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Additional Charges Filed in Capitol Riot

LOW IQ: Adam Johnson smiles for all to see while he robs the Capitol taking the House dias.

 

Police charged more Capitol rioters on Saturday, including a man who carried off the House speaker’s lectern, as more graphic details of the insurrection emerged, revealing the violence and brutality of the mob that stormed a seat of American political power.

A bloodied officer was crushed in a doorway screaming in Wednesday’s siege, which forced lawmakers to go into hiding for hours and halt their voting to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Another officer tumbled over a railing into the crowd below after being body-slammed from behind. Members of the media were cursed at, shoved and punched.

A vast number of photos and videos captured the riot, which left five people dead. Many of the images were taken by the rioters themselves. Some took pains to stand out.

Jacob Anthony Chansley, an Arizona man seen in photos and video of the mob with a painted face and wearing a costume that included a horned, fur hat, was taken into custody Saturday and charged with counts that include violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Chansley, more commonly known as Jake Angeli, will remain in custody in Arizona pending a detention hearing that will be scheduled during an initial court appearance early in the coming week, Assistant U.S. Atty. Esther Winne told the Associated Press by email. Chansley did not immediately respond to messages left via email and telephone.

A Florida man accused of making off with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern during the chaos was arrested Friday night on a federal warrant and was being held Saturday without bail in Pinellas County, Fla. Jail records do not show whether Adam Johnson, 36, of Parrish, Fla., has an attorney.

Johnson was charged Saturday with theft, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

During Wednesday’s violence, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was wounded in a confrontation with attackers and was reportedly struck by a fire extinguisher. He died Thursday night. Another officer was crushed in a doorway, but it’s unclear what happened to that officer, whose plight was captured on camera and shared by the progressive organization Status Coup.

By Saturday, prosecutors had filed 17 cases in federal district court and 40 others in the District of Columbia Superior Court for a variety of offenses including assaulting police officers, entering restricted areas of the U.S. Capitol, stealing federal property and threatening lawmakers.

Prosecutors said additional cases remained under seal, dozens of other people were being sought by federal agents, and the U.S. attorney in Washington vowed Friday that “all options were on the table” for charges, including possibly sedition.

Other notable arrests in the Capitol invasion include:

Doug Jensen, an Iowa man, was jailed early Saturday on federal charges, including trespassing and disorderly conduct counts. Jensen, 41, of Des Moines, was being held without bond at the Polk County Jail. Video posted online during the storming of the Capitol showed a man who appears to be Jensen, who is white, pursuing a Black officer up an interior flight of stairs as a mob of people trails several steps behind.

Richard Barnett, an Arkansas man who was shown in a widely seen photo sitting in Pelosi’s office with his boots on a desk after the storming of the Capitol, was arrested Fridaywas arrested Friday by the FBI by the FBI. He is jailed in the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville, Ark., without bond pending an initial court appearance, FBI Little Rock spokesman Connor Hagan said.

Derrick Evans, a West Virginia state lawmaker who posted videos online showing himself pushing his way inside the Capitol, at his home and charged with entering restricted federal property. Evans announced his resignation Saturday after facing bipartisan calls to step down.

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