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Supporters of former President Trump stand next to destroyed media equipment outside the U.S. Capitol, jan. 6. Photo: Agnes Bun/AFP via Getty Images

A Pennsylvania man was arrested Wednesday on charges for the assault of an AP photographer and police officers during the U.S. Capitol riot, the Department of Justice announced.

Driving the news: Alan William Byerly, 54, is accused of being part of a group that pulled the photographer backward down some stairs, according to an FBI indictment. He and three others allegedly "pushed, shoved and dragged" the photographer. Byerly is also alleged to have grabbed his "face and neck."

Footage the FBI says shows the AP photographer being attacked, with Byerly identified as the suspect in the gray hat (top, center). Photo: FBI/DOJ
  • In addition, Byerly is accused of hitting three police officers and also trying to use a stun gun on officers before trying, unsuccessfully, to grab a baton.
  • He faces six charges related to the insurrection, including assault on a federal officer and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds charges.

The big picture: More than 535 people have been charged over the Capitol attack.

  • The DOJ has in recent weeks stepped up efforts to arrest suspected rioters who assaulted members of the media or damaged their equipment during the attack.

What they're saying: AP spokesperson Patrick Maks said in a statement, "It is deeply troubling when journalists are targeted for simply doing their jobs."

  • "These charges are an encouraging sign that those who attacked journalists on Jan. 6 will be held accountable," he added.

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DOJ reviewing decision not to charge FBI agents in Nassar investigation

Gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Justice Department said Tuesday it is reviewing a previous decision not to charge FBI agents accused of mishandling the investigation into disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Why it matters: Less than a month ago, FBI director Christopher Wray formally apologized to the U.S. gymnasts abused by Nassar, noting that the FBI's failure to stop Nassar was "inexcusable."

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Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.

U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.