The Justice Division has charged a California man with assaulting a police officer during the lethal Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
Officers charged Daniel Rodriguez, 38, with using an “electrical shock weapon” and a flagpole towards Officer Michael Fanone of DC’s Metropolitan Police Division, who pleaded with the mob to spare his life during the riot.
The indictment, which could be learn right here, didn’t explicitly identify Fanone, however referred to the sufferer as “a legislation enforcement officer, that’s M.F., an officer from the Metropolitan Police Division.”
The Huffington Submit first reported that M.F. is Fanone.
Fanone recounted to reporters how he heard the rioters encourage one another to “kill him with his personal gun” whereas they tried to take his weapon from him.
“It was the craziest factor I’ve ever seen,” Fanone stated on the time.
Rodriguez faces eight prices, together with assault on cops, theft of presidency property and chaotic habits on the premises of the U.S. Capitol with harmful or lethal weapons.
The FBI obtained tips on Rodriguez in January, together with one from a person Rodriguez seemingly assaulted on video at a Los Angeles rally.
The costs towards Rodriguez have been filed final week however have been solely made public on Wednesday after the Justice Division unsealed the indictment.
Rodriguez is the second man indicted on prices associated to the assault on Fanone. Earlier this month, New York resident Thomas Sibick was arrested on a number of prices together with obstruction of legislation enforcement during civil dysfunction and assaulting or impeding officers.