Moment MAGA rioter wanted over murder of cop Brian Sicknick threw traffic cone at officers as he screamed they are 'cowards' and 'traitors' in new footage of him storming the Capitol
The new video comes from the heart of last Wednesday’s violence as overwhelmed cops in riot gear attempted to keep back the swarms of angry Trump supporters storming on the U.S. Capitol.
Officers are heckled with abuse and hit with metal bars as the violent crowd pushed forward. The bearded suspect is visible early on in the clip throwing a traffic cone at the cops.
One rioter is heard shouting ‘this is our country’ just before the suspect in Sicknick’s death again comes into view wearing a gray and black flannel shirt with a black hood and a blue backpack.
The unidentified man is wearing the same blue knit cap with the letters 'CFD' stitched on the front that was pictured in the photo released by the FBI of the suspect on Tuesday. The man’s name also appears to be stitched to the back of the hat.
‘Traitors! You’re a f*****g traitor, you’re a f*****g traitor,’ the man repeats as he points toward the cops and steps forward, flipping them the finger.
As one black male police officer steps forward toward the wall that is keeping the Trump supporters back, the suspect steps forward again, pointing in his face and screaming ‘you’re a f*****g coward’ repeatedly. Other rioters also round on the cop as the scene descends into chaos.
‘You go ahead,’ he is heard saying before the mob’s chat of ‘USA’ takes over.
The suspect again flips the finger at officers as he steps forward again and shouts: ‘You’re all traitors, every one of you motherf*****s.’
‘Yeah, I know you ain’t got no f*****g balls,’ the man continues, pointing threateningly at an officer standing out of shot.’
‘F**k you, c**t. You c**t,’ he adds, as large metal items are then thrown from the crowd.
The bearded man was identified by the FBI on Tuesday after a person wearing the same hat was shown in video from the riot throwing a fire extinguisher at a Capitol police officer.
The FBI released two photos: one showing the man’s face and the second which appeared to be a screengrab from the video showing the fire extinguisher being launched at cops.
Authorities have yet to confirm whether the officer in that video was Sicknick, who died on Thursday night after having been hit in the head by a fire extinguisher as he and his colleagues faced off with hundreds of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol the day before.
The FBI has asked anyone who may recognize the man in the photos to contact investigators immediately.
Steven D'Antuono, the head of the FBI's Washington Field Office, was asked about the case at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon but declined to offer additional details.
'It's an ongoing investigation. We're looking at everything,' D'Antuono said. 'It cuts us to the core that one of our brothers passed away. There's a lot of tools and interviews we're still conducting. We're reviewing all of that information.'
At the start of the two-minute clip, a fire extinguisher is seen lying on the ground while dozens of police officers work to fight off a mob of Trump supporters surging toward the Capitol building in a futile bid to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden's election victory.
A protester is then seen picking up the extinguisher and walking toward a throng of fellow rioters clashing with cops.
The video cuts to another protester pushing an officer off the ledge of the building - before the man with the extinguisher comes out of nowhere and launches it at the cops.It bounces off the helmet of one officer before striking another, who falls backward. He appears to regain his balance slightly before the clip cuts off.
Last week authorities revealed that Sicknick had died as a result of injuries he sustained during the riots - including a blow to the head by a fire extinguisher.
Sicknick managed to walk away from the melee before collapsing hours later at his division office. He was hospitalized and placed on life support before being declared dead the following night.
At least 20 people have been charged in Washington DC's federal district court and another 40 have been charged in the local superior court since the siege on the US Capitol, which left five people dead, according to the Justice Department.
Investigators are combing social media images that showed hundreds of people swarming the building, attacking police, stealing computers and artifacts and smashing windows.
The US Attorney's office in Washington is leading the federal investigation into Sicknick's murder, with help from the FBI, the DC Metropolitan Police Department and the Capitol Police.
In a statement, Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said the Department of Justice 'will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible'.
Sicknick's family released a heartbreaking statement on Monday remembering him as a 'lovely, humble soul' who had always wanted to be a police officer and was 'very passionate' about his job.
'There really aren't enough kind words in any language to describe how sweet Brian was. He was truly a lovely, humble soul. We are missing him terribly,' the statement read.
'He was sweet natured through and through. Everyone who met him adored him. He also loved his dachshunds dearly, spoiling them, and ensuring they got the best care possible.
'He also had an incredible work ethic. He was very serious about showing up to work on time and refused to call out sick unless absolutely necessary.
'Our loss of Brian will leave a large hole in our hearts. The tremendous support we have received from the US Capitol Police, the law enforcement community, and the community as a whole has been overwhelmingly warm and generous. We're very grateful for everyone’s kindness during this difficult time.'
From his early days growing up in a New Jersey hamlet, Sicknick wanted to be a police officer, his family said.
He enlisted in the National Guard six months after graduating high school in 1997, deploying to Saudi Arabia and then Kyrgyzstan.He went on to join the Capitol Police in 2008.
Earlier on Tuesday, the FBI in New York City arrested another person in connection with the riot.
An FBI spokeswoman said agents arrested Aaron Mostofsky, whom multiple news outlets identified as the son of New York Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Mostofsky.
联邦调查局的一位女发言人说，特工逮捕了亚伦·莫斯托夫斯基(Aaron Mostofsky)，多家新闻媒体确认他是纽约最高法院法官什洛莫·莫斯托夫斯基(Shlomo Mostofsky)的儿子。
Mostofsky's presence at the Capitol was cited in an article by the New York Post, which identified him as the judge's son.
“纽约邮报”(New York Post)的一篇文章援引了莫斯托夫斯基在国会大厦的存在，并确认他是法官的儿子。
The article also featured a video of Mostofsky dressed in a fur costume at the Capitol.
The Post quoted him as saying in an interview: 'We were cheated. I don't think 75 million people voted for Trump - I think it was close to 85 million.'
In a criminal complaint released on Tuesday, the Justice Department charged Mostofsky with theft of government property, unlawful entry, knowingly impeding government business and disorderly conduct.
The complaint cites the reporting by the New York Post, and says that he was photographed carrying a US Capitol Police shield and wearing a police vest, both of which are valued at more than $2000.
He is scheduled to make an appearance in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
Two other suspects are also due to make appearances in various federal courts on Tuesday, including one who was arrested after Molotov cocktails were found in his truck and another who was photographed sitting at the desk of a staffer of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
On Tuesday, Acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin also issued a statement urging members of the media who were attacked or threatened during the riot to contact his office to give details.
'We are resolutely committed to upholding the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, including speech, peaceful assembly, and press, and we will investigate, prosecute, and hold accountable anyone who attempts to obstruct or curtail these freedoms through violence or intimidation,' he said.