A Connecticut man has been charged in a brutal attack on a Wasington, D.C., police officer during the deadly breach at the Capitol, where video captured the officer screaming for help as he was pinned in a door jamb.
Patrick Edward McCaughey III, who made his first court appearance Wednesday in New York, was charged with assaulting and resisting officers, violent entry and civil disorder, in connection with the assault on Daniel Hodges, who is assigned to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.
“The vicious attack on Officer Hodges was abhorrent and quintessentially un-American,” acting D.C. U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin said. “McCaughey’s alleged actions were an assault on Officer Hodges, the Capitol, and the rule of law itself.”
Assistant FBI Director Steven D'Antuono, who is overseeing the FBI investigation, said the assault on Hodges stood out from a shocking collage of images, as rioters overwhelmed police at the Capitol in an attack that left five people dead.
“Patrick McCaughey’s actions were violent, barbaric, and completely out of control," D'Antuono said.
According to court documents, a YouTube video captured McCaughey in the "front line" of rioters attempting to break through a west terrace door at the Capitol.
"An individual, who has subsequently been identified as McCaughey can be seen using a clear police riot shield to physically push against the left side of an officer’s body," prosecutors said in the court filings. "The officer was pinned between the clear police riot shield being held by McCaughey and the lower west terrace door; the officer appeared to be loudly crying out in pain."
Prosecutors said that with Hodges unable to move, a separate rioter began ripping the gas mask from the officer's face, exposing Hodges' bloodied mouth. Several other rioters then joined McCaughey, pushing their weight against the helpless officer.
McCaughey was later identified by federal investigators from information provided by a tipster who recognized the suspect in a video.
The tipster, not identified in court documents, knew that McCaughey had been at the Capitol because of photos the suspect had distributed to friends.
Federal authorities have said that they have been flooded with information from the public, including more than 100,000 pieces of digital material that has assisted in identifying suspects in the sprawling inquiry.
Kevin Johnson covers the Justice Department for USA Today. Reach him at email@example.com.
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