Prosecutors: Jan. 6 rioters committed more than 1,000 assaults on police

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The rioters who participated in the Jan. 6 insurrection committed more than 1,000 assaults on federal officers, according to a review of body-cam footage that prosecutors described in a court filing late Wednesday.

“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, the federal prosecutor leading evidence-collection efforts for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.

The statistic was included in a status update provided to the judge in the case of Couy Griffin, one of more than 600 defendants charged for joining the mob at the Capitol. Prosecutors say they have reviewed more than 2,900 police body-camera videos totaling more than 2,300 hours and are in the process of uploading them to an evidence database to be made available to defendants.

Prosecutors have already charged more than 100 Capitol defendants with assaulting or impeding officers from the U.S. Capitol Police and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. More than 130 officers were injured during the violence unleashed by the mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol as Congress was in the process of certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. One officer died shortly after the attack, and several others died by suicide in the weeks and months since.

Trump has, in recent months, sought to rewrite the history of his supporters’ actions inside the Capitol, claiming they were peaceful and particularly well-mannered toward police. The new statistic, though, underscores the intense violence of the attack and the fact that prosecutors are still hunting for dozens, if not hundreds, of suspects in some of the violent crimes that day.

In fact, the FBI on Wednesday put out a bulletin seeking assistance in identifying two rioters who assaulted a journalist inside the Capitol.

Prosecutors also revealed in the filing that they were in the process of uploading 7,000 hours of Capitol surveillance footage to their evidence-collection systems and had determined another 7,000 hours of footage to be irrelevant to the case.

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