Justice Department announces first media assault charges in U.S. Capitol riot

By Devan Cole, CNN

(CNN) – The Justice Department announced on Thursday that it had Charges U.S. Capitol Riot Suspect of Assaulting Cameraman during the Jan.6 attack, claiming the Illinois man is the first insurgency accused to be arrested for allegedly injuring a member of the media.

According to a press release from the department.

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

He also allegedly “hit 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 shortly thereafter he was “observed meeting and grappling with him. same cameraman as the cameraman faces 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 documents, which indicate that Woods was part of a group of rioters who damaged equipment left behind. after the members. media have fled the area.

The documents noted 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 a lawyer.

More than 500 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol Riot, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday, including 100 accused of assaulting federal law enforcement officials.

“I could not be more proud of the extraordinary efforts of 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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