Authorities have arrested yet another rioter who participated in the breach of the nation’s Capitol building on January 6, 2021.
Larry Fife Giberson of Manahawkin, New Jersey, has been charged with civil disorder, which is a felony, plus additional misdemeanors. Giberson was evidently in the crowd as it crushed D.C. Police officer Daniel Hodges in a tunnel in the area of the building known as its Lower West Terrace. The responding officer’s haunting screams of pain were captured on video.
The 21-year-old man was set to make an initial appearance in court this week. The New Jersey resident joined other rioters in helping lead the “heave-ho” effort against police including Officer Hodges, according to the Justice Department. That involved those in the crowd moving their bodies back and forth in rhythmic unison, trying to break through the police lines there. The rioters were attempting to disrupt “a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election,” as the department also noted.
Giberson stood nearby as other members of the mob pulled an officer into its maw, brutally hurting the man. The references in press materials appear to indicate the target was Michael Fanone, who was infamously left briefly unconscious from the attack. After rioters attacked Fanone, this defendant shouted “DRAG THEM OUT!” and cheered the other rioters as they targeted police officers, obviously helping with the overall push even if Giberson didn’t make physical contact with Fanone.
The New Jersey man’s case will be handled at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. The FBI in its Newark Field Office plus the Washington Field Office had been investigating the case. The Princeton Police Department, Princeton University Department of Public Safety, U.S. Capitol Police, and D.C. Metropolitan Police Department also assisted.
A second rioter was also recently arrested for his participation in the rampaging mob around that tunnel. Richard Cook of Boca Raton, Florida, also joined the crowd that was pushing in unison against Officer Hodges, as reported on this site. Cook attacked other police officers, too. “According to court documents, on Jan. 6, 2021, Cook was among rioters who repeatedly engaged in violence against law enforcement officers guarding the Capitol,” the Justice Department said in another recent press release.
Details from the Justice Department indicated that Cook was in the tunnel around the same time Giberson was present.
Infamously, Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s team attempted to edit the violent security tapes to essentially gloss over the well-documented severity of what happened at the Capitol. Carlson’s argument to that effect has earned rebukes and rebuttals from political figures and the federal government. These included comments by Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and federal prosecutors who disputed Carlson’s characterization, which they did in another rioter’s case.
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