Prosecutors said Thursday that a Southern California man was charged with assaulting a police officer with an “electric shock weapon” during the riots in the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said that Daniel Rodriguez, 38, of Fontana, was arrested on Wednesday.
As Congress officially counted the electoral votes to confirm Joe Biden’s victory, he was accused of assaulting Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone during the attack on the Capitol.
Fanone described being beaten by thugs and repeatedly shocked with stun guns. He said someone in the crowd chanted: “Kill him with your own gun.”
“I was beaten by a thin blue line flag. Is that ironic?” Fanone told NBC Washington in January. Usually, this sign is seen as a support for law enforcement. He said he suffered from mild heart disease.
Officials said the indictment against Rodriguez was returned last week and was unsealed on Wednesday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Rodriguez appeared in court on Thursday and was ordered to hold at least the next hearing. His lawyer is not listed in online federal court records.
Rodriguez was charged with eight federal crimes, including obstructing the conduct of formal procedures; obstructing, obstructing or interfering with law enforcement personnel in the event of civil strife; and attacking federal officers with dangerous weapons.
The indictment alleges that Rodriguez carried electric shock weapons and flagpoles in the restricted area of the Capitol, but did not specify whether the flag was attached. It also claimed that he broke a window in the Capitol.
All parts of the country were arrested for riots. More than 350 people have been prosecuted by the federal government.
This led to an unprecedented second impeachment by President Donald Trump. Donald Trump repeatedly falsely claimed fraud and contributed to stolen election lies, and held a rally before the riots. He was acquitted in the Senate. This week, two Capitol police officers sued Trump.
Fontana is a city east of Los Angeles.