Tresa Baldas

Gina Kaufman
| Detroit Free Press

Video shows Wixom man beating cops with hockey stick in Capitol riot


The federal authorities has launched physique cam video from the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot that it says shows a Wixom man assaulting law enforcement officials with a hockey stick, together with footage from the scene the place a lady was trampled and died later that day.

The Free Press obtained a duplicate of the video on Friday, 4 days after a decide denied bond to Michael Foy, a former Marine who was arrested at his house on Jan. 21 for his alleged position in the Capitol riot that left 5 folks useless.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Morris denied bond to Foy after reviewing graphic physique cam footage that shows Foy approaching law enforcement officials whereas holding a stick and swinging it over their heads. 

Foy’s lawyer argued that Foy had introduced the stick to the protest to make use of as a makeshift flagpole, to not trigger violence. But the decide did not purchase that, stating: “I think the videos belie that. … That hockey stick was taken to be used as a weapon.”

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Federal prosecutors have described Foy as certainly one of “the most violent” Capitol rioters, alleging he struck law enforcement officials who had been guarding the doorways not less than 10 occasions with a hockey stick, swung at cops once they had been down, hit them in the face and neck, then rallied different rioters earlier than busting via a damaged window to get inside.

Here is what footage shows:

Foy begins hanging a gaggle of Metropolitan Police Officers, together with one who had been knocked down “and dragged into the crowd of rioters.”

This assault continues for about 16 seconds till Foy is knocked down by one other rioter. At that point, Foy circles again via the group, lowers his hood, which reveals a transparent picture of his face.

Foy raises his hockey stick above his head in celebration and begins shouting one thing, although the phrases are indistinguishable due to the group noise.

Foy then begins motioning and shouting, and seems to be saying “Let’s go,” whereas pointing on the U.S. Capitol constructing.

He is then seen crawling via a damaged window into the U.S. Capitol.

The movies additionally embrace footage from the scene the place a lady was trampled. Foy, footage shows, was close to that scene.

As the violent assault unfolded, protesters piled up on one another and one man will be heard yelling “Save her! … Save her!”

“She’s gonna die! She’s gonna die!” he says. “She’s dead! She’s dead!”

As the man hovered over the woman, rioters surge toward police. One man suggests knocking their masks off. A man in a University of Michigan sweatshirt can be seen attacking the officer wearing the body camera. 

Someone, during the attack, yelled: “I’ll (expletive) kill you!”

The New York Times identified the man yelling for help as Justin Winchell and the downed woman as Rosanne Boyland, who was pronounced dead later that day. As of Friday, her cause of death was still pending, the Times reported.

The Associated Press reported that, in keeping with Boyland’s household, a buddy who was with Boyland mentioned she was trampled throughout the riot, however Capitol police mentioned she had collapsed and couldn’t be saved.

To date, not less than 138 folks have been arrested for his or her alleged roles in the Capitol seige, although the investigation continues to develop as greater than 400 suspects have been recognized, with the federal government planning sedition costs. 

According to court documents, the FBI tracked Foy down through his father’s Facebook page.

On Jan. 6, Foy’s dad posted a photo of his son to his Facebook page, showing Foy carrying a hockey stick with a Trump flag draped from it. He was wrapped in an American flag and standing in front of the Washington Monument.

A comment from another Facebook user asked, “Was he the guy sitting in Nancy Pelosi’s chair?”

Foy’s father, Joseph Foy, replied: ” …he was raised higher.”

Foy’s court-appointed lawyer in Michigan has portrayed Foy as a adorned ex-Marine who suffers from extreme trauma from his army expertise. She mentioned he’s suicidal and had tried suicide in the week earlier than the Capitol riot. 

While Foy made his preliminary look in the case in Michigan, his case has been transferred to U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. for additional proceedings.

Future court docket dates haven’t but been set in the case. Foy is charged with forcibly assaulting, resisting, interfering and intimidating a federal worker, and obstructing an official authorities continuing — in this case, the certifying of the presidential election.

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