Florida man arrested after attacking DC officer with a flagpole

  • Mason Joel Courson, 26, was charged in connection with the assault by a police officer on January 6.
  • He was arrested Tuesday in Tamarac, Florida, earlier this week, the Justice Department said.
  • He appeared in federal court on Wednesday and is currently in custody.

A man in Florida accused of taking part in the beating of a police officer during the January 6 uprising was arrested this week, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Mason Joel Courson, 26, was arrested in Tamarac, Florida, and charged with 24 counts – including the use of a lethal or dangerous weapon against a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, according to the federal indictment.

He is also accused of breaking through a police line and entering a restricted area during the attack on the US capital on January 6 by a pro-Trump mob that tried to block the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in the election in 2020.

Courson is further charged with using and carrying a weapon – “a cane, baton, flagpole, crutch and reinforced gloves” – inside the U.S. capital while former Vice President Mike Pence was inside the building.

He was arrested Tuesday and is currently in custody following a court appearance Wednesday in South Florida.

More than 725 people have now been charged in connection with the January 6 uprising.

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