DeSoto County man charged in Capitol riot, officials say

WASHINGTON, DC — A North Mississippi man was arrested Tuesday for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the Department of Justice said.

54-year-old Michael Leon Brock of Walls, Mississippi, is charged with several federal offenses.

Michael Leon Brock of Walls, Mississippi, is charged with Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers, Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building, Act of Physical Violence in the Capitol Grounds or Buildings, and Obstruction of Law Enforcement During Civil Disorder.

He made his first court appearance Wednesday morning in the Northern District of Mississippi.

According to court documents, Brock was on the Upper West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol around 4 p.m. on Jan. 6. He could be seen in body-worn camera (BWC) footage charging at law enforcement officers while holding what appeared to be a four-foot-long rod as the officers attempted to control the crowd. Brock was recorded repeatedly pushing and striking officers with the rod.

At least two witnesses identified Brock in photos outside the U.S. Capitol, and cellphone records put Brock in “a geographic area that included the interior of the United States Capitol Building,” according to court documents.

According to the DOJ, in the six months since Jan. 6, more than 535 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 165 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.