a protest or demonstration in a Capitol building. He was detained for a night and subsequently released on bond on December 1st.
In a discussion with The Christian Post, he revealed how he was uplifted by divine provision, the overwhelming support, and the united compassion he received from his fellow Christians, as he contends with what he perceives as political persecution.
Massaquoi is known for his work as an actor, producer, small business owner, and political figure. With over 15 years in the entertainment industry, he has been involved in various projects, including his work with PragerU, O.A.N., American Faith Network, Newsmax, and the Babylon Bee podcast.
He went on to share his belief that federal law enforcement have been monitoring him for the past two years, and possibly even earlier. He pointed out that the agents chose to arrest him in a highly visible manner at the airport two weeks prior, as a means to make a statement.
All the videos should be shown https://t.co/3q15MLhHxL
— Siaka Massaquoi (@_SiakaMassaquoi) December 18, 2023
“I’ve been getting searched at the airport every single time I fly — not once at TSA, but twice at TSA and the gate,” he said. “They track me. They know my phone calls. They know all this stuff for two years, and then they come and they pull me off the tarmac away from my wife. What else could it be [but political persecution]?”
In the solitude of his cell, he found solace in the Lord’s Prayer, a source of strength that he shared with the very FBI agents responsible for his arrest. His release on bond the following day was met with an outpouring of support from over a dozen friends and his pastor, a vivid illustration of the community rallying behind him.
“It really just blew me away that Christ’s people, when active, can be so powerful.”
This has gone too far
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2023
Despite facing charges that included trespassing and disorderly conduct, Massaquoi’s spirit remained unbroken. His encounter with the legal system has only bolstered his commitment to his faith. Recent years have also “pushed me closer to the Word specifically; not just to God, but to the Word itself, so I can hear and see what He’s about,” Massaquoi remarked, finding a silver lining.
Massaquoi did not shy away from voicing his concerns over what he considers a politically motivated legal battle. “It smells like persecution,” he stated. “I’m not a violent person. I’ve never been a violent person. I’m not a criminal and have never been charged with a bunch of crimes. But they moved on me in such a way that you would have thought that I was an infamous drug runner. You would have thought that I trafficked children.”
Siaka is a good man and a huge talent.
The FBI arresting a man at the airport three years after the event – and after raiding his house and not charging him already – and then only charging him with misdemeanors is one of the most absurd things I’ve ever heard. https://t.co/7oZLdm6tjn
— Jeremy Boreing (@JeremyDBoreing) December 2, 2023
This ordeal, however, has not been without its positive repercussions. According to Massaquoi, the events have opened the eyes of many, including his mother, to what he describes as the true nature of the Democratic Party.