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Alabama man arrested for assault on law enforcement during Jan. 6 Capitol breach

Former President Donald Trump was impeached for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 while lawmakers were certifying the Electoral College votes in his election loss.

An Alabama man had his first court appearance Wednesday after being arrested on charges related to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January.

Gregory Nix of Cleveland, Ala. is charged with engaging in physical violence in a restricted building, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon. He was arrested in Cleveland and made his court appearance in the Northern District of Alabama.

Video footage shows Nix banging the end of a flagpole against the East House doors of the Capitol, attempting to break inside. Court documents say he assaulted a Capitol police officer minutes later, striking him with the flagpole then throwing it at the officer. Later, he allegedly tried to smash the glass panes of the doors with a black baton and then entered the building.

The prosecutors in the case are the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section with assistance from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Norther District of Alabama.

The case is being investigated by the FBI's Birmingham field office with assistance from the Washington field office, Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police.

Caroline Vincent is a digital producer for Alabama Public Radio.
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