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Rioters supporting former President Trump break into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Department of Justice unveiled a major indictment Thursday against five Tampa Bay-area residents accused of assaulting police officers during the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, CNN reports.

  • The assailants repeatedly attacked the police guarding the building using stolen riot shields and flagpoles, bashing the cops in the head and neck, and later resorted to punching, kicking and elbowing the officers, according to the complaint.

The big picture: The five, accused of leading the charge during the insurrection, face 19 criminal counts, among the most for a Capitol riot case.

Arrested were:

  • Michael Perkins, of Plant City, a former Polk County EMT.
  • Christopher Doolin, of Plant City.
  • Jonathan and Olivia Pollock, of Lakeland.
  • Joseph Hutchinson, of Lakeland.

The big picture: The indictments highlight the violence police faced at the hands of the pro-Trump mob, and the role of Tampa Bay residents.

  • That might be one reason the U.S. Capitol Police announced this week that they're opening a field office in Tampa to protect members of Congress against threats.

Yes, but: Many of former President Trump's allies have tried to downplay the violence.

The state we're in: Florida has the most insurrection defendants of any state in the country, with 62 in total, followed by Pennsylvania and Texas.

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U.S. Capitol Police establishes field office in Tampa to monitor threats to Congress

U.S. Capitol Police announced Wednesday that they're opening a field office in Tampa to amid their investigation of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Why it matters: The agency told the News Service of Florida that the new offices — another is opening in San Francisco — will help them weed out potential threats to members of Congress.

Man charged with attacking AP photographer and police during Capitol riot

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."

Remaining fence around U.S. Capitol to be removed

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The U.S. Capitol Police Board on Wednesday notified Congress members and staff that the remaining fence around the Capitol will be removed as early as Friday.

The big picture: The fence had been put in place following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building. Capitol Police removed an outer fence in March, but the interior one remained with signs that said the area was closed to the public, per AP.