Patrick McCaughey, accused of police assault during U.S. Capitol riots, denied bail


U.S. court judge Andrew Krause ordered the pre-trial arrest of Patrick McCaughey, a judge who described the widely shared video of the case as “extremely disturbing.”

McCaughey, 23, was arrested on Tuesday along with an attack linked to his alleged role in the riots.

Prosecutors said McCaughey abused Daniel Hodges, an officer in the Metropolitan Police Department, with a clean police shield as Hodges struggled to prevent a violation of the Capitol by a crowd of disruptors.

McCaughey and the crowd stepped forward to gain access to the building, crushing Hodges, court documents say.

In the case’s viral video, Hodges screams painfully as he is trapped in a door.

“Don’t try to use this stick on me, boy,” they hear McCaughey, who federal prosecutors say is presumably referring to the officer’s wand.

“You see. Just go home. Talk to your buddies and go home. … Don’t try to use this stick on me. I won’t hurt you.”

As Hodges continues to scream painfully at the recordings, McCaughey will later hear the officer be released and admit to being injured, the complainant said in a statement.

McCaughey allegedly struck several uniformed law enforcement officers with the shield after Hodges was released, the court document said.

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In an interview with CNN, Hodges called the troublemakers “the worst true believers.”

“Some felt we would be quick friends because so many were loud,” Hodges told CNN.

“They say,‘ Yeah, we supported you through these black Lives Matter things, you should be on our backs, ’and they felt justified,” Hodges said.

According to court records, a childhood friend positively identified McCaughey against federal investigators.

McCaughey was charged with assaulting, resisting, or obstructing certain officers or employees; civil disorder; access to a restricted building or area; and forcible entry or rioting, the Columbia District U.S. prosecutor’s office says.

It’s the first legal brush, and if convicted, McCaughey could get a minimum of five years in prison, the prosecutor told a judge on Wednesday.

“Even after the days of many shocking and horrific scenes of the U.S. Capitol siege, the wild beat of a police officer in the capital, Hodges DC, stands out for ignoring the perpetrator’s apparent human life,” Steven D’Antuono, deputy director of the FBI Washington regional office’s press release. “Patrick McCaughey’s actions were violent, barbaric and completely out of control.”

Mccaughey, who was represented by counsel at Wednesday’s trial, will be removed from the Southern District of New York and appear in the District Court of Columbia District, prosecutors said.

CNN’s Mark Morales contributed to the report.