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WASHINGTON — A former Boston Police K-9 officer was arrested on Thursday and charged with attacking a Capitol Police officer with a chair during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Joseph Fisher was arrested Thursday morning, court records show. He faces several counts, including felony charges of obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers.
For part of the day on Jan. 6, Fisher was “wearing a beanie with the logos of several Boston sports teams,” according to his FBI affidavit. A current Boston Police officer who knows Fisher positively identified Fisher after online sleuths helped track him down, according to the FBI. Cell phone records also showed he was inside the Capitol, the bureau said.
According to prosecutors, Fisher went into the north side of the Capitol at 2:24 P.M. on January 6, 2021. They said about 15 minutes later he and other rioters got into an altercation with a U.S. Capitol Police Officer.
“As a U.S. Capitol Police Officer pursued a rioter who had deployed pepper spray, Fisher pushed a chair into the Capitol Police Officer. Fisher then engaged in a physical altercation with the Capitol Police Officer. Shortly afterwards, Fisher exited the U.S. Capitol Building,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves said in a statement Thursday.