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Riverview man arrested for unlawful entry at Capitol riot

Capitol Police arrested two other Florida men on Wednesday in relation to the riots.

A Riverview man was arrested Wednesday in relation to the Capitol riots, according to Capitol Police. 

Matthew Council was among the 14 individuals arrested Wednesday as supporters of President Donald Trump breached the Capitol building. Council was arrested for unlawful entry, according to the Capitol Police.

Capitol Police arrested two other Floridians on unlawful entry charges — Michael Curzio of Summerfield and John Anderson of St. Augustine.

The arrests are in relation to the pro-Trump riots Wednesday that led to the death of four individuals and left the country shaken. The armed-mob stormed the Capitol, leading to the evacuation of members of Congress.

The breach has led some to question the effectiveness of Capitol law enforcement.

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police defended his department’s response to the breach, saying Thursday that officers “acted valiantly when faced with thousands of individuals involved in violent riotous actions.” Washington’s Mayor called the police response “a failure,” according to AP.

The riots, and Trump’s ensuing response, has led many lawmakers to call for the removal of the President under the 25th Amendment, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has even started drafting Articles of Impeachment.

Despite the breach at the Capitol, Congress certified the election results just before dawn, confirming President-elect Joe Biden as the winner.

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Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at kelly@floridapolitics.com.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Sonja Fitch

    January 8, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Arrest and lock up these lousy domestic terrorist! Arrest and lock up Trump! The Capitol police shall also be arrested for failures to do their jobs! There are now 5 dead! One was an officer from the Capitol police force! These folks are traitors!

  2. John

    January 8, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Good they are eligible for the Monuments defacement Act law and be awarded their ten-year time out.

  3. Aleksander

    January 8, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    And I live in Riverview… and I was working in DC when this happened. I just can get it how stupid and ignorant people are…

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