Federal prosecutors say Daniel Caldwell, 49, used a chemical spray against a number of officers who blocked rebels entering the Capitol. It came amid a massive melee with police using batons and pepper spray to repel the crowd, according to footage from the incident quoted in court cases.
Hours after the riot, Caldwell spoke about the incident in a video posted on the far-right site on the social network Parler, according to prosecutors. The video was among hundreds of videos later posted by ProPublica.
“They sprayed us with pepper spray. They kept spraying. I was like, ̵
6;Dude, do it again and we’ll spray you back. “And he did. And I sprayed back, I took like 15 of them,” Caldwell said in the video.
He is charged with four counts: assault on federal officials, obstruction of law enforcement, knowingly entering a restricted building, and hooliganism on the Capitol grounds. The lawyer was not named for Caldwell in the public court file and he did not have the opportunity to rule.
A message sent to Caldwell’s LinkedIn account on Saturday was unanswered.
The use of chemical sprays has been a major focus of the investigation into the death of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. CNN reported that prosecutors believe he was attacked with a bear spray, which contributed to his death a day later. There is no known link in court documents or elsewhere between Cynic’s death and the charges against Caldwell.
Chemical sprays were one of the many weapons used by the rebels during the January 6 uprising. According to a CNN analysis, other weapons confiscated or used in or around the Capitol that day include firearms, a metal baseball bat, a fire extinguisher, a wooden stick, a spear, an electric shock pistol, crutches, a flagship, stolen police shields, a wooden beam, a hockey stick. and knives.