Violence on the Capitol: two men plead guilty to assaulting a police officer

On January 6, dozens of Trumpist activists stormed Congress to prevent the presidential election from being validated.

He could in theory risk up to 20 years in prison but the lack of a serious record and the criteria applied in his case rather point to a maximum of just over four years, even if the judge could decide otherwise. A former mixed martial arts practitioner was the first on Friday August 6 to plead guilty to assaulting a police officer in the January 6 violent attack on the Capitol in Washington by supporters of Donald Trump.

Scott Fairlamb, 44, faces up to just over four years in prison for participating in the assault on Congress headquarters, when parliamentarians gathered there to certify Joe Biden’s victory   over the Republican billionaire in of the 2020 presidential election.

Videos from January 6 show the owner of a gym, whose brother is an agent in charge of the security of the personalities American (“Secret Service”), shouting and blocking the passage to a  policeman  while waving a retractable baton. He urges “patriots” to disarm the policeman and force entry to the building . Scott Fairlamb also pleaded guilty to obstructing the work of Congress. His sentence will be pronounced on September 27.

570 people arrested since January 6

A second man, Devlyn Thompson, later on Friday also pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer. On January 6, he was in a group that had thrown projectiles at agents and taken their shields . He too faces a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison but it should be closer to that of Scott Fairlamb.

The breach occurred during a joint session of the US Congress that was counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election, the release noted. The defendants are the first two of more than 170 charged to plead guilty to felony charges of assault on a police officer in the investigation, it said.

“According to court documents, Devlyn Thompson, 28, of Seattle, Washington, was among a crowd of individuals on the lower west terrace who were pushing against and assaulting MPD and US Capitol Police (USCP) officers in the tunnel leading into the Capitol,” the release said.

Scott Kevin Fairlamb, 44, of Stockholm, New Jersey, climbed the scaffolding on the west terrace of the Capitol where he recorded and posted a video to Instagram in which he said they are not leaving. He also admitted to being part of a large crowd that pushed through a line of police officers and metal barricades, the release added. (ANI/Sputnik)

A Washington State man and New Jersey man each pleaded guilty today to assaulting Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election. The defendants are the first two of more than 170 charged to plead guilty to the felony charges of assault on a police officer in this investigation.

According to court documents, Devlyn Thompson, 28, of Seattle, Washington, was among a crowd of individuals on the lower west terrace who were pushing against and assaulting MPD and U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers in the tunnel leading into the U.S. Capitol. Thompson admitted that he and others in the tunnel yelled obscenities at police and encouraged the continued assault. According to his plea, Thompson was part of a group that threw objects and projectiles at the officers, including flag poles, and grabbed and stole the officers’ riot shields to prevent them from defending themselves against the violence.

Thompson personally observed police order rioters to stop, physically push the crowd back and deploy pepper spray in an effort to try to stop the ongoing assault. Later, Thompson picked up a metal baton from the floor of the tunnel and swung it overhead and downward against the police line in an apparent effort to knock a can of pepper spray from an officer’s hand and stop the officer from pepper-spraying the rioters. After more pepper spray was deployed by the rioters and the officers, Thompson retreated from the archway area.

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