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Alabama man arrested for assaulting Capitol Police officer, damaging Capitol

As of Wednesday, seven individuals from Alabama have been arrested in connection to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP PHOTO/JOSE LUIS MAGANA)

Another Alabama man has been arrested in connection to the attempted insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, where he assaulted a U.S. Capitol Police officer with a flagpole and damaged parts of the U.S. Capitol building, according to the Justice Department.

Gregory Lamar Nix, 52, of Cleveland, Alabama, has been 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, among other charges, according to the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

“According to court documents, at approximately 2:21 p.m. on Jan. 6, video footage captures Nix banging the end of a white flagpole against the East House Doors, attempting to breach the U.S. Capitol building,” the U.S attorney wrote in a statement Wednesday. “Approximately six minutes later, Nix physically assaulted an officer with the U.S. Capitol Police, striking him with the flagpole and then thrusting and throwing the object at him. A few minutes later, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Nix attempted to smash the East House Doors’ glass panes with a black baton. He subsequently entered the building.”

Nix was arrested in Cleveland and made his initial court appearance today in the Northern District of Alabama. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting the case, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama.

Nix’s case is being investigated from the FBI’s Birmingham Field Office, with assistance from the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the U.S. Capitol and D.C Metropolitan police departments.

According to the Justice Department, since the attempted insurrection on Jan. 6, more than 675 individuals have been arrested nationwide for crimes related to the event.

As of Wednesday, seven individuals from Alabama, including Nix, have been arrested in connection to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

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John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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