FL MAGA Terrorist Who Pepper Spray Police and Help Break into Capitol with Ladder Gets 4.5 Years in Prison
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Date: March 18, 2023 12:40PM
A Seffner man who pepper-sprayed officers during the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot has been sentenced to 55 months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a press release Friday.
Last June, Mitchell Todd Gardner II, 34, pleaded guilty to felony charges of civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon.
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According to court documents, Gardner was part of a mob that fought police outside the Lower West Terrace Tunnel. He was heard shouting “drag them out,” “pull the cops out,” and “grab their hands and pull them out.”
Authorities said Gardner used a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Oleoresin Capsicum device, or pepper spray, against officers in the tunnel area, which hit an officer in the face shield and splattered onto at least two other officers, burning their eyes and making them cough for an extended period of time.
Authorities said he also encouraged rioters to use a ladder to break a window. When they didn’t, he decided to stand on a ledge and bash a window in with a pepper spray canister, causing more than $2,900 in damage.