Texas Brothers Arrested For Assaulting DC Cops After 16 Months On Run

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A pair of brothers from Texas have become the latest members of the same family to be arrested in conjunction with participation in last year’s Trump-incited riot at the Capitol. The brothers are 47-year-old Brian Jackson and 42-year-old Adam Jackson, and their charges include assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers and civil disorder.

The Jackson brothers are from a town in Texas called Katy, which is near Houston. They were arrested on Tuesday of this week — meaning June 7 — and set to make their initial appearances in court the same day. Assaults on police perpetrated by the Jackson brothers took place at around 5 p.m. on the day of the violence and affected officers near the tunnel area of the Lower West Terrace at the U.S. Capitol building. “Brian Jackson hurled a flagpole at officers,” the Justice Department says. “Adam Jackson hurled a large red or orange object at officers and then charged at the line of officers with what appeared to be a U.S. Capitol Police riot shield.”

It remains disturbing how seemingly easy it was for so many of the Trump supporters who participated in the riot to suddenly perpetrate such astonishingly violent behavior. Per the Justice Department, Brian sent a series of messages after the violence in which he bragged about participating in the riot… and then he “unsent” those messages and asked people with whom he’d been in contact to delete videos and messages he’d sent them. (On certain tech platforms, messages can be “unsent.”)

On January 10, 2021, Adam also sent messages that came under eventual government scrutiny — apparently, he indicated he wanted to go back to D.C. for the presidential inauguration, which was set at that point for less than two weeks in the future. A massive security presence descended on Washington, D.C. between the riot and the inauguration, helping avert the possibility of individuals like the Jacksons returning for further violence. And asked about whether he’d brought the riot shield he used against cops back with him, Adam replied: “No, we left them. Cost to much to ship home lol.” Although that’s not the full extent of his messages, that right there is an implicit admission he had a riot shield at all.

It’s been over 17 months at this point since the riot originally happened, and more than 800 individuals have been arrested across the country in connection with the violence. That total includes more than 250 people accused of assaulting or impeding law enforcement in some form or another.

Other notable recent charges include the seditious conspiracy charges revealed against individuals involved with the Proud Boys; previously, it was only members and individuals connected to the similarly styled far-right group known as the Oath Keepers charged with the seditious conspiracy offense in connection to the riot. All of the Proud Boys-connected people now charged with seditious conspiracy are in pre-trial detention. “As alleged in the indictment, from in or around December 2020, [the charged Proud Boys members]… conspired to prevent, hinder and delay the certification of the Electoral College vote, and to oppose by force the authority of the government of the United States,” authorities say. “On Jan. 6, 2021, the defendants directed, mobilized, and led members of the crowd onto the Capitol grounds and into the Capitol, leading to dismantling of metal barricades, destruction of property, breaching of the Capitol building, and assaults on law enforcement.”