DOJ announces indictment of 2 Proud Boys members over alleged roles in Capitol riot

Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they had indicted two members of the far-right group known as the Proud Boys over their actions during a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to a Justice Department press release, 43-year-old Dominic Pezzola and 31-year-old William Pepe, both from New York, were indicted Friday in Washington, D.C. on multiple charges including “conspiracy; civil disorder; unlawfully entering restricted buildings or grounds; and disorderly and disruptive conduct in restricted buildings or grounds.”

Pezzola is also facing charges of obstruction and additional counts of civil disorder, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

The pair were first arrested on lesser charges the week after the Capitol attack.

Chaos at the Capitol

According to The Hill, federal prosecutors said the two Proud Boys members “engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct, influence, impede, and interfere with law enforcement officers engaged in their official duties in protecting the U.S. Capitol and its grounds on Jan. 6, 2021,” when a mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters rioted in apparent opposition to the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory by Congress.

The attack left five people dead, including one U.S. Capitol Police officer, and two other officers have died by suicide in the weeks since the riot, according to Politico.

In response, the Justice Department is making clear that they won’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to identifying and prosecuting those responsible. The Hill reports that some 170 individuals have been arrested in the wake of the riot, with Pezzola and Pepe only the latest to face charges.

Charges filed

In its press release, the DOJ said Pezzola is alleged to have “confronted a Capitol Police officer attempting to control the crowd and ripped away the officer’s riot shield.” The DOJ added, “Pezzola can be seen on video…using that riot shield to smash a window at the U.S. Capitol.”

Pressed on the issue, Pezzola’s lawyer told The New York Times that “the matter is evolving” and complained that he hadn’t gotten to see his client while the 43-year-old is in custody in Washington.

An attorney for Pepe reportedly declined to comment to the Times.

The two men were said to have both been in possession of  “tactical vests branded with the Proud Boys logo, and have attended various Proud Boys gatherings and protests,” the DOJ said. The Proud Boys were described in charging documents as a “pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists.”

According to The New York Times, the Proud Boys “are one of the extremist outfits that had a large presence on Capitol Hill during the assault.” The FBI has also reportedly “started executing search warrants against the group,” the Times revealed.

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    1. Yes, they are quick to charge the right, but left the filth that raged all summer long go without even acknowledging it..or saying it was wrong, got bailed out instead

    2. You are correct – they can get away with murder and nothing will be done about it because they are liberals and only the conservatives get prosecuted. If these 2 get convicted, that’s fine because what they did was wrong; however, the far left was in there too and I don’t hear a thing about them. Except the one head of BLM saying he was just there to document the event. What a load of crap.

    3. Also, the FBI has had the evidence to indict Hunter Biden, Traitor Joe and his brother for almost 14 months… WGERE ARE THE INDICTMENTS?

  1. Ok arrest these people but WHY was those ANTIFA THUGS RELEASED with no charges. Why does the communist dem o rat thugs let off and any conservative nailed to the wall

    1. I can’t remember the name of the Proud Boys “member” working for the DOJ, “arrested” before making it to the Hill on the 6th. I wonder if he was also an Antifa

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  3. They need to be prosecuted but isn’t this something. No mention of what Antifa and BLM have done and still continue to do so. They keep on releasing them, this is just against Trump and Rebublicans.

      1. Exactly! Identify the wrong-doing of the new administration and its supporters every time it occurs. I’ll leave it at that.

  4. They continue to blame Trump supporters even though they’re arresting people from Antifa and Proud Boys. I don’t care what the media or Washington claims. All of the rallies attended by Trump supporters were orderly until outsiders came in and started trouble. They’re calling Trump supporters domestic terrorists but Antifa and BLM aren’t and they’re causing destruction constantly. Wake up people. We are not the enemies. We are the victims (party no longer matters) They are dividing and conquering and only we can stop it, but we’r have to do it UNITED!!!

