WASHINGTON, DC – According to reports related to the riot that transpired on January 6th in the nation’s capitol, 53 people have been charged – 13 of which were charged federally – in the fallout of the riot acts that occurred within or on the grounds of the Capitol Building.
LATEST: More than four dozen people have been charged following the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday afternoon. https://t.co/v3S5rk027m
— WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@wjz) January 8, 2021
In what will likely be a developing case load likely to expand in connection with the January 6th riot, 40 individuals have been charged in superior court and 13 individuals have been charged in federal court as of January 8th.
As of January 8th, there were a reported 82 people arrested in connection to the breaching of the Capitol Building.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin issued a statement regarding the investigation into the matter and the current and likely future charges related to malefactors present at the riot:
“The lawless destruction of the U.S. Capitol building was an attack against one of our Nation’s greatest institutions.”
“My Office, along with our law enforcement partners at all levels, have been expeditiously working and leveraging every resource to identify, arrest, and begin prosecuting these individuals who took part in the brazen criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol.”
“We are resolute in our commitment to holding accountable anyone responsible for these disgraceful criminal acts, and to anyone who might be considering engaging in or inciting violence in the coming weeks – know this: you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Among those facing charges was one man named Lonnie Coffman, who officials say hosted 11 Molotov cocktails inside of his vehicle.
Another man charged, identified as 33-year-old Christopher Alberts, was said to have been in possession of a firearm and ammunition on Capitol grounds.
Court documents related to the charges levied against Alberts allege that he was being pushed away from the Capitol roughly 90 minutes after a curfew was put into effect. During that interaction, the officer allegedly noticed a bulge protruding from Alberts’ hip that appeared to bear the shape of a concealed firearm.
Alerting officers nearby about the suspicion, Alberts was said to have tried fleeing from the area. He was later arrested while allegedly carrying a black Taurus G2C 9mm handgun with a round chambered and carrying two magazines on his person.
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In other news related to ire intersecting with politics, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was accosted and allegedly assaulted while dining out with a female companion recently.
We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on that encounter with hostile individuals and the city mayor.
Here’s that previous report.
When you “sleep with the enemy,” you can expect to get burnt. And Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler just learned that lesson the hard way, when he was attacked in a Portland restaurant.
Wheeler, who spent at least 4-5 months coddling sometimes violent protesters in that city, was first heckled as he sat in an outdoor dining area at Café Nell while he was dining with a companion on Wednesday, according to the Oregonian who cited a statement from Wheeler’s spokesman Jim Middaugh.
Middaugh noted that Wheeler tried to ignore the mob, however they eventually “pushed their way past restaurant employees” and confronted him.
BLM-antifa extremists confronted Portland mayor Ted Wheeler while he was dining out last night. Serial-riot arrestee Tracy Molina was part of the mob. Shortly after this video, he was punched. #antifa pic.twitter.com/hcVWJdJKcd
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 7, 2021
The New York Post said Wheeler asked the mob to leave, at which time one member of the group started being aggressive toward Wheeler, what was described as “swatting” at him, and finally “made physical contact with him,” Middaugh said.
On a video of the incident, Wheeler can be heard saying that he had been assaulted.
In yet another video of the incident, the person taking the video was asked by Wheeler how old they were and told them to grow up.
“You are going to be made to feel like the scum you are,” the individual yelled at Wheeler before the group was finally convinced to leave, according to the Oregonian.
Wheeler managed to take a picture of his alleged attacker, a social justice warrior named Tracy Molina, who has been a steady participant in the city’s violent riots against purported police violence and systemic racism.
According to Wheeler’s spokesman, he does not plan on seeking criminal charges in the incident, which comes as no surprise given Wheeler’s feckless handling of the over seven months of violent protests in the city.
“Given the tenor of political discourse nationally and locally, it’s not unusual for people to confront the mayor and other elected officials in public. It’s part of the job,” Middaugh said.
“The mayor will continue to support local restaurants and businesses as often as he can. He urges others to do the same,” he continued.
One day later, police in the suburban Portland town of Tigard declared a riot after a mob of unhinged lunatics smashed windows and sprayed graffiti in the downtown business area of the community, which has a population of 48,000.
This is just some of the damage that’s being cleaned up this evening.
— Tigard Police (@TigardPolice) January 8, 2021
What spurred the violence? What else…a fatal police shooting. In this case, a 26-year-old man, Jacob Ryan McDuff was shot by police. He had been involved in a domestic violence incident.
According to KGW-8, the shooting took place late Wednesday afternoon. McDuff was armed with a knife following the domestic incident. According to police spokesperson Kelsey Anderson, officers attempted to arrest McDuff as he was leaving his vehicle; he refused demands that he surrender.
Officers found McDuff in possession of a knife, and during a subsequent struggle with police, an officer shot and killed him.
The shooting is currently under investigation by the Washington County Major Crimes Team and additional details will be released when available.
Fox News reported that law enforcement sources reported around 100 protesters were involved in the riots.
Relative to the rioting in Tigard, one person, 20-year-old Zane Saleem Bsoul was arrested and charged with one count of rioting.
Last week, Wheeler had vowed (finally) to crack down on Antifa, who have been engaged in nightly violence in the city since the end of May. They have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage since they started their nightly siege of the city.
“My good faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and even scorn from radical Antifa and anarchists,” he said on Jan. 1.
“In response, it will be necessary to use additional tools and to push the limits of the tools we already have to bring the criminal destruction and violence to an end,” Wheeler added.
Just in the nick of time, huh?
Wheeler narrowly won reelection last month, barely beating out an admitted Antifa anarchist, Sarah Iannarone.
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Author: Gregory Hoyt