FBI releases videos of assaults on officers at U.S. Capitol and asks public to help identify suspects
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Who are you? The FBI is asking the public to identify ID 10 men featured in videos of violent Capitol rioting
FBI / Youtube Since the siege of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, in which thousands of MAGA supporters broke through the building and injured dozens of law enforcement officers, federal authorities have been catching up. While more than 300 rioters have been identified, the FBI believes nearly three times the number were involved in the fatal attacks – and is relying on the public to help locate 10 unidentified people believed to be the most violent crimes Police can be seen stopping police from storming the Capitol with clubs and chemical sprays. In one video, a man dangling a fire over a metal railing before spraying officers, while in another, a rioter repeatedly beats a number of officers with a baton. In a video recorded with a police officer’s body camera, a man wearing a MAGA hat is seen attacking several officers and trying to push them to the ground. Another clip shows a separate man in a MAGA hat violently beating officers with a stick. A third rioter with what appears to be an electric shock device can be seen in a crowd fighting with officials. He repeatedly beats law enforcement officials with his baton while a loud buzz and bright flashes of lightning can be seen. “I would like to warn you about this. These images are disturbing. You will see officers being beaten. beaten with sticks, flagpoles, and their own shields; Steven M. D’Antuono, assistant director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said in a statement announcing the videos. “Speaking as a law enforcement officer – but also as an American citizen – is alarming to watch these videos.” The new footage marks the FBI’s recent attempt to arrest those who were most violent during the riot that killed five people, including the U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Two men were arrested on Monday and charged with attacking Sicknick and other officers with bear spray. Hours after the attack, Sicknick died in a local hospital – although the details of his death are still unknown. Antuono found Thursday that the arrest of these two men – Julian Elie Khater and George Pierre Tanios – was only made possible through public tips. Shane Jenkins, who was arrested this month after allegedly throwing a “metal pipe, desk drawer and flagpole” at officials on January 6, was identified through online information and advice, D’Antuono Bear-spraying Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick said In the face before his death: Prosecutors Among the 300 people indicted in the riot are several members of right-wing groups who are accused of exercising for at least two months and planning and coordinating the riot to maximize damage to the Capitol when lawmakers met to confirm the victory of Joe Biden’s electoral college. The FBI said Thursday that more than 65 people arrested on January 6 for their actions will be charged with assaulting police officers. The clips released by the FBI on Thursday show the extent of violence and chaos wrought by these rioters during the uprising. One clip shows a white man with blue face covering screaming and aggressively reaching for an officer’s mask to pull his face forward. As a result, the policeman, who is one of a number of officers in riot gear trying to contain the group, hit his head against a shield several times. “We are grateful to the members of the public who have already done a tremendous job of helping with this investigation,” D’Antuono said on Thursday. “We know reporting information about family, friends, or coworkers can be a difficult decision, but it is the right one and the FBI continues to need your help in identifying these suspects.” Read more at The Daily Beast. Do you have a tip? Submit it to The Daily Beast here. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.