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Mississippi man charged in connection with U.S. Capitol riot

A Mississippi man has been charged in connection with the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

The Department of Justice announced that 54-year-old Michael Leon Brock of Walls, Mississippi is charged with ‘assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers’ and ‘obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder’ among other unlisted charges. 

Court documents show that Brock, as shown in body-worn camera footage, charged at law enforcement officers while holding what appeared to be a four-foot-long rod as the officers attempted to control the crowd. Brock then allegedly pushed and struck officers with the rod repeatedly. This allegedly occurred on the Upper West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol around 4 p.m., according to the DOJ. 

Brock was identified by the FBI Jackson Field Office’s Southaven Resident Agency with assistance from the U.S. Capitol Police Department, Southaven Police Department and Desoto County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi.

In the six months since the riot, more than 535 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 165 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. 

The investigation remains ongoing.

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