According to the Justice Department, a New Jersey man has become the first person to plead guilty to violence against a police officer in connection with the Jan. 6 riots at the United States Capitol.
Scott Fairlamb, 44, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and obstructing an official proceeding on Friday.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 27 and faces more than four years in prison. As part of his plea agreement, he agreed to pay $2,000 in restitution for the Capitol’s damage.
Fairlamb can be seen on video following and yelling at police officers responding to the security breach during the attack on the Capitol. In the video, he yells, “you have no idea what the [expletive] you’re doing,” before shoving and punching another officer.
More than 135 officers were injured while responding to riots in support of former President Donald Trump on January 6.
One of them, Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was pepper sprayed during the riot, died the next day after suffering two strokes. Sicknick’s death was natural, according to the chief medical officer in Washington, D.C., but the riots played a role in his condition.
Four other officers who responded to the attack died by suicide in the days and months after, though it’s unclear what, if any, role the riots played in their deaths.
Biden signed legislation Thursday awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to officers who responded to the attack.