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Federal Prosecutors Obtain First Indictments In Capitol Hill Unrest

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Federal Prosecutors Obtain First Indictments In Capitol Hill Unrest

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Federal prosecutors in the District of Columbia have obtained the first indictments of individuals for activities relating to the Jan. 6 violent breach of the U.S. Capitol. Mark Leffingwell has been charged with assaulting a federal police officer when a group of rioters and protesters forced their way into the building while lawmakers were in the process of certifying Electoral College votes for president. In a criminal complaint filed against Leffingwell (pdf), a U.S. Capitol Police officer said that while forming a barrier with other officers to block a crowd from entering the Senate wing, Leffingwell tried to push past and then repeatedly punched the officer in the chest and head. The officer also wrote in the complaint that there is probable cause to believe Leffingwell violated a federal law that makes it a crime to enter a restricted building without permission and engage in disorderly conduct while inside. The Seattle …

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