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DOJ charges 2 men in connection with Capitol riot


DOJ has charged more than a dozen people in
Wednesday’s Capitol riot


Two more men were charged in federal court in connection
with Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, the Justice
Department announced Sunday, with the Counterterrorism
Section of the DOJ’s National Security Division helping take
up the prosecution.


Larry Rendell Brock, of Texas, faces one count of knowingly
entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds
without lawful authority, and one count of violent entry and
disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.


Supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by
U.S. Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber
inside the Capitol in Washington. (AP)
Brock was identified as one of those seen storming
the Capitol last week, the DOJ said.

He wore a green
helmet, green tactical vest with patches, black and camo
jacket, and beige pants and was seen holding a white flex
cuff that law enforcement officers use to restrain subjects.


Authorities arrested Brock in Texas Sunday, the DOJ said.
The other man, Eric Gavelek Munchel, of Tennessee, was
charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining
in any restricted building on grounds without lawful
authority, and one count of violent entry and disorderly
conduct on Capitol grounds.



Photos cited by the DOJ show a person resembling
Munchel inside the Capitol on Wednesday carrying plastic
restraints, an item in a holster on his right hip, and a cell
phone mounted on his chest with the camera facing
outward. He was arrested in Tennessee on Sunday.


The DOJ has charged more than a dozen people in
Wednesday’s Capitol riot . Dozens more have been charged
in Superior Court in Washington, D.C., with unlawful entry,
curfew violations and firearms-related crimes.


Despite ample warnings about pro-Trump demonstrations in
Washington, U.S. Capitol Police did not bolster staffing
Wednesday and did not anticipate that a planned
demonstration could escalate into a massive violent riot,
according to people briefed on law enforcement’s response.



The Capitol Police’s response has drawn condemnation
from lawmakers and prompted the ouster of the
department’s chief and the sergeants-at-arms of both the
House and Senate.

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