A Florida Trump supporter was arrested and charged today with multiple crimes of violence against police officers at the January 6 Capitol riot, including pushing a female police officer down the western rotunda stairs, causing serious injuries.
According to an FBI affidavit, Daniel Paul Gray assaulted multiple police officers during the January 6 attack and made a video of himself that spells out the goal of “pushing police out the back of the Capitol.”
In the video, Gray bragged about it all in a self-shot monologue, the FBI said. Gray’s pride in having carried out the attack on law enforcement — and the boast that “this is far from over — was captured on his video.
Now the video itself has been captured by the FBI. Here are some of the highlights of Gray’s monologue, according to its charging document:
“A female cop stole my phone and I got mac’d…and I’m like, you know what, we’re doing this and so we literally pushed them from the front steps of the Capitol all the way back.
Gray describes standing in front of a group of officers and saying “Hey stand down, there’s too many of us. Go home, go find your wives, go find your kids, you don’t want to do this.”Gray states he later stormed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and came into contact with the female police officer from his earlier encounter. He claims the officer started crying, took off her vest and started running down the stairs.
“We started pushing the police out the back of the Capitol. We pushed them from the front to the back of the Capitol.””This is far from over, that was the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life, so stay tuned.”
The FBI complaint details how Gray was among the first to push through lines and confront police. It describes him as backing at one point, beckoning some unknown individuals to come forward toward him, apparently resulting in a larger and more agitated group of rioters taking in part in the attack.
Gray, whose last known place of employment was X3 Fitness, according to the FBI, had used Facebook and Instagram to post about “his dissatisfaction with the election and…improprieties surrounding the election.
Among his Facebook prose on December 12, Gray had stated “F*ck this election this is the biggest scandal of my lifetime” and “militia finna be lit y’all!!” and “Sh*ts about to get lit y’all. I’m actually really excited at the possibility of the insurrection act being implemented.”
In a private Facebook message that day, Gray proclaimed, “Bro, I just joined the militia.”
You can read the FBI arrest complaint below.