FBI releases new footage of pro-Trump mob attacking police at U.S. Capitol

Crystal Hill
·Reporter
·1-min read

The FBI released new footage Thursday of supporters of then-President Donald Trump attacking law enforcement personnel at the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, including violent scenes of one man trying to rip a gas mask off an officer and another who appears to punch an officer in the face.

The videos come amid the agency’s ongoing efforts to identify hundreds of people from across the U.S. who took part in the deadly siege at the Capitol. More than 300 people have been charged in connection with the attack, which left at least five people dead, and additional arrests are expected. To date, more than 65 have been arrested on charges of assaulting law enforcement officers, the FBI said.

Pro-Trump supporters and far-right forces flooded Washington DC to protest Trump's election loss. Hundreds breached the U.S. Capitol Building, aproximately 13 were arrested and one protester was killed. (Michael Nigro/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Trump supporters and far-right forces storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. (Michael Nigro/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The footage shows 10 men assaulting the U.S. Capitol Police as they tried to prevent the rioters from entering the building. One of the videos shows a man spraying a group of officers with what appears to be a fire extinguisher, causing them to flee, while another shows a different man physically attacking multiple officers.

In its press release Thursday, the FBI called the 10 individuals some of the “most violent offenders” who have not yet been identified. The Justice Department said this month that the investigation into the Capitol attack will likely be one of the largest in U.S. history.

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