Federal prosecutors say a Michigan militia member stole a baton from a police officer guarding the US Capitol and used it to attack other officers on January 6. year 2021.
Arrested on Tuesday, Matthew Thomas Krol describes himself as an executive officer of the Genesee County Volunteer Militia, a group regroup outside Flint City Hall in 2016, denouncing role of government during the water crisis and declared community support.
A 63-year-old Linden resident returned to Flint again on Wednesday for very different reasons. Krol will be charged in Flint federal court for the Eastern District of Michigan on charges of assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers from using a dangerous weapon or causing bodily harm, civil disorder, participation physical violence in a building or confined space, and related offenses.
On January 24, 2016, Krol defied the cold of a Michigan winter with a few dozen members of his self-styled militia to go out for bottled water.
“I can say to all the patriots standing here today that we are here to defend and support this community to say enough is enough,” Krol was quoted as saying at the time. local newspaper MLive, identified him as the Second Commander of the militia. “We will no longer allow government, small government, local government or large government to influence the people of Flint. Someone needs to be held accountable.”
According to prosecutors, Krol demonstrated a vastly different use for a water bottle five years later that same month outside the US Capitol: throwing a bottle at police.
“Video footage of events at the Capitol Building in Washington DC on January 6, 2021 shows that at approximately 2:28 p.m. near the Capitol Steps on the east side of the building, Matt Krol pushed forward through crowd, threw a water bottle at the officer, dragged other civilians out of his way, and attacked Metro Police Department Officer DP DP, grabbing him and his police baton, ‘ wrote an FBI agent in a 20-page affidavit.
The affidavit is filled with screenshots from the footage showing Krol apparently pulling the baton out of an officer’s hand and putting it to use.
“The video shows Krol twisting the DP Officer around several times, pulling them into the crowd and eventually snatching the baton from the DP Officer,” the affidavit reads, referring to the officer with a derogatory pronoun. gender discrimination to avoid disclosing information about police identities. “Then Krol turned to the crowd, raising his baton as if in celebration.”
Citing other footage uploaded to YouTube and analyzed by internet investigators, prosecutors say Krol then used batons on other officers. One of those videos, titled “Protesters break the police barricade in front of the US Capitol“, allegedly shows Krol trying to break through a police line, grabbing DP Police, and spinning him around while stealing DP Police batons.
Authorities say other The video shows Krol trying to make his way through the crowd, and an online group called the Sedition Hunters tipped off the FBI about a clip titled “The Washington DC Building Violation.”
The Justice Department estimates that more than 750 people have been arrested in nearly 50 states so far for crimes related to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, including more than 235 people charged with assault or assault. impede law enforcement. Prosecutors say others attacked the police with PVC PoleOne flag poleOne electric gunOne fire extinguishermetal barricades and other weapons.
Read the FBI affidavit, below:
(Photo via DOJ)
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