Capitol Rioters Continue to be Arrested Weeks After Riot

In the days following the riot at Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, the FBI has been cracking down on its attendees. As of now, over 30 people have been arrested for their participation in the pro-Trump insurrection.

On the afternoon of Jan. 12, the FBI and the Department of Justice held a press conference regarding their efforts to round up the protestors. They stated that they were on the case 24/7, having looked over more than 100,000 pieces of information submitted to them, and still asking for more tips from the public. They made sure to describe in detail their scrupulous analysis of all information received, determining whether they were serious threats and, if so, where to find the people that made them, saying that they, “have a long memory, and a broad reach."

Though most, if not all, of them were arrested primarily on the grounds of breaking and entering the Capitol, some were arrested for other crimes such as illegally carrying firearms, theft of government property, making threats towards politicians, and blocking law enforcement. Of note is a retired Texan Air Force Reserve officer named Larry Rendell Brock.

Though he was arrested for going into restricted grounds, violent entry, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, rather common charges among the perpetrators of the riot, photo evidence shows he was clad in military gear, being in possession of plastic handcuffs, with the implication that he intended to take people hostage during the siege.

Another similarly notable case was Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr., who was in possession of several firearms and what he himself described as “a [redacted] ton of armor piercing ammo.” Through text messages, it was found that he was intent on, “putting a bullet in [Pelosi’s] noggin on live TV,” also saying that he was, “ready to remove several craniums from shoulders.” Clearly, many of the protesters had further plans than simply occupying the Capitol.