Minnesota Man Arrested for Assault on Law Enforcement during Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
Defendant Shoved Police, Kicked Officer on the Ground and Stole Riot Shields
Today, a Minnesota man was arrested for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Brian Christopher Mock, 42, of Minneapolis, is charged with federal offenses that include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; and acts of physical violence in any of the Capitol buildings, among other charges. Mock will make his initial appearance in the District of Minnesota this afternoon.
According to court documents, Mock was on the lower west terrace of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, where he was seen on body-worn camera (BWC) footage repeatedly assaulting multiple law enforcement officers who were trying to protect the building from rioters. As alleged, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Mock was seen on BWC footage shoving a U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officer to the ground while another rioter grabbed the officer’s legs and Mock kicked the officer as he lay on the ground. A few minutes later, Mock cornered USCP and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers and shoved another USCP officer to the ground. The crowd continued to advance and assault other officers, and Mock picked up multiple USCP riot shields and passed them back to other members of the violent crowd.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, who identified Mock as #298 in their seeking information photos, as well as the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police, with significant assistance provided by the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office.
In the 150 days since Jan. 6, approximately 465 individuals have been arrested on charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, including over 130 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.
The charges contained in any criminal complaint or indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.