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First MS Resident Charged In Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

Michael Leon Brock, 54 of Walls has been arrested and charged with assaulting a Capitol police officer during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Brock was caught on social media and police body cam assaulting several police officers with a piece of metal. Two confidential witnesses identified Brock as the man in the footage to investigators, one who had known him for two decades

Michael Brock
Michael Leon Brock of Walls, MS striking police on Jan. 6th at the US Capitol. Photo: FBI

In addition to the video footage, federal investigators obtained phone records for Brock, which showed his phone connecting to a cell tower that provided service to the interior of the Capitol Building during the riot.

The federal charges brought against Brock include:

-Assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers

-Disorderly conduct in the Capitol building

-Active physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings

-Obstruction of law-enforcement during civil disorder

Brock made his initial court appearance in the Northern District of Mississippi. The felony assault charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. A Florida man became the first Capitol riot defendant to be sentenced for a felony charge on Monday. That rioter, Paul Hodgkins, was sentenced to eight months in prison. He was not accused of physical violence, however, but of obstructing an official proceeding.

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