The FBI has arrested Patrick Edward McCaughey of Connecticut and charged him with assaulting a police officer who was crushed between doors at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
The Justice Department criminal complaint says McCaughey repeatedly told the officer “just go home” and “come on man, you are going to get squished, just go home” while allegedly using a police shield against the cop.
The officer, Daniel Hodges, later told reporters, “If it wasn’t my job, I would have done that for free. It was absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection, and we’ll do it as many times as it takes.”
Daniel Hodges, the DC police officer who was crushed in a doorway at the Capitol speaks out saying a man ripped away his baton, and was "practically foaming at the mouth… true believers in the worst way." https://t.co/WWGvhbSnt5 pic.twitter.com/jUTkvTDsxT
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 15, 2021
The charging document says McCaughey pinned Hodges’ body between the riot shield and the lower West Terrace door as “a separate rioter begins violently ripping off Officer Hodges’ gas mask, exposing Officer Hodges’ bloodied mouth.”
Patrick Edward McCaughey III was charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees; civil disorder; entering restricted building or grounds; and violent entry or disorderly conduct.
“The vicious attack on Officer Hodges was abhorrent and quintessentially un-American,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin. “It is my pledge that anyone involved in violent attacks on law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. McCaughey’s alleged actions were an assault on Officer Hodges, the Capitol, and the rule of law itself.”
From the criminal complaint: "MCCAUGHEY is seen with the clear police riot shield still pressed up against Officer Hodges as Officer Hodges continues to scream out in pain."
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) January 20, 2021
McCaughey was allegedly seen leaving the Capitol on security cameras after he struck other officers with the shield, the charging document says.