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AG Garland: Over 500 Arrested in Capitol Riot

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Arrests of people involved in the January 6 riot has topped 500, including the first person charged with assaulting a media representative.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that on Thursday the Department of Justice arrested the first defendant in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots to face charges that included assaulting a journalist, as the total number of people arrested topped 500, reports the Washington Post. The department announced the arrest of Shane Jason Woods, 43, of Auburn, Ill., who was allegedly recorded tripping and pushing to the ground a police officer who had been sprayed with bear spray. Woods later entered a media staging area, threw equipment and tackled a cameraman.

Prosecutors in January announced they were investigating threats, targeting and assaults aimed at several members of the media, including several against reporters and photojournalists as tracked by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a coalition of free-speech, news media and journalist advocacy groups.

Source: The Crime Report

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