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California man charged with attacking officer with stun weapon in Capitol riot

A Southern California male has been indicted on expenses that he attacked a police officer with an “electroshock weapon” during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by a professional-Trump mob, prosecutors reported Thursday.

Daniel Rodriguez, 38, of Fontana, was arrested Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Business office for the District of Columbia said.

He is accused of attacking Metropolitan Law enforcement Officer Michael Fanone all through the assault on the Capitol as Congress was formally counting the electoral votes affirming President Joe Biden’s acquire.

Fanone has described staying overwhelmed by the mob and shocked with a stun gun consistently, and he has reported some in the crowd chanted, “Destroy him with his have gun.”

“I was remaining beaten with a slender blue line flag — which, you know, how ironic is that?” Fanone told NBC Washington in January. The flag is normally viewed as supportive of regulation enforcement. He claimed he experienced a delicate heart assault.

The indictment towards Rodriguez was returned last week and unsealed Wednesday, officials explained.

Rodriguez appeared in court Thursday and was purchased held right until at the very least his next listening to Friday, the U.S. attorney’s workplace reported. On the net federal courtroom records do not checklist an attorney for him.

Rodriguez is billed with eight federal counts, including obstructing an official proceeding impeding, obstructing, or interfering with a legislation enforcement officer throughout the fee of a civil problem and assaulting a federal officer with a risky weapon.

The indictment alleges that Rodriguez carried the stun weapon and a flagpole within limited Capitol locations, but it does not explain no matter whether a flag was attached. It also alleges that he broke a window at the Capitol.

Folks across the nation have been arrested in relationship with the riot. Far more than 350 folks have been billed federally.

It led to the unprecedented 2nd impeachment of President Donald Trump, who had frequently and falsely claimed fraud and promoted a stolen election lie, and who held a rally prior to the riot transpired. He was acquitted in the Senate. This week, two Capitol Law enforcement officers sued Trump.

Fontana is a city east of Los Angeles.