Miami man arrested for attacking members of the media in the January 6 Capitol breach
WASHINGTON – A man from Miami, Oklahoma was arrested on August 19 for crimes related to violating the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
41 years Benjamen Scott Burlew, from Miami, faces charges of assault in special territorial jurisdiction and physical violence on limited grounds. Burlew first appeared in North Oklahoma District Court on August 20.
According to court documents, Burlew was seen in a video engaging in a physical assault on a member of the media accredited with the Associated Press.
The video shows the PA photographer being taken down a flight of stairs near the lower west terrace of the Capitol by two unknown assailants. While trying to move, the photographer moved to another part of the stairs where he was confronted by Burlew.
Here, Burlew and another assailant grabbed AP’s photographer, pushed him and dragged him parallel to the stairs. This fellow protester, Alan William Byerly, will later be charged on August 20 for assaulting a District of Columbia Metropolitan Police officer in a separate incident.
After pushing the photographer, Burlew walked away as others in the crown continued to push and drag the victim.
Later in the video, Burlew can be seen rushing towards the photographer and grabbing his upper chest and leg to force the man to climb over a low stone wall he was leaning against. The photographer fell on his back from several feet on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Burlew could be seen in the video watching the man fall.
Burlew is one of eight people involved in this investigation who were arrested for allegedly destroying media material, assaulting journalists or inciting violence against members of the media.
The case is being pursued by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Anti-Terrorism Section of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
The case is currently under investigation by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which has identified Burlew as No. 195 and Byerly as No. 193, in its information research photos, as well as by the Department. of the Metropolitan Police, with significant assistance provided by the United States Capitol Police and the Oklahoma FBI. City field office.
In the seven months since Jan. 6, more than 570 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the violation of the United States Capitol, including more than 170 people accused of assaulting or d ‘hinder law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.