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Mississippi man arrested for assaulting officers in January 6 riot on Capitol Hill


WALLS, Mississippi (WLBT) – Federal agents have arrested a Mississippi man for assaulting officers during the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill.

Michael Leon Brock, 54, of Walls, is charged with federal offenses including assault, resisting or obstructing certain officers and obstructing law enforcement during civil unrest, among other charges .

Brock made his first appearance in the Northern District of Mississippi on Wednesday.

Investigators say Brock was among hordes of protesters who disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of counting electoral votes tied to the presidential election.

Court documents show Brock was on the Upper West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol at around 4 p.m. on January 6.

As seen in Body-worn Camera (BWC) footage, Brock tasked law enforcement officers while holding what appeared to be a four-foot-long rod as officers attempted to control the crowd, according to federal investigators.

Brock repeatedly pushed and hit officers with the rod, records show.

In the six months since January 6, more than 535 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the violation of the United States Capitol, including more than 165 people charged with assault or obstructs the application of laws. The investigation remains ongoing.

The case is being pursued by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counter-Terrorism Section of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi.

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