Justice Department announces first assault charges against media in U.S. Capitol riot – Boston News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) – The Justice Department announced Thursday that it has charged a U.S. Capitol riot suspect with assaulting a cameraman during the Jan. 6 attack, saying the Illinois man was the first insurgency defendant to be arrested for allegedly injuring a member of the media.

According to a statement from the department.

Woods allegedly tripped and pushed to the ground a U.S. Capitol police officer who had been doused with a mass of bears by a rioter moments earlier, the statement said.

He also allegedly “knocked down and tackled” a cameraman outside the Capitol, according to court documents. Officials said publicly available video capture scenes of the riot showed Woods “walking closely around a cameraman” and that shortly after he was “observed running into and tackling same cameraman as the cameraman faced Woods”.

The video then shows Woods fleeing the area where the cameraman was, causing him to “fall to the ground and drop his camera”, according to the documents, which said Woods was part of a group of rioters who had damaged equipment left behind. after the members. media fled the area.

The documents note that how Woods allegedly attacked the cameraman is similar to how he allegedly attacked the Capitol Police officer.

Woods is scheduled to appear in federal court for the first time on Thursday afternoon. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

More than 500 people have now been arrested in connection with the Capitol riot, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday, including 100 charged with assaulting federal law enforcement officers.

“I could not be more proud of the extraordinary efforts made by investigators and prosecutors to hold accountable those who engaged in criminal acts that day,” Garland said in a statement.

This story has been updated with additional details.

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