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Prosecutors say Jan. 6 rioters committed roughly 1,000 assaults on federal officers

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Prosecutors say rioters committed roughly 1,000 assaults on federal officers during the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.

In a court filing Wednesday, federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., said they have already uploaded over 2,900 police body camera videos from Jan. 6 to its evidence database, totaling over 2,300 hours — or nearly 100 days.

“Based on a review of the body-worn-camera footage conducted by our Office, the footage displays approximately 1,000 events that may be characterized as assaults on federal officers,” wrote Emily Miller, an assistant U.S. attorney and the Capitol Breach Discovery Coordinator.

Over 570 people have been arrested since the attack on the Capitol, which saw supporters of former President Trump overwhelm the building in a bid to halt the certification of the 2020 election, the Justice Department said in early August.

Approximately 140 police officers were assaulted during the riots, including 80 U.S. Capitol police and 60 D.C. Metropolitan officers.

According to the DOJ, 175 individuals have already been charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers. This includes 55 who have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon, or causing serious bodily injury to an officer. 

The DOJ last Friday announced the arrests of two men — Uliyahu Hayah of Maryland and Robert Flynt Fairchild of Florida — for assaulting law enforcement officers during the riots.

Miller said authorities will begin uploading to its database approximately 7,000 hours of footage provided by U.S. Capitol Police within the next four weeks. An additional 7,000 hours were determined to be irrelevant to the case. 

Wednesday’s court filing was in the case of Couy Griffin, founder of the group Cowboys for Trump, who faces two misdemeanor charges in connection with the Capitol riot. The Associated Press reported last month that prosecutors offered Griffin a plea deal, the details of which were confidential.

Griffin, a commissioner in Otero County, N.M., didn’t enter the Capitol building, but remained on the buildings’ steps. Several Facebook videos showed that he was “well within the restricted area” of the Capitol.

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