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Mississippi Man Arrested in Connection to Capitol Riot

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GREENVILLE, Miss.–A Mississippi man known among some circles for speaking at Jan. 6 vigils, has been arrested on federal felony and misdemeanor charges that he was an instigator at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Thoms Eugene “Tommy” Tatum, 48, of Greenville, was arrested Wednesday in Oxford, according to a news release from the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

According to the DOJ, Tatum could be seen on several videos “repeatedly berating and taunting police officers of both the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) as they tried to keep rioters from advancing on the U.S. Capitol Building”
Felony charges include civil disorder. Misdemeanors include entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building or grounds.
Federal court documents describe some of Tatum’s alleged activities:
Tatum can be seen in video footage face-to-face with uniformed officers and, at various times, placing himself in front of the large crowd of rioters whose advance across the Lower West Plaza forced uniformed USCP and MPD officers to retreat toward the plaza’s southeast corner. While at or near the front of the advancing rioters, Tatum can also be heard urging his fellow rioters to take officers’ helmets, weapons, and heads. Court documents state that as Tatum and the rioters advanced, Tatum can also be seen pointing a flagpole he was carrying at officers, which contributed to the officers’ retreat.
 
Federal authorities have charged more than 1,450 people with various illegal activities at the Capitol that day.