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DOJ charges 2 accused of marching with Proud Boys and leading a charge at the United States Capitol
James Haffner, 53, of South Dakota, and Ronald Loehrke, 30, of Georgia, were arrested and charged this week with a felony for obstructing police during a civil unrest. Haffner has also been charged with assaulting federal agents for allegedly spraying police with an unidentified spray while guarding the gates of the Capitol. They haven’t pleaded yet.
Prosecutors said Loehrke texted far-right Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean by January 6. Loehrke said he would be there and bring three “bad motherfuckers”. (Nordean has pleaded not guilty in a separate but related Proud Boys conspiracy case.)

The lawsuit against Loehrke and Haffner said they had walked with Proud Boys to the Capitol and were among the first to invade police from the west side of the building. He alleges that they then moved to the east side and dismantled barricades there, helping the mob to flood the area. When Haffner encountered police officers guarding the Capitol gates, he allegedly sprayed them with spray.

Lawyers for the two men did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on Saturday.

Investigators said they were able to identify Haffner in part thanks to a photo his wife posted on social media with Sidney Powell, a controversial right-wing lawyer who worked with former President Donald Trump to challenge the 2020 election results and is known to spread a strange plot. theories. Haffner’s wife said in a Facebook post, cited in the DOJ court file, that he met Powell at a rally in South Dakota.

Both men were released pending trial. A few dozen people with ties to the Proud Boys have been charged in connection with January 6, and some of the group’s leaders are currently in jail.

Loehrke is the first person in South Dakota to be charged with federal riot related crimes. The Justice Department prosecuted rioters in 46 states and Washington, DC.


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