Florida man pleads guilty to shoving police in Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida man pleaded guilty Wednesday to attacking police officers as he stormed the U.S. Capitol during the January 2021 uprising.

Matthew Council, 50, of Riverview, Fla., pleaded guilty in federal court for the District of Columbia to one felony count of Assault, Resisting, or Impeding Law Enforcement Officers, one felony count of Interfering with a Law Enforcement Officer public during a civil disturbance and four misdemeanors, according to court records.

He faces up to 16 years in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for November 1.

The council was arrested at the Capitol during the riot.

According to court documents, the Council joined others opposing Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory over then-President Donald Trump. A mob attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s election results over Republican Trump, officials said. Five people died in the violence.

According to the criminal complaint, the Council and others illegally met on the west side of the Capitol. A police officer sprayed him with a chemical irritant, but he continued up the stairs to Northwest Plaza, authorities said. As police struggled to keep the crowd out, the Council entered through the Parliamentary Gate. Prosecutors said the Council stormed a line of Capitol Police officers, trying to push them back and create an opening for others to pass through.

As of Jan. 6, 2021, more than 860 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the US Capitol breach, officials said. More than 260 people have been accused of assaulting or hindering law enforcement.


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