Defendant who hit cop with Trump flag on January 6 sentenced to 46 months in prison

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A man who punched a Washington, DC police officer with a Trump flag during the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack, was sentenced Friday to 46 months in prison.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Howard Richardson was facing the sentence after pleading guilty earlier in the year to assaulting, resisting or hindering officers.

Richardson waved his flagpole after entering a restricted area of ​​the Capitol, according to the Justice Department, before later hitting a police officer multiple times with the pole.

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“He raised it and swung it forcefully down to hit a Metropolitan Police Department officer standing behind a metal barricade,” the DOJ wrote of Richardson and the flagpole.

“Richardson then hit the officer twice more, using enough force to break the flagpole.”

Richardson then pushed a “large metal sign into a row of law enforcement officers” along with other rioters, the department said.

The Pennsylvania native, 72, was arrested in November 2021 before pleading guilty in April.

Richardson will be subject to three years of supervised release after completing his nearly four years in prison, and must pay $2,000 in restitution.

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More than 860 people have been arrested since Jan. 6 in connection with the attack on the Capitol, according to the DOJ.

More than 260 of them have been charged with assault or obstruction of law enforcement.

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Richardson’s conviction follows the DOJ’s announcement earlier Friday that it would seek more than 17 years in prison for a former police officer found guilty in May of five felonies and one felony for his participation in the Jan. 6 attack. , among which assaulting, resisting, or hindering an officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon and committing physical assault on the Capitol grounds.

That sentence is by far the longest ever received by a January 6 defendant.

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