Michigan man charged in assault on officers in Capitol riot

ROMEO, Mich. (AP) — A 41-year-old Michigan man appeared in court Wednesday on allegations that he used chemical spray on law enforcement officers as part of a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Tim Boughner is charged with engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers with a dangerous weapon, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia said in a release.

Boughner, of Romeo, north of Detroit, appeared in federal court in Detroit and was ordered jailed pending a detention hearing Thursday.

Video shows him in a crowd of rioters at the Capitol and using a chemical spray against officers attempting to secure the building, the government said.

The government added that in a Feb. 17 social media poste, Boughner stated: “I have to share. My life has not been the same since this day … I still don’t know how I ended up on the capital steps having a pepper spray fight with the capital police.”

The rioters were attempting to interrupt the Electoral College vote count of the 2020 presidential election in which Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump.

More than 700 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the Capitol breach, including more than 220 people charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, the government said.

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