Two more Trump cult members from Central Florida have now been arrested by federal authorities and criminally charged for participating in the January riot at the Capitol, although both individuals have now been allowed to go free (with conditions) ahead of further proceedings. Those arrested include a father and son — Kevin Tuck and Nathaniel Tuck — both of whom have law enforcement ties. Kevin Tuck served as a Windermere police officer until Thursday, when he resigned and was arrested, while Nathaniel was employed by the Apopka Police Department until late last year. Windermere and Apopka are both within or around half an hour from Orlando, Florida.
At this point, over 530 Trump supporters have been criminally charged for their participation in the Capitol riot, although in a comparatively small number of cases, defendants have already accepted plea deals. The Tucks are facing relatively serious charges, like obstruction of an official proceeding and, in Nathaniel’s case, obstructing a law enforcement officer. As summarized by the Orlando Sentinel, “Prosecutors said [Nathaniel] was inside the Capitol when an officer tried to stop him. He used his open palm to strike the officer and, when the officer grabbed him again, used his elbow to strike the officer’s hand before walking further into the building, authorities say.” Meanwhile, obstruction of an official proceeding comes with a potential prison sentence of up to 20 years, potentially incentivizing the Tucks and others to plead guilty and accept deals.
Windermere Police Chief David Ogden told the Sentinel that his department “has worked tirelessly over the past eight years to build a reputation of serving with Honor, Integrity and Service to our residents and this arrest doesn’t reflect on the hard work of the men and women of the Windermere Police Department.” Elsewhere in Florida, even a pastor — James Cusick Jr. — has been arrested for participating in the riot. Cusick Jr.’s son and a member of his church were also arrested as the Justice Department continues its work to enact accountability for the deadly violence. More Florida residents have been arrested for participating in the riot than residents of any other individual state.
Trump has tried to characterize what happened as defined by “love.” He is wrong — video footage reveals violent assaults against law enforcement personnel who were trying to defend the Capitol against the Trump supporters’ attack. Trump supporters who were there that day also had murderous intentions — “Hang Mike Pence!”, some chanted at one point. Elsewhere, Trump supporters made a noose out of a cord taken from certain journalists’ equipment.