Missouri man charged with assaulting officer during Jan. 6 riot

WASHINGTON — A Missouri man accused of assaulting an officer during the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol will face felony charges more than two years later.

Federal prosecutors have charged Kyler Joseph Bard, 26, of Seneca. Authorities arrested Bard on January 13, 2023 after the FBI reviewed surveillance footage of the riot as members of the US Congress worked to confirm the results of the 2020 presidential election.

According to court documents, Bard was standing on a ledge on the US Capitol’s Upper West Terrace when officers formed a police line as a cordon. An officer’s bodycam footage showed Bard running with a bullhorn on the ledge around 3:30 p.m. After that he was heard shouting “Move!”, “Let’s Go!” and “We gotta push!”.

According to court documents, Bard then approached an officer identified as MG, who was pushed and fell backwards. After the riot, FBI agents obtained photos of Bard taking part in the riots and later identified him through an online database.

Bard faces the following charges:

  • Attacking, resisting or obstructing officials
  • Civil Unrest
  • Entering and staying in a restricted building or site
  • Disorderly and disruptive behavior in a restricted building or site
  • Use of physical violence in a restricted building or site
  • Misconduct in any Capitol building or on its property
  • Participation in an act of violence on Capitol grounds or buildings

More than two years later, more than 900 people were charged with the Capitol riot, including 24 Missouri people.

The US Department of Justice reports that 16 of the 24 accused in Missouri have pleaded guilty to federal crimes related to the riot.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/missouri-man-charged-for-assault-on-officer-during-jan-6-riot/ Missouri man charged with assaulting officer during Jan. 6 riot

Sarah Y. Kim

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