WASHINGTON — A Boston Police K-9 officer pleaded guilty this week to eight federal charges after he admitted attacking a Capitol police officer with a chair during the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Joseph Fisher Arrested in March 2023 after Internet “mischief huntersThose who assist the FBI Hundreds of cases against Capitol rioters identified him as the person who attacked the police officer in the footage of surveillance cameras inside the Capitol. Fisher pleaded guilty to all charges he faced, including aggravated civil disorder and assault, resisting or obstructing officers.
Fisher, “wearing pants with the logos of several Boston sports teams,” entered the Capitol at 1:26 p.m. through the Senate wing doors on the west side of the Capitol, the first crossing point, and soon, according to his own prosecutors, the Capitol Visitor, which is underground on the east side of the Capitol. Go down the stairs to the center.
There, Fischer “pushed a chair” into an officer who was chasing another rioter who had fired pepper spray. according to Ministry of Justice. Fisher then “engaged in a physical assault on the victim, which resulted in Fisher being on the ground and out of camera view,” prosecutors said. Capitol Police personnel On January 6, the suspect of the attack was released due to the lawsuit filed Brad RuxtalesHe was a former technology CEO from Illinois He was sentenced to 30 days in prison in November 2021.
Fisher, who pleaded guilty to all charges, will be sentenced on May 24. His attorney did not respond to a request for comment.
More than 1,250 people have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, and federal prosecutors have so far convicted about 900 of them. The total number of people who could be indicted exceeds 3,000, but federal prosecutors are unlikely to reach that number before the statute of limitations expires in early 2026, 23 months from now. Additional arrests continue to mount, including nearly a dozen new arrests. Cases filed this week, including one against a rioter like Fisher wearing the pants of the local sports team.