    1. Amen to that.. That’s all they want is everybody divided and killing each other while they take in the cash and d it back an watch us go down in every way possible

  5. The dems are sending their message out loud/clear, don’t you dare question or challenge them, they control the country and all within.

  6. Agree they need to be prosecuted but where is the prosecution of all those on video destroying cities and Govt buildings and then the low life holly weird and congressional low life’s who advocated for them. What a disgrace our FBI has become that we are finally seeing what the leadership is?

  7. But, riddle me this. Why are over 5000 troops being held in DC? To protect us from those mean Trump supporters? Has the FBI given the same due diligence to apprehend the BLM and Antfia rioters that destroyed so many cities. I think not!

    1. Better question is why, if this was really an election, would they need thousands of military to protect an inauguration if the people really voted for him? Sounds a lot like Venezuela to me.

  8. We heard Antifa was involved that day, people in the Trump crowd were identifying them & hollering ” they are antifa” inside & outside… idiot could tell the ones who did the damage were not Trump people. Proud boys aren’t either. No violence implied or encouraged that day, it was two events. The rally & the pre planned attack. The other event was before that day, bombs planted, & those in charge of security, ya’ll remember who that was don’t you, declined beefing up the security. Dems had to stop the hearings & they did it. We watched this stuff. Crooked Dems fault. As usual they blame it on our people. Two separate events, it’s that simple.

  9. I like how they are going after these low level criminals…but the high crimes and misdemeanors folk are still sitting in the Oval Office and in other powerful places. I call them the “untouchables.” When are we going to see real justice? So many are getting away with murder….and we are watching on slooooow moooootion…slow walking the indictments and convictions. Unbelievable!

  10. Guess these men aren’t the right color or ethneticity for KamelToe Harris to post bail.
    Why aren’t the ID’d BLM & Antifa thugs receiving the same unjust treatment?
    I guess the DOJ missed the clip of law enforcement holding doors open for them and guiding the way.

  11. So much hypocrasy in the dem party. No call out or being held responsible for the liberals and dems, only for the Republicans and those that support Trump.
    Guess I had better start looking over my shoulder, We now live in a Banana Republic. Shameful.


  13. Not sure how true it is about Pezzola, I live in Rochester,n.y. and he lives in Webster, maybe 15 minutes away from us. I know he is a democrat and I’m pretty sure this was a set up from the democratic politicians . I find it hard to believe he was a member of the proud boys.

  14. I must say I am really surprised to find out they were Trump supporters. I didn`t think there was any Trump supporters given no one voted for him.

  15. Biden’s racist comment about stopping “White Supremacist and Domestic terrorists” is as stupid as you can get. What about just saying Domestic Terrorists period? The evolution of Domestic Terrorist started with groups like the KKK, Neo Nazi’s, Aron Brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia, the Nuestra Familia, Black Liberation Army, the Black Gorilla Family, Bloods, Crips, and many other gangs including Asian, and radical Muslims. To separate White Supremacist is to make racial divide. Now these groups have evolved into the BLM, Antifa, and the Proud Boys. These gangs are a mixture of all the others and an end should be to include BLM, Antifa, and the Proud Boys under the Rico act. I don’t think Biden even knows what that Rico act is!

  16. That’s 74,000,098 to go.
    Meanwhile the FBI Lawyer in the FISA situation goes free on probation.
    That’s not even a double standard, that’s Supreme Duplicity with Liberal established impunity.
    Seems to me there are more bodies falling to the right side of the fences as the Left side is “perfect”. Is equality part of Unity, duh?

  17. What about Antifa & BLM they have admitted to being there & causing trouble etc. Plus what about the last 9 months of riots, killings, beatings, looting, burning down buildings & in general destroying all the stupid Democratic cities because Democrats allowed them to do what ever they wanted to make Trump look bad when all it did was make the Governors, Mayors, Senators, Congressmen etc. look like stupid incompetent idiots!! If you want to start prosecuting start with all the above!! This government & all these agencies need to pull their heads out of their butts, all we hear is about 1/6 nothing about the volumes of crime that has been going on almost a year now!!

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