Feds: Mississippi man attacked police with rod at US Capitol

July 21, 2021 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been charged with assaulting an officer and other crimes during the January U.S. Capitol insurrection, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Michael Leon Brock, 54, of Walls, used a 4-foot (122-centimer) rod to hit and push at least two police officers trying to protect the Capitol about two hours after protestors first broke in the building on Jan. 6, according to a sworn statement from a FBI agent.

Agents began investigating Brock after getting an anonymous tip after releasing a picture of the man with the rod taken from police body camera footage, court records said.

Brock is at least the third person from Mississippi charged during the Jan. 6 unrest. Two other people face curfew violations.

Brock is charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings and obstruction of a law enforcement officer during civil disorder.

Court records did not list an attorney for Brock, who was indicted on the charges last week.