Patrick McCaughey was arrested for assaulting a police officer amid Trump mob

DC policeman Daniel Hodges

NBC Washington

A Connecticut man was arrested for assaulting a police officer stuck between two doors during a Trump riot in the U.S. Capitol.

Patrick Edward McCaughey III. Repeatedly said to Capitol Police Officer Daniel Hodges, “just go home” and “come on man, you’re going to be bruised” as he tucked Hodges between a shield McCaughey was holding and two doors on Jan 6 hand-to-hand combat a criminal complaint.

When McCaughey did so, “another rioter” began to forcibly tear off Officer Hodges ‘gas mask and expose Officer Hodges’ bloody mouth, “according to the complaint filed in the US District Court in Washington, DC

Hodges can be seen on a YouTube video of the attack screaming in pain when a hoard of supporters of then-President Donald Trump broke in on him and added McCaughey’s weight.

McCaughey was later seen by surveillance cameras leaving the Capitol after hitting other police officers with the protective shield, according to a complaint.

Hodges survived the attack, but another Capitol police officer was beaten by other rioters elsewhere and died a day later.

Hodges later told reporters about his efforts to hold back the mob: “If it hadn’t been my job, I would have done it for free.”

“It has been my pleasure to put down a white nationalist insurrection and we will do it as often as necessary,” said Hodges.

McCaughey was arrested by FBI agents in White Plains, New York, Tuesday night after someone tipped a tip about him.

He was due to appear before a federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday for assaulting, resisting, or obstructing certain officials or employees. civil unrest; Entering a restricted building or site; and forced entry or disorderly behavior.

The video of the attack on Hodges went viral, as did other shocking images of Trump supporters raging in and around the Capitol to prevent Congress from officially confirming President Joe Biden’s election. A joint congress meeting confirmed Biden’s victory the next morning.

“The vicious attack on Officer Hodges was heinous and essentially un-American,” acting US attorney Michael Sherwin of District of Columbia said in a statement.

“I promise anyone involved in a violent attack on law enforcement in the US Capitol on January 6th will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. McCaughey’s alleged actions were an attack on Officer Hodges, the Capitol and the rule of law himself, “he said.

Steven D’Antuono, assistant director of the FBI Washington Field Office, said: “Even after days of so many shocking and terrifying scenes from the siege of the US Capitol, the cruel brawl of DC Metropolitan Police Officer Hodges stands out the perpetrator’s obvious disregard for human life. “

“Patrick McCaughey’s actions were violent, barbaric and completely out of control,” he added. “The FBI will relentlessly pursue those who participated in this activity, and we will continue our unwavering commitment to ensure that those responsible for attacks against law enforcement officers are brought to justice.”

Biden was sworn in on Wednesday, hours after Trump left Washington without attending the inauguration. This was an extremely unusual violation of the President’s etiquette.

The House of Representatives indicted Trump last week for inciting the mob with his speech in front of the White House shortly before the Capitol attack. The Senate is expected to hold a lawsuit to determine whether Trump should be convicted and potentially expelled from federal office forever.

